COHHIO’s Course to HOME technical assistance is designed to provide McKinney-Vento and American Rescue Plan-Homeless Children and Youth (ARP-HCY) grantees and sub-grantees, schools, districts, and homeless education liaisons in the state of Ohio with the necessary support and resources to better assist students and families experiencing homelessness. These services are provided at no cost to districts. These services are scheduled individually and are intended to provide a resource or consultation on a specific topic to enhance district practices or address a challenge. Technical assistance will be provided by COHHIO staff based on individual request and may be delivered via email exchange, one-on-one video or phone consultation, small group facilitation, etc. Topics may include problem solving, capacity building within the district, system, and community. Lessons learned in technical assistance inform the overall approach of COHHIO Course to HOME. ODE highly encourages districts to engage in technical assistance. COHHIO Course to HOME does not provide direct services to students and families. Instead it provides support to districts in order to ensure districts can meet the needs of students and families in an effective manner.
When requesting general technical assistance districts are encouraged to provide the following information as part of the request:
- Requestors name
- Requestors district role
- County of district
- Explanation of the need or question
When requesting technical assistance for resources and supports regarding a specific student(s) experiencing homelessness or situation districts are also encouraged to provide the following in the request:
- County or current location of the student(s) experiencing homelessness
- A brief overview of the situation and what steps have been taken including community referrals made by the district
- Age(s) of the student(s) and head of household
When requesting technical assistance for resources and supports regarding a specific student(s) experiencing homelessness or situation(s) districts are highly encouraged to have the McKinnney-Vento Liaisons take the lead on making the request. However the district personnel that know the student(s) experiencing homelessness or situation(s) most closely should be included in the request. This can be accomplished by copying (cc-ing) all relevant staff in the email request for technical assistance and/or inviting relevant staff to participate in the video/phone consultation. A team approach to problem solving in the preferred process for technical assistance. For More information on technical assistance view the COHHIO Course to HOME Guide to Understanding Technical Assistance here.
Requesting technical assistance is easy! Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.