Professional Development

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2021 Paving the Way to Educational Success Conference

Tuesday, Oct. 5 – Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021 | Virtual

Join us in October and participate in discussions regarding academic stability and improving education outcomes for students experiencing homelessness and students in foster care.

School district foster care points of contact, homeless liaisons, child welfare agency points of contact, child welfare private providers, shelter staff, educators, school social workers, pupil services personnel, school counselors and others working with children and youth experiencing homelessness and children and youth in foster care to support their education are encouraged to attend.

Register Now for the Paving the Way Conference

The 2021 Paving the Way to Educational Success Conference is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s programs of Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness and Educational Stability for Children and Youth in Foster Care, and is held in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services and the Center for Schools and Communities.


Recorded Webinars

Understanding Dropout Prevention: Strategies to Support Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness

Dropping out of school is often a process of disengagement that occurs over time. The complexity of this process points to the need for systemic solutions that address root causes, necessitating changes in the way we “do” school. Over a million children and youth in the U.S. have been identified as homeless, a traumatic circumstance that can place them at greater risk for low achievement and school dropout. These students present their own specific challenges that schools and the greater community must be aware of and address in order for our children and youth to be educationally stable, successful and fully prepared for college, career or civic life. Attend this webinar to explore the challenges faced by students experiencing homelessness, and how we as educators and agency personnel can have a positive impact on their success.


College and Career Counseling for Students Experiencing Homelessness

The webinar will provide information about the new McKinney-Vento requirements for counselors and liaisons related to supporting the career and college readiness of secondary students experiencing homelessness. Dr. Havlik will discuss the challenges that these students face becoming career and college ready and provide specific strategies to enhance their career and college counseling preparation.