New ESSA Resources: Federal Guidance, NAEHCY Tools, and More
ESSA’s amendments to the McKinney-Vento Act will take effect on October 1, giving schools new tools to support homeless students for the first time since 2001. Fortunately, there are many new resources to help: new federal guidance from the U.S. Department of Education, updated PowerPoint templates from NAEHCY, sample policies, and more. Find out what’s new and how you can use it.
U.S. Department of Education Non-Regulatory Guidance package. On July 27, the U.S. Department of Education released a new package of materials on the education of children and youth experiencing homelessness. While the Department’s guidance is non-binding, it does provide important tips for implementation, as well as the Department’s interpretation of provisions in the new law. The guidance package includes:
- Non-regulatory guidance to help school districts and States implement amendments to the McKinney-Vento Act made by the Every Student Succeeds Act
- Notice of rights and protections for homeless children and youths under the McKinney Vento-Act to all Federal agencies and their local grant recipients that serve homeless children and youth
- A fact sheet for school staff, teachers, and principals, on the impacts of homelessness, key rights of homeless students under the McKinney-Vento Act, and tips for how school staff can support the homeless students and families they may serve.
- A press release on the importance of identifying and serving homeless children and youth, from early childhood through post-secondary education
NAEHCY McKinney-Vento and Title I PowerPoint Presentations. ESSA requires training and professional development at all levels: State coordinators must provide professional development opportunities to liaisons; liaisons must participate in the professional training offered by state; and liaisons must provide professional development to school personnel. We’ve got you covered with editable PowerPoints in three lengths:
The McKinney-Vento Act, as Amended by ESSA – Full Version. Updated to include the recent federal guidance, this editable “soup to nuts” version of the PowerPoint is NAEHCY’s comprehensive “101” presentation. Read this full version for all the details, and then use the version below that best fits your time and audience.
Designating LEA McKinney-Vento Liaisons: Considerations Under the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015
This document summarizes the new legal requirements for LEAs on the capacity, training, and duties of school district iaisons. It provides important considerations to assist LEAs to ensure that liaisons have sufficient capacity and support to carry out their duties. Download the guide.
Developing Transportation Procedures for Students in Foster Care Under the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015.
Co-authored with AASA, the School Superintendents Association, this document is intended to help school personnel understand the responsibilities of both child welfare agencies and LEAs for transporting children in foster care. In addition, we provide a series of questions to guide the development of local transportation procedures, including tips to evaluate community needs, available resources, and collaborative opportunities. The guide has been updated to reflect US Department of Education and US Department of Health and Human Services joint guidance on ESSA. Download the guide.
Upcoming Webinars. We've added two webinars in September to help you stay abreast of ESSA and other changes in education policy, from early childhood through higher education. Check out our webinar page to sign up, or to listen to previously recorded webinars.
Summaries of the Legislation, Text, and Timelines for Implementation.
Need a quick overview? Trying to figure out the effective dates? We’ve got you covered here, too. See NAEHCY’s ESSA Resource page on legislation, text, summaries, regulations, and guidance for these materials and more.
We’re building a database of templates and tools that can be adapted for use in schools across the country. From calculating partial credits, to monitoring, to tackling transportation for preschoolers, we have resources available and will be adding more throughout the year.
Coming Soon! Stay tuned for more resources, including an updated Frequently Asked Questions document, a sample local policy, and sample state dispute resolution policy.