Published: March 2021
(Note: Abbreviations following recommendations indicate sources for those recommendations. See the Sources Key for details.)
Training for Schools and Districts
All school and district staff, including those in academic, support, service, and administrative roles, are trained annually to identify and assist students experiencing homelessness.
Recommendations & Strategies
- Require McKinney-Vento training for all departments and staff. Trainings should cover definitions of homelessness, how to look for signs that a student may be experiencing homelessness, how to respond to those signs, how to provide trauma-informed care, and how to bring racial equity into staff work. Trainings should be in easily accessible formats (e.g., webinars, in-person training, summer institutes). (PE, LE)
- Strategy 1: Devote a day to train school and district staff on how to best support students experiencing homelessness.
- Strategy 2: Embed McKinney-Vento training into existing professional development opportunities for staff (e.g., in meetings, summer institutes).
- Strategy 3: Use the train-the-trainers approach in McKinney-Vento training. Afterward, staff will be expected to pass on their knowledge to colleagues (e.g., McKinney-Vento liaisons, foster care providers).
- Offer refresher courses to educate staff on McKinney-Vento laws and rights. These courses should be tailored to meet the evolving needs of the staff in each district and school building (e.g., training school counselors on the credit accrual process for students experiencing homelessness). (PE, LE)
- Strategy 1: Create resources and materials, such as tailored handbooks, for each staff type to make sure they have the information they need to learn about the rights of students under the McKinney-Vento Act.
- National Center for Homeless Education: Group Training
- SchoolHouse Connection: Webinars
- Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction: Resources for Homeless Children and Youth
- Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction: Homeless Education
- SchoolHouse Connection: McKinney-Vento Act: Two-page Summary
- Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction: McKinney-Vento Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program School Staff Resource
- Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction: Protecting Student Privacy
- SchoolHouse Connection: Privacy, Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, and Student Homelessness