Moving Forward, Together

This year has been one of the strangest and most difficult in recent history. Schools and McKinney-Vento Liaisons have been required to come together in new ways to support students in temporary housing despite the challenges of remote learning and traumatic events. This year, NYS-TEACHS will host a virtual Fall Conference in recognition and support of your ongoing work. Through a series of Webinars and Zoom discussion sessions, we aim to create a space for our community to learn, inspire, and heal. Join us as we move forward, together. 

  • Morning Sessions are lecture-style Webinars
  • Lunchtime Chats are informal discussions in Zoom
  • Afternoon Sessions are discussion-centered Zoom trainings

We invite you to join us!

  • You must register for each session separately.
  • Register for sessions that interest you and work with your schedule. You do not need to attend the full week of programming.
  • For McKinney-Vento District Liaisons and Liaisons at charter schools, the Morning and Afternoon sessions meet NYSED’s annual training requirement (but lunchtime chats do not).

Event Schedule

See descriptions below.

Monday, December 7Tuesday, December 8Wednesday, December 9Thursday, December 10
Morning Session
10:30 am – 11:45 am
Opening Plenary: Where We Are and Where We’re Going

Presenter: Jennifer Pringle, NYS-TEACHS

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Building Partnerships with Families and Agencies through Community Referrals

Presenters: May Erouart, Healthy and Ready to Learn & Emily Kramer, NYS-TEACHS

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Trauma-Sensitivity and School Success

Presenter: Arija Linauts, NYS-TEACHS

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Healing from Vicarious Trauma through Community-Care

Presenter: Dr. Wenimo Okoya, Healing Schools Project

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Lunchtime Chats
12:00 pm – 12:45 pm
Q&A with your McKinney-Vento State Coordinator, Melanie Faby (for newer liaisons)

Hosted by: Melanie Faby, NYSED &
Jennifer Pringle, NYS-TEACHS

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Regional Connections: Catch-up with Liaisons from Your Area

Hosted by: Arija Linauts, NYS-TEACHS

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What’s Happening at the Federal Level? A conversation with Barbara Duffield, SchoolHouse Connection

Hosted by: Barbara Duffield, SHC & Alleanne Anderson, SHC & Jennifer Pringle, NYS-TEACHS

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Mindfulness & Icebreaker Activities Lunch

Hosted by: Emily Kramer, NYS-TEACHS

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Afternoon Session
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Family-Forward Approaches to McKinney-Vento Eligibility Determinations

Facilitator: Anasofia Trelles, NYS-TEACHS

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Strategies for Effective Virtual Engagement and Connection

Facilitator: Arija Linauts, NYS-TEACHS

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Trauma-Sensitivity, Part II: A Discussion about Trauma-Sensitive Practices

Facilitator: Arija Linauts, NYS-TEACHS

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What Do I Need? Strategizing Self-Care and Burnout Prevention

