MCEC Podcast
MIC3: Successful Educational Transitions

MIC3: Successful Educational Transitions

June 27, 2022

MIC3 answers questions regarding the Military Interstate Compact and makes recommendations for families on how they can use this powerful resource.

This podcast was made possible thanks to the Air Force Officer Spouses Club of Washington, D.C.

 

Show Notes:

https://mic3.net/

 

MIC3: Successful Educational Transitions Webinar

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/rec/WN_vWOwIA0jTCaPVW_ZkMNhcw?meetingId=-IuHr6M0hU2eGEqFy-QblZup0lPXwY6HtC9zoa2taM_k52x8ho1aeIrVtUqa-eK7.B4ef_xhjQsJ-S5Ha&playId=&action=play&_x_zm_rtaid=7QvrmjL7SQGbq0bWcDnjAQ.1656194729641.c4080b823f03bcf1308327354e0b1d89&_x_zm_rhtaid=688

 

Bio: 

Lindsey Dablow

Operations and Training Associate

Guiding How Our Children Process Race

Guiding How Our Children Process Race

June 17, 2022

Description: Sesame Street discusses resources that can help prepare military families on the conversation of racial justice.

 

This podcast was made possible thanks to the generous support from the Air Force Officers Spouses Club of Washington, D.C.

https://www.afoscdc.com/

 

Show Notes:

 

https://sesamestreetincommunities.org/

https://sesamestreetformilitaryfamilies.org/

A Conversation with Sesame Street about Racial Justice Resources for Military Families Webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/play/eCZpAFR5qUH_3MA6eMsbFDNrb5PVL4bAOr1V7DoiLXE6sGeYY21w9BswWc1dMJA5DEbJzvBPpBnhag1t.AYjOMeY117S6GEHt?startTime=1650988736000&_x_zm_rtaid=4m5zTm_GQumf-0y-kHSK5w.1655483423039.769650079e8c0ae34e6badaa17e5803a&_x_zm_rhtaid=786

 

I am Me Activity:

https://sesamestreetincommunities.org/topics/racial-justice/?activity=i-am-me

 

Explaining Race:

https://youtu.be/Dk_HYAiS26I

 

 Racial Justice Resources for Military Families:

https://sesamestreetincommunities.org/subtopics/racial-justice-resources-for-military-families/

 

Great Things:

https://youtu.be/U9CYDrn1IEE

 

Bio:

Sabrina Huda is the Project Director for various Sesame Workshop initiatives that reach our most vulnerable and underserved families.  Currently she leads Sesame Street’s initiatives for Military Families, Sesame’s COVID-response, and social justice initiatives.  Sabrina formerly worked on Sesame’s international projects in the Middle East, Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Indonesia.  Prior to joining Sesame Workshop, Sabrina was an Assistant Director at Spence Chapin working in domestic adoption.  She was also a Teacher at the Barnard Center for Toddler Development.

Sabrina holds a BA in Neuroscience & Behavior from Barnard College and an MA from Teachers College.  When not on longest street in the world, Sabrina is getting into trouble with her 11mth old daughter. 

 

Anna Carbone is a Project Coordinator within the U.S. Social Impact Department at the Sesame Workshop, and a licensed community social worker by trade. She comes to Sesame with experience developing programs and communications strategies in the nonprofit, federal government, and higher education sectors. In her role at the workshop, Anna works on the creation, management, and implementation of resources created for kids and families around the nation with a focus on supporting military-connected and veteran families through their biggest milestones. Anna holds a BA in Communications from Marist College and a Masters of Science from the School of Social Work at Columbia University. She's honored to be among such amazing individuals today and to share more about how to use these tools in your everyday life!

 

Homeschooling in the Military

Homeschooling in the Military

June 13, 2022

Description: Discussing the legal aspects of homeschooling for our military families. 

This podcast was made possible thanks to the generous support from The Military Spouses’ Association- 29 Palms

https://www.msa29palms.org/

 

Show Notes:

https://hslda.org/community/resources-for-military-families

https://hslda.org/

 

 

Bio: TJ Schmidt

Tj was homeschooled starting in the second grade for nearly every year through high school graduation. For much of that time, his family served as missionaries in Haiti.

