Professional Development - Educational Stability for Foster Care Youth in Pennsylvania

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Because You Were There: Working Together for Educational Stability
Pennsylvania’s 2017 Educational Stability for Foster Care Youth Regional Trainings

October 19, 2017, Malvern, PA
October 26, 2017, Harrisburg, PA
November 9, 2017, Pittsburgh, PA

As an educator or child welfare professional, your role in ensuring educational stability can make all the difference in a student’s life. Join other professionals for an opportunity to hear from state and regional education, and child welfare points of contact and attend a workshop provided by the Legal Center for Foster Care and Education or The Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research. There will also be an opportunity to interact with colleagues to discuss local procedures and challenges in order to best serve foster care youth enrolled in schools. The 2017 regional trainings will continue to support the requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015, which provides vital protections for school age youth in foster care.

LEA foster care points of contact, county children and youth agency education liaisons and other staff assigned to education-related issues, school administrators, pupil services personnel, guidance counselors and any other professionals working with students in foster care are encouraged to attend.

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Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, in partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services and the Center for Schools and Communities.


Pennsylvania Archived Events and Webinars

The Every Student Succeeds Act: Educational Stability for Foster Care Youth in PA-Local Points of Contact Responsibilities

The Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Center for Schools and Communities offered and informational webinar concerning the responsibilities of local education agency (LEA) foster care points of contact webinar on January 31, 2017.

Matthew Butensky, Youth Development Coordinator and Foster Care State Education Point of Contact, Center for Schools and Communities, was the presenter for this important session. Mr. Butensky reviews and reinforces the responsibilities and best practice expectations of Pennsylvania local education agency (LEA) foster care points of contact for ensuring the educational stability for foster care youth, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015.

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Ensuring Educational Stability for Children in Foster Care: Transportation Procedures

The Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Center for Schools and Communities offered an informational webinar concerning transportation for foster care students on October 26, 2016.

Signed into law on December 10, 2015, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, and includes new provisions for children in foster care that complement requirements in the Fostering Connections Act of 2008. These provisions take effect on December 10, 2016. (You can learn more about these new provisions and what they mean for states, districts, and schools through joint guidance released on June 23, 2016, from the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services.)

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Every Student Succeeds Act: Supporting Students in Foster Care

The Pennsylvania Departments of Education and Human Services offered an informational webinar on September 15, 2016.

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U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services Events and Webinars

Webinar Series on ESSA Provisions for Foster Care Youth

  1. An Overview of the ED/HHS Joint Guidance, July 27, 2016
  2. Transportation Procedures, August 31, 2016 (PDF)
  3. Effective Collaboration, September 7, 2016 (PDF)