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Awareness Materials: Videos, Curricula, and Publications

Curricula | Videos | Publications

Click on the links below for awareness materials that can aid in informing, training, and discussing the McKinney-Vento Act and homeless education with school personnel and area social service providers.


Institute for Children and Poverty: Curricula

This webpage from the Institute for Children and Poverty includes titles and purchasing information for various curricula focusing on the issue of homelessness. Titles include Healthy Living Center Curricula, FutureLink Afterschool Curriculum and the Practical Living/Useful Skills Workshop, among others.

Jonathon's Heart: Training Resources for Educators

These free resources from Hear Us, Inc. will assist in training teachers and other professionals on the ins-and-outs of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act and on how to meet the needs of homeless students.


Know Your Rights - Homeless Student Rights

The Legal Aid Society has launched a series of Know Your Rights videos and brochures to help inform and educate New Yorkers about a number of legal matters. The above link directs you to their informative video concerning the rights of students in temporary housing.


'Inocente' is the 2013 Academy Award winner for Best Documentary Short and tells the story of a talented-15 -year old Latina who, as an undocumented homeless immigrant, fiercely pursues her dream of becoming an artist.

"Inocente is both a timeless story about the transformative power of art and a timely snapshot of the new face of homelessness in America, children. Neither sentimental nor sensational, Inocente will immerse you in the very real, day-to-day existence of a young girl who is battling a war that we rarely see. The challenges are staggering, but the hope in Inocente's story proves that the hand she has been dealt does not define her, her dreams do."

Additional information about the film and live screening locations can be found at inocentedoc.com

Homelessness and Education: Real Students, Real Schools

The National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth created five short awareness videos (including two with Spanish subtitled), which are available online through YouTube. These clips consist of students and McKinney-Vento liaisons interviewing each other about their experiences. These are great tools to show school staff, students, and others about how homelessness impacts students and their education, and the challenges and successes that they experience. They also highlight the important role school district McKinney-Vento liaisons play.

Beyond Debate: Rights of Homeless Students

A 15 minute film produced by the Public Justice Center and Megaphone Project, "Beyond Debate: Rights of Homeless Students" is a short drama illustrating the power of a federal law that fosters educational stability for homeless students.

America's Invisible Children

Host Joan Lunden looks at the dire state of homeless children and their struggle to get a basic education. America's Invisible Children shares the personal stories of some of the 1.3 million homeless children in the U.S. who overcome unimaginable obstacles every day, in order to stay in school and break the cycle of poverty. This video shatters preconceived notions of homelessness, reminding us of the hidden victims of homelessness - the children.

Even You

This half-hour video from Project ACT in Cleveland tells the story of Josh, a popular and successful student whose world comes crashing down when his family becomes homeless. The video deals with myths about homelessness and is designed to sensitize school personnel and students to the difficulties and complexities of homelessness. The accompanying facilitator's guide provides detailed information about homelessness in America and includes ideas to stimulate the creation of community service learning projects.

Faces of Homelessness

This 13-minute video from the National Coalition for the Homeless is a great resource to begin a group discussion about homelessness in America or to use with a "Faces of Homelessness" panel presentation. The video features images taken by award-winning photographers from around the country. Photographs are accompanied with powerful music that enables the viewer to see the many men, women, and children of America who experience homelessness every day.

Fly Away Home

This educational resource from The Reading Rainbow includes a feature book, Fly Away Home; a video about families in homeless situations (available on VHS or DVD); a teacher's guide; a social sciences guide; and a family activities guide.

Great Beginnings: Enrolling Homeless Children and Youth in School

This video from the Texas Region XIII Education Service Center Homeless Education Project explores the issue of the immediate enrollment of children and youth experiencing homelessness. Through information and interviews, the video explores what federal law states about the immediate enrollment of homeless students and what schools can do to overcome the perceived obstacles to immediate enrollment.

My Own Four Walls 2009

My Own Four Walls 2009 is a unique documentary featuring accounts of homelessness from children and youth. My Own Four Walls 2009 is a collection of short documentaries depicting homelessness as experienced by children and teens in non-urban areas of the country. These young homelessness experts share their challenges and their dreams, common to over 1.5 million children and youth in this country who typically remain invisible, struggling to get into and succeed in school. My Own Four Walls 2009 incorporates new content, including the REACH training film, an 11-minute easy-to-understand overview of McKinney-Vento Homeless Education rights.

REACH: Connect Your Children with Education

This video from Hear Us explains the educational rights of children and youth experiencing homelessness, with special emphasis on educating incarcerated parents on how to advocate for their children's education during periods of incarceration.


Academic Support of Homeless Children and Youth: An Overview

This page provides an overview of how administrators and teachers can support the education of homeless children and youth. It discusses educational barriers faced by homeless students, lists needs of homeless students according to age group, and discusses general strategies to employ in supporting homeless children and youth in school.

Educational Rights of Children and Youth Experiencing Homelesness

This page provides a quick summary of the educational rights of children and youth experiencing homelessness as established by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.

What Administrators Must Know [PDF]

This brief explains the main responsibilities of school districts (LEAs) under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.

Introduction to the Issues [PDF]

This brief provides an overview of the main issues within the field of homeless education. It is a good general resource, but is also particularly helpful for introducing new people to the field or introducing the issue to those outside of the field. The brief also has a customizable fourth page, to which you can add customized information for a particular conference or for circulation on behalf of your organization.

Local Homeless Education Liaisons [PDF]

This brief explains the role and responsibilities of the Local Homeless Education Liaison, which every school district (LEA) in the country is required to appoint under federal law.

Potential Warning Signs of Homelessness

Institute for Children and Poverty: Children's Books

This webpage from the Institute for Children and Poverty includes titles and purchasing information for various curricula focusing on the issue of homelessness. Titles include Cooper's Tale, Mango's Quest, Our Wish, Saily's Journey, and Voyage to Shelter Cove.

Where Can I Build My Volcano?

This children's book from author Pat Van Doren and artist Wanda Platt reveals the struggle young Susan and her mom have when they lose their home and have to stay in a shelter.

A Place of Our Own

This children's book from author Pat Van Doren and artist Wanda Platt follows Where Can I Build My Volcano's Susan as she grows up and she and her family move from being homeless to living in a place of their own. The book inspires readers to believe that, with support, homeless children can rise to great possibilities.


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