HOPE for the Future; Reaching New Heights!

                                        December 4-5, 2014
           The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center, Roanoke, VA

Day 1: December 4, 2014

 General Session

  • Acting Assistant Branch Head, Safety-Article Avionics Systems Branch
    • Speaker(s)
      • Dr. Allan Terry Morris – NASA

Breakout Sessions I

  • What’s What with Housing Options
    • Speaker(s)
      • Erika Jones-Haskins, Virginia Housing Development Authority
    •  Session Description
      •  The presentation includes a brief overview of homeless policy in the Commonwealth of Virginia and discuss the affordable housing resources available to homeless and low to moderate income households.
  •  The Transportation Puzzle
    • Speaker(s)
      • Kathi Sheffel, Fairfax County Public Schools
      • Malora Horn & Robert Mitchem, Roanoke City Public Schools
      • Aline Brinckman & Rebecca Mummau, Montgomery County Public Schools
    • Session Description
      •  Providing transportation for homeless students can be challenging! This panel workshop reviews some best practices from school divisions across the commonwealth as well as one large school division in Virginia.  
  • Nature, Nurture, Stress, and the Environment
    • Speaker(s)
      • Phyllis Mondak, Virginia Department of Education
      • Sandy Wilberger, Virginia Commonwealth University
                 Session Description
      • How do our brains develop? What has the most effect on children’s growth, behavior, and/or learning? How do you temper what is causing stress in the children’s lives? These topics are discussed and strategies and resources to help providers, parents, and others help children grow and deal with toxic stressors will be shared. Resources to share with other adults about the importance of nurturing and a strong, positive environment on children’s growth are also shared.
  •  McKinney-Vento 101

    • Speaker(s)

      • Dr. Patricia Popp, Project HOPE-Virginia
    • Session Description
      • This session will be a basic overview of the educational requirements for the McKinney-Vento Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) Program and its implementation in Virginia. Participants new to McKinney- Vento in the schools or those who would like a refresher are welcome!

Breakout Sessions (II)

  •  Human Trafficking: What Schools Need to Know to Recognize and Respond to the Trafficking of Students (presentation)
    • Speaker(s)
      • Christina Dukes, National Center for Homeless Education
      •  Joshua Bailey, Co-founder & CEO, The Gray Haven
    • Session Description
      • This session provides attendees with an overview of the issue of human trafficking, focusing on minor sex trafficking, and how human trafficking is beginning to manifest itself in U.S. schools. Educators working with homeless and other at-risk students should be well informed about the issue and effective ways to respond within schools. Presenters recommend specific steps that may be implemented in local school divisions to respond to this growing issue in a responsible and effective manner.
  • Foster Care and School Stability (presentation)
    • Speaker(s)
      • Renee Garnett, Virginia Department of Social Services
    • Session Description
      • This session  provides participants with an opportunity to learn more about educational stability for youth in care. The four primary areas of focus are school stability, the collaborative process, school enrollment and transportation. The goal of this session is to help school divisions and local departments of social services to better understand educational stability and how they can assist with school enrollments for foster youth.
  • How Knowing Landlord and Tenant Laws Can Help Families Avoid Homelessness (presentation)
    • Speaker(s)
      • Christie Marra, Virginia Poverty Law Center
    • Sesstion Description
      • Often the difference between housing and homelessness is knowing your legal rights and how to enforce them. This session provides an overview of the rights that tenants have under state and federal law and looks at particular groups of vulnerable tenants such as victims of domestic violence and people living in motels and hotels. Participants are invited to come ready to learn the law and to discuss how they would like to see the laws improved to better protect families from homelessness.

