Implementing the McKinney-Vento Act: Equity for Students Experiencing Homelessness
This session will provide clear, concise information on the McKinney-Vento Act, with a focus on replicable implementation strategies. Presenters represent four different perspectives and strength areas, including an attorney who was directly involved in creating ESSA policies for students experiencing homelessness; a school district level homeless liaison from an urban area with a high percentage of African American students; a school building-level liaison from a suburban and rural area with a high percentage of Latinx and Native students; and a young person who experienced homelessness in high school and currently is pursuing a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling. After learning key points of the McKinney-Vento Act and practical implementation strategies, participants will develop their own implementation plans, with input from peers and presenters. Participants will leave ready to implement at least one, tangible strategy upon returning to their school, district, or state.
Ayesha Buckner is the Homeless Coordinator at Orleans Parish School Board. In 2019, she was recognized as the Louisiana Department of Education's Homeless Liaison of the Year at the LA Association of School Administrators of Federally Assisted Programs (LASAFAP) in Baton Rouge. She was awarded for her exemplary dedication to homeless children, parents and colleagues in the state. She has a degree in Education Management.
Kara is a SchoolHouse Connection Young Leader. She graduated with honors from the State University of New York at Fredonia with a BA in Psychology and a Minor in Statistics, and is currently a Master's Degree candidate at Columbia University.
Patricia Julianelle is an attorney and legal consultant for state and local governments and non-profit organizations. Patricia is an expert on education law and policy, including the rights of children experiencing homelessness, students with disabilities and undocumented immigrants.
Cate is the Homeless Liaison at Monte del Sol Public Charter School, where she has grown the program into a state and national model. She is a member of the New Mexico Public Education Department's Education of Homeless Children and Youth Advisory Committee. Cate also is an accomplished artist.