He earned his juris doctor from Oak Brook College of Law and began working as a legal assistant at HSLDA. Now, having served as an HSLDA Staff Attorney for over 18 years, Tj assists members across the country with legal questions and challenges to their homeschool freedom.

Tj and his wife, Susan, homeschool their seven children: Josiah, Suzanna, Ella, Makenna, Jonah, Annika, and Ezra.

 

Strength Based Parenting

Strength Based Parenting

June 6, 2022

Description: The Travis Manion Foundation discusses what it looks like and how families can utilize this powerful resource.

This episode was made possible thanks to the generous support from the Hickam Officers' Spouses Club

https://hickamosc.wildapricot.org/

 

Resources:

 

 

 

Bio:

Dion Brugger

I served from 2000-2004 as an Artillery Officer with 1st Bn 10th Marines, based out of Camp Lejeune, NC. My Father served in the U.S Navy. My Brother, Uncle and Great Grandfather all served as Marine infantrymen. My grandfathers served in the US Army during WWII.

Bachelor's Degree in Business Management - Texas A&M University.

 

David Boyd

A United States Marine Corps veteran who served as an Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Specialist and a Personal Security Detail Team Leader. Current student at Liberty University pursuing my BS in Psychology with a concentration in Life Coaching.

Kelsey Petrone

Navy veteran, military spouse, proud daughter of a Vietnam Veteran (Marine Corps), and granddaughter of two World War II Veterans (Army and Navy).

B.S. Oceanography, United States Naval Academy.

Coping with Tragedy

Coping with Tragedy

June 1, 2022

Description: Dr. Melissa Brymer discusses how parents and educators can best support their children when it comes to different types of emergencies and how to talk about the impact of a traumatic event, such as a school shooting.

Resources:

https://www.nctsn.org/resources/creating-school-active-shooter-intruder-drills

https://www.nctsn.org/resources/helping-youth-after-community-trauma-tips-educators

https://www.nctsn.org/resources/creating-supporting-and-sustaining-trauma-informed-schools-system-framework

https://www.nctsn.org/resources/child-trauma-toolkit-educators

Additional Tools:

https://www.nctsn.org/resources/working-effectively-military-families-10-key-concepts-all-providers-should-know

https://www.nctsn.org/resources/helping-military-children-traumatic-grief-tips-educators

https://www.nctsn.org/resources/childhood-traumatic-grief-information-for-school-personnel-teaching-military-children

https://www.nctsn.org/resources/after-service-veteran-families-transition

https://grievingstudents.org/

Psychological First Aid: Students & Teachers | National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement (schoolcrisiscenter.org)

https://www.schoolcrisiscenter.org/resources/talking-kids-about-tragedies/

 

Bio:

Melissa Brymer is director of terrorism and disaster programs at the UCLA-Duke National Center for Child Traumatic Stress and an expert on how children deal with stress following disasters, like, for example, school shootings. Brymer studies how best to offer psychological assistance in the aftermath of disasters, and the role the center can play in such relief.

 

The Future of the SAT

The Future of the SAT

May 30, 2022

Description: Dr. Rashida Savage from College Board to chats about the SAT and how it’s evolving to better support students.

This podcast was made possible thanks to the generous support from the Hickam Officers Spouses Club.

https://hickamosc.wildapricot.org/

 

Show Notes:

https://www.collegeboard.org/

 

https://satsuite.collegeboard.org/sat/practice-preparation/official-sat-practice-khan-academy

 

https://satsuite.collegeboard.org/sat/sat-school-day

  

Bio: Dr. Rashida Savage

Director SAT Training and Support

College Readiness Assessments

Dr. Rashida Savage is a Director of College Readiness Assessments at the College Board. An Ohio native, Dr. Savage has a range of experience in education, as a classroom teacher, school administrator and instructional designer. She currently resides in Orlando, Florida and enjoys cooking, exercising, and spending time at the beach.

Empowering Our Sons and Daughters … Thoughtful and practical advice to help keep the conversation about underage drinking going as your kids grow.

