ERIC Number: ED450178
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Homeless, Not Hopeless. An Informational Guide for School Personnel: Understanding and Educating Homeless Students.
Seifert, Elli; Stauffer, Carol
This guide explains how to educate homeless students within the public schools, focusing on the Saint Paul, Minnesota, public schools. Section 1 defines homelessness. Section 2 presents data on the increasing numbers of homeless students in the area. Section 3 describes common problems faced by homeless students, including family mobility, frequent change of schools, lack of friends, lack of basic resources, parental distress, social stigma, and loss of personal possessions and pets. Section 4 examines the impact of homelessness on children, focusing on educational issues and socio-emotional and behavioral issues. Section 5 presents strategies for school personnel (e.g., welcome the child to school, have a buddy system in place, utilize peer tutors, plan ahead, and avoid assignments requiring a television). Section 6 discusses the importance of homeless children attending school, highlighting the McKinney Homeless Assistance Act. Section 7 explains why families are homeless. Section 8 presents resources to help build safety nets of support (e.g., locations of homeless shelters, useful information to give homeless parents when they enroll their children in school, and fact sheets on homelessness). (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Access to Education, Children, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Homeless People, Public Schools, Student Behavior
ESEA Title I Program for Homeless Children and Families, Funded Programs, Saint Paul Public School District #625, 1001 Johnson Parkway, Saint Paul, MN 55106. Tel: 651-793-5556.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: Saint Paul Public Schools, MN.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Stewart B McKinney Homeless Assistance Act 1987