McKinney-Vento Liaison Training

Vancouver, WA


  • Jess Lewis
  • Melinda Dyer


The OSPI Homeless Education Program’s Spring training will provide resources and information relating to the implementation of the federal McKinney-Vento Act, the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, and provisions in state law. Material is applicable to all school districts, and is targeted to the designated District Homeless Liaisons. This free workshop will include presentations from OSPI staff. 

Event Notes

Melinda Dyer has been an advocate for the educational rights of homeless students for more than two decades as the Washington State Coordinator for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth. Melinda oversees the implementation of the federal McKinney-Vento Act in school districts across Washington state, providing training, technical assistance, grant management and resource development. She has worked to inform state and federal education policy related to the educational rights of homeless students, partnering with local, state and national colleagues to improve the educational outcomes for children and youth in homeless situations. Prior to taking her post at the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, Melinda was a public high school and junior high school teacher, focusing efforts to support vulnerable and at-risk youth. Melinda earned both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from Oregon State University in Health Education, graduating with honors.

Jess Lewis is currently serving as the Homeless Student Stability Program Supervisor at the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.  During her tenure at OSPI, Jess has worked in Homeless Education, Equity and Civil Rights, Behavior Intervention, K-12 Discipline, and Foster Care Education. 

Jess has her BA in Social Welfare from the University of Washington and a Master’s in Public Administration from Grand Canyon University.  She is currently working on her Educational Doctorate in K-12Leadership.  She is a trained mediator, crisis intervention specialist, and restorative justice facilitator.  


Red Cross Building
605 Barnes Street Vancouver WA 98661


  • Fri, February 2 2018 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    Check-In: 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
    Red Cross Building


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