April 8th, 2009

When School is Home
The Crisis In Green Bay, Wisconsin

This program was made by possible by support from the Annenberg, The Eli and Edythe Broad, Bill & Melinda Gates, William and Flora Hewlett and Wallace Foundations.

President Obama was asked in 2009 about the growing number of families and children who’ve become homeless. He didn’t talk about the roles that schools are being asked to play. But he could have.

Schools seem to be stepping in to fill the role of home. We traveled to Green Bay, Wisconsin, where the number of homeless students (504) is at an all-time high.

Schools are now being asked to do it all, quite literally. Can they?

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This program is made possible by the following funders:
Grade Level Reading Fund of the Tides Foundation, The Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki Foundation, The Wallace Foundation, and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.


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We live this every day. Our school serves the homeless population in Phoenix, AZ. http://www.cfaphoenix.org. See how we are partnering and serving the whole child.

[...] You can watch this program and two companion podcasts right here. [...]

I wanted to post and let everyone know that we are all doing well. We now reside in Louisville, KY, where I will be starting my own non-profit in Jan 2012. I thank everyone for their support. Please feel free to contact myself or Tyb at my email. If you need it just post a comment and let me know!

[...] think it’s safe to predict more Home Schooling, fueled by a stagnant economy, policies that allow home-school students to participate in some [...]

[...] When Superstorm Sandy devastated the New Jersey coast, some schools reopened so that teachers and administrators could distribute blankets, food and warm clothing or provide shelter for suddenly homeless students. The generosity of teachers toward homeless kids is well documented. [...]




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