Data Mind and Passionate Heart. Vicky Dill Dana Scott Mary Herrington Kim Snell Estella Garza WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE THAT KEEPS YOU ALIVE?. Data Mind and Passion Heart: How to Maintain Passion when Only Data Seems to Count. Dana Scott Colorado Department of Education
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Colorado Department of Education
Homeless Education Program
-The right to safe housing and access to quality education are fundamental human rights
-Education is perhaps the most effective asset at breaking the cycle of poverty
-No child deserves to go hungry or not have a place to call home
-We have the resources to solve homelessness
-It is cheaper to solve homelessness than perpetuate it
Visualizing Inspiration, Minimizing Complacency
-”Jump and the Net Will Appear”
-What am I doing to put myself out of business?
-What do I want to see changed for students experiencing homelessness in 5 years, 10 years, 20 years?
-Student pictures from the Denver Conference
-Forward focused meditation/prayer
Build Your Champions
-Find like-minded people (internal and external to the org)
-My homeless “team” in CO- Andy at CDHE, Misti at CDHE, Katie in SWAP
-My McKinney Team- Frank in AZ, Leanne in CA, Joe in NM, Mary in VA, Barbara at NAEHCY, Christina (everyone!) at NCHE
-Dish with the Commish
-Fiscal staff (stories, “Kids are homeless now!”)
-Start with small steps (CDE Hygiene Item Drive)
-“Gentle pressure relentlessly applied”
Long-term Plan for Sustainability/ Recharging the Life Force
-Life force running out…
-Every two days in the office = time reconnecting with liaisons and students
-John, Mary, Geneva
Tyranny of the Urgent
-Critical and Important
-Critical and Not Important
-Not Critical and Important
-Not Critical and Not Important
Wading through the muck
-What do I have to collect?
-What do I want to accomplish?
-What is the most effective and user friendly way to way to collect?
-How can I tell the data story in a unique way
-30% vs. 1 in 3
-16,000 students vs. 19th largest district out of 178
Quantitative AND Qualitative
-Soft data at best
-Looking at trends
-Numbers and stories
-Videos, PSAs, New Stories
-Strategic plans in grant applications (bigger than data)
-Performance measures linked to national standards and indicators
-End of Year Reports
-Three student success stories of academic achievement
-Three student success stories of linking to social services
-Charts, graphs, visuals (picture vs. number people)
-Data during monitoring
-10% of students in poverty experiencing homelessness
-Cross referencing poverty data and identified totals
-Title IA set-asides
-06-07 $800k set-aside, $350k actually spent
-08-09 $1.2 million set-aside, $850k actually spent
Mary Herrington-Babb, Coordinator
Richmond Regional Homeless Education Program
Richmond Public Schools
2020 Westwood Ave.
Richmond, VA 23230
This I believe…
To focus on the mission of MV by serving children and their families, holistically, starting from our youngest babies, through developing programs that provide intervention and prevention strategies to target the needs of homeless families.
How do I fulfill the federal requirements and
ensure effective practice?
Data is a powerful tool for illustrating the NEED for
program development, and changes to staff, partners,
financial supporters, and evaluators.
GOAL/MISSION: To increase services for homeless
children and families.
What nourishes me?