Empowering Our Sons and Daughters … Thoughtful and practical advice to help keep the conversation about underage drinking going as your kids grow.

May 25, 2022

Description: Military and veteran kids experience unique stressors that may influence their decisions to engage in risky behaviors such as underage drinking. Join MCEC and Responsibility.org as we bring together experts to discuss how talking with your teens and young adults about alcohol early and often is the best way to keep them safe. 

Thank you to the Fort Lee Area Spouses Club for their support of this podcast.

https://www.fortleeareaspousesclub.com/

 

 Resources:

Understanding Youth Substance Use: For Military Parents and Caregivers

https://www.nctsn.org/resources/understanding-youth-substance-use-for-military-parents-and-caregivers

 

NMFA and Bloom Survey

https://www.militaryfamily.org/the-military-teen-experience/

Responsibility.org

https://www.responsibility.org/

 

Advice for Parents from Parents

 https://www.responsibility.org/prevent-underage-drinking/talking-to-kids-about-alcohol

 

Advice for Parents from Experts on Talking to Teens  

https://www.responsibility.org/prevent-underage-drinking/end-teenage-drinking/parenting-teens/

 

Conversation Starters

https://www.responsibility.org/prevent-underage-drinking

 

Parents You’re Not Done Yet

https://www.responsibility.org/prevent-underage-drinking/responsibility-on-campus/parents-youre-not-done-yet/

 

Bio:

 Tim Farrell, MCEC’s Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer (COO), is a retired U.S. Air Force Colonel who served for more than 23 years. Before joining MCEC, Tim served as the CEO of the National Association of Veteran-Serving Organizations (NAVSO), and as COO and interim President & CEO of Operation Homefront.

Having balanced his military service and raising his children for many years, Tim has a personal understanding of the difficulties military families face during periods of transition. He is a strong believer in using this experience to serve his community through his work on the World Affairs Council of San Antonio’s Board of Trustees and the City of San Antonio’s Veterans Affairs Commission, as well as his selection as the inaugural board chair of Students of Service (SOS) - San Antonio.

Tim holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Rutgers University (where he also played college football), a Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University, and an executive certificate in Transformational Nonprofit Leadership from the University of Notre Dame. He and his wife Gina live in San Antonio with their two sons, Aidan and Keagan.

 

Chris R. Swonger

Chris serves as the President & CEO of both the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (Responsibility.org) and the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States. Mr. Swonger has extensive experience guiding corporations to lead in business while playing a positive role in communities through proactive engagement. With over 25 years of experience in the public and private sector, Mr. Swonger brings extensive experience breaking down the traditional barriers that exist between corporations, non-government organizations and activist groups by facilitating consensus-based outcomes and knowledge leading industry in corporate social responsibility strategies.

 

Dr. Katie Friedman is a board-certified pediatrician, writer, spokesperson, and mother. Dr. Friedman completed her residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital at the University of Miami and currently practices pediatric emergency medicine in South Florida. Along with her sisters, she is also a co-founder of ForeverFreckled.com, where she serves as an educator and spokesperson.

Using her passion for preventive medicine and pediatric safety, Dr. Friedman has worked alongside several educational initiatives, such as KnowYourOTCs, Talk Early, and the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, to guide parents through obstacles of childhood safety, illness prevention, and pediatric medicine. In addition to her hospital work and writing obligations, she also serves as a medical correspondent for Lifetime’s Access Health and The Balancing Act.

 

It’s Never Too Soon… Starting Important conversations with your Military and Veteran school-age children about underage alcohol use.

It’s Never Too Soon… Starting Important conversations with your Military and Veteran school-age children about underage alcohol use.

May 25, 2022

Description: Military and veteran kids experience unique stressors that may influence their decisions to engage in risky behaviors such as underage drinking. Join MCEC and Responsibility.org as we bring together experts to discuss how talking with your kids about alcohol early and often is the best way to keep them safe. 

