Help

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Below is a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding the website. Please click on the ones that best match your needs.

Joining the Community

To register and become a member of FosterEdConnect.org:

  1. Click the Join the Community link on the public home page.
  2. Choose a username and type it in the space provided. Your username will be the name you use to log in to the site, as well as the name that will identify everything you post on the website. Spaces, periods, hyphens, and underscores are allowed, but other punctuation is not allowed.
  3. Type your e-mail address twice, once in the “E-mail address” box and a second time in the “Confirm e-mail address” box. The website will use this e-mail address to send any updates you request. In addition, at the end of the registration process, your temporary password will be sent to this e-mail address.
  4. Type your first name and last name in the spaces provided.
  5. In the Location field, select the California county in which you most often work with children in foster care. If you make your profile public, other members will be able to find you when they filter the Member Directory by county. This feature makes it easier for professionals working in the same county to connect.
  6. Select as many roles as you think apply to you by checking the boxes next to the roles. There are ten main roles:
    • Caregivers
    • Child Welfare Workers
    • Educational Professionals
    • Educational Rights Holder
    • Foster Children and Foster Youth
    • Foster Youth Liaisons
    • Juvenile Court Professionals
    • Legal and Expert Educational Advocates
    • Mental Health Advocates
    • Probations Officers
  7. In the Profile Visibility field, select whether or not you want your member profile to be visible. If you select “yes,” you will be listed in the Member Directory and other members will be able to see your name, county, and roles on your Profile Page. If you want members who share your interests and goals to be able to contact you, you should select “yes.”
  8. Carefully read the Terms and Conditions of Use. If you agree with these terms, check each of the six boxes labeled “I accept these terms.”
  9. Check the final box labeled “Accept” at the bottom of the page to agree to the Terms and Conditions.
  10. Answer the security question by typing the letters, numbers, and symbols you see in the box. Do not use spaces. This question is meant to prevent automated spam.
  11. Click the Create New Account button at the bottom of the page to submit your registration. You will receive an e-mail with your username and password in several minutes.
  12. Once you have received the e-mail, click Member Log In and input your username and password to enter the site.
  13. TIP: After you log in once, your browser will remember your username. If you forget your username, you can also log in with your e-mail address.
  14. TIP: You can edit all of the preferences on the registration page, including profile visibility, by visiting the My Profile section of the website.

FosterEdConnect.org requires all new members to register before they can access the resources, news, events and conversations on the website. This helps keep the community safe and appropriate. Registration is free, secure, and fast. It only takes about five minutes.

  • FosterEdConnect.org has a strong commitment to your privacy and will not sell or otherwise disclose any of your personal information to third parties.
  • FosterEdConnect.org will never contact you by phone, mail, e-mail, or other means without your explicit permission.
  • Member registration information is collected solely to improve the services offered on this website and to ensure that the website is reaching all members of the community serving foster youth.

FosterEdConnect.org requires all new members to register before they can access the resources, news, events and conversations on the website. This helps keep the community safe and appropriate. Registration is free, secure, and fast. It only takes about five minutes.

  • FosterEdConnect.org has a strong commitment to your privacy and will not sell or otherwise disclose any of your personal information to third parties.
  • FosterEdConnect.org will never contact you by phone, mail, e-mail, or other means without your explicit permission.
  • Member registration information is collected solely to improve the services offered on this website and to ensure that the website is reaching all members of the community serving foster youth.

FosterEdConnect.org requires all new members to register before they can access the resources, news, events and conversations on the website. This helps keep the community safe and appropriate. Registration is free, secure, and fast. It only takes about five minutes.

  • FosterEdConnect.org has a strong commitment to your privacy and will not sell or otherwise disclose any of your personal information to third parties.
  • FosterEdConnect.org will never contact you by phone, mail, e-mail, or other means without your explicit permission.
  • Member registration information is collected solely to improve the services offered on this website and to ensure that the website is reaching all members of the community serving foster youth.

Click Member Log In in the upper left corner of the website to log in manually.

If you make your Profile visible, other members will be able to find you in the Member Directory. They will also see a link to your Profile next to any resources, conversations, news items, or events that you post. If you select No when asked whether you would like your Profile to be visible, other members will not be able to see your Profile or contact you.

General

To access instructions on how to use the site, click on the Help button at the top of any page. For more detailed instructions, consult the FosterEdConnect.org Manual.

To log out of the FosterEdConnect website, click the Log out button at the top of any page.

TIP: There is usually no need to log out, unless you want to log in as another member.

Home Page

The Member Home page is the first page you will see after logging in to the FosterEdConnect website. The Member Home page allows you to:

  • Navigate the entire website
  • Access information tailored to your individual preferences

To return to the Home page, click the Home button at the top of any page.

On the Home page, you can quickly access the resources, conversations, and news & events that have most recently been added to the FosterEdConnect website.

On the Home page, you can select from three tabs:

  • Recent Resources
  • Recent Conversations
  • Recent News & Events

TIP: These three tabs are prominently located on the Home page to help members stay up-to-date and explore the newest items on the website.

TIP: Do not limit yourself to these three tabs, because they offer only a sampling of the resources, conversations, and news & events on the website. Each tab only displays about five items.

TIP: To browse the hundreds of resources, conversations, news items, and event postings on the website, use the larger Resources (blue), Conversations (orange), and News & Events (green) buttons higher on the page.

To access the resources most recently added to the website:

  1. Go to the Home page. There, you will find that the Recent Resources tab has already been selected by default. This tab will list the resources most recently added to the site.
  2. TIP: You can customize the Home page to fit your preferences. For example, if you select certain subject areas, roles, age groups, or counties for your profile, the Recent Resources tab will include recent resources that relate to the subjects, roles, age groups, and counties that you chose.
  3. TIP: When browsing for resources, do not limit yourself to the Recent Resources tab because it offers only a sampling of the resources on the website. The tab displays about five items.
  4. TIP: To browse the hundreds of resources on the website, use the large blue Resources button higher on the page.

To access the conversations most recently added to the website:

  1. On the Home page, select the Recent Conversations tab. This tab will list the conversations most recently added to the site.
  2. TIP: You can customize the Home page to fit your preferences. For example, if you select certain subject areas, roles, age groups, or counties for your profile, the Recent Conversations tab will include recent conversations that relate to the subjects, roles, age groups, and counties that you chose.
  3. TIP: When browsing for conversations, do not limit yourself to the Recent Conversations tab, because it offers only a sampling of the conversations on the website. The tab only displays about five items.
  4. TIP: To browse the hundreds of conversations on the website, use the large orange Conversations button higher on the page.

To access the news items and events most recently added to the website:

  1. On the Home page, select the Recent News & Events tab. This tab will list the news items and events most recently added to the site.
  2. TIP: Do not rely on the Recent News & Events tab to update you on the events that are happening next because the list is sorted by time of posting, not date of event.
  3. TIP: You can customize the Home page to fit your preferences. For example, if you select certain subject areas, roles, age groups, or counties for your profile, the Recent News & Events tab will include recent conversations that relate to the subjects, roles, age groups, and counties that you chose.
  4. TIP: When browsing for News & Events, do not limit yourself to the Recent News & Events tab because it offers only a sampling of the news items and event postings on the website. The tab only displays about five items.
  5. TIP: To browse the hundreds of news items and event postings on the website, use the large green News & Events button higher on the page.

