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Professional Development

Annual Homeless Liaison Training Requirements
Save-the-date!
  • Project HOPE-VA State Homeless Education Conference • March 4-6, 2024 • Roanoke, VA
Regional Training
  • Annual Regional Trainings - McKinney-Vento - these trainings are free and open to all school staff and community partners.  Liaisons - feel free to invite your supervisors, school counselors, school social workers, and anyone who works with McKinney-Vento (administrative assistants, case managers, or your back ups), as well as local shelter/ housing or other community partners. Mark your calendars for a MV 101 near you!
    • Fall 2023 Trainings are completed. Watch for future dates. 
  • Annual Regional Trainings - Foster Care - these trainings are free and open to all school staff, LDSS, LCPAs, and anyone interested in supporting students in foster care.  Liaisons - feel free to invite your supervisors, school counselors, school social workers, and anyone who works with foster care (administrative assistants, case managers, or your back ups), as well as local or community partners.

Our virtual trainings are split into two parts, and our in-person trainings cover the content in both parts.  Part 1 topics include: legislative background – Fostering Connections, ESSA, and the Code of Virginia & when these laws apply; Virginia’s educational stability process for students in general education from placement to school enrollment; and residential placements and requirements for a BID (changes to Virginia joint guidance referenced in Supts Memo 152-22).  Part 2 topics include: brief overview of Virginia’s educational stability process with a focus on special education and complex cases; residential placements and requirements for a BID (changes to Virginia joint guidance referenced in Supts Memo 152-22); Fostering Futures (Virginia’s voluntary extension of foster care); and resolving school placement disputes.

Webinars and Online Training
  • Project HOPE-VA's McKinney-Vento 101 (updated August 2022)
  • McKinney-Vento 101 video for early childhood educators
  • Project HOPE-VA Introduction to McKinney-Vento online course
  • Project HOPE-VA "Charlie Check In" for homeless liaisons - contact us for the registration link.  Upcoming dates and additional details are below (subject to change).   For the 2023-24 school year, check ins are held on the fourth Tuesday at 10:00 a.m.:
    • January 23rd, 2024
  • The National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE) offers self-paced online training and live interactive group training for local homeless education liaisons.
Conferences and Additional Opportunities
  • Project HOPE-VA State Homeless Education Conference • March 4-6, 2024 • Roanoke, VA
  • National Sumit on Youth Homelessness • National Network for Youth • February 29-March 1, 2024 • Washington, DC
Project HOPE Topical & Other Webinars 
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Recorded Webinars & Other Professional Development