ERIC Number: ED465228
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
Educating Homeless Students.
Here's How, v20 n4 Summer 2002
Over the past decade, the number of homeless children in America has more than doubled. Educators, however, are still legally obligated to enroll and support them, because of the passage of the "No Child Left Behind" Act of 2001, which reauthorized the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. Although schools cannot solve homelessness, they can take several steps to alleviate its effects. For example, they can get help from shelter directors and staff, McKinney-Vento district liaisons, and Title I staff. Schools can ease enrollment policies and procedures to help homeless families that do not have or cannot afford to order all the required documents by accepting motel receipts, a letter from a shelter, or an official school-enrollment affidavit as proof of residency. Attendance should be made a priority by providing basic needs, such as adequate food, clothing, transportation. Teachers should assess students'"readiness-to-learn" skills, present lessons in short units, and make special homework considerations, such as providing clipboards with attachable lights, and paper and pencils. The article concludes with "A Haven for the Homeless" (Rebecca Kesner). Two recommended books are "A Framework for Understanding Poverty," by Ruby K. Payne, and "Urban Principals Respond: Closing the Gap, Raising the Bar," by NAESP and Educational Research Service. (RT)
Descriptors: Disadvantaged, Disadvantaged Youth, Elementary Secondary Education, Homeless People, Intervention, Poverty
National Association of Elementary School Principals, 1615 Duke St., Alexandria, VA 22314-3483 ($2.50 prepaid; quantity discounts). Tel: 800-386-2377 (Toll Free); Fax: 800-396-2377 (Toll Free); Web site: http://www.naesp.org.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: National Association of Elementary School Principals, Alexandria, VA.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001