Military Families and Children Resources
Military OneSource is a free service provided by the Department of Defense to service members (regardless of activation status) and their families. Military OneSource provides services and resources to help with a broad range of concerns including education, parenting and child care, relocation, deployment, reunion, money management, and the particular concerns of families with special-needs members. They also can include more complex issues like relationships, stress, and grief.
Rebecca Boehlke, Military OneSource WI JFSAP Consultant is available for education of the MOS program for civilian and military providers as well as the military community.
MIC3...NEWS, VIEWS AND TRANSITIONS
Newsletter for the Interstate Commission on Educational Opportunity for Military Children
The current newsletter can be found on the MIC3 website, www.mic3.net.
A resource from Johns Hopkins University
Important new guides to support students of military families
Teachers College Press at Columbia University recently released four resource guides on supporting military children in public schools.
Each guide is based on research and written specifically for teachers, school administrators, pupil personnel, and parents. They have been endorsed by the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, the Military Child Education Coalition, and leading experts in education, social work, psychology and can be used as texts in university and district training programs. Each guide outlines how school professionals and parents can create a supportive school setting that helps military children thrive.
The books focus on practical strategies that can be implemented to make students feel welcome and connected. Many of the strategies highlighted are currently being used by educators, school districts, universities, and school liaison officers who created supportive setting for military children.
Click on this link http://www.tcpress.com/militaryfamilies.html to view ordering information for all four guides. A detailed description of each guide can be found at the following link: http://buildingcapacity.usc.edu/research/guides-detailed-trial.html.
The MIC3 digital guide on the Interstate Commission on Educational Opportunity for Military Children
The Hardest Year is an excellent article about the unique stressors that face military children and how the Interstate Compact for the Education of Military Children is working to support families.
A website designed for military students, their families, and the caring professionals who support them, SchoolQuest is an educational resource tool from the Military Child Education Coalition. Although the primary audience includes military students and their parents, SchoolQuest is well suited to anyone who is “questing” information about schools, college, and workplace readiness, transition, and more.
Touching Base will take you to a quarterly newsletter from the U.S. Department of Education in support of quality education for military dependent children.
Military kids have many unique experiences (e.g., moving frequently, adjusting to new schools, making new friends) and then are further challenged with going through a deployment of a parent or caregiver. MilitaryKidsConnect.org is a department of Defense (DOD) website dedicated to improve family readiness by enhancing resilience and coping skill in military children who experience the deployment cycle of a parent or caregiver.
MilitaryKidsConnect.org provides distinct age-appropriate content for kids (6-8 yrs), tweens (9-12 yrs) and teens (13-17 yrs) as well as information and resources for parents and educators. This website provides a safe, moderated online community for military children to connect with each other to share thoughts, ideas, and questions about their unique experiences.
Please share this information about this great resource with those who would benefit.
"The Compact" is Making It Easier to Educate Our Military Children
For this informative article written by Robert L. Gordon III, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Military Community and Family Policy), go to this link.
Using Books in Child Care to Connect with Military Children's Lives
Operation Military Kids (OMK) has worked with the public libraries to supply multiple books to each region. Many of the books listed in the following resources are part of the OMK Reading Collection.
Selected Articles and Resources
Real Life Calls for Real Books: Literature to Help Children Cope with Family Stressors
Children's Books about Family Relationships and Experiences
The Magic in Books: How to Read with Children
Branches of the Military
Learn more about the branches of the military at this link http://www.justmilitaryloans.com/understanding-the-u-s-military-branches/.
"Be Here" Attendance Campaign Toolkits
The DoDEA Educational Partnership Branch in coordination with all the Services is pleased to announce the launch of the "Be Here" attendance campaign toolkits! This campaign was developed by a working group of service representatives, DoDEA personnel, as well as LEA superintendents, and is designed to inform all stakeholders of the importance of school attendance. Many months of work has gone into developing the resources located on the below website.
These toolkits contain downloadable "ready-to-go" briefs, flyers, PSAs, newsletter/newspaper articles, message templates, and much more. The resources are organized into three toolkits:
1. Schools & Teachers
2. Parents & Students
3. Military Leadership & SLOs
Whenever possible, resources have been provided in Microsoft Word or PowerPoint format so that they may be modified and/or revised to meet your specific needs.
The toolkits are available at: http://www.militaryk12partners.dodea.edu/behere.cfm.
Taking Action to Serve America's Military Families
Joining Forces is a national initiative that mobilizes all sectors of society to give our service members and their families the opportunities and support they have earned.
Key Policy Letter from US Education Secretary to District Superintendents
A letter to district superintendents regarding policies on deployment-related absences can be found here.
For more information contact Shelley Joan Weiss at firstname.lastname@example.org.