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Meeting the Educational Needs of Homeless Children and Youth: All Working Together

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Alabama Department of Education


Alabama State Department of Education, Federal Programs


This presentation gives a brief overview of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act and the critical role of the homeless liaison.  Highlights include the following areas: the definition of homeless; identification and determination of eligibility of homeless students; strategies for dealing with the challenges of unaccompanied youth; service of pre-school homeless students; definition of school of origin; Title I services for homeless students; and transportation challenges and guidelines.

Contact Information:

For information concerning McKinney-Vento Homeless Education contact Beth Thompson, Education Specialist over Homeless Education at 334-242-8180 or by email at 

Length: 37:53

Content Areas: Professional Development

Alabama Course of Study Alignments and/or Professional Development Standard Alignments:

AQTS_5.C.1: Alabama-Specific Improvement Initiatives [Knowledge of current and emerging state initiatives and programs including, but not limited to, the Alabama Reading Initiative (ARI); the Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative (AMSTI); and Alabama Connecting Classrooms, Educators and Students Statewide (ACCESS) and their relationship to student achievement.]
AQTS_5.C.3: Alabama-Specific Improvement Initiatives [Ability to integrate statewide programs and initiatives into the curriculum and instructional processes.]
AQTS_5.F.1: Local, State, Federal Laws and Policies [Knowledge of laws related to students' and teachers' rights and responsibilities and the importance of complying with those laws, including major principles of federal disabilities legislation (IDEA, Section 504 and ADA), as well as Alabama statutes on child abuse and neglect, and the importance of complying with those laws.]
AQTS_5.F.2: Local, State, Federal Laws and Policies [Ability to access school, community, state, and other resources and referral services.]
AQTS_5.F.3: Local, State, Federal Laws and Policies [Ability to access resources to gain information about federal, state, district, and school policies and procedures.]
ASIL_5.1: [Ability to address student and family conditions affecting learning]
ASIL_8.6: [Knowledge and ability to act in accordance with federal and state constitutional provisions, statutory standards, and regulatory applications]


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