Homeless

Kahlil Kuykendall, program manager with Crittenton Services of Greater Washington, stands for a portrait at the Anacostia Community Museum, in Washington D.C., on Dec. 8, 2020.
Kahlil Kuykendall has worked through Crittenton Services of Greater Washington this year to help keep low-income students academically focused.
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Student Achievement Inside the Effort to Find and Help Disengaged Youth
When in-person learning abruptly ended last spring, schools and community groups sprang into action.
Christina A. Samuels, January 6, 2021
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Equity & Diversity More Than 1 in 4 Homeless Students Dropped Off Schools' Radar During the Pandemic
School leaders have lost track of students amid school closures, shrinking capacity at homeless shelters, and ever-higher family mobility.
Sarah D. Sparks, November 25, 2020
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Greta Hinderliter and her labradoodle Finnegan meet with two students from Kelly Walsh High School this month in Casper, Wyo. As the homeless liaison for the Natrona County School District, Hinderliter delivers supplies, conducts wellness checks, and mentors and tutors the district’s several hundred homeless students.
Greta Hinderliter and her labradoodle Finnegan meet with two students from Kelly Walsh High School this month in Casper, Wyo. As the homeless liaison for the Natrona County School District, Hinderliter delivers supplies, conducts wellness checks, and mentors and tutors the district’s several hundred homeless students.
Cayla Nimmo for Education Week
Student Well-Being Shielding Students From the Economic Storm
The numbers of homeless and low-income students will likely surge in the months ahead. School leaders will need to be ready.
Daarel Burnette II, September 16, 2020
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Student Well-Being Where Are They? Students Go Missing in Shift to Remote Classes
As school shutdowns extend nationwide, educators are finding that efforts to reach their families are coming up short.
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Student Well-Being Video Helping Put Homeless Students on Solid Footing
Project Lift-Off is a summer program in Lee County, NC, that nurtures homeless students’ social and academic skills.
February 21, 2020
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Student Well-Being WATCH: Meeting the Needs of Homeless Students. Lessons From One District
Many school districts have seen a rising number of homeless students in recent years. Learn lessons from a district working to address their needs in thoughtful, holistic ways.
Arianna Prothero, February 20, 2020
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Student Well-Being Leader To Learn From Creating a Foothold for the Most Vulnerable Students
Johnnye Waller, the student services director for North Carolina’s Lee County Schools, helps students facing homelessness gain a solid footing for the school year. Her summer enrichment program pairs basic necessities with academic supports and exciting field trips. She is recognized as a 2020 Leader To Learn From.
Arianna Prothero, February 19, 2020
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Heather Anderson, right, a homeless liaison for students in Paducah, Ky., public schools, talks with Lori Colburn at the Family Service Society, a local group that provides assistance to people in need.
Heather Anderson, right, a homeless liaison for students in Paducah, Ky., public schools, talks with Lori Colburn at the Family Service Society, a local group that provides assistance to people in need.
Price Chambers for Education Week
Data Number of Homeless Students Hits All-Time High
An 11-percent increase in homeless students, including many without an adult to care for them, is posing challenges for schools from coast to coast.
Sarah D. Sparks, February 10, 2020
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Every Student Succeeds Act Opinion A Wake-Up Call on Student Homelessness
Homeless students' graduation rates should be a national priority for us all, urge John King and John Bridgeland.
John King & John Bridgeland, August 27, 2019
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Michael Helverson studies a vial of "blood" to see if it's healthy during a summer program that provides academic and social supports for vulnerable students.
Michael Helverson studies a vial of "blood" to see if it's healthy during a summer program that provides academic and social supports for vulnerable students.
Emily Kask for Education Week
Every Student Succeeds Act Camp Giving Vulnerable Students an Academic 'Home' for the Summer
While many students eagerly count down the last few days of the school year, the start of summer break is a more anxious prospect for students in and on the verge of homelessness.
Sarah D. Sparks, June 18, 2019
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School Climate & Safety Report Roundup Homeless Education
For homeless students, the lack of a safe place to sleep often is only one of several traumas that affect their academic progress in school, finds a new Chapin Hall study.
Sarah D. Sparks, June 11, 2019
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Education Homeless Students' Struggles Come Into Sharper Focus Under ESSA
A new study shows that homeless children may have the lowest high school graduation rates of any student group, and there is no easy fix for the problem. 'They're individual kids, with individual stories, and individual problems," one advocate says.
Corey Mitchell, June 11, 2019
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Tupac Moseley, who was homeless during his time at Raleigh-Egypt High School in Memphis, graduated as valedictorian and received $3 million in scholarship offers.
Tupac Moseley overcame homelessness to graduate as Raleigh-Egypt High School’s 2019 class valedictorian. He was offered $3 million in college scholarships and will attend Tennessee State University in Nashville.
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Student Well-Being Commentary A Once Homeless Teen Earned $3 Million in Scholarship Offers. Here's What Made His Story Possible
Tupac Mosley overcame homelessness to graduate as valedictorian, writes Jonathan E. Collins, but there’s an overlooked part of his inspirational story: policy.
Jonathan E. Collins, June 2, 2019
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Student Well-Being Schools Finding Record Numbers of Homeless Students, Study Says
Nearly 1.36 million children went to school in 2017 without knowing where they would sleep at night, a new report finds.
Sarah D. Sparks, March 12, 2019
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