Day 2: December 5, 2014

General Session

  • NAEHCY Update & The Colorado Model for Higher Ed Support
    • Speaker(s)
      • Dana Scott, Colorado EHCY State Coordinator

Breakout Sessions

  •  Using Title I, Part A, and Title III, Part A Funds to Support At-Risk and English Language Learner (ELL) Homeless Students (presentation)
    • Speaker(s)
      • Lynn Sodat & Judy Radford, Virginia Department of Education
    • Session Description
      • This session provides information on the use of Title I, Part A, and Title III, Part A, funds to support At-Risk and English Language Learners (ELLs) experiencing homelessness. Cost principles including allowability and supplement/not supplant provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Act of 1965 (ESEA) are addressed.
  • Trauma-Informed Care Best-Practices for the Homelessness Service Provider – Part 1 (presentation)
    • Speaker(s)
      • Philip Trent Staton & Laura Taylor, Family Preservation Services
    • Session Description
      • The session examines strategies that professionals can use to help provide emotional safety and stability for families struggling with homelessness. It discusses secondary trauma that workers can experience from working with this population as well as the symptoms and signs of compassion fatigue.
  •  Instructional Strategies and Practices of Teachers of Homeless and Highly Mobile Students (presentation)
    • Speaker(s)
      • Dr. Kim Pickles, Williamsburg James City County Public Schools
    • Session Description
      • This presentation discusses the results of a qualitative study that examined the instructional practices of teachers who teach homeless students and explore the needs and strategies teachers can use to differentiate and accommodate their instruction to maximize achievement for these students. It includes the important role that teachers must play in the growth and success of children and youth experiencing homelessness.
  • Creating Pathways for Successful Transition Into Postsecondary Programs for Youth Experiencing Homelessness (presentation)
    • Speaker(s)
      • Cyekeia Lee, National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth
      • Jennifer Martin, National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
      • Allyson Roberts, Virginia’s Community Colleges
    • Session Description
      • This session provides important information about supports available to homeless youth as they seek opportunities for education beyond high school. Participants could gain a better understanding of how to find a good campus fit with support services, the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) process and how it works, practices that have been successful in helping youth who are homeless gain access to higher education resources, higher education resources available to undocumented homeless youth, and additional resources that can be used to support homeless students in accessing higher education.
  •  Youth in Transition: Improving Outcomes Through Collaboration & Connecting the Dots (presentation)
    • Speaker(s)
      • Pamela Kestner, Office of the Secretary of Health and Human Resources
    • Session Description
      • The presentation provides a preview to the Governor’s Coordinating Council on Homelessness’ plan to address youth homelessness in the Commonwealth which calls for meaningful collaboration across agencies and connecting dots between current efforts to improve outcomes for youth, 14-24 years old, in transition. The plan outlines strategies that address four core outcomes for youth: stable housing; permanent connections; education & employment; and social-emotional well-being.
  •  ForKids Initiatives (presentation)
    • Speaker(s)
      • Thaler McCormick, CEO, ForKids
      • Dr. Elsie Harold-Lans, Norfolk Public Schools
      • Joi Chisholm-Thaxton, ForKids
    • Session Description
      • As part of their 25th Anniversary, ForKids embarked on an ambitious one-year project to better understand the total scope, impact and potential solutions for child homelessness in South Hampton Roads. At the end of one year, they collected dramatic data from the five regional public school divisions and embarked on a pilot project to implement targeted remediation for homeless children in two Norfolk elementary schools. They share the results from their 25th Anniversary Commission Report, their new pilot project and the work to come in Hampton Roads.
  • Wilson Trauma-Informed Care Interventions for Children and Adolescents-Part 2
    • Speaker(s)
      • Philip Trent Staton & Laura Taylor, Family Preservation Services, Inc.
    • Session Description
      • The session provides a variety of interventions that professionals can use when working with children who have experienced one or more traumatic events. This is a fun, hands-on workshop where the speakers actively engage in using Trauma-Informed Interventions and provide the participants with a safe place to learn and practice new interventions.
  • Virginia’s Early Childhood Mental Health Initiative
    • Speaker(s)
      • Bonnie Grifa, The Partnership for People with Disabilities
    • Session Description
      • There is a lot happening in Virginia to support you as you support young children and their families.The seession is what this initiative is all about including information on statewide training, individualized coaching, and regional learning communities available to support children's social and emotional development as well as information on Virginia's new Infant Mental Health Endorsement! There are a variety of resources given out as handouts as well as information on how to join Virginia's Infant Mental Health Association.