Professional Development - Educational Stability for Foster Care Youth in Pennsylvania

Professional Development



Pennsylvania Archived Events and Webinars


Creating and Exploring Local Tools to Ensure Educational Stability for Youth in Foster Care

In this webinar, attendees will explore tools and procedures created locally to aid in the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act’s foster care provisions. Discover why these local tools help to ensure educational stability for youth in foster care and take away ideas to create new procedures or to integrate into existing practices. Attendees will also learn how the Educational Stability Regional Foster Care Offices can assist local education agencies (LEAs) and county children and youth agencies (CCYAs) in reaching their goals to provide educational stability. The webinar will be presented by Erin Frawley and Brooke Goulde, Allegheny County Department of Human Services, Tracey Finn, Allegheny Intermediate Unit, and Matthew Butensky, Center for Schools and Communities.

ESSA’s Foster Care Provisions 101

In this webinar attendees will be provided with an overview of the protections LEAs and child welfare agencies must provide to youth in foster care in order to ensure educational stability. The presenter will also review the history and implementation of ESSA’s foster care provisions in PA as well as introduce best practices regarding implementation.

Training and awareness among staff working with youth in foster care are important. Both newly appointed official points of contact and others who may work with or interact with youth in foster care will benefit from this webinar. The training will provide “need to know” entry information and time for questions will be allotted.

The webinar will be presented by Matthew Butensky, Center for Schools and Communities.




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

This webinar 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.

Transcript Every Student Succeeds Act



Ensuring Educational Stability for Children in Foster Care: Transportation Procedures

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.)

Transcript Ensuring Educational Stability



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

Webinar Series on ESSA Provisions for Foster Care Youth

An Overview of the ED/HHS Joint Guidance

Transportation Procedures

Effective Collaboration

Education and Child Welfare Points of Contact

Best Interest Determinations and Immediate Enrollment