ERIC Number: ED360681
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Helping School Districts Develop Programs for Fulfilling the Educational Needs of Homeless Children.
Brown, Harry T., Jr.
Three objectives were developed to help school districts deliver effective educational services to homeless children at two suburban elementary schools in Pinellas County, Florida. The strategies included an individualized tutorial approach to increase daily school attendance among targeted homeless children, a teacher inservice training program and manual to sensitize school personnel to the problems involved in educating homeless children, and a homeless project-services pamphlet distributed to social-services providers to facilitate communication with schools. Project-evaluation tools included: (1) school-attendance records for targeted homeless children (revealing that 91 percent increased daily attendance); (2) pre- and post-test results of teacher inservice training (showing participants' substantially increased knowledge about homeless children's unique problems); (3) a training manual for school and community personnel working with homeless children that enhanced teacher inservice training; and (4) a pamphlet identifying services available to homeless children and their families. Besides helping to increase student attendance, the tutorials succeeded in communicating a sense of self-worth and personal importance. Appendices include the project's inservice training pretest and posttest, the inservice training manual, and the pamphlet identifying available homeless services. (Contains 17 references.) (MLH)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Attendance, Cooperative Programs, Delivery Systems, Educational Needs, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, Homeless People, Inservice Education, Program Development, Program Evaluation, School Districts, Self Esteem, Social Agencies, Suburban Schools, Tutors
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
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