To quickly access the conversations in which you are participating:

  • On left side of the Home page, you will see a beige box titled My Conversations. You will find this box under the My Bookmarks box. In the My Conversations box, you will see a few of the conversations you have started. You can go to the page devoted to each conversation by clicking on the conversation’s title.
  • To view all of the conversations you have started, click View All at the bottom of the My Conversations box.
  • TIP: The My Conversations box is a quick way to see if other members have responded to the conversation you started.
My Profile

To see what is currently on your member profile, click the My Profile button at the top of any page.

Your profile includes the following things about you:

  • Photo (if you have added a photo of yourself)
  • Name
  • Position
  • County
  • Interests

The interests listed in your profile are the interests that you selected when you created your FosterEdConnect account:

  • Subjects
  • Roles
  • Foster youth age groups
  • Counties

TIP: Changing the areas of interest in your profile will change the resources and conversations you see on the Home page. See the My Profile section of the manual for details.

Your profile can be viewed by other members of the FosterEdConnect community, unless you chose not to be visible when creating your account. It includes information like your name, title, and county. You can choose to upload a photo of yourself.

You can also use your profile to indicate subjects, roles, age groups, and counties you are interested in. Doing so will affect what appears on your Home page. For example, the list of recent resources will include resources relating to your subjects of interest. It will also allow other members with similar interests to connect with you.

To contact another member through the member's Profile Page:

  1. Click on the member's username wherever you see it on the website (next to a resource the member created, etc.). You can also click Member Directory at the top of any page and then click on the member's username. Whenever you click on the member's username, you will be taken to the member's Profile Page.
  2. On the member's Profile Page, click the button on the right labeled Send E-mail to Member. You will be able to e-mail the member directly using this function.
  3. TIP: This can be an easy way to set up a phone call or face-to-face meeting with other professionals who share your interests or work in your area.

To see the resources, news items, and events you have created and the conversations you have created or in which you have participated:

  1. Click on the My Profile link at the top of any page on the website. This will take you to the My Profile Page.
  2. Scroll down the My Profile Page. You will see a section titled Recent Posts by [Your Username]. There, you will see the resources, conversations, news items, and events you have posted.
  3. You will see three tabs at the bottom of the My Profile Page: Resources, Conversations, and News/Events. The selected tab will be colored, while the others will be faded. This section of your profile shows your recent activity in the three main areas of the site. The list links to the items posted and provides the date and time of posting.

On the left side of the My Profile Page, you will find the following links:

  • Home: This link will take you to the Homepage.
  • My Bookmarks: This link will take you to a list of all resources, news items, and events you have bookmarked.
  • My Conversations: This link will take you to a list of all conversations you have created or in which you have participated.
  • My Profile: You are currently on the My Profile Page.
  • Edit Profile: This link will take you to a page where you can add your professional title, upload a photo of yourself, or change any of the choices you made during registration.
  • Edit Topics of Interest: This link will take you to a page where you can identify the subjects, age groups, roles, and counties that interest you. You can choose to customize your Homepage around these topics of interest. You can also choose to receive e-mails when material relating to these topics is added to the website.
  • Edit Account Settings: This link will take you to a page where you can change your e-mail address or password and manage e-mail notifications.

To edit your profile:

  1. Click on the My Profile link at the top of any page on the website. This will take you to the My Profile Page.
  2. Click on the Edit Profile link on the left side of the My Profile Page. This will take you to the Edit Profile Page, where you can change or add any of the following information:
    • First name
    • Last name
    • Professional title
    • Photo of yourself
    • County
    • Professional role
    • Profile visibility (this controls whether other members can see your profile)
  3. Click Save at the bottom of the page to confirm any changes you have made.

To edit your Topics of Interest:

  1. Click on the My Profile link at the top of any page on the website. This will take you to the My Profile Page.
  2. Click on the Edit Topics of Interest link on the left side of the My Profile Page. This will take you to a page where you can identify your topics of interest using the following four categories: change or add any of the following information:
    • Subjects
    • Roles
    • Age Groups
    • Counties
  3. Check as many boxes as you like. Once you have recorded your areas of interest, you can do two things:
    • Customize your Homepage
    • Receive e-mail notifications
  4. Customize your Homepage: If you check the box at the very top of the Topics of Interest Page that says “Show recent resources on Homepage that match my interests,” your Homepage will only show you resources related to the topics you care about. Note that you can still find any resource by browsing the “Find and Share Resources” section of the website, but your Homepage will keep you up-to-date on resources related to your topics of interest.
  5. Receive e-mail notifications: Click the link that says “Manage E-mail Notifications. This will take you to your Account Settings Page, where you can choose whether to receive e-mails when new resources are posted in your areas of interest.

To receive e-mail notifications:

  1. Click on the My Profile link at the top of any page on the website. This will take you to the My Profile Page.
  2. Click on the Edit Topics of Interest link on the left side of the My Profile Page. This will take you to a page where you can identify your topics of interest using the following four categories: change or add any of the following information:
    • Subjects
    • Roles
    • Age Groups
    • Counties
  3. Check as many boxes as you like. Once you have recorded your areas of interest, you can choose to receive e-mail notifications.
  4. Click the link that says “Manage E-mail Notifications. This will take you to your Account Settings Page, where you can choose whether to receive e-mails when new resources are posted in your areas of interest.
Bookmarks

To quickly access the resources, news items, and events that you have bookmarked:

  1. On left side of the Home page, you will see a beige box titled My Bookmarks. There, you will see a few of the items you have bookmarked. You can go to the page devoted to each item by clicking on the item’s title.
  2. To view all of the items you have bookmarked, click View All at the bottom of the My Bookmarks box.

There are two ways to add a resource, news item, or event posting to the My Bookmarks list:

  • When the item is part of a longer list of resources or news and events, click on the Bookmark link under the item’s short summary.
  • When you are on the page devoted to the item, click the Bookmark button under the item’s title.

There are two ways to remove a resource, news item, or event posting from the My Bookmarks list:

  • When the item is part of a longer list of resources or news and events, click on the Bookmark: remove link under the item’s short summary.
  • When you are on the page devoted to the item, click the Bookmark: remove button under the item’s title.
Member Directory

To see a list of all the FosterEdConnect members who have agreed to be publicly viewable, click on the Member Directory button at the top of any page.

Using the Member Directory, you can:

  • Sort the list of members by county, role, or subject of interest
  • View the profile of any member in the Member Directory
    • View resources the member has posted
    • View conversations in which the member has participated
    • E-mail the member

The Member Directory is a list of FosterEdConnect.org members. It allows you to find and connect with other members who share your interests, work in the same county, or perform the same role. By clicking on a member’s username, through the Member Directory you can access the member’s Profile.

The Profile indicates the subjects, roles, age groups, and counties a member is interested in and includes contact information if it was provided by the member.

