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School Success in Motion: Protective Factors for Academic Achievement in Homeless and Highly Mobile Children inMinneapolis.

Masten, Ann S., David Heistad, J. J. Cutuli, Janette E. Herbers, Jelena Obradovic, Chi-Keung Chan, Elizabeth Hinz, and Jeffrey D. Long.

During the last few decades, the face of homelessness has changed as families with children have begun to use emergency shelters in the Twin Cities and across the country. School access is known to be a major problem for children lacking a stable home address due to residency requirements, lack of transportation, or missing records. Progress has been made since the early 1980s in terms of school access for homeless children, but there are growing concerns about achievement disparities. The authors report on two interrelated and ongoing University of Minnesota-community collaborative projects aimed at understanding and promoting school success in homeless and highly mobile children. One project draws on data now collected routinely by Minneapolis Public Schools to examine achievement and attendance over time in homeless and highly mobile students compared with other district children. These data capture the big picture of achievement for children in Minneapolis Public Schools, documenting educational disparities among homeless and highly mobile students. The second project assessed and followed a much smaller group of children in families who were living in emergency shelters in Minneapolis as the children entered kindergarten and first grade. These data provide a much closer look at the potential protective factors that may promote school success. The authors highlight their initial findings from these two projects and their implications for Minnesota stakeholders. Both projects have the ultimate objective of informing interventions to address achievement disparities in homeless and highly mobile students.

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Minneapolis: Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota.
Supported in part by a grant from the Faculty Interactive Research Program (FIRP) at the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA), University of Minnesota. Additional support came from funding provided to Professor Masten from her McKnight professorship, funding provided to J.J. Cutuli from the Center for Neurobehavioral Development at the University of Minnesota, and funding provided to Jelena Obradovic through a fellowship from the National Institute of Mental Health.
38 (2): 3-12
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Reporter 38 (2)

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