This three-paper dissertation explores student homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic in one urban/suburban area, which I refer to as Midcities (a pseudonym). All three papers are based on research conducted from June of 2020 to January of 2022 during which I conducted 44 interviews. Each paper and findings draw from these interviews, averaging 30-35 interviews per paper. In the first paper, I address the difficulty students experiencing homelessness and high mobility (HHM) face in maintaining effective organizational supports systems. In the second paper, I studied these districts during three phases of COVID-19 and assessed the extent to which Social and Emotional Learning practices were being delivered during the pandemic. In the third paper, I examined how COVID-19 forced schools to make the switch from in-school to distance learning. My findings show that COVID-19 left an indelible mark on compulsory education. Many have written off the educational years during COVID-19 as an aberration and a failure. I see it differently—as Rumi, the 13th-century Persian poet (Rumi & Barks, 1995), said: “Stay with it. The wound is the place where the Light enters you.” COVID-19 and all its repercussions are that wound. A great deal of light entered that wound for us to see gaps in the delivery of services, especially to our students experiencing HHM.
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Pierce, Mark, "Considering the Education of Students Experiencing Homelessness and High Mobility During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Three Paper Dissertation" (2022). Teaching and Learning Theses and Dissertations. 17.
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