You can filter the list of members shown on the page by:

  • Member role
  • County
  • Subject of interest

To filter the list of members in the Member Directory:

  1. Click the Member Directory link at the top of any page on the website.
  2. Select a choice (role, county, area of interest) in one or more of the dropdown menus and click Apply. The list of members will update itself to display only those members matching the criteria you selected.
    • Member role = choose any role or sub-role (e.g. “Caregivers” or “Adoptive Parents”)
    • County = choose any California county
    • Subject of interest = choose any subject heading or subheading (e.g. “Legislation-Specific Resources” or “AB 490”)
  3. TIP: Using more filters will result in seeing fewer members. If you choose a member role AND county AND subject of interest, you may not find any members because it may be the case that no one matches all three criteria. In that situation, try sorting with only one or two filters.

Each entry in the Member Directory displays five pieces of information:

  • Username = how the member has chosen to be identified on FosterEdConnect.org (e.g. when sharing a resource or posting a comment)
  • First name
  • Last name
  • Role = the member’s role in the foster care and education community
  • County = the county where the member works or lives

TIP: Click on the words "Username," "First Name," or "Last Name" to sort the list by that category. By default, the list is sorted alphabetically by last name.

TIP: To see the full profile of any member in the Directory, click on his or her username.

Resources

In the Resources & Information section of the website, you can find the information you need and share resources that might be useful to others.

Resources include everything from fact sheets explaining key legislation to financial aid handbooks, guides to changing schools or transferring transcripts, lesson plans, and tips for building individual education plans.

Click on the blue Resources & Information button to:

  • Read and download an array of resources
  • Comment on these resources
  • Share your own resources
  • Browse resources by subject, role, age group, and county
  • Do an Advanced Search for resources by keyword, subject of interest, target profession, and/or county
  • Learn key information about each resource by reading summaries and accessing author and submission information

Some resources offer practical tips for navigating the many systems impacting foster youth education, while others provide expert advice for confronting issues foster youth face every day as they strive to do well in school.

In the Resources & Information section of the website, you can find the information you need and share resources that might be useful to others.

Resources include everything from fact sheets explaining key legislation to financial aid handbooks, guides to changing schools or transferring transcripts, lesson plans, and tips for building individual education plans.

Click on the blue Resources & Information button to:

  1. • Read and download an array of resources
  2. • Comment on these resources
  3. • Share your own resources
  4. • Browse resources by subject, role, age group, and county
  5. • Do an Advanced Search for resources by keyword, subject of interest, target profession, and/or county
  6. • Learn key information about each resource by reading summaries and accessing author and submission information

Some resources offer practical tips for navigating the many systems impacting foster youth education, while others provide expert advice for confronting issues foster youth face every day as they strive to do well in school.

Browsing is a great strategy if you have a general sense of the resources you need but do not yet have a specific resource in mind.

You can browse for resources in four ways:

  • By Subject
  • By Role
  • By Age Group
  • By County

If you like, you can further sort your results by the following criteria:

  • Recent
  • Popular
  • Recommended

TIP: If you are looking for a specific resource and already know the title or keywords associated with it, clicking the Advanced Search link might be the fastest way to find it.

To browse through a list of resources tagged as relating to a particular subject:

  1. Click on the blue Resources & Information button.
  2. The Resources By Subject tab will already be highlighted. You will see 12 subject headings in bold, some with subheadings beneath them. These 12 subject headings are:
    • Classroom-Specific Resources
    • College and Career Resources
    • Confidentiality and Information Sharing
    • Early Childhood/Child Development
    • Educational Rights
    • General Education
    • Legislation-Specific Resources
    • People, Programs, and Services: Contact Information
    • School Discipline
    • Strategies for Helping Foster Youth Succeed in School
    • Students with Disabilities/Special Education
    • Understanding the Systems Serving Foster Youth
  3. Click on any heading or subheading to access links to all the resources that were tagged as pertaining to that subject when they were added to the website.
  4. You can further sort this list of resources by the following criteria by clicking on one of three tabs:
    • Recent = resources most recently shared appear at the top of the list
    • Popular = resources viewed most often appear at the top of the list
    • Recommended = only resources that other members have flagged as useful
  5. Or, you can see all resources that were tagged with the heading or subheading you chose by clicking the “View All Resources” button to the right.
  6. Once you have found the title of a resource that interests you, click on that title and you will be directed to a page devoted to that resource. There, you can read, download, and comment on the resource, as well as learn other useful information.
  7. TIP: When browsing, start by clicking on the most specific subheading that matches your area of interest, but also try clicking on the more general heading. While the headings capture a more general type of resource, the subheadings capture more specific resources.
  8. TIP: The member who added a particular resource to the website chose the headings and subheadings under which the resource is categorized.
  9. TIP: Most resources are tagged with more than one subject, so you might find the same resource even after clicking different headings or subheadings. For example, the resource “Youth Law Center Website” is tagged with ten different subjects, including the subheadings “Child Welfare System” and “Dependency System” and the heading “General Education.” This resource would appear if you were to click any of those headings or subheadings.
  10. TIP: Resources found under a subheading will not appear under its more general heading, though many resources can be found under more than one subject. Thus, it is often best to look in both places.

To browse through a list of resources tagged as relevant to individuals in a particular role:

  1. Click on the blue Resources & Information button.
  2. Click on the Resources By Role tab. You will see 10 headings in bold:
    • Caregivers
    • Child Welfare Workers
    • Education Professionals
    • Education Rights Holders
    • Foster Children and Foster Youth
    • Foster Youth Liaisons
    • Juvenile Court Professionals
    • Legal and Expert Educational Advocates
    • Mental Health Professionals
    • Probation Officers
  3. You will also see subheadings below some of these headings.
  4. Click on any heading or subheading to access links to all the resources that were tagged as being of interest to individuals in a particular role when the resource was added to the website.
  5. You can further sort this list of resources by the following criteria by clicking on one of three tabs:
    • Recent = resources most recently shared appear at the top of the list
    • Popular = resources viewed most often appear at the top of the list
    • Recommended = only resources that other members have flagged as useful
  6. Or, you can see all resources that were tagged with the heading or subheading you chose by clicking the “View All Resources” button to the right.
  7. Once you have found the title of a resource that interests you, click on that title and you will be directed to a page devoted to that resource. There, you can read, download, and comment on the resource, as well as learn other useful information.
  8. TIP: The subheading that most closely matches your role is a good place to start browsing for resources.
  9. TIP: Some excellent resources are not tagged as pertaining to any particular role because they would be useful to everyone. Thus, do not limit yourself to browsing by role – try browsing by subject, age group, and county as well.
  10. TIP: The member who added a particular resource to the website chose the role(s) under which the resource is categorized.
  11. TIP: Resources found under a subheading will not appear under its more general heading, though many resources can be found under more than one role.

To browse through a list of resources tagged as relevant to foster youth in a particular age range:

  1. Click on the blue Resources & Information button.
  2. Click on the Resources By Age Group tab. You will see five age groups in bold:
    • Early Childhood
    • Elementary School
    • Middle School
    • High School
    • Post-Secondary/College
      • Click on any age group to access links to all the resources that were tagged as pertaining to that age group when the resource was added to the website.
      • You can further sort this list of resources by the following criteria by clicking on one of three tabs:
        • Recent = resources most recently shared appear at the top of the list
        • Popular = resources viewed most often appear at the top of the list
        • Recommended = only resources that other members have flagged as useful
      • Or, you can see all resources that were tagged with the heading or subheading you chose by clicking the “View All Resources” button to the right.
      • Once you have found the title of a resource that interests you, click on that title and you will be directed to a page devoted to that resource. There, you can read, download, and comment on the resource, as well as learn other useful information.
      • TIP: The member who added a particular resource to the website chose the age group(s) under which the resource is categorized.

To browse through a list of resources tagged as related to a particular county:

  1. Click on the blue Resources & Information button.
  2. Click on the Resources By County tab. You will see all 58 California counties in bold.
  3. Click on any county to access links to all the resources that were tagged as pertaining to that county when the resource was added to the website.
  4. You can further sort this list of resources by the following criteria by clicking on one of three tabs:
    • Recent = resources most recently shared appear at the top of the list
    • Popular = resources viewed most often appear at the top of the list
    • Recommended = only resources that other members have flagged as useful
  5. Or, you can see all resources that were tagged with the heading or subheading you chose by clicking the “View All Resources” button to the right.
  6. Once you have found the title of a resource that interests you, click on that title and you will be directed to a page devoted to that resource. There, you can read, download, and comment on the resource, as well as learn other useful information.
  7. TIP: Some counties have more resources than others. If you do not find any resources tagged with your county, consider creating and sharing some of your own.
  8. TIP: The member who added a particular resource to the website chose the county or counties under which the resource is categorized.

Using the Search Box is the fastest way to find a specific resource if you know its title or a few key words in its description.

To conduct a search:

  1. Type any keywords into the Search Box at the top of any page.
  2. Click the arrow to the right of the Search Box. This will take you to a Search Page that lists the results of your search.

If you wish to conduct an Advanced Search from the Search Page:

  1. Click the Advanced Search button on the Search Page
  2. An Advanced Search section will appear. In the boxes that appear:
    • Type words that appear in the title or description of the item for which you are searching (“Containing Any of the Words” box).
    • Type phrases that appear in the title or description of the item for which you are searching (“Containing the Phrase” box).
    • Type words that do not appear in the title or description of the item for which you are searching (“Containing None of the Words” box).
    • If you only wish to search certain categories, select those categories (“Only in the Category(s)” box). You can select from the following categories, most of which have subcategories:
      • Forums
      • Target Populations
      • Age Group
      • County
      • Event Category
      • Roles
      • Staff Category
      • Subject
  3. Click the gray Advanced Search button. This will take you to a page that lists the results of your Advanced Search.

If you wish to conduct an Advanced Search from the Search Page:

  1. Click the Advanced Search button on the Search Page.
  2. An Advanced Search section will appear. In the boxes that appear:
    • Type words that appear in the title or description of the item for which you are searching ("Containing Any of the Words" box).
    • Type phrases that appear in the title or description of the item for which you are searching ("Containing the Phrase" box).
    • Type words that do not appear in the title or description of the item for which you are searching ("Containing None of the Words" box).
    • If you only wish to search certain categories, select those categories ("Only in the Category(s)" box). You can select from the following categories, most of which have subcategories:
      • Forums
      • Target Populations
      • Age Group
      • County
      • Event Category
      • Roles
      • Staff Category
      • Subject
  3. Click the gray Advanced Search button. This will take you to a page that lists the results of your Advanced Search.

After browsing or doing an Advanced Search, you will come across a list of resources.

By looking at this resource list and/or clicking on the title of a resource, you will find key information and functions, including:

  • File containing the resource (Microsoft Word document, PDF, Excel spreadsheet, etc.) or link to the resource
  • Brief description of the resource
  • Author
  • Member who posted the resource
  • Date the resource was posted
  • Ways to bookmark the resource

It is easy to read and download a resource:

  • Click on the title of a resource that you wish to read or download.
  • This will take you to a page with more complete information on that resource. Beneath the resource summary and source, you will see either "File" or "Link" in bold.
  • If you see the word "File," you will also see a link to a file (such as a PDF) containing the resource. To access and download the resource, click on this link and save the file.
  • If you see the word "Link," the resource is on a website outside of the FosterEdConnect.org community. To access the resource, click on the link. This will take you to the website containing the resource.

Once you have found a useful resource, you can easily return to it by bookmarking it. To bookmark a resource:

  1. When viewing a list of resources, you can bookmark resources that you find useful by clicking the Bookmark link under the resource description.
  2. When viewing the page devoted to a particular resource, you can bookmark that resource by clicking the Bookmark button above and to the right of the resource description.
  3. Whenever you bookmark a resource, that resource will be added to the “My Bookmarks” section of your home page. This will allow you to quickly return to resources you find useful.

Once you have arrived at a resource list by browsing or doing an Advanced Search, you can easily access important information about each resource. This information will help you decide whether a particular resource will be useful to you.

Every resource list includes:

  1. A partial summary of each resource. This summary – which was written by the member who posted the resource – is located below the title of the resource. For a complete summary, click on the title of the resource. This will take you to a page devoted to that particular resource.
  2. Date on which the resource was submitted to the site. The date is listed in small text below the short description.
  3. Username of the member who submitted the resource to the site. The username is listed in small text below the short description. Note that by clicking on the username, you can go to that member’s Profile Page. There, you can learn about the member, see other resources or events he or she has shared, and contact the member via e-mail.

Click on the title of a resource to access a page devoted to that particular resource. That page includes:

  • A complete summary of the resource. This summary was written by the member who submitted the resource to the site.
  • The source of the resource. The source is the person or organization that created the resource. This can be different from the member who submitted the resource to the site.
  • The resource itself. Beneath the source, you will see either “File” or “Link.” Next to that, you will see a link. Click on the link to access the resource. Clicking a file will allow you to download the resource to your computer. Clicking a link will take you to a page outside of the Foster Ed Connect website, where you can view the resource.
  • Subjects covered by, or related to, the resource. When a member submits a resource, he or she is given the opportunity to select the subjects that appear here. The member selects from all of the headings and subheadings that appear on the “Resources by Subject” tab. In other words, this category lists every subject the resource was “tagged” with by the member who shared it. All of the subjects listed are links. Clicking any one of them works just as if you had clicked that link on the page for browsing resources: it will bring you to a page with a list of resources that were tagged with that subject.
  • Roles. The roles listed indicate who the resource is for. When a member submits a resource, he or she is given the opportunity to select the roles that appear here. In other words, this category lists every role the resource was “tagged” with by the member who shared it. All of the subjects and roles listed are links. All of the roles listed are links. Clicking any one of them works just as if you had clicked that link on the page for browsing resources: it will bring you to a page with a list of resources that were tagged with that role.
  • Age group. The age group indicates the age of the foster youth for whom the resource is relevant.

There is also useful information on the sides of each resource list.

