Student Homelessness Training

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Pre-Conference K-12 Student Homelessness Training

Monday, May 21, 2018
Yakima Convention Center
Yakima, WA

Training Check-In: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Training Program: 10:00am - 5:05pm

 

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Training Overview

Homelessness among K-12 students has more than doubled over the past decade in communities across Washington. Schools identified over 39,000 students - including 3,412 unaccompanied youth - experiencing homelessness during the 2015 - 2016 school year. Homelessness disproportionately impacts students of color, and approximately half of Washington’s students experiencing homelessness are in Grade 5 or younger.

The Pre-Conference K-12 Student Homelessness Training will bring together people working to support K-12 students experiencing homelessness for an all-day learning and networking event. This special event is ideal for education, affordable housing, homelessness, state and local government, and similar community stakeholders.

Training topics will include the rights of K-12 students experiencing homelessness, cross-sector community collaborations to end student homelessness, models to support unaccompanied youth who are homeless, and more.

This special event will feature speakers from regions across Washington - both rural and urban - representing the education and housing sectors. This is a unique opportunity to meet, network, and learn from cross-sector partners working to advance solutions to end student homelessness.

Registration information is available here (pre registration required) and includes lunch on May 21, 2018.  

Please note that this training is being offered as an add-on event and the cost to attend is in addition to the Conference on Ending Homelessness’ program on Tuesday and Wednesday. You may participate in this training only, or add it onto your participation of the Conference on Ending Homelessness.


 

Program Description

Training speakers and topics are subject to change.

Continuing education information is coming soon.

 

Part I: Welcome Program
10:00am - 10:25am

Opening Remarks: Liza Burrell, Building Changes

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Keynote Speaker

Representative Jake Fey, 27th Legislative District, Washington State House of Representatives 
Born and raised in Port Angeles, Jake’s experience in the YMCA Youth and Government program pointed him early on toward a life of public service. He was the first in his family to attend college, earning a BA in Political Science from the University of Washington and then an MPA from the University of Puget Sound.

Jake has been the Director of the WSU Energy program since 2001, providing leadership in alternative-energy and energy-efficiency. Jake has also coordinated community-volunteer efforts as a member of the Sound Transit and Pierce Transit Boards, and working on the Pierce County Public Health Board. He has served as Vice Chair of the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, was a member of the Tacoma City Council and also Deputy Mayor of Tacoma.

Elected into the WA State House of Representatives in 2012, Jake currently serves as Vice Chair of the House Transportation Committee and as a member of the House Environmental Committee and the Technology and Economic Development Committee. In addition, Jake serves as the Vice Chair of the Council of State Governments’ Transportation Committee.

One of Jake’s top priorities in the legislature is ensuring that our state’s most vulnerable youth have the tools and opportunities they need to succeed. Jake was the prime sponsor of the Homeless Student Stability Act, which provides housing support and school counselors for homeless families. Currently, Jake serves as a member of the Office of Homeless youth Advisory Committee.

Jake has lived in Tacoma for more than 30 years. He has two children and two grandkids.

 

Part II: The Rights of Students Experiencing Homelessness
10:30am - 12:00pm  

McKinney-Vento 101: Understanding the Rights of Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness 
This session will provide a broad overview of the federal McKinney-Vento Act by focusing on the rights of children and youth experiencing homelessness. This session has been created to help bridge the gap of understanding between schools and housing partners.

Speakers:
Ella DeVerse, Program Specialist, Education of Homeless Children and Youth, Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction
Jess Lewis, Foster Care Program Supervisor, Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction

Presentation Slides

Lunch
12:00pm - 12:50pm

 

Part III: Collaborations to End Student Homelessness  
1:00pm - 2:00pm

Beyond Identification: Systems Partnerships to Create Housing Solutions 
Schoolhouse Washington brings systems together to solve housing crises for students and families, building on the theory that schools can’t solve student homelessness alone. Learn effective strategies to connect with families, service providers and the crisis response system to identify housing solutions that work for individual situations.

Presentation Slides

Speakers:
Emily Harris-Shears, Senior Manager of Grant Making and Capacity Building, Building Changes
Katara Jordan, Senior Manager of Policy and Advocacy, Building Changes

2:10 pm - 3:10 pm

Models of Collaboration to Support Students Experiencing Homelessness 
Housing and education stakeholders from different regions of Washington will share models of how they have successfully engaged students experiencing homelessness and their families to help them access safe, healthy, and affordable homes. Best practices and practical models that are applicable to communities of varying sizes will be shared. Learn how to support students' academic success while also ensuring they are stably housed.

Moderator:
Katara Jordan, Senior Manager of Policy and Advocacy, Building Changes

Speakers:
Leslie Camden Goold
, School Social Worker/McKinney-Vento Homeless Liaison, Central Valley School District
Christi Lail, Diversion Specialist, Council for the Homeless
Kim Rinehardt, Executive Director, Mason County Host
Pat Soderquist, Homeless Coordinator, Centralia School District                

Part IV: Supporting Students Experiencing Unaccompanied Homelessness

3:30pm - 4:15pm

Housing Solutions for Unaccompanied Students Experiencing Homelessness 
This session will discuss housing models that are designed to support unaccompanied youth experiencing homelessness access housing and safety. We'll hear from housing providers who are serving this population, and examples of best practices and models that can be applied in communities across the state will be shared. Information about how education and housing stakeholders can collaborate to support the housing stability and safety of students experiencing unaccompanied homelessness will be discussed.  

