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ERIC Number: ED499434
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
Pages: 116
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
In Their Own Words: Schools and Students Overcoming Adversity
US Department of Education
The nation's public schools played a critical role in the response to Hurricane Katrina, and they continue to contribute to the recovery of individual families and entire communities. By enrolling displaced children with compassion and efficiency in areas unaffected by the storms, providing parents with information and assistance, and supporting the mental, physical and intellectual well-being of students and families on a daily basis, the schools were and continue to be a key to healing and recovery. "In Their Own Words: Schools and Students Overcoming Adversity" is in large part a first-person account of the hurricane's effects on education on the Gulf Coast during the few weeks and months after landfall and since. The information in this report was collected from February to May 2006 via telephone interviews and e-mail surveys of 32 individuals in eight school districts in Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. Those interviewed were comprised of school district homeless education liaisons, school administrators, relief agency staff, school counselors, and students. The report begins with the experiences of the district homeless liaisons who were the primary architects of school districts' overall responses to Hurricane Katrina. The experiences of school administrators, relief agencies and school counselors--those who provided strong leadership, immediate basic services and vital mental health support--then follow. The report concludes with students' experiences, because they were, and continue to be, the purpose of the work of the other interviewees. The following are appended: (1) Questions and Answers about This Report; and (2) Profiles of the Interviewed School Districts. (Contains 22 footnotes.)
US Department of Education. Available from: ED Pubs. P.O. Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794-1398. Tel: 877-433-7827; Fax: 301-470-1244; Web site:
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.; National Center for Homeless Education, Greensboro, NC.
Identifiers - Location: Florida; Louisiana; Mississippi; Texas