Homelessness in the Classroom

Teaching our most vulnerable students

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There are over 1.5 million homeless students in U.S. schools, a number expected to rise as a result of Covid-19. Research on this population has existed since the 1980s, but most teachers are unaware of the unique needs of these highly vulnerable students or the laws that exist to protect them. Although they primarily need housing, students experiencing homelessness also need responsive school environments. In language accessible to busy practitioners, this book presents research on homelessness as it impacts children in school and lays out for teachers what is known, and as yet unknown, about how best to serve these students in K-12 and as they prepare for what comes next. Perfect for courses that aim to provide pre-service teachers with proven strategies for reaching underserved student populations. 

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Kerri J. Tobin is an associate professor of education at Louisiana State University. She holds a PhD from Vanderbilt University, where she wrote her dissertation on best practices for teaching homeless students. Dr. Tobin co-authored Homelessness Comes to School with Joseph Murphy in 2011. 

Brandy S. Gros is a doctoral student at Louisiana State University, where her research interests include access and success for students experiencing homelessness. Brandy is also the founder and Director of Dorm Room Dreamz (DRDz) L3C. which is a housing and educational service provider dedicated to the awareness and prevention of student homelessness. Brandy has nearly 10 years of experience in higher education and plans to use her experience to become a scholar/practitioner in the area of basic needs to support and advocate for students.

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