The Foundation of Dropout Prevention

Analyzing assessment, attendance and dropout data and determining strategies to support academic success for students experiencing homelessness

Pennsylvania’s Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness Program Regional Institues 2018

  • Monday, November 12, PaTTAN, Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • Wednesday, November 14, PaTTAN, Harrisburg, Pa.
  • Thursday, November 15, PaTTAN-East, Malvern, Pa.


Learn about foundational principles of successful dropout and truancy prevention initiatives and how to access, review and assess relevant data in order to determine students’ needs.

Research has demonstrated that truancy and dropout rates are higher for homeless students than the global student population, due to the challenges these students face. Dropout prevention research has identified specific strategies and interventions that can increase a vulnerable student’s ability to attend and succeed in school, thereby achieving their educational goals.

The Every Student Succeeds Act clarifies the role that the LEA homeless liaison and other school staff play in supporting students’ academic success. LEAs collect and report student data regarding attendance, graduation and dropout rate – looking specifically at these data for students experiencing homelessness is critical to helping them succeed in school.



8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Registration
9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Introduction and Institute Overview
9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Pennsylvania Data
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Understanding Your Homeless Population
11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. LUNCH ON YOUR OWN
12:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. LEA Strategies to Meet Students’ Specific Needs
2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Q&A and Closing



Monday, November 12, 2018
3190 William Pitt Way
Pittsburgh, PA 15238
Directions Pittsburgh

Wednesday, November 14, 2018
6340 Flank Drive
Harrisburg, PA 17112
Directions Harrisburg

Thursday, November 15, 2018
333 Technology Drive
Malvern, PA 19355
Directions Malvern


Continuing Education Credits

Act 48
The Center for Schools and Communities, as a division of the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit, offers Act 48 professional development credit for those with Pennsylvania teaching or administrative certificates. Participants MUST attend the training from beginning to end and list their professional personnel ID (PPID) number on the appropriate Act 48 paperwork supplied to at the training to receive credit. If you are unsure of your PPID number, check PERMS prior to attending the event.

The Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers offers NASW continuing education credit for Pennsylvania certified social workers. Participants MUST attend the session(s) from beginning to end, complete the NASW CEC packet and pay the certificate fee of $15 for NASW members and $25 for nonmembers for certificates. Obtain the appropriate paperwork at the registration table. Learn more about NASW Pennsylvania or contact NASW at (717) 232-4125.




Event Delay & Cancellation Policy

Due to inclement weather (snow, ice, flooding, etc.) or other emergencies, events may be delayed or cancelled. Registrants are responsible for calling the Center for Schools and Communities’ automated voice messaging system at (717) 763-1661, option 3 after 6:30 a.m. the day of the event. The system is updated as conditions change, so it is necessary to call for any changes prior to leaving for your scheduled event.


Contact Us

Registration Questions
Jeanette Consagra
Administrative Assistant
(717) 763-1661 ext. 110

General Conference Questions
Lynda Becker
Youth Development Coordinator
(717) 763-1661 ext. 156