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U.S. Department of Education: Serving Students Experiencing Homelessness During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Maximizing the Impact of ARP-HCY Funds
Through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP), Congress appropriated an unprecedented $800 million to enable States and school districts to identify students experiencing homelessness and address the unique impacts that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on this population of students. In this session, representatives from the U.S. Department of Education will discuss the contours of the ARP Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief – Homeless Children and Youth (ARP-HCY) program. This session will also feature a panel on the use of and early impacts of the ARP-HCY program in the communities of three panelists: Wendy Kinnear (PA Department of Education), Suzanne Peck (ID Department of Education), and Lisa Phillips (NC Department of Public Instruction).
This talk was presented at:
2022 National ESEA Conference
February 2022 in New Orleans, LA
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Patrick Rooney

Patrick Rooney is the Director of School Support and Accountability. He oversees several key components of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), including 21st Century Community Learning Centers; Title I, Part A; Title I, Part D; Title II; Title III; State Assessment Grants; Competitive Grants for State Assessments; McKinney-Vento Homeless Education; Well-Rounded Education through Student-Centered Funding; and 21st Century Community Learning Centers Out of School Time Career Pathway programs. Together, these programs award more than $20 billion annually to states and districts. Prior to this, Patrick was the Deputy Director in the Office of State Support from 2014 to 2018, where he oversaw many of these same programs. Patrick previously helped lead the work of the Reform Support Network, providing technical assistance to states implementing comprehensive Race to the Top reforms, and the Race to the Top Assessment program, which provided grants to groups of states to develop new assessments aligned to state’s college and career ready standards. Patrick also worked in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education supporting states implement their accountability and assessment systems. Patrick previously worked in the DC Office of State Superintendent of Education, where he was a senior policy advisor and worked on a variety of K-12 issues in the District of Columbia. He started his career as a statistician in the National Center for Education Statistics, analyzing education trends for a variety of topics in the Congressionally mandated annual report, The Condition of Education.

Sophia Hart

Sophie Hart is a Program Officer in the Office of School Support and Accountability at the U.S. Department of Education (ED), working on the Homeless Education and English Learner programs. Prior to joining ED, Sophie worked at a marketing and communications firm, taught Social Studies, and served in the Peace Corps in Rwanda. She received her Master’s in Public Policy from the University of Michigan and a BA in Social Studies for Secondary Education from Hope College.

Suzanne Peck

Suzanne M. Peck has dedicated her life to “Saving the world, one reader at a time” after working in the St. Anthony Juvenile Corrections facility and realizing that most of this population struggled to be able to read. She has worked with at-risk populations and programs ever since in numerous capacities at the school, district, and now at the state level as the Idaho State Coordinator for Title IX-A Homeless Education and Title ID Neglected, Delinquent, & At-Risk programs. She realizes how difficult it is to teach a child when they are hungry, tired, or experiencing trauma. She received a Bachelor’s degree from Utah State University and has been an educator dedicated to serving the most vulnerable students for 20 years.

Lisa Phillips

Lisa Phillips has been the State Coordinator for the NC Homeless Education Program for 11 years. Emphasis in her work is on collecting and analyzing data for program development and the academic success of students, providing training and technical assistance to school districts about the McKinney-Vento Act, administering federal funding, and conducting formal monitoring of school districts and charter schools. She develops training materials for local and state programs while also serving on a multitude of boards at the local, state, and national level. She has extensive experience in the public-school system as a school social worker as well as in the position of an assistant principal. She is a recipient of the National Association of Federal Education Program Administrators Leadership Award and holds several degrees with emphasis on School Social Work as well as in Liberal Studies and School Administration.

Wendy Kinnear

Regional Coordinator, PA Education for Children & Youth Experiencing Homelessness Program and Educational Stability for Youth in Foster Care Program, Region 5 Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV