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Serving Students Furthest from Educational Opportunity: Homeless, Foster, and Neglected and Delinquent Youth

This session will assist school districts who serve students impacted by homelessness, the foster care system, and the juvenile justice system in thinking holistically about meeting the needs of these students. We will discuss eligibility for each program, highlighting the cross-over between these populations, learn more about the funds that are available to serve each group, and the required services under ESSA. Attendees will leave this session with ideas for braiding funds, and creating comprehensive programs for serving at-risk youth.

This talk was presented at:
2024 National ESEA Conference
February 2024 in Portland, OR
Heather Denny

Heather Denny is currently a program officer with the Title I, Part D team at the U.S. Department of Education. Prior to that she served in the Montana Office of Public Instruction with the EHCY, Title I, Part D, and Title I, Part A programs for ten years, as a school district homeless liaison, and as a classroom teacher for students in grades 6-12. Heather has a BA in History and Certification in Secondary Education from the University of Texas at El Paso, and a MEd in School Counseling and a MEd in Educational Leadership from Montana State University. She is currently pursuing an EdD in Educational Leadership at MSU. Heather has focused her career on serving students experiencing homelessness and impacted by juvenile justice with an emphasis on rural and American Indian students.

Dawn Rains

Dawn Rains currently serves as an IPA Federal Policy Fellow to the US Department of Education. She is also CEO of Treehouse, Washington state’s leading organization focused on educational and other essential supports to youth experiencing foster care. Dawn has served as a senior leader at Treehouse for the past 14 years. She co-leads Project Education Impact, a statewide collective impact effort to achieve educational equity for children and youth experiencing foster care or homelessness involving legislators, state agencies, and nonprofit organizations. Dawn is also a former foster parent. Dawn holds an MPA from University of Washington and a BA from The Evergreen State College, has more than 30 years of experience in nonprofit management, fundraising, program management, and policy and legislative advocacy.