On the left side of the resource list you will see:

  • A list with all of the headings and subheadings from the previous page. This list is a navigation panel that makes it easy to browse for resources without returning to the main resources page. If you cannot find the resources you are looking for, you can try searching under another heading by clicking one of the links in the navigation panel.
  • The number of resources that exist in a particular category. This is the number in parentheses after each heading and subheading in the navigation panel.

On the right side of the resource list you will see a list of conversations.

  1. The conversations that appear here change depending on the resources you are viewing. For example, if you click on the heading “General Education,” conversations tagged as pertaining to general education will appear on the right.
  2. Click the title of each conversation to go to that conversation. Underneath the link you will see the date and time it was posted.

On the page devoted to a particular resource, there is a Recommend button:

  1. Click on the title of a resource that you wish to recommend.
  2. This will take you to a page with more complete information on that resource. On this page, click the Recommend button, which is below and to the right of the resource title and is next to the Bookmark button.
  3. Pressing the Recommend button is like voting for that resource. It is your way of telling other members that you think this resource is helpful.
  4. You will recall that the page listing resources also has a Recommend tab. That tab displays only those resources that other members have voted for by pressing the Recommend button.

To comment on a resource or read comments:

  1. Click on the title of the resource on which you wish to comment.
  2. This will take you to a page with more complete information on that resource. Scroll down the page. Beneath the subject and role categories, you will see a comments box.
  3. If other members have already commented, their comments will appear in the box. You will see the title of the comment, the username of the member who submitted the comment, when it was submitted, and the comment itself.
  4. If you wish to add your own comment, type your thoughts regarding the resource in the Post New Comment box, which is beneath any comments already posted.
  5. When posting a new comment, you username will appear in the Your Name field. Type a title for the comment in the Subject field and the text of your comment in the Comment field.
  6. Before you submit your comment, by checking the Notify Me box, you can choose whether or not you want to receive an e-mail either:
    • Whenever a member makes a new comment about this resource or
    • Whenever a member replies to your comment.
  7. Your comment will be submitted as soon as you click the Post Comment button.
  8. To reply to a comment that another member has made, click the Reply box in the bottom right corner of that user’s comment and then follow the same procedure as for posting a new comment.

On the Resources Page, you can share resources that might be of interest to others by uploading your resources onto the site using the Add Resource feature.

What kind of resources can be added to the website?

Please add any resource (file or web link) that might be useful to others working to improve the educational outcomes of foster youth. This includes any resource that will help the following individuals:

  • Foster parents
  • Caregivers
  • Biological parents and relatives
  • Child welfare workers
  • Group home staff
  • Teachers
  • School counselors
  • Dependency attorneys
  • Judges
  • Court-appointed special advocates
  • County and district foster youth liaisons
  • Other foster youth advocates

The more resources we share, the stronger our community becomes.

Community members can add two types of resources to the website:

  1. Online Resources: You can help community members find information already on the Internet by adding the following resources to the FosterEdConnect community:
    • Websites
    • Webpages
    • Documents available elsewhere on the web
  2. Documents: You can add the following documents as resources:
    • Word documents
    • PowerPoint presentations
    • PDFs
    • Audio files
    • Videos
    • Any other electronic file
  3. TIP: All FosterEdConnect.org conversations, questions, and announcements automatically become resources.

To add your own resource to the website:

  1. On the Resources Page, click the Add Resource button above and to the right of the tabs, beneath the pictures. This will take you to a page labeled Create Resource.
  2. On the Create Resource page, there are eight required fields to fill out regarding your resource:
    • Title
    • Description
    • Source
    • Resource type (link or file)
    • Subjects to which the resource applies
    • Whether resource is specific to any particular roles (yes/no and roles)
    • Whether resource is specific to any particular age groups (yes/no and age groups)
    • Whether resource is specific to any particular county (yes/no and counties)
  3. Note that most of the fields can be filled out very quickly. The longest part of the process is writing a short description for the resource. The description is especially important because it is the best source of information about the resource for a member browsing the site.
  4. In the Source field, type the name of the organization or individual who made the resource you are sharing. This is where you give that organization or individual credit for creating the resource. Do not put your own name in this field unless you created the resource. You can add more than one name if you wish. For instance, a resource may have been created by "The Association for the Education of Homeless Youth and the ABA Center on Children and the Law."
  5. Upload your resource to the site by selecting Resource Link or Resource File, depending on the resource type. Note that a resource must either be a link to an outside website or a file that can be uploaded (Word document, PDF, etc.)
  6. If you select Link, a box will appear where you can type the URL of the webpage that contains the resource. If you select File, a Choose File button will appear. Once you have a chosen a file, click the Upload button to ensure that it successfully loads.
  7. The next field asks, "To which subject does the resource apply?" Here you see all the same headings that appeared on the browse resource page. Some of the headings have a black arrow on their left; when the black arrow is clicked a list of subheadings will appear. Check every box in this field that pertains to the resource you are uploading.
  8. However, do not check a heading if you also want to check subheadings within that heading. For example, if you plan to check "Child Welfare System" and "Dependency System," you will not be allowed to also check "Understanding the Systems Serving Foster Youth." There are only two times when you should check a heading: if all of its subheadings or none of its subheadings apply to the resource you are sharing. Otherwise, leave the heading unchecked.
  9. The next field asks, "Is this resource specific to a particular role?" Select the roles of individuals who would benefit from the resource you are sharing. Once again, only check a heading if all or none of its subheadings apply to the resource you are sharing. If the resource is not specific to any role, then select No.
  10. The final two fields work in the same way. If the resource is about foster youth of a specific age group, then check the age ranges that apply. For instance, a resource about transportation to school would probably apply to three age groups: elementary school, middle school, and high school.
  11. Lastly, if the resource is specific to a county or group of counties, check all that apply.
  12. If you only have one resource to share, finish by clicking Save. If you want to share another resource, click "Save and Create Another."
  13. Once you have shared your resource, it will be reviewed by a site administrator to ensure that it is appropriate for the Foster Ed Connect community. As soon as the administrator approves the resource, it will become publicly available and viewable.
  14. TIP: There is a 20 MB size limit. Thus, it is not possible to upload large videos.
  15. TIP: If you have more than one file, or both a link and a file that you want to share, then you should create more than one resource.

Please add any resource (file or web link) that might be useful to others working to improve the educational outcomes of foster youth. This includes any resource that will help the following individuals:

  • Foster parents
  • Caregivers
  • Biological parents and relatives
  • Child welfare workers
  • Group home staff
  • Teachers
  • School counselors
  • Dependency attorneys
  • Judges
  • Court-appointed special advocates
  • County and district foster youth liaisons
  • Other foster youth advocates

The more resources we share, the stronger our community becomes.

Community members can add two types of resources to the website:

  1. Online Resources: You can help community members find information already on the Internet by adding the following resources to the FosterEdConnect community:
    • Websites
    • Webpages
    • Documents available elsewhere on the web
  2. Documents: You can add the following documents as resources:
    • Word documents
    • PowerPoint presentations
    • PDFs
    • Audio files
    • Videos
    • Any other electronic file
  3. TIP: All FosterEdConnect.org conversations, questions, and announcements automatically become resources.

To add your own resource to the website:

  1. On the Resources Page, click the Add Resource button above and to the right of the tabs, beneath the pictures. This will take you to a page labeled Create Resource.
  2. On the Create Resource page, there are eight required fields to fill out regarding your resource:
    • Title
    • Description
    • Source
    • Resource type (link or file)
    • Subjects to which the resource applies
    • Whether resource is specific to any particular roles (yes/no and roles)
    • Whether resource is specific to any particular age groups (yes/no and age groups)
    • Whether resource is specific to any particular county (yes/no and counties)
  3. Note that most of the fields can be filled out very quickly. The longest part of the process is writing a short description for the resource. The description is especially important because it is the best source of information about the resource for a member browsing the site.
  4. In the Source field, type the name of the organization or individual who made the resource you are sharing. This is where you give that organization or individual credit for creating the resource. Do not put your own name in this field unless you created the resource. You can add more than one name if you wish. For instance, a resource may have been created by “The Association for the Education of Homeless Youth and the ABA Center on Children and the Law.”
  5. Upload your resource to the site by selecting Resource Link or Resource File, depending on the resource type. Note that a resource must either be a link to an outside website or a file that can be uploaded (Word document, PDF, etc.)
  6. If you select Link, a box will appear where you can type the URL of the webpage that contains the resource. If you select File, a Choose File button will appear. Once you have a chosen a file, click the Upload button to ensure that it successfully loads.
  7. The next field asks “To which subject does the resource apply?” Here you see all the same headings that appeared on the browse resource page. Some of the headings have a black arrow on their left; when the black arrow is clicked a list of subheadings will appear. Check every box in this field that pertains to the resource you are uploading.
  8. However, do not check a heading if you also want to check subheadings within that heading.
    • For example, if you plan to check “Child Welfare System” and “Dependency System,” you will not be allowed to also check “Understanding the Systems Serving Foster Youth.”
    • There are only two times when you should check a heading: if all of its subheadings or none of its subheadings apply to the resource you are sharing. Otherwise, leave the heading unchecked. This process of tagging the resource with relevant subjects will help other members find the resources they are looking for.
  9. The next field asks, “Is this resource specific to a particular role?” Select the roles of individuals who would benefit from the resource you are sharing. Once again, only check a heading if all or none of its subheadings apply to the resource you are sharing. If the resource is not specific to any role, then select No.
  10. The final two fields work in the same way. If the resource is about foster youth of a specific age group, then check the age ranges that apply. For instance, a resource about transportation to school would probably apply to three age groups: elementary school, middle school, and high school.
  11. Lastly, if the resource is specific to a county or group of counties, check all that apply.
  12. If you only have one resource to share, finish by clicking Save. If you want to share another resource, click “Save and Create Another.”
  13. Once you have shared your resource, it will be reviewed by a site administrator to ensure that it is appropriate for the Foster Ed Connect community. As soon as the administrator approves the resource, it will become publicly available and viewable.
  14. TIP: There is a 20 MB size limit. Thus, it is not possible to upload large videos.
  15. TIP: If you have more than one file, or both a link and a file that you want to share, then you should create more than one resource.

These are the resources that are clicked on most frequently by other members.

Subheadings are more specific than headings. When a member shares a new resource, she is asked to tag it with subheadings if possible.

  • A resource will be tagged with a heading if it fits that general category but does not fit under any of the specific subheadings.
  • A resource will also be tagged with the heading instead of a subheading if it fits under all of the subheadings.

These numbers are resource counts. The number in parentheses indicates how many resources you would find if you click the link.

You may notice that the number of resources for a heading is not the same as the sum of the resources for its subheadings. That is because no resources are found under both a heading and one of its subheadings. For example, a resource found under the subheading “Attendance” would not be found under the heading “General Education.” A heading and its subheadings contain two distinct sets of resources.

Conversations

In the Conversations section of the website, you can participate in conversations and ask and answer questions of your peers and statewide experts.

Click on the orange Conversations button to:

  • Participate in conversations
  • Ask and answer questions
  • See all the ongoing conversations on the website
  • Sort conversations by subject or role

FosterEdConnect.org is a community in which individuals with similar goals and passions can connect with each other and discuss issues they face. The site has the potential to build bridges within communities and across the state through better coordination and information-sharing.

Browsing is a great strategy if you have a general sense of the conversations that interest you.

In addition to browsing all conversations on the website, you can browse for conversations in three ways:

  • All Conversations
  • Conversations by Subject
  • Conversations by Role

TIP: If you have a specific idea of the conversations you are looking for and already know keywords associated with such conversations, clicking the Advanced Search link might be the fastest way to find them.

To browse through a list of all conversations on the website:

  1. Click on the orange Conversations button.
  2. The All tab will already be highlighted. All conversations on the website will be listed in reverse chronological order, with the most recent conversations listed first.
  3. Once you have found the title of a conversation that interests you, click on that title and you will be directed to a page devoted to that conversation. There, you will find ways to participate in the conversation.

To browse through a list of conversations tagged as relating to a particular subject:

  1. Click on the orange Conversations button.
  2. Click the Conversations By Subject tab. You will see 12 subject headings in bold. These 12 subject headings are:
    • Classroom-Specific Resources
    • College and Career Resources
    • Confidentiality and Information Sharing
    • Early Childhood/Child Development
    • Educational Rights
    • General Education
    • Legislation-Specific Resources
    • People, Programs, and Services: Contact Information
    • School Discipline
    • Strategies for Helping Foster Youth Succeed in School
    • Students with Disabilities/Special Education
    • Understanding the Systems Serving Foster Youth
  3. Click on any heading to access links to all the conversations that were tagged as pertaining to that subject when the conversations were created.
  4. Once you have found the title of a conversation that interests you, click on that title and you will be directed to a page devoted to that conversation. There, you will find ways to participate in the conversation.
  5. TIP: The member who created the conversation chose the headings under which the conversation is categorized.
  6. TIP: Most conversations are tagged with more than one subject, so you might find the same conversation even after clicking different headings.

To browse through a list of conversations tagged as relevant to individuals in a particular role:

  1. Click on the orange Conversations button.
  2. Click on the Conversations By Role tab. You will see 10 headings in bold:
    • Caregivers
    • Child Welfare Workers
    • Education Professionals
    • Education Rights Holders
    • Foster Children and Foster Youth
    • Foster Youth Liaisons
    • Juvenile Court Professionals
    • Legal and Expert Educational Advocates
    • Mental Health Professionals
    • Probation Officers
  3. Click on any heading to access links to all the conversations that were tagged as being of interest to individuals in a particular role when the conversation was created.
  4. Once you have found the title of a conversation that interests you, click on that title and you will be directed to a page devoted to that conversation. There, you will find ways to participate in the conversation.
  5. TIP: The member who created the conversation chose the headings under which the conversation is categorized.
  6. TIP: Most conversations are tagged with more than one subject, so you might find the same conversation even after clicking different headings.

If you know terms (keywords) associated with that conversations you are looking for, conducting an Advanced Search might be the fastest way to find these conversations.

