Homelessness and education

June 22, 2016 at 1:00 pm Leave a comment

A recently released report titled Hidden in Plain sight: Homeless Students in America’s Public Schools by Ingram, Bridgeland, Reed & Atwell, states:

“Students experiencing homelessness struggle to stay in school, to perform well, and to form meaningful connections with peers and adults. Ultimately, they are much more likely to fall of track and eventually drop out of school than their non-homeless peers. Until this year, states and schools were not even accountable for tracking and making progress on their rates of graduation for homeless students.” (p. 4)

Schools are encouraged to (pp.8-9):

  1. Refine and standardize systems for identifying homeless students
  2. Focus on outreach efforts to inform homeless students and their families of their rights
  3. Actively work with students to help them stay in school
  4. Actively work to connect homeless students to outside supports
  5. Leverage early warnings systems to prevent student homelessness.

For Canadian information on this topic check out:

Covenant House

The Homeless Hub

Covenant House

Lost in the Shuffle: The Impact of Homelessness on Children’s Education In Toronto

YOUTH HOMELESSNESS IN CANADA: THE ROAD TO SOLUTIONS A document that outlines solutions to youth homelessness, based on three years of research and consultation with stakeholders across Canada


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