Foreclosed Futures, Part 1: The Impact of Homelessness on a Student’s Education
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm EDT Washington, DC
Barbara Duffield, Policy Director, National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth
Phillip Lovell, Vice President of Federal Advocacy, Alliance for Excellent Education
The airwaves are filled with information about the economic downturn, but too little has been said about the impact of the “great recession” on the nation’s students. The U.S. Department of Education reports that over 950,000 homeless children are entering classrooms across the country—a 41 percent increase since the beginning of the recession. The challenges associated with homelessness are overwhelming, and schools are on the front lines of making sure that homeless students receive the support they need to stabilize their lives and stay in school.
The Alliance for Excellent Education, in partnership with the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY), will be hosting “Foreclosed Futures,” a series of webinars on the issue of student homelessness.
During the first webinar on March 24, “Foreclosed Futures, Part 1: The Impact of Homelessness on a Student’s Education,” Phillip Lovell, vice president of federal advocacy at the Alliance for Excellent Education, and Barbara Duffield, policy director at NAEHCY, featured the personal stories of four homeless students who talked about what it means to be homeless, as well as the challenges they face to graduate from high school. The webinar also provided an opportunity for Mr. Lovell and Ms. Duffield to address questions submitted by viewers across the country.
The next webinar in the series will discuss the critical role played by federal education policy in providing emotional and educational stability for homeless students.
The Alliance for Excellent Education is a Washington, DC-based national policy and advocacy organization that works to improve national and federal policy so that all students can achieve at high academic levels and graduate from high school ready for success in college, work, and citizenship in the twenty-first century. For more information about the Alliance, visit www.all4ed.org.
The National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY) is the voice and social conscience for the education of children and youth experiencing homelessness. NAEHCY accomplishes this through advocacy, partnerships, and education. For more information about NAEHCY, visit http://www.naehcy.org.
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