Using the Advanced Search function, you can filter all the conversations on the website by any or all of the following criteria:

  • Terms of your choice
  • Role
  • Subject

To do an Advanced Search for conversations:

  1. Type any terms (keywords) associated with the conversation you are searching for into the Terms box. All resources on the website will be searched for the terms you type and your conversation list will only include conversations that contain those terms. If you do not wish to search by term and instead wish to search only by role, subject, or both, leave the Terms box blank.
  2. Select one or more of the 10 roles (professions) listed in the dropdown menu. Only conversations tagged as relevant to those particular professions will be included in your search results. If you do not wish to filter by profession, do not select any of the roles listed. Instead, leave the Role box in its default mode, .
  3. Click the Apply button. This will take you to a list of conversations filtered by the criteria you chose.
  4. TIP: You can filter your conversations list using some of the above criteria but not others. If you do not want to filter by a particular criterion, do not use that particular dropdown menu. For example, if you want to filter by all of the criteria except county and age group, do not use the county and age group dropdown menus.
  5. TIP: The more criteria you use, the fewer results you will get. If you are not finding as many resources as you would like, try removing one or more of the criteria.

Once you have arrived at a conversation list by browsing or doing an Advanced Search, you can learn useful information about each conversation. This information will help you decide whether a particular conversation is of interest to you.

Every conversation list includes:

  • The title of each conversation.
  • The topic of each conversation. This topic description – which was written by the member who created the conversation – is located below the title of the conversation.
  • The subjects and roles to which the conversation relates. These subjects and roles are listed below the summary. The member who created the conversation tagged the conversation with these subjects and roles because he or she thought the conversation relates to these subjects and would be of interest to people in these roles.
  • Username of the member who created the conversation. The username is listed in the Posted By column. Note that by clicking on the username, you can go to that member’s Profile Page. There, you can learn about the member, see resources or events he or she has shared, and contact the member via e-mail.
  • Number of comments that have been posted as part of the conversation. This is the number of comments that members have posted since the creation of the conversation. The number of comments is listed in the Comments column.
  • Date and time of the last comment. The date and time will tell you how recently a comment has been posted as part of the conversation. This information is listed in the Post/Comment column.

To join an existing conversation by adding a comment:

  1. Click on the title of the conversation you wish to join.
  2. This will take you to a page devoted to this conversation. Scroll down the page.
  3. If other members have already commented, their comments will appear in the box. You will see the title of the comment, the username of the member who submitted the comment, when the comment was submitted, and the comment itself.
  4. If you wish to add your own comment, type your thoughts in the Post New Comment box, which is under any comments already posted.
  5. When posting a new comment, you username will appear in the Your Name field. Type a title for the comment in the Subject field and the text of your comment in the Comment field.
  6. Before you submit your comment, by checking the Notify Me box, you can choose whether or not you want to receive an e-mail either:
    • Whenever a new comment is added to this conversation or
    • Whenever a member replies to your comment.
  7. Your comment will be submitted as soon as you click the Post Comment button.
  8. To reply to a comment that another member has made, click the Reply box in the bottom right corner of that user’s comment and then follow the same procedure as for posting a new comment.

On the Conversations Page, you can start your own conversation for others to join by clicking on the Add Conversation button.

To start your own conversation:

  1. On the Conversations Page, click the Add Conversation button above and to the right of the tabs, beneath the pictures. This will take you to a page labeled Create Conversation.
  2. On the Create Conversation page, type the title of the conversation you are adding in the Title box.
  3. Next, type the opening comment of the conversation you are creating in the Message box.
  4. Classify Your Conversation by Subject: Select any of the following subjects that relate to the conversation you are creating (choose as many as you think apply by clicking the box to the left of the subject):
    • Classroom-Specific Resources
    • College and Career Resources
    • Confidentiality and Information-Sharing
    • Early Childhood/Child Development
    • Educational Rights
    • General Education
    • Legislation-Specific Resources
    • People, Programs, and Services: Contact Information
    • School Discipline
    • Strategies for Helping Foster Youth Succeed in School
    • Students with Disabilities/Special Education
    • Understanding the Systems Serving Foster Youth
  5. Classify Your Conversation by Role: If you think the conversation you are creating will be of particular interest to people in certain roles, select those roles (choose as many as you think apply by clicking the box to the left of the role):
    • Caregivers
    • Child Welfare Workers
    • Education Professionals
    • Education Rights Holder
    • Foster Children and Foster Youth
    • Foster Youth Liaisons
    • Juvenile Court Professionals
    • Legal and Expert Educational Advocates
    • Mental Health Professionals
    • Probation Officers
  6. Click the Submit Conversation button. Your conversation will be posted to the website.

To edit a comment that you have posted to a conversation:

  1. Click on the title of a conversation that you have created or joined by posting a comment. This will take you to a page devoted to that conversation.
  2. The View tab will be selected. Click on the Edit tab.
  3. You will see the Title and Message that you typed and the Subjects and Roles that you selected. You can edit any of these.
    • Edit the Title and/or Message by retyping what you typed.
    • Change the Subjects and/or Roles you selected by clicking on additional boxes. If you originally selected a Subject or Role but no longer wish to select it, you can click on the box again to undo your selection.
News & Events

In the News & Events section, find out what’s happening in your area and around the state or post your own announcements.

Click on the green News & Events button to:

  • View all news items and events on the site
  • Post your own news items and events
  • Search for events by date
  • Choose to only view events in the following categories:
    • All events
    • Advocacy activities
    • Trainings & conferences
    • Community events

Viewing all news items and events is a great way to browse for new developments, such as recently released news or just-posted events.

To view a list of all news items and all events on the site:

  1. Click on the green News & Events button.
  2. The All Events tab will already be highlighted. You will see a list of all news and all events on the site.
  3. TIP: Events are sorted by date, so the next event to occur will appear at the top of the list.
  4. TIP: If you are interested only in events on certain days, your best option is to use the Calendar function.

To view all news on the website:

  1. Click on the green News & Events tab.
  2. On the left side of the screen, you will see the following links:
    • Events
    • Events Calendar
    • News
  3. Click on the News link. You will see a list of all news items on the site.
  4. TIP: News posted most recently will appear at the top of the list. This means that the list is not sorted by date of publication. Instead, it is sorted by date of posting.

(The categories are: all events, only advocacy activities, only training/conferences, and only community events.)

You can view the following categories of events:

  • All events
  • Only advocacy activities
  • Only training/conferences
  • Only community events

To view all events on the website:

  1. Click on the green News & Events tab.
  2. On the left side of the screen, you will see the following links:
    • Events
    • Events Calendar
    • News
  3. Click on the Events link. This will take you to a page with four tabs:
    • All
    • Advocacy Activities
    • Training/Conferences
    • Community Events
  4. Click on the All tab. You will see a list of all events on the website. The events posted most recently will appear at the top of the list.

To view only events on the site that relate to advocacy activities:

  1. Click on the green News & Events tab.
  2. On the left side of the screen, you will see the following links:
    • Events
    • Events Calendar
    • News
  3. Click on the Events link. This will take you to a page with four tabs:
    • All
    • Advocacy Activities
    • Training/Conferences
    • Community Events
  4. Click on the Advocacy Activities tab. You will see a list of all events on the site that relate to advocacy activities. The events posted most recently will appear at the top of the list.