Moderator:
My-Le Tang, Program Coordinator, Washington State Department of Commerce, Office of Homeless Youth

Speakers:
Bridget Cannon
, Director of Youth Services, Volunteers of America Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho
Lori Cavender, Executive Director and Founder, Ryan's House For Youth
Jesselyn Helms, PAD Assistant Manager, Northwest Youth Services

Presentation Slides - Lori
Presentation Slides - My-Le

 

4:20pm - 5:05pm

Engaging Unaccompanied Students Experiencing Homelessness at School 
This session will cover models of how to engage and support unaccompanied youth experiencing homelessness in school settings. Speakers will discuss best practices of how homeless student liaisons and education stakeholders can engage, and re-engage, unaccompanied youth in education. Information about how education and housing stakeholders can collaborate to support the academic success of unaccompanied students experiencing homelessness will be discussed.

Moderator:
Ella DeVerse, Program Specialist, Education of Homeless Children and Youth, Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction

Speakers:
Laurie Shannon
, Program Supervisor for Reengagement and Graduation and BECCA Liaison, Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction
Leslie Camden Goold, School Social Worker, Central Valley School District McKinney-Vento Homeless Liaison
 

 

Speaker Biographies

Leslie Camden Goold, School Social Worker, Central Valley School District McKinney-Vento Homeless Liaison
Leslie Camden Goold is the McKinney-Vento Homeless Liaison for Central Valley School District in Spokane Valley WA. She has worked with students and families who are experiencing homelessness for 17 years. Leslie serves on local, regional and State-wide boards and teams to change the way the community functions in the fight to end homelessness. She is involved in numerous collaborative efforts in Spokane County around homeless issues and is always a voice for children and youth experiencing homelessness. Leslie has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences from Washington State University, and a Master’s Degree in Social Work with a state certification in School Social Work from Eastern Washington University. Leslie has learned never to underestimate the importance of relationship, the magic of respect, and the power of resiliency.

Bridget Cannon, Director of Youth Services, Volunteers of America Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho
Bridget Cannon has been working with homeless youth and young adults at Volunteers of America (VOA) of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho since 1994. Bridget has held many different positions, from shelter supervisor, IL Coordinator, Family Services Coordinator, Crosswalk Program Manager, and the Director of Youth Services for all of VOA’s youth and family services for the past ten year. VOA serves a wide range of youth and young adults, including homeless youth ages 13-24, young homeless families (two different programs), foster youth and families involved with CPS. We believe it takes the whole community to assist young people in overcoming the trauma they have experienced and ensuring they get a chance to lead a full and meaningful life.

Lori Cavender, Executive Director and Founder, Ryan's House For Youth
Lori Cavender is the founder of Ryan’s House For Youth (RHFY), and she created and successfully implemented the first and only host home program in Island County. In 2016, Lori worked with other host home providers, DSHS, and the Department of Commerce to pass legislation to allow Host Homes to operate throughout the state, creating more housing options for young people. The bill was signed into law by the Governor on April 1, 2016. Lori is a member of the South Whidbey HELP Network and the Island County Housing Provider Network. She is a member of the National Association of the Education of Homeless Children and Youth, the Washington Coalition for Homeless Youth Advocacy, and is a Trauma Informed Care Instructor and Youth Minister. Through RHFY, she runs an outreach program, mediation program, a drop-in center, a host home program, and emergency, short-term and transitional housing for older youth. Lori resides on Whidbey Island with her family.

Ella DeVerse, Program Specialist, Education of Homeless Children and Youth, Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction
Ella DeVerse is the Program Specialist for McKinney-Vento, Education of Homeless Children and Youth at the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and provides training and technical assistance to school districts throughout the state. Prior to working at OSPI, she served as the McKinney-Vento Homeless Liaison for the Aberdeen School District. Ella has a BA from Pacific Lutheran University in Anthropology with an emphasis in transitional and Latin American cultures. She is currently working on a Master’s in Public Administration with an emphasis in Government and Policy.

Emily Harris-Shears, Senior Manager of Grant Making and Capacity Building, Building Changes
Emily Harris-Shears is a Senior Manager of Grant Making and Capacity Building at Building Changes. Ms. Harris-Shears has worked in ending homelessness for more than eight years. She has been a part of implementation of Coordinated Entry, low-barrier Rapid Rehousing projects and managed public and private grant portfolios.
Ms. Harris-Shears holds a Bachelor of Social Work from Northern Arizona University and a Master of Social Work with an emphasis in Planning, Advocacy and Community Organizing from Arizona State University.   

