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ERIC Number: ED533522
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Pages: 44
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Homeless and Special Education Administrative Collaboration: Recommendations. Policy Forum Proceedings
Bowman, Diana; Burdette, Paula; Julianelle, Patricia
Project Forum
Project Forum at the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE) and the National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE) worked together to collect information regarding the need for a policy forum on the topic of administrative collaboration between school personnel who support homeless education under the McKinney-Vento Act and those who provide early intervention and special education services. When it was decided to convene such an event, Project Forum and NCHE jointly developed the purpose and expected outcomes. In July 2007, NCHE and the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY) conducted a survey with state coordinators for the education of homeless students regarding collaboration between homeless education, early intervention and special education program administrators. In September 2007, Project Forum conducted a similar survey with state directors of special education, 619 directors (those who serve students with disabilities ages three through five), and LEA special education and early intervention administrators. The questions asked in both surveys were: (1) What are some specific issues that have caused confusion regarding school placements and services for children with disabilities who are homeless?; (2) What, if any, coordination or collaboration has occurred between you and your [homeless program liaison or special education/early intervention] liaison?; (3) What activity/resource/opportunity was most helpful in developing a collaborative relationship with your [homeless or special education/early intervention] program liaisons?; (4) What have been the most challenging barriers to collaboration with [homeless or special education/early intervention] staff?; and (5) What suggestions do you have for colleagues regarding how they can build strong collaborative relationships across these programs? The information gleaned from these surveys guided development of the policy forum. This document contains the following: 1) the need for, and description of, the policy forum; 2) a review of laws pertinent to the education of students with disabilities who are homeless; 3) a summary of the collaborative process designed specifically for IDEA and homeless education administrators; and 4) the findings from the policy forum. These findings include both barriers to collaboration and recommendations to overcome these barriers in order to better serve this student population. Appended are: (1) Synthesis of July and September 2007 Surveys of Homeless Education, Early Intervention and Special Education Program Administrators; (2) Policy Forum Participant List; (3) Template for Beginning Collaboration among IDEA Part B, IDEA Part C and Homeless Education Administrators/Programs; (4) Policy Forum Agenda: McKinney-Vento and IDEA Administration Collaboration, June 17, 2008; (5) Pertinent IDEA and McKinney-Vento Excerpts and Additional Information; (6) Two Collaborative Process Documents; (7) Richmond, Virginia's Transportation Agreement: Procedures for Inter-District Collaboration for Providing Transportation to Homeless Children and Youth; (8) Colorado's Sample HIPAA FERPA Consent to Share Form; and (9) Sample Enrollment Form. (Contains 2 footnotes.)
Project Forum. Available from: National Association of State Directors of Special Education. 1800 Diagonal Road Suite 320, Alexandria, VA 22314. Tel: 703-519-3800; Fax: 703-519-3808; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Department of Education (ED)
Authoring Institution: National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE), Project Forum
Identifiers - Location: Colorado; Virginia
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; Stewart B McKinney Homeless Assistance Act 1987