Teacher’s Homeless Student Action Center Provides Classroom Solutions for the Rising Tide of Homeless Kids

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Teacher cuts and salary disputes are endangering homeless kids when their numbers are increasing due to the poor economy. Betsy Weigle is doing something about it in a way that no other teacher is, using her website http://www.Classroom-Teacher-Resources.com/home to launch the Teachers’ Homeless Student Action Center. It’s a one-stop shop for helping at-risk students where it counts: in the classroom.

The promise of public education is that every kid gets a fair chance to learn and succeed. Teachers can deliver that promise to homeless kids... if they get the right resources.

Teachers have experienced the effects of homeless families for years, but the sluggish economy and ongoing uncertainty surrounding teaching jobs has multiplied the impact of this issue. The new Teachers’ Homeless Student Action Center, hosted by Classroom-Teacher-Resources.com, provides classroom teachers with everything they need in one location to help kids succeed in school in spite of family homelessness.

“Kids are being driven into homelessness in ever-increasing numbers due to the recession,” states 4th-grade teacher Betsy Weigle, echoing recent reports by school districts across the country. “When you layer the current turmoil in the teaching profession on top of this trend, you end up with vulnerable children not getting the classroom influence they need to succeed. I’m really afraid that we’ll be seeing the results of our current school homeless crisis for the next decade... or longer.”

Weigle is the founder of an elementary teacher resources website focused on the success of teachers who are new to the profession and experiencing the challenges of classroom management and the pressure to achieve high scores on standardized testing.

“I’ve tried really hard to bring classroom-tested resources to struggling teachers, but I realized that the normal approaches were not cutting it when it came to a child from a homeless family. They come from a whole different environment. It’s the teachers in the classroom who are in the best position to create success for homeless students of any age, but teachers themselves are under stress.”

“Teacher turmoil is the worst thing possible for homeless children. In spite of contract disputes, layoffs and shrinking education budgets, if teachers are informed and motivated to impact these children, they are the single best solution to this growing crisis.”

Weigle has created a unique resource to help teachers address this issue, even if they have not experienced homeless students before.

In addition to case studies, recognition checklists and homeless student accommodation guidelines, the Teachers’ Homeless Student Action Center provides parent teacher communication samples in both English and Spanish, as well as lesson plans for teacher professional development.

“There are other websites that address the issues surrounding homeless families and school, but none that are 100% focused on the teacher’s role,” states Weigle. “This is literally the only resource a teacher from Kindergarten through 12th grade will need to become educated on the issues and learn how to best address homeless challenges in a positive, high-impact way.”

Classroom-Teacher-Resources.com is a strong proponent of individualized, student centered teaching and provides a variety of elementary classroom management resources to help teachers succeed during their first years in the classroom.

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