5/6/19 – Improving School Attendance for Students Experiencing Homelessness

Title: Improving School Attendance for Students Experiencing Homelessness: A Model School-Shelter Partnership

Date: Monday, May 6, 2019, 1:00 – 2:15PM EDT

[Certificate of Attendance available upon completion]

This webinar will share the innovative model developed by the Improving School Attendance for Homeless Children (ISAHC) program in New York City, which provides new training and coordination resources to identify, address, and manage multiple systemic, intergenerational, and logistical barriers to improving school attendance among students experiencing homelessness.

Participants will learn how the program is data-informed and purposefully designed to rely predominantly on existing resources (adding only minimal new costs; use a team approach, and employ evidence-based practices at the individual and systems levels. The collaborative ISAHC team, the most significant feature of the model, brings together staff from the New York City Department of Education (DOE) and shelter provider staff to analyze and address the issues underlying school absences. Participants will also learn how to track student attendance progress using simple data analysis techniques and how to use attendance data as a tool for identifying families with complex challenges. Finally, participants will hear about methods for improving school attendance from the first day of homelessness at coordinated entry systems, schools, and shelters.


  • Katie Brown, Program Manager – Education Leads Home, SchoolHouse Connection
  • Henry Love – Gateway Housing
  • Judith Samuels – The Samuels Group