Homeless family issues
These organizations focus on homeless family issues. The first two of these important websites are specifically oriented toward the needs of homeless students. The others are a bit broader in scope, bringing attention to all issues surrounding homeless families.
National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth
NAECHY provides critical resources and guidance for professionals who are implementing the provisions of the McKinney-Vento law. They also provide awareness resources, including posters and training support.
The NAECHY's annual conference is the only one in the country dedicated to improving the education and well-being of homeless children and youth.
National Center for Homeless Education
NCHE is the U.S. Department of Education's technical assistance and information center for homeless education. Aside from a variety of training and awareness resources, they provide links to all federal programs impacting homeless students. Their list of state coordinators can set you on the path to discovering your local resources. They also staff a telephone hotline.
First Focus is a bipartisan advocacy organization dedicated to making children and families a priority in federal policy and budget decisions. For teachers who follow national politics, this resource makes a great bookmark in your list of elementary school websites.
National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty
The National Law Center is an organization of lawyers working to end homelessness. The vulnerable homeless population often lacks the means to advocate on their own behalf for federally guaranteed benefits and accommodations. This group provides the legal resources necessary to bring an end to homeless families in America.
The National Center on Family Homelessness
The National Center on Family Homelessness provides a comprehensive website that raises awareness of the impact of homelessness on child development and school success… as well as many other issues surrounding the rising number of homeless parents and children. It was originally started with the leadership of the Better Homes and Gardens magazine, which used its influence to eventually form the national center.
HEAR US is a unique, effective national nonprofit organization dedicated to giving voice and visibility to homeless children and youth. They provide resources to help homeless young people become effective spokespersons, as well as information to foster understanding of homeless families. See their site for informative videos.
Teaching tolerance and equity
These websites cover activities and ideas for teaching tolerance and gender equity in the classroom. Strengthening your classroom community is critical for effective student learning; these sites provide solid ideas for breaking down barriers.
Education World stands out among elementary school websites for its teaching tolerance lesson plans. This page contains several examples.
The Center for Social and Character Development
Rutgers University hosts this website. It is well-organized and provides a full range activities and lesson plans for use in the classroom. It also provides resources for assessment and parent support.
The Diversity Council educates people to embrace diversity as a foundation for building a healthy, prosperous and inclusive community. Their lessons and activities include a focus on bullying… a critical area to monitor for the health of any classroom or elementary school community.
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