Creating Awareness for School Staff: An Interactive Approach to

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Title I HOPE (702) 855-6682
Paula Zier, District Liaison
[email protected]
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Kelly-Jo Shebeck
o [email protected]
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Terri Thompson
o [email protected]
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Sharon Cameron
o [email protected]
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Clark County School District
Las Vegas, Nevada
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Objective 1:
o Participants will recognize the need for an immersive approach to
professional developments that will positively influence the attitudes of
school staff members, improving the identification and education of
students living in transition.
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Objective 2:
o Participants will identify professional development opportunities for
homeless awareness trainings that can be adapted for any audience.
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Objective 3:
o Participants will acknowledge the barriers of identifying homeless
children at the school level.
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your audience a question
 Audience
 See
answers using mobile phone
responses in real time
 Encourages
 Free
audience participation
Polls: 40 Responses
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Title I HOPE
Homeless Outreach Program for Education
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Serving students lacking a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence
5th Largest School District
CCSD: 7,910 Square miles
Metropolitan Las Vegas area
and all outlying rural areas
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217 Elementary Schools
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59 Middle Schools
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49 High Schools
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24 Alternative Schools
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8 Special Schools
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6 Board-Sponsored Charter Schools
Total Students
318, 597
CCSD Demographics
Hispanic Latino
White/Caucasian
Black/African
Asian
Multi-racial
Hawaiian/Pacific
American Indian
20,000
18,000
16,000
14,000
12,000
10,000
8,000
6,000
4,000
2,000
0
CCSD Employees
Title I HOPE
McKinney-Vento Local Education Liaison
6 Project Facilitators
6 Support Staff
Support all 357 schools in CCSD
Train school staff on Federal Law and Student/Parent rights
Conduct Homeless Awareness trainings for schools
Backpacks
Transportation
Operation School Bell
Title I HOPE Programs
Title I HOPE Services
Community Collaborations
High School Mini-Grants
Operation School Bell
Middle School Mentoring
Professional Development
Free Breakfast and Lunch
Backpacks with School Supplies
Birth Certificates & Notary
Fee Waivers
Emergency Clothing
Summer School Tuition Grants
College Scholarships
Shelter Providers
Communities in Schools
Assistance League of Las Vegas
Continuum of Care
Three Square
Project 150
Title I HOPE Advocates
Clerk, FASA, or Counselor often assigned at elementary level
Counselor often assigned at the middle school and high school level
June 2013
 High
School
 Middle
School
 Elementary
School
Totals
June 2014
1,748
2,152
1,337
1,791
3,838
5,341
6,923
9,284
Title I HOPE Student Totals
9000
8000
7000
6000
5000
X
2013-2014
3000
ES:
MS:
HS:
2000
Total: 9,284
4000
1000
0
5,341
1,791
2,152
9,284
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Title I HOPE
Homeless Outreach Program for Education
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•Facilitating
Growth
November 2014
2013-2014
2012-2013
2011-2012
-18 Paid
Trainings
-After-school
-Saturdays
475
Participants
-6 Paid
Trainings
-After-school
-Increase in
Staff Meetings
160
Participants
-4 Paid
Trainings
-After-school
-2 District-Wide
Staff Days
360
Participants
-2 District-Wide
Staff Days
-3 Schools
-2 Departments
580 Expected
Participants
Misconceptions of Homelessness
Unfamiliar with McKinney-Vento Law
Under-identified Students
Barriers to Enrollment
Lack of Communication
Staff Turnover
Sensitivity of Employees
District Administration
School Personnel
 Engage
our Participants
 Promote
 Provide
Awareness
an Overview
 Share
Statistics
 Evoke
Empathy
 Presentation/Training/Professional
 Allotted
Time
 Time of Year
 Paid vs. Staff Development Day
 School Level
 Departments
 Community Agencies/Organizations
Development
Assess
Needs
Evaluate
Effectiveness
Homeless
Awareness
Professional
Development
Implement
Training
Develop
Plan
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Title I HOPE
Homeless Outreach Program for Education
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Introduction
 Question
