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Professional Learning

NYS TEACHS offers virtual monthly webinars. All webinars, including upcoming and newly released, will be posted to this page. If you have any questions, please contact us at info@nysteachs.org.

Check out our recorded webinars for groundbreaking and innovative intel on some of the most popular topics in homeless education.

McKinney-Vento Webinars

Back to School with McKinney-Vento 2023
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Review the McKinney-Vento homeless Assistance Act with a focus on identification and enrollment, and learn about the various ways you will be supported in your work this year.

Roles and Responsibilities of McKinney-Vento Liaisons 2023
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This session is designed especially for McKinney Vento liaisons who are new to their role in implementing the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.

Supporting Students in Temporary Housing-Identification & Eligibility 2023
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This webinar will support McKinney-Vento Liaisons in the identification of students experiencing homelessness and in the determination of eligibility for services.

The Role of Transportation Under the McKinney-Vento Act
2023
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This webinar will address the key provisions of transportation for students experiencing homelessness.

McKinney-Vento Act: Supporting Students with Enrollment & School Selection 2023
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This webinar will focus on providing information on how to guide the decision of school selection when considering what is in the best interest of the child/youth.

McKinney-Vento: Meeting the Needs of Unaccompanied Homeless Youth 2023
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This webinar will focus on using the provisions of the McKinney-Vento Act to determine eligibility for benefits and to provide the supports that foster academic success.

McKinney-Vento: Working with Families Experiencing Homelessness
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 This interactive webinar will feature scenarios and offer ways to work with parents experiencing homelessness to ensure the best educational services for their children.

Understanding the STAC-202 Process
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This training is recommended for all district personnel, new or as a refresher, who are responsible for overseeing, conducting, or reporting STAC homeless placements.

 McKinney-Vento Act: Students Attending Charter Schools*
*in Rest of State, not NYC
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This webinar will provide information on the provisions of the McKinney-Vento law with a focus on enrollment and transportation. (Webinar is intended for Rest of State, not NYC)

Navigating the Dispute Resolution Process 2024
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The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act provides a provision, the dispute resolution process, to resolve these types of disagreements.

Data Collection and Reporting
(Rest of State) 
Presented in Collaboration w/ the Office of Information and Reporting Services
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This webinar will provide an opportunity to learn about data sources, the data verification process, and the role of the Student Information Repository System (SIRS) in the data collection process and reporting of students experiencing homelessness.

Supporting Students in Temporary Housing with Title 1 Part A Set-Aside Funds
(Rest of State) 2023
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The webinar will provide information on the purpose of Title 1 funds and how these funds can be used to support students living in temporary housing.

McKinney-Vento: Supporting Young Children Experiencing Homelessness 2024
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This webinar will focus on how the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act applies to young children, specifically preschoolers who experience homelessness.

Understanding the STAC-202 Policy 2024
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This webinar will focus on providing information on the STAC 202 process. Opportunities will be provided to determine whether an LEA should apply for tuition reimbursement or direct bill another school district for the cost of educating a student in temporary housing.

Preparing Students for Postsecondary Education and Completing the FAFSA 2024
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This webinar will discuss these barriers and provide strategies for helping youth experiencing homelessness prepare for and transition to post-secondary education, with particular emphasis on college preparation. Information will be provided on how to complete the FAFSA and obtain fee waivers.

 McKinney-Vento Act: Meeting the Needs of Recently Arrived Children and Youth
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This webinar will focus on ways to meet the needs of recently arrived children and youth while addressing barriers to academic success.

End of Year Planning for
McKinney-Vento Liaisons 2024
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The webinar will also address outreach and identification efforts that can occur over the summer, summer school programming and needs assessment tools.

Planning your LEA Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program 2023
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Topics include conducting an informal needs assessment, making data-based decisions, planning efficient collaborations, organizing your work, developing a back-to-school checklist, and practicing self-care.

Meeting the Needs of Students with Disabilities Living in Temporary Housing - 2024
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The webinar will provide information on the intersection of McKinney-Vento and IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) and how LEA’s can support students with disabilities who are living in temporary housing.

McKinney-Vento Webinars - New York City

The Role of Transportation to Support Students in Temporary Housing in New York City
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This webinar will will address the key provisions of transportation for students in temporary housing in New York City.

Supporting Students in Temporary Housing with Title 1 Part A Set-Aside Funds in New York City 2023
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The webinar will provide information on the purpose of Title 1 funds and how these funds can be used to support students living in temporary housing. 

Trauma-Informed Support Webinar Series

Creating Trauma-Informed and Responsive Practices in Schools
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This webinar will be provided by the NYS Trauma Informed Network Resource Center. NYS Trauma Informed Network Resource Center (TINRC) is a division of Coordinated Care Services, Inc. (CCSI) that is funded by NYS Office of Mental Health.

Promoting Student Mental Health
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This webinar will introduce school staff to the concept of mental health as a continuum of wellness with special attention to the impact of traumatic experiences, including loss, homelessness, poverty, abuse, and neglect.

Trauma Informed Family Engagement
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This webinar will explore the impact of trauma on safety and well-being and explore ways to affirm family experiences through trauma-sensitive practices.

Session 1: Understanding Trauma 
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This session will focus on building a foundation of knowledge to understand trauma and its impact on the brain and behavior. 

The Intersection of Gender-Based Violence and Homelessness
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This 90-minute webinar is designed to provide a fundamental knowledge base on the issue of domestic violence as it intersects with homelessness.

Session 2: Practices and Strategies for Safety and Support 
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This session will provide an overview of the principles of trauma-sensitive or -informed care. 

Session 3: Self-Care and Coping with Secondary Traumatic Stress
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This session will focus on the application of the knowledge and concepts explored in becoming trauma informed to experiences in the liaison role.

Mandatory McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act Training

  • Under the federal McKinney-Vento Act, as reauthorized by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), McKinney-Vento liaisons are required to participate in professional development so they can better identify and meet the needs of children and youth experiencing homelessness (42 U.S.C. §§ 11432[f][6] & [g][6][A][ix]). 

  • The field memo attached titled, “MV Required Training Memo 22-23”, provides information regarding professional development and training required of McKinney-Vento liaisons to better identify and meet the needs of children and youth experiencing homelessness in accordance with the federal McKinney-Vento Act.

  • Federal law also requires that McKinney-Vento liaisons ensure that local educational agency (LEA) personnel providing McKinney-Vento services (e.g., superintendents, registrars, transportation directors, CSE chairs, school counselors, school social workers, principals, Title I directors, teachers) receive professional development.

  • Liaisons can either provide such LEA personnel with training themselves or ensure that they participate in one training offered by NYS-TEACHS.

  • Questions may be directed to:

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