PWR 2016 Featured Speaker - Dr. James P. Canfield - Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
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PWR 2016 Featured Speaker - Dr. James P. Canfield

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Dr. James P. Canfield is an assistant professor at the University of Cincinnati in the School of Social Work. He is an expert on child homelessness, poverty, and measurement development. Of particular note, Dr. Canfield has authored the only book on working with homeless children and youth,  School-based Practice with Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness , currently available through Oxford University Press. He has published numerous articles on homelessness, poverty, urban issues, and measurement development and actively reviews for several academic journals. Dr. Canfield is particularly known for developing the McKinney-Vento Act Implementation Scale, an evaluation instrument, used in over ten states, measuring implementation of federal policy governing responses to homelessness in schools. He has authored or co-authored numerous technical reports for schools, public housing authorities, agencies serving homeless children, and other companies which has led to real-world change in how these firms operate and serve their clients. Dr. Canfield is a national award-winning educator, having won the 2013 SAGE/Council on Social Work Education Innovative Teaching Award. This was awarded for his ability to connect graduate students and homeless high school students for mentoring, while simultaneously conducting a participatory action research project, all built into the graduate school curriculum.