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Helping Aspiring Principals Understand the Identification and Support Needs of Homeless Unaccompanied Youth

Tomley, Megan (2020) Helping Aspiring Principals Understand the Identification and Support Needs of Homeless Unaccompanied Youth. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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With the number of homeless unaccompanied youth continuing to rise in the United States,
it is imperative that schools learn and understand federal guidelines and best practices to be able
to best support these young people. Professional development can be a critical step in supporting
these students. This study explored educators’ understanding before and after participating in a
professional development workshop about homeless unaccompanied youth. The inquiry questions
investigated to what extent the school personnel showed an increased understanding of youth
homelessness after a 30-minute online training video and if the same school personnel could apply
what they had learned in case study examples. To accomplish this a pretest and posttest and a 30
minute training video were added to a spring K-12 Principal Certification course at a Mid-Atlantic
University. The statistical analysis of the pre- and posttest scores showed a significant increase in
knowledge from the pretest to the posttest. Some improvements to the professional development
could be made to help see an increase in scores as relates to the case study questions where
participants were asked to apply the new knowledge. Through professional development, districts
can increase educator awareness and knowledge of homeless unaccompanied youth and aid in
staff’s learning of basic policy mandates and best practices.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Tomley, Meganmegantomley@gmail.commht12000000029637508X
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairKerr, Mary
Committee MemberTrovato, Charlene
Committee MemberWeiss, Ira
Committee MemberRegelski, Richard
Date: 2 September 2020
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 18 June 2020
Approval Date: 2 September 2020
Submission Date: 26 July 2020
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 66
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Administrative and Policy Studies
Degree: EdD - Doctor of Education
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: homeless unaccompanied youth
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2020 15:47
Last Modified: 02 Sep 2020 15:47


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