Facilitator: Macy Stockton, Goddard Riverside Community Center

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Session Descriptions

Monday, December 7, 2020

Opening Plenary: Where We Are and Where We’re Going
Presenter: Jennifer Pringle, NYS-TEACHS
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Q&A with your McKinney-Vento State Coordinator: Melanie Faby
This lunchtime chat is for people who are new to their role as McKinney-Vento liaison. Participants will get to “meet” Melanie Faby, the McKinney-Vento State Coordinator from NYSED, and ask her any questions they may have about the liaison role. No question is too small! Experienced liaisons are also welcome to drop in and say hello.
Hosted By: Melanie Faby, New York State Education Department, & Jennifer Pringle, NYS-TEACHS
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Family-Forward Approaches to McKinney-Vento Eligibility Determinations
How do I go about asking a probing question about a family’s living situation? How do I prepare families for future conversations? How do I reflect on institutional racism and identity and incorporate an anti-racist lens into my discussions? 
In this session, we will discuss strategies to maintain or enhance district-family relationships while assessing for McKinney-Vento eligibility. We will reflect on how to engage in sensitive, thoughtful interactions while following legal procedures and addressing any concerns. We will consider schoolwide and community outreach, initial determinations of homelessness, and follow-up/reassessment through anti-racist and trauma-sensitive lenses. We intend to break into groups according to district size in order to share and learn translatable practices.
Facilitator: Anasofia Trelles, NYS-TEACHS
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Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Building Partnerships with Families and Agencies through Community Referrals.
This session will explore how you can provide thoughtful and useful referrals to families and youth. How can you make referrals an entry point for family trust and care, while using such resources to engage your colleagues and community partners? We will use this session to discuss approaches for having conversations about a student or family’s needs, resources for getting started with finding appropriate referrals, and tips for building a robust network of trusted community contacts.
Presenters: May Erouart, Healthy and Ready to Learn, and Emily Kramer, NYS-TEACHS
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Regional Connections: Catch Up with Liaisons from Your Area
During this informal lunch session, we’ll breakout into 6 region-specific “rooms” to discuss whatever is top-of-mind for liaisons in that area. Regional breakout rooms include NYC/Long Island, Eastern NY, Central NY, Western NY, Hudson Valley, and North Country (View map here).
Facilitator: Arija Linauts, NYS-TEACHS
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Strategies for Effective Virtual Engagement and Connection
During this time of hybrid or remote learning, students in temporary housing may be experiencing feelings of isolation and disconnection. Now more than ever, student engagement and connection are critical to school success. Through video, presentation, and small-group discussions, this Zoom session will focus on specific strategies we can use to effectively connect with students virtually.
Facilitator: Arija Linauts, NYS-TEACHS
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Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Trauma-Sensitivity and School Success
Students in temporary housing often face challenges that go beyond everyday stress and cross the line into toxic stress and trauma. These experiences can cause students to feel vulnerable, unsafe, and/or distracted, which impedes their ability to learn. This webinar will introduce NYS-TEACHS’ school success framework which uses trauma-sensitive strategies to improve a student’s self-confidence, resiliency, sense of safety, and ultimately, his/her academic achievement.
Presenter: Arija Linauts, NYS-TEACHS
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What’s Happening at the Federal Level?
A Conversation with SchoolHouse Connection. During this lunchtime session, participants will be able to ask the leading national McKinney-Vento policy experts from SchoolHouse Connection about what federal legislation or policy changes can be expected and how they will impact the educational children and youth experiencing homelessness.
Facilitators: Barbara Duffield, SchoolHouse Connection, Alleanne Anderson, SchoolHouse Connection, & Jennifer Pringle, NYS-TEACHS
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Trauma-Sensitivity, Part II: A Discussion about Trauma-Sensitive Practices
Children and youth around the state are facing extraordinary stressors as they return to school buildings or continue remote learning. We know that taking a trauma-sensitive approach can help to mitigate this stress, but what does that look like in practice? This interactive, discussion-based Zoom session will focus on specific trauma-sensitive practices that can be implemented both in school and remotely to support students.
Facilitator: Arija Linauts, NYS-TEACHS
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Thursday, December 10, 2020

Healing from Vicarious Trauma through Community-Care
While this is a challenging time for all of us, we know that we are not all weathering this storm the same way. Integrating a culture of healing into the workplace requires the adoption of community care (co-care) and self-care as priorities so that folks can show up for themselves and the people they love and serve. The purpose of this training is to allow participants to reflect on their specific needs, their co-care practices, and to begin to build a culture of healing together.
Presenter: Dr. Wenimo Okoya, Healing Schools Project
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Mindfulness and Icebreaker Activities Lunch
Close out the week with this casual lunch with colleagues. We’ll be sharing icebreakers and mindfulness activities that can be done over zoom, and we’ll add your contributions. Looking for some new ways to build connections with youth and/or colleagues in a remote world? Come and pick up some ideas! We’ll even test a few out, together.
Facilitator: Emily Kramer, NYS-TEACHS
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What Do I Need? Strategizing Self-Care and Burnout Prevention
Throughout this challenging year, school staff and McKinney-Vento liaisons have come together in order to support youth and families in temporary housing in unprecedented ways. Although this work is necessary, it can take a toll on those assisting with the needs of others. Join us for an interactive session in which we will be discussing burnout and compassion fatigue, and brainstorming ways to initiate your own individual self-care plan in order to continue supporting the needs of your school community. Come prepared to share out your ideas with peers and colleagues in break-out groups!
Facilitator: Macy Stockton, Goddard Riverside Community Center
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