Students in Temporary Housing Program (STHP) (CoSer 556)
The Students in Temporary Housing Program aims to improve the identification, enrollment, attendance, academic achievement, and self-confidence of students living in temporary housing and shelters. STHP provides technical assistance to school districts and community agencies regarding the McKinney-Vento regulations for families who qualify at any point during the school year. The program hosts regional meetings and workshops for district liaisons, school administrators, teachers, shelter staff, parents, and community agencies. Additionally, the Students in Temporary Housing Program seeks out and leads participation in state and federal grant opportunities in collaboration with local school districts. The program supports students’ academic achievement by offering hybrid after-school programs at shelters and local community-based organizations (CBOs).
Elizabeth DellaBadia serves as Supervisor for Teaching, Learning, and Student Support here at Southern Westchester BOCES. With a strong background in special education, Elizabeth is most passionate about ensuring inclusive learning environments in which foster student learning and emotional growth, while simultaneously acting upon opportunities to work directly with teachers and paraprofessionals to strengthen curriculum planning and instructional practice. Elizabeth’s highest degree earned is a Master of Science in Elementary and Special Education from City University of New York at Queens College. She has also earned an Advanced Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and School Building Leadership as well as an Advanced Certificate in School District Leadership in the state of New York. At SWBOCES, Elizabeth is responsible for developing and leading high quality professional learning opportunities, assisting teachers in identifying and coordinating rigorous instructional programs matching student needs, and reviewing management aspects of the Center including budget, program descriptions and partnerships.