This virtual event Oct 13 through Oct 15, 2020, is a unique opportunity is a unique opportunity for school district foster care points of contact, homeless liaisons, child welfare agency points of contact, child welfare private providers, shelter staff, educators, school social workers, pupil services personnel, school counselors, and any other professionals to deepen knowledge and practice for working with students experiencing homelessness and students in foster care.
“R.A.W. Tuba: The Power of Overcoming, Resilience” on Tuesday, October 13, will include a presentation by Richard Antoine White of New Mexico Philharmonic and a screening of the documentary film based on his life as a Baltimore child who experienced homelessness, sleeping wherever he could. Despite enormous challenges he went on to become a world-class symphony musician and professor from one of the most prestigious music programs in the US; and the first African American in the world to receive a doctorate of music in tuba.
On Wednesday, October 14, Shanté Elliott presents “Understanding Educational Identity Development for Youth Experiencing Instability.” Elliot, experienced foster care as a child, served as a higher education administrator and a Court Appointed Special Advocate and created TassellTurn, a startup that uses software to help youth in foster care graduate by matching foster-involved and housing insecure high school students to virtual education coaches and educational opportunities.
The conference also features three days of workshops on topics such as effective strategies around mental/behavioral health, tuition waivers and higher education, juvenile justice, early childhood education, child welfare, unaccompanied youth legal issues, school counseling, dropout prevention, educational stability, community collaboration, host homes, fostering resilience, managing stress and compassion fatigue, human trafficking, social and emotional learning (SEL), youth voice and racial equity, and needs of youth experiencing homelessness and youth in foster care during the COVID-19 pandemic.
2020 Paving the Way to Educational Success Conference is a joint conference of the Pennsylvania Department of Education Programs’ Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness and Educational Stability for Youth in Foster Care, and is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Departments of Education and Human Services. There is no registration fee to attend this professional development event.
Learn more and register now at https://ecyehfcconference.center-school.org