ERIC Number: ED311338
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Tower, Cynthia Crosson; White, Donna J.
Since understanding homeless students and their families is the beginning of the teacher's response to the problem, this monograph is designed to acquaint the teacher with the variety of issues involved in being homeless. The introduction to the document discusses the number of homeless families, the necessity for schools to respond quickly to homeless students before they leave, and the school as a safe haven for the child. Chapter one provides a brief history of homelessness and an explanation of why so many families today are undergoing this trauma. Chapter two provides a picture of homeless students and their families. It includes a graph of the typical cycle of homelessness which includes numerous life crises for the homeless family. Chapter three describes some of the problems these students may have in the classroom and suggests ways to address these problems. Chapter four discusses what teachers can do to help beyond the classroom setting. The emphasis throughout these pages is on the importance for educators to take a proactive stance on a problem that promises to get worse before it gets better. A glossary of homelessness terms, such as wet shelters, is included. A commentary on homeless children by Mary Hatwood Futrell, president of the National Education Association; a list of advocacy organizations for the homeless; and sample student assessment and parent release forms are included. (ABL)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Family School Relationship, Homeless People, School Role, Student Problems, Student School Relationship, Students, Teacher Response, Teacher Role, Teachers
National Education Association Professional Library, P.O. Box 509, West Haven, CT 06516 (Stock No. 0245-8, $6.95).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: National Education Association, Washington, DC.