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Implementation of the McKinney Vento Act
Transcript of Implementation of the McKinney Vento Act
A New Approach to Research
Initial Research Question
Implementation of the McKinney-Vento Act within the Pomona Unified School District
Establish a non-threatening presence
Move past initial defensive phase in order to clearly identify the needs of the community of PUSD
Identify feasible actions to address specified needs in Pomona
Gaining Legitimacy in the Community
Collaboration and Education
How is the McKinney-Vento Act failing to meet the needs of homeless Students?
What work is the Homeless Liaisons in the Pomona District doing in order to enforce the McKinney-Vento Act?
Are all criterion being met?
Is there a deficit of information on the behalf of the liaisons?
The McKinney-Vento act is legislation that needs critique
No one knows what McKinney-Vento is
The are relatively few efforts on the part of local communities to address dire and obvious needs within the immediate community
Only recently has there been an addressing of child homelessness (1987)
There is copious research in the field
There are many overlapping efforts
Liaisons are aware of the McKinney-Vento
Many struggle with a "unfunded mandate"
Many struggle with teacher and administrator education (In-service days are dominated by CCSS training and other initiatives and viewed as expensive)
There are many community actors willing to give a hand
There are many overlapping efforts
Instead of critiquing McKinney-Vento how can I utilize action oriented research tools in order to incorporate good law and community efforts?
Identified need for training
8/10 Points in plan identified need for training of administrators, teachers, and health personnel
Identified need for a "Quick Reference Sheet"
In their grant and anecdotal review of their budget PUSD identified the need for a laminated quick reference sheet
A False Start
An online data-base of resources
From my meeting with the Pomona Valley Youth and Family Coalition and my meeting with the Homeless Liaisons at PUSD there seemed to be a need for a database of resources that was:
Able to Target Specific Needs
Some Quick Definitions
The McKinney-Vento Act
The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act As amended by S. 896 The Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) act of 2009
Calls for communication and collaboration on the part of school actors and community groups (Miller 2011)
Sometimes referred to as a "horse and pony shows"
Teachers presented with 6 or 7 concept within on day
Little buy-in on the half of the teachers (despite presenter's enthusiasm)
In-service/Professional Development Days
Teachers are skeptical about any new ideas or strategy presented through PD
May only utilize techniques in classroom if they see positive change with their own eyes (Guskey 2000)
Gives Students the right to:
Remain in same school even if they move
Enroll in school without typically required records (residency, immunization, school records)
Get transportation to school
Get all the school services they need
Challenge decisions made by schools and districts. (NLCHP, The Guide to Their Rights, 2011)