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Awareness Materials: Videos, Curricula, and Publications

Resources for Schools & Service Providers | Resources for Children & Youth | Videos

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.

Resources for Schools & Service Providers

Introduction to the Issues

This brief from the National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE) provides an overview of issues within the field of homeless education, and is particularly helpful for introducing new people to the field or introducing the issue to those outside of the field.

Academic Support of Homeless Children and Youth: An Overview

This NCHE webpage provides an overview of how administrators and teachers can support the education of children and youth experiencing homelessness. It discusses educational barriers faced by homeless students and lists needs of homeless students according to age group.

NYS-TEACHS Tip Sheet Series

One-page guides to McKinney-Vento, customized for Social Workers, Teachers, School/District Leadership, Pupil Transportation Directors, School Nurses, Secretaries/Enrollment Personnel, and Parents.

What Administrators Should Know

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

Local Homeless Education Liaisons

This brief from NCHE 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

These warning signs are common signs of homelessness that can be shared with professionals working with students. (From NCHE)

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.

Publications for Children and Youth

Institute for Children and Poverty: Children's Books and Resources

This webpage from the Institute for Children and Poverty includes titles and purchasing information for various curricula focusing on the issue of homelessness.

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.


Registration Simulation Video

This video simulation, a collaborative project between NYS-TEACHS and the Urban Arts Partnership, demonstrates the ways in which conversation between school staff and a parent can affect the school registration process. In this Choose Your Own Adventure-style video, you will act as registration staff and respond to a parent who has come to register her daughter in school.

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, including 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.

Homelessness and Education: Real Students, Real Schools

The National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY) created five short awareness videos which are available on YouTube. These clips consist of students and McKinney-Vento liaisons interviewing each other about their experiences.

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.

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.

Fly Away Home

This educational resource from The Reading Rainbow includes a feature book, Fly Away Home; a video about families in homeless situations; 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.

My Own Four Walls 2009

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.

REACH: Connect Your Children with Education

This video from Hear Us, Inc. 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.


Workshops and Training Materials

Training and Workshop Materials