 Exercise (Independent/Group) & Discussion
 Program Overview
 Interactive Activity & Discussion
 Guest Speaker
 Exercise (Independent/Group)& Discussion
 Video & Discussion
 Program & School Support
 Evaluation
 Movie Clip
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Schools
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What do you think of when you hear the word ‘homeless’?
What changes have you seen in the past few years?
What are the living situations of families at your school?
What are the concerns at your school?
Departments
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What are your concerns for the schools you serve?
How are schools serving the basic needs of students?
 Choose
It or Lose It
 What’s In Your Backpack?
 Have and Have-nots
 Toothpaste Activity
 How Vulnerable Are You?
 Locked Out
 Popcorn
 SPENT
 Move It
Checkpoints:
#1:
#2:
#3:
#4:
#5:
#6:
Sign in
Pick up nametag
Pick up handouts
Pick up pamphlets
Sign for a binder
Provide School ID
Confusing Check-in Process
 Scattered
checkpoints
 Closed checkpoints
 Skipped a checkpoint
 Additional checkpoints
Goal:
Totally confuse and frustrate participants from the get go!
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Family of 3
Mom was at preschool event at school
4th grader made pancakes
Left the burner on
House burned to the ground
Could
this happen to you?
How would you survive?
Where would you go?
Would you be homeless?
What would become of your family?
Who would you turn to for help?
 PowerPoint
 Department
Structure
 McKinney-Vento
 District Statistics
 Services
 Programs
 Role
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WhyTry: Building Resilience in the Workplace,
at School, and at Home
o Stepping Stones
o Mouse Traps
o Frustration Squares
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Priorities: A Discussion About Choices
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Home Sweet Homelessness:
The Housing Reality Game That Will Open Your Eyes
Stepping Stones
 Work
in teams
 No verbal
communication
 Blocks
 Playing Field
 Finish line
Starting Over, Creative Solutions, Helping Hand
Mouse Traps
 Partners
 Blindfolded
 Guide
through traps
 Reflection in mirror
 Finish line
Limitations, Frustrations, Trust, Big Picture
 Prioritize
14 items:
1. as a district employee
2. as homeless youth
 Discussion
SHELTER
RETIREMENT
CELL PHONE
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Originally designed for
community organizations
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Groups played the game with
a homeless resident
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Spark conversation
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Increase awareness
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Modified for professional
developments
o Scenario cards
FUN!
 Play
the game
 Take notes
 Discussion
o How did you feel?
o What were some of the
challenges/obstacles?
o How does this relate to our
families experiencing
homelessness?
ENGAGING!
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Hard Times Generation on “60 Minutes”
o Doubled-up, Hotel/Motel
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Hard Times Generation: Families Living in Cars on“60 Minutes”
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Teens In Trouble: Chris Cuomo Reports on “20/20”
o Unaccompanied Youth
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American Winter: A Documentary
o Families Left Out in the Cold
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Visit School Resources
 Clothing Closet
 Food Pantry
 Resource Pamphlet
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Assess Additional Needs
Create Solutions
Action Plan
Form Committees
Collaboration Opportunities
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Putting myself in the shoes of people experiencing poverty showed
me a different perspective.
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The “Choose It or Lose It” activity really hit home. It was
heartbreaking to think that people really go through this.
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The game was powerful and raised awareness about what is going
on in our community.
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The group interactions and ideas that came from those
interactions were powerful.
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All schools, even the “rich” schools, should have this training.
Families are struggling everywhere.
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Title I HOPE
Homeless Outreach Program for Education
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Title I HOPE (702) 855-6682
Paula Zier, District Liaison
[email protected]

Kelly-Jo Shebeck
o [email protected]

Terri Thompson
o [email protected]

Sharon Cameron
o [email protected]

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