Educating Homeless Students in Large Urban School Districts

Large urban school districts face many challenges in supporting students experiencing homelessness. From identification to transportation, from early childhood through high school graduation, learn how three large urban school districts have implemented the McKinney-Vento Act to help children and youth find educational success. Presenters will share strategies suitable for large school districts, as well as information that may spark ideas for districts of all sizes – including unique partnerships with higher education, housing agencies, and other community-based organizations. 


  • Debra Albo-Steiger, LCSW, Program Manager, Project UP-START, Homeless Education Program, Title I Administration, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, FL
  • Deidra C. Thomas-Murray, MSW, LMSW, Homeless and Foster Care Liaison, Students-In-Transition Office, Saint Louis Public Schools, MO
  • Melissa Schoonmaker, L. C. S. W., Consultant II, Homeless Education, Division of Student Support Services, Los Angeles County Office of Education, CA

Monday, September 17, 2018; 2:00 – 3:00 EDT (please adjust for your local time zone)