To view only trainings and conferences on the site:

  1. Click on the green News & Events tab.
  2. On the left side of the screen, you will see the following links:
    • Events
    • Events Calendar
    • News
  3. Click on the Events link. This will take you to a page with four tabs:
    • All
    • Advocacy Activities
    • Training/Conferences
    • Community Events
  4. Click on the Training/Conferences tab. You will see a list of all trainings and conferences on the site. The events posted most recently will appear at the top of the list.

To view only community events on the site:

  1. Click on the green News & Events tab.
  2. On the left side of the screen, you will see the following links:
    • Events
    • Events Calendar
    • News
  3. Click on the Events link. This will take you to a page with four tabs:
    • All
    • Advocacy Activities
    • Training/Conferences
    • Community Events
  4. Click on the Community Events tab. You will see a list of all community events on the site. The events posted most recently will appear at the top of the list.

To learn about events that will be held on a particular day, use the Calendar function:

  1. Click on the green News & Events tab.
  2. On the left side of the screen, you will see the following links:
    • Events
    • Events Calendar
    • News
  3. Click on the Calendar link.
  4. Click on a specific day to view a list of all the events scheduled for that day.
  5. TIP: The dates colored green have scheduled events. Click the date to find out more about any events scheduled on that day. Click the name of the month at the top of the calendar for a larger view, and use the right and left arrows next to the name of the month to see earlier or later months.
  6. TIP: The Calendar offers a quick and easy way to see when events will take place. Clicking on a specific day will take you a list of all the events scheduled and information about each event.

Once you post an event, it will automatically appear on the Calendar.

All news items and events are arranged by time and date of posting. More recently posted events will always appear at the top of the list, even if they are scheduled for a later time then events posted earlier. The best way to see upcoming events is to use the Events Calendar.

Once you have found a news item or event that interests you, you can easily return to it by bookmarking it. To bookmark a news item or event:

  1. When viewing a list of news items and/or events, you can bookmark any that you find useful by clicking the Bookmark link under the description of the news item or event.
  2. When viewing the page devoted to a particular news item or event, you can bookmark that item or event by clicking the Bookmark button below and to the right of the title.
  3. Whenever you bookmark a news item or event, it will be added to the “My Bookmarks” section of your Home page. This will allow you to quickly return to news items and events that interest you.

Once you have arrived at a list of news items and/or events, you can easily access important additional information.

Every list of news items and/or events includes:

  • The title of the news item or event
  • A partial summary of each news item or event. This summary – which was written by the member who posted the news item or event – is located below the title. For a complete summary, click on the title of the news item or event. This will take you to a page devoted to that particular news item or event.
  • Date on which the news item or event was posted on the site. The date is listed in small text below the short description.
  • Username of the member who submitted the news item or event to the site. The username is listed in small text below the partial summary. Note that by clicking on the username, you can go to that member’s Profile Page. There, you can learn about the member, see other resources or events he or she has shared, and contact the member via e-mail.
  • Date on which an event will take place. The date on which an event will be held is listed in bold under the title of the event. Note that a list of events is not sorted by the date of the event, but by the date on which the event was posted.

To comment on a news item or event, or to read comments posted by other members:

  1. Click on the title of the news item or event on which you wish to comment.
  2. This will take you to a page with more complete information on that news item or event. Scroll down the page. At the bottom of the page, you will see a comments box.
  3. If other members have already commented, their comments will appear in the box. You will see the title of the comment, the username of the member who submitted the comment, when it was submitted, and the comment itself.
  4. If you wish to add your own comment, type your thoughts regarding the news item or event in the Post New Comment box, which is beneath any comments already posted.
  5. When posting a new comment, you username will appear in the Your Name field. Type a title for the comment in the Subject field and the text of your comment in the Comment field.
  6. Before you submit your comment, by checking the Notify Me box, you can choose whether or not you want to receive an e-mail either whenever a comment about the resource is posted or whenever a member replies to your comment.
  7. Your comment will be submitted as soon as you click the Post Comment button.
  8. To reply to a comment that another member has made, click the Reply box in the bottom right corner of that user’s comment and then follow the same procedure as for posting a new comment.

Anyone can share events that might be of interest to the community. To add your own event to the site:

  1. On the News & Events Page, click the Add Event button below the pictures toward the top of the page. This will take you to a page labeled Create Event.
  2. On the Create Event page, there are five required fields to fill out regarding your event:
    • Title of event
    • Date of event
    • Event category, where you can select any of the following if they describe your event:
      • Advocacy activities
      • Community events
      • Training/Conferences
    • Event details
    • Whether you are adding a link or attachment with more information
      • No
      • Link
      • File
  3. If you like, you can provide further information about your event by providing a link or attaching a file. Note that you can link to an outside website that contains information regarding your event. Alternatively, you can upload a file (Word document, PDF, etc.) about the event, such as an event flyer containing further details or an agenda.
  4. If you select Link, a box will appear where you can type the URL of the webpage that contains the resource. If you select File, a Choose File button will appear. Once you have a chosen a file, click the Upload button to ensure that it successfully loads.
  5. When you have finished filling out the fields, click Save to post your event to the site.
  6. Once you have shared your event, it will be reviewed by a site administrator to ensure that it is appropriate for the FosterEdConnect.org community. As soon as the administrator approves the event listing, it will become publicly available and viewable.
  7. TIP: When selecting a title, note that other members will see this title on a list of news and events.
  8. TIP: When adding the date of the event, put the first day of the event in the From Date field and the last day of the event in the To Date field. If the event is only one day long, you can leave the To Date field blank.
  9. TIP: For the event category, select all of the categories that apply.
  10. TIP: When providing event details, be clear and concise. Describe the event that you are posting and include other relevant information, such as the purpose of the event, its location, who is hosting it, and the intended audience.
  11. TIP: Uploaded files can be no larger than 20 MB.

Anyone can share news items that might be of interest to the community. To add your own news item to the site:

  1. On the News & Events Page, click the Add News Item button below the pictures toward the top of the page. This will take you to a page labeled Create Event.
  2. On the Create Event page, there are three required fields to fill out regarding your event:
    • Title
    • Body
    • Whether you are adding a link or attachment with more information
      • No
      • Link
      • File
  3. You can provide further information by including a link or attaching a file. Thus, you can link to an outside website that contains the news item. Alternatively, you can upload a file (Word document, PDF, etc.) that contains the news item. For example, you can link to a news story on a news source such as nytimes.com, link to an announcement on another website, or upload a file containing the news you want to share.
  4. If you select Link, a box will appear where you can type the URL of the webpage that contains the information you want to share. If you select File, a Choose File button will appear. Once you have a chosen a file, click the Upload button to ensure that it successfully loads.
  5. When you have finished filling out the fields, click Save to add your news item to the site.
  6. TIP: When selecting a title, note that other members will see this title on a list of news and events.
  7. TIP: In the body, describe the news item that you are sharing. Be clear and concise. You can provide further details by linking to a news story on another website or uploading a news file.
  8. TIP: Uploaded files can be no larger than 20 MB.
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