Educate local communities on importance of educational stability for youth in foster care.

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Expanding local partners’ understanding of the educational and placement needs of children in state care is a key feature of the Rock the GRADES model. There are compelling studies and personal stories which illustrate the benefits to a youth of remaining in their home school. There are also state and federal laws which address a student’s right to a stable education. Conferences, Family Court “Bench Bars”, school meetings, church bulletins and social media are all effective ways to inform community partners of how they can advocate for and support students in foster care both in and out of the classroom.
Toolkit:

Overview
E 1 Educate Local Community Overview
Strategies for “getting the word out” to local communities on how and why to promote educational stability for students in foster care.

Overview
E 2 Using “No Decision About Me, Without Me” Video in Schools
Resources for presenting the “No Decision About Me, Without Me” video to school staff. Three parts:
– Sample email invitation
– Preparing for Presentation
– Sample Presentation Script and FAQ’s

Resources:
E 2b Elevator Speeches
Short blurbs to inform community members about the importance of educational stability for children in foster care.
E 3 What Education Leaders Can Do
Actions that Education Leaders can take to promote educational stability policy and practice.
E 4 Sample Speech to School Staff
A speech for school staff describing the need for educational stability and keeping kids local.
E 4a School Presentation Request Letter
Template for DCF staff to use when requesting to give a presentation to school faculty.
E 5 Community Partner Powerpoint
E 6 Educational Stability Powerpoint for LIT
E 7 Educational Stability Powerpoint  for Bench Bars
E 8 Educational Stability Powerpoint for Mental Health
A powerpoint for school clinicians and other mental health workers providing information about educational stability for students in foster care.
E 9 Powerpoint Family Centered Practice
A powerpoint for school staff and community partners explaining DCF family centered practice.
E 10 Powerpoint Trauma Informed Schools – long
A powerpoint for school staff which discusses child trauma, its impact on learning and behavior, and the benefit of educational stability. One hour version.
E 11 Powerpoint Trauma Informed Schools – short
A powerpoint presentation for school staff which discusses child trauma, its impact on learning and behavior, and the benefit of educational stability. Thirty minute version.

Meeting the Educational Needs of Students in the Child Welfare System – For Teachers
A 14 page booklet for educators with recommendations of how to support students in foster care.

MOU Guidance for Educational Stability
The MOU between DCF and AOE allows children to remain in their home school district regardless of their town of residence.

Endless Dreams Curriculum Manual