Jesselyn Helms, PAD Assistant Manager, Northwest Youth Services
Jesselyn Helms is the Assistant Manager of the PAD (Positive Adolescent Development) Program with Northwest Youth Services. In this role, Jesselyn oversees and supports a staff in providing housing services to 13-17-year-old homeless and runaway youth. The PAD uses a harm-reduction model, and aims to collaborate with youth to foster self-reliance. Prior to starting work with the PAD Program in 2014, Jesselyn led adolescent girls on extended wilderness trips in Northern Canada, where she provided space to build on young people’s strengths and honor youth voice. It is Jesselyn’s belief that all young people deserve to be seen, valued, and heard, and be provided a safe space to be vulnerable and work towards growth. 

Katara Jordan, Senior Manager of Policy and Advocacy, Building Changes
Katara Jordan is the Senior Manager of Policy and Advocacy at Building Changes. Katara’s work focuses on removing barriers to housing stability for homeless children, youth, and families. Through the Schoolhouse Washington project, she also works on addressing barriers to academic success for students experiencing homelessness.
Previously she worked as an attorney at Columbia Legal Services, where she worked on removing systemic barriers for children and youth who were homeless, low-income, at-risk, or in foster care. She is a former recipient of a prestigious Equal Justice Works two-year fellowship.
Katara holds a BA in Women’s Studies from Barnard College, Columbia University in New York City, a law degree from the University of Washington School of Law, and a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Washington.

Chrisi Lail, Diversion Specialist, Council for the Homeless
Christi Lail has worked at Council for the Homeless for over two years. She currently works as a Diversion Coordinator with the Homeless Student Stability Program (HSSP). She works hand in hand with Family and Community Resource Center Coordinators (FCRC) to house families and unaccompanied youth. Using a strengths based, trauma informed lens, Christi strives to empower people to move toward family led solutions, address barriers to housing, and attain of long term stability.

Jess Lewis, Homeless Student Stability Program Supervisor, Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction
Jess Lewis has worked in public service for sixteen years, most of which has been working for public schools and private, non-profits. For the past eight years, she has worked for the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction as a Program Supervisor in Homeless Education, Equity and Civil Rights, Behavior, Readiness to Learn, K-12 Student Discipline, and Foster Care Education. She is currently the Homeless Student Stability Program Supervisor.
Jess holds a BA in Social Welfare from the University of Washington, a Master’s in Public Administration with an emphasis in Government and Policy, and she is currently working on an EdD in K-12 Leadership.

Kimberly Rinehardt, Executive Director, The Mason County HOST Program
Kimberly Rinehardt is the Executive Director of The Mason County HOST (Housing Options for Students in Transition) Program. The Mason County HOST Program serves all students aged 15 to 21 in the whole of Mason County.  Kim has been the executive director for four years.  In addition, Kim is a guardian ad litem for both vulnerable adults and children.  Kim is an independent social worker whom works in five counties in Washington State. Kim has a degree in Psychology and began her career with Child Protective Services. She has operated an independent social work business for twenty-five years.  She is a current member of WILHA, National Network for Youth, Housing Coalition of Mason County and Building Changes.  Kim operates the Mason County HOST Program and guides a transitional housing program, drop in center, diversion program, independent living program and a homeless family resource program.  Kim resides in Thurston County.  

Laurie Shannon, Program Supervisor for Reengagement and Graduation and BECCA Liaison, Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction
Laurie Shannon is the current Program Supervisor for Reengagement and Graduation and BECCA Liaison for the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. She holds a BA and BS from The Evergreen State and worked as teacher of science and English/language arts stating in 1984. In 1993, Laurie completed her Masters in Counseling at the University of Puget Sound. She holds a Career and Technical Education Directors certification from Central Washington University. Laurie has worked as a Teacher, Counselor, Dean of Students and adjunct faculty in a variety of educational settings, including alternative schools, comprehensive high schools, middle schools, and a skills center before coming to OSPI.

Pat Soderquist, Homeless Coordinator, Centralia School District                
Pat Soderquist has worked in the education field for over thirty-five years. In her prior career, Pat was a District Accountant and retired in October 2014. In January 2015, she was offered the Homeless Coordinator position at the Centralia School District, which has been the most rewarding position she has ever held. Pat is committed to the students at the Centralia School District, and her number one goal is to empower students and provide them hope and support through difficult times. Pat has experience collaborating with service groups to obtain additional support to help students experiencing homelessness, and she believes that together, we can achieve great things.

My-Le Tang, Program Coordinator, Washington State Department of Commerce, Office of Homeless Youth
My-Le Tang is the Program Coordinator at the Office of Homeless Youth. My-Le’s work focuses on providing guidance and technical assistanceto grantees throughout the state. Her work centers on preventing homelessness and providing services for youth and youth adults, ages 12-24 years. Prior to her position at the Office of Homeless Youth, she worked diligently with stakeholders and legislators on legislation to stabilize families, youth, and young adults in Washington. My-Le holds a BA in Ethnic, Gender and Labor Studies with a minor in Human Rights from University of Washington Tacoma. 

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