Join Us at #PTWconference!

2021 Paving the Way to Educational Success Conference is a unique opportunity to deepen your knowledge and practice for working with students experiencing homelessness and students in foster care.

Attend “Meet the Exhibitors,” state and local networking, recognition of 2021 Advocates of the Year, “Reflect and Refresh” sessions, dynamic keynote addresses, and a comprehensive selection of workshops at the 2021 conference.

School district foster care points of contact, homeless liaisons, child welfare agency points of contact, child welfare private providers, shelter staff, educators, school social workers, pupil services personnel, school counselors, and any other professionals working with children and youth experiencing homelessness and children and youth in foster care are encouraged to attend.

Conference Topics

  • Enhancing resilience and social and emotional learning
  • Racial justice and racial equity
  • Student reengagement and building belonging
  • Engaging youth in a virtual world
  • Post-secondary planning and support
  • Early childhood education
  • The American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER)
  • Unaccompanied youth
  • Marginalized students
  • Assisting transgender and gender-expansive youth
  • Strategies to ensure educational stability and school success
  • Community and housing collaboration
  • Education advocacy for students in foster care
  • Student transportation
  • Special education
  • Human trafficking
  • Understanding the effect of trauma on learning
  • Family engagement
  • Capturing youth voice
  • Federal and state law awareness and compliance
  • High-quality evidence-based summer enrichment and afterschool programs
The Center for Schools and Communities, in coordination with the Division of Student Services at the Pennsylvania Department of Education, strives to create and promote a safe space in which individuals are entitled to participate in all events and activities free of discrimination. Diversity, equity and inclusion are central to our vision of providing a safe, productive and welcoming environment to all participants. We embrace the value of every person, regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, marital status, religion, national origin, ancestry, or differing abilities.

The 2021 Paving the Way to Educational Success Conference is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s programs of Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness and Educational Stability for Children and Youth in Foster Care, and is held in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services and the Center for Schools and Communities.