The Keys to Ensuring Academic Engagement and Success for Students in Foster Care
Join leaders from states across the nation as they share successful strategies that empower and encourage their districts to engage and support students who are in foster care. This presentation will share stories of state agencies, districts, and schools implementing strategies that support the educational stability of this vulnerable population. As well as how they are providing information about students in foster care as a part of their state report cards. We will reveal key components of their successes: collaborating with stakeholders, championing systems that eliminate barriers and support school transitions, and building networks of support. Panelists will share their experience activating possibilities for students by providing the access and support every student needs to succeed. You will learn how schools can step in to help create a buffer between the child and developmental disruption so that the child in foster care has the space to develop the skills needed to thrive.
Tanya Collins is a capacity building specialist with the National Comprehensive Center. focusing on supporting students who are in foster care. With a demonstrated history of working to help all students access the high-quality educations they need to secure a successful future, Tanya has experience leading teams in designing and delivering professional development through training, coaching, and technical assistance using both in-person and virtual environments. An expert in positive behavioral interventions and supports and multi-tiered systems of support, she has been able to help drive systemic change for positive student outcomes.
Christina Endres has over 20 years of experience in state and national leadership roles related to homeless education. Ms. Endres acts as the National Center for Homeless Education Data Lead. She conducts data quality reviews for U.S. ED. Ms. Endres has published more than 20 resources related to data collection and use to improve student outcomes, collaboration, and general homeless topics.