Understanding McKinney-Vento and Dropout Prevention: Strategies to Support Students
Dropping out of school is often a process of disengagement that happens over time. The complexity of this process points to the need for systemic solutions that address root causes, making changes in the way we “do” school. Over a million children/youth in the U.S. have been identified as homeless, a traumatic circumstance that can place them at greater risk of low achievement and eventually dropping out. These students present their own specific challenges that schools must be aware of and address in order for our children and youth to be educationally stable, successful and prepared for college, career or civic life. This session will explore the challenges faced by students experiencing homelessness, and how we as educators and agency personnel can have a positive impact on student's success.
Dr. Addis has 44 years of experience in public education in a variety of roles that include teacher, counselor, coach, principal, system-level administrator, and director of a regional educational service agency. He has designed and administered a variety of dropout prevention initiatives that include after-school programs, counseling, and service-learning. Dr. Addis has served as an alternative school principal and authored numerous grant proposals that funded summer programs, professional learning, family engagement, and character education. Dr. Addis has served as an adjunct instructor at several colleges in South Carolina and Georgia, trained local school boards, and consulted with local school systems on policy and leadership development. He has led educator teams in the development and distribution of student achievement measures and online systems for delivery of educator training. Dr. Addis has served on numerous professional boards, testified before legislative committees, and recently chaired the Educator Ethics Task Force of the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.
Jacinda has worked in homeless education for the last six years as well as in the areas of truancy, chronic absenteeism, school climate, dropout prevention and alternative education. Jacinda has fifteen years experience in the areas of trauma, mental health, substance abuse, child welfare and juvenile justice. Jacinda has also served as an adjunct college professor for the past ten years teaching classes in psychology and mental health.