Professional Development - Educational Stability for Foster Care Youth in Pennsylvania

Professional Development


Upcoming Events


Webinar: ESSA’s Foster Care Provisions 101

Friday, November 9, 2018
10 a.m. to 11 a.m. EST

Join the Center for Schools and Communities for a webinar entitled “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 is 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.


Register for the ESSA’s Foster Care Provisions webinar.


All registrants will receive an email confirmation regarding the status of their participation and instructions on how to access the meeting room in order to participate in the event.



Pennsylvania’s 2018 Educational Stability for Youth in Foster Care Regional Trainings
Because You Were There: Working Together for Educational Stability

Friday, September 28, 2018, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Thursday, October 18, 2018, Mechanicsburg, Pa.
Tuesday, October 30, 2018, Philadelphia, Pa.

Each trainings starts at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 12:30 p.m. ; space is limited

As an educator or child welfare professional, your role in ensuring educational stability can make all the difference in a student’s life.

JOIN professionals for an opportunity to hear from state, regional, and local education and child welfare points of contact, in addition to special guest presenters from the Legal Center for Foster Care and Education, Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice and Research, and Public Health Management Corporation.

HEAR local procedures and perspectives from colleagues and GAIN KNOWLEDGE to better serve school-aged youth in foster care.

Local Education Agency 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 school, social workers and any other professionals working with students in foster care are encouraged to attend.

The 2018 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.

More about Youth in Foster Care Regionals

Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, in partnership with 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

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