Positive School Discipline Practices for Students Experiencing Homelessness

What are the impacts of an out-of-school suspension for a student without a home? Where do they spend their day? What do they eat? Who cares for them? Research has shown the effectiveness of positive school discipline for all students, but it has particular relevance for students experiencing homelessness. At the same time, research also shows that students experiencing homelessness are disproportionately suspended and expelled from school. This webinar will discuss the importance of trauma-informed practices in school discipline and the benefits of school-wide positive behavior support. Two McKinney-Vento homeless liaisons will share their replicable strategies for ensuring positive approaches to discipline for students experiencing homelessness and how their strategies have impacted students and schools. Most importantly, a student who experienced homelessness in high school will share the trauma-informed practices she uses in her current job and the importance of these practices for youth.

  • Kara Freise, SchoolHouse Connection Young Leader; Senior Psychology major at the State University of New York at Fredonia
  • Linda Long, Support/Homeless Services Program Director at Haysville Schools, Kansas
  • Norma Mercado, Parent Involvement & Homeless Liaison at Bastrop ISD, Texas.
  • Patricia Julianelle, Director of Program Advancement and Legal Affairs, SchoolHouse Connection

Tuesday, November 13, 2018; 2:00 – 3:15 EST (please adjust for your local time zone)

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