Access our student homelessness trainings.

In 2021-2023 with support from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), Building Changes designed and delivered a series of in-depth trainings for homeless student liaisons, school building staff, and community-based organizations in Washington State to help them better support students and families experiencing homelessness. Through our “Response to Student Homelessness” training series, we provided 28 trainings covering 7 topics to more than 600 participants across the state. Our partnership with OSPI enabled us to offer continuing education “clock hours” to eligible training participants.

Links to recordings are listed below. While this training series has come to a close, we are exploring ways we can continue to bring meaningful trainings to school districts, community partners, and coalitions working to support students and families experiencing homelessness. If you are interested in our training offerings, please contact Joey Heilman, Senior Education Strategy Specialist at Building Changes.

Training Recordings:

  • Capturing Data for McKinney-Vento Storytelling
    Understand the importance of capturing both quantitative and qualitative data to tell the story of your pupil services and outcomes.
    November 16, 2022
  • Serving Specific Student and Family Populations
    Learn how to provide targeted engagement and supports to better serve students and their families who may identify as BIPOC, LGBTQIA, immigrant and refugee, and those living with disabilities.
    April 5, 2023
    November 2, 2022
    May 11, 2022
  • MKV Deeper Dive Into Practice
    Dive deeper into identified parts of the McKinney-Vento (MKV) mandate that are most challenging to achieve. Supplemental to OSPI’s annual training for districts.
    October 19, 2022
    February 9, 2022
  • Diversion in Schools: A Snapshot
    Gain an introductory overview of Diversion and learn how this approach can be used in school districts to bring housing resources to families and students.
    October 6, 2022
  • Navigating the Housing System
    Learn about the role of housing authorities, low-income housing, coordinated entry, prioritization, and various types of housing support that exist in your local communities.
    March 2, 2022
  • Navigating the School System
    Learn about how MKV students and families are identified, LEAs, staffing roles and mandates, goals and outcomes, and data sharing. (Target Audience: CBO Partners)
    April 19, 2023
    March 23, 2022
  • School/Housing Community Partnerships
    Work on local resource mapping, learn how schools can better identify and utilize community support, leveraging partner’s expertise, and how to work collaboratively.
    March 22, 2023
    May 4, 2022

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