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Educational Trainings

Children served by human services and juvenile justice systems often suffer educationally in comparison to the peers. DHS partnered with the Education Law Center from July 2012 to January 2013 to present a series of conference-call presentations in an effort to increase knowledge and understanding of the “education world” for all human service workers in Allegheny County. The following information was presented to a diverse audience in an effort to help them work toward improving educational outcomes for the young people they serve. 

July 12, 2012 - Education Screen and Education Records 
PowerPoint Education Screen and Education Records    
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A short overview of the Education Screen used by child welfare staff and providers in Allegheny County and why it is important and the key issues impacting children in care. 

  • FERPA (Federal Education Rights & Privacy Act) issues 
  • Advocating for appropriate school placements  
  • How to obtain education records 
  • What to look for in reviewing records 

Supporting documents 


August 9, 2012 - Enrollment/School Stability and Attendance 
PowerPoint Enrollment/School Stability and Attendance     
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Addresses the laws that empower children in care to remain in the same school even when their living placement changes. This is an overview of Pennsylvania’s enrollment laws which ensure the prompt enrollment of all students.

  • Laws that govern school stability
  • Homeless and foster children’s rights
  • Steps to take to ensure a child enrolls in school
  • What to do during disputes
  • Fostering Connections

Supporting documents 


September 13, 2012 - The Right School Setting
PowerPoint The Right School Setting     
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Discusses the right school setting for children that are placed in care with the county child and youth agency. This entails why school stability and setting are important for these children and what to know when dealing with issues such as disciplinary actions of the school.  

  • Education screening used with child welfare and the differences for children in care
  • Rights of students for in and out of school discipline and definitions
  • Issues to consider for the right setting and definitions
  • Rights of students in residential and alternative education placements

Supporting documents 


October 11, 2012 - The Role of Education/Special Education Decision Makers
PowerPoint The Role of Education/Special Education Decision Makers     
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An overview of what role a special education/education decision maker plays, who can act in this role, and how to determine if one needs to be appointed to a child in care. The following will be covered:

  • What laws govern education decision makers
  • Role as an education decision maker, who they are, and what they do
  • When does a court or school district appoint an education decision maker

Supporting documents 


November 15, 2012 - Child Welfare Professional Education Screen Sections 7, 8 and 9  
PowerPoint Child Welfare Professional Education Screen Sections 7, 8 and 9      
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Discusses the need for special education, education evaluations, and the need for accommodations in school. It is also an overview of the laws that govern these actions and why it is so important for the future outcomes of these children.

  • The law pertaining to special education attendance 
  • The importance of evaluation and how to receive one for your child 
  • Eligibility for special education 
  • The process to receive accommodations in school 

December 13, 2012 - Progress Towards Graduation  
PowerPoint Progress Towards Graduation     
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An overview of the consequences and causes of poor school attendance and the importance of attendance in relation to graduating. It also discusses the pathways in which these children are able to graduate from high school or obtain their GED. The following will be covered:

  • Definitions of attendance, truancy, PSSA, AYP 
  • Actions to take in the case of truancy 
  • Making sure the child is in the appropriate grade level and what to do if they are not making progress 
  • Remedial services, credit issues, and graduation requirements 

Supporting Documents 


January 10, 2013 - Education Transition Planning and Post-Secondary  
PowerPoint Education Transition Planning and Post-Secondary      
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An overview of what post-secondary education means to children in care. The key steps in preparing children for this crucial transition into post-secondary education and out of care are also discussed.

  • Why post-secondary education matters to children in care
  • Laws in relation to transition planning
  • Preparing for post-secondary education
  • Financial and supportive resources to access in transition

            Supporting Documents