Thank you to the Fort Lee Area Spouses Club for their support of this podcast.

 https://www.fortleeareaspousesclub.com/

 

Show Notes:

Infographic on Ask, Listen, Learn Conversation starters

  • English
  • Spanish: https://asklistenlearn.org/materials/spanish-language-building-communications-infographic/?lessonplan=Parents
  • Advice for Parents from Parents    https://www.responsibility.org/prevent-underage-drinking/talking-to-kids-about-alcohol

 

Bio:

 Tim Farrell, MCEC’s Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer (COO), is a retired U.S. Air Force Colonel who served for more than 23 years. Before joining MCEC, Tim served as the CEO of the National Association of Veteran-Serving Organizations (NAVSO), and as COO and interim President & CEO of Operation Homefront.

Having balanced his military service and raising his children for many years, Tim has a personal understanding of the difficulties military families face during periods of transition. He is a strong believer in using this experience to serve his community through his work on the World Affairs Council of San Antonio’s Board of Trustees and the City of San Antonio’s Veterans Affairs Commission, as well as his selection as the inaugural board chair of Students of Service (SOS) - San Antonio.

Tim holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Rutgers University (where he also played college football), a Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University, and an executive certificate in Transformational Nonprofit Leadership from the University of Notre Dame. He and his wife Gina live in San Antonio with their two sons, Aidan and Keagan.

 

Chris R. Swonger

Chris serves as the President & CEO of both the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (Responsibility.org) and the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States. Mr. Swonger has extensive experience guiding corporations to lead in business while playing a positive role in communities through proactive engagement. With over 25 years of experience in the public and private sector, Mr. Swonger brings extensive experience breaking down the traditional barriers that exist between corporations, non-government organizations and activist groups by facilitating consensus-based outcomes and knowledge leading industry in corporate social responsibility strategies.

 

Dr. Katie Friedman

Dr. Friedman is a board-certified pediatrician, writer, spokesperson, and mother. She currently practices pediatric emergency medicine in South Florida. Along with her two sisters, Dr. Friedman is co-founder of ForeverFreckled.com, guiding parents through obstacles of childhood safety, illness prevention, and pediatric medicine. She also serves as a medical correspondent for Lifetime’s Access Health and The Balancing Act.

Taking A Gap Year- It’s not a year off!

Taking A Gap Year- It’s not a year off!

May 20, 2022

Description: The Botts family shares how taking a gap year provided their son with opportunities they didn't know he needed.

This podcast was made possible thanks to the support of the Mountain Home AFB Officers Spouses Club

https://www.mountainhomeosc.org/

 

Show Notes:

https://events-na5.adobeconnect.com/content/connect/c1/968319730/en/events/event/private/1825780098/2269380534/event_registration.html?sco-id=3755853814&_charset_=utf-8

https://www.springcanyon.org/peak-internship/

 

Bio:

Morgan Botts is the 19-year-old son of an Air Force Chaplain. He was born along the east coast in Raleigh, North Carolina, and is currently living in Buena Vista, Colorado, where he serves as a staff member for Spring Canyon Christian Conference Center. After completing the gap-year program at Spring Canyon, Morgan intends to finish his final semester of an Associates of Arts degree in General Studies from Southeastern University this upcoming fall.

 
Karen Botts is an Air Force wife to Jason and mother to five kids, ranging in ages from 10-19 years old.  She is in her thirteenth year of homeschooling and has navigated home education pathways in six separate states.  Thanks to the military, Karen and her family have called seven different states “home."  This summer, they will be returning to Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, VA.  Karen is a graduate of North Carolina State University and enjoys great food and great bargain-hunting during her rare moments of free time.

 

Homeschooling is a Journey

Homeschooling is a Journey

May 12, 2022

Description:  The MCEC webinar team has a great conversation with Natalie Mack, experienced homeschool mom and HSLDA’s Military Outreach Coordinator, about resources to help military families make the most out of homeschooling.

This podcast was made possible thanks to the generous support of the Eielson Spouses Club.

https://eielsonspousesclub.com/

 

Homeschool Resources for Military families

https://hslda.org/community/resources-for-military-families

Tracking Your Child’s Education:

https://militarybenefits.info/homeschooling-military-child/  

Special Needs: Planning, Evaluating and Recordkeeping:

 https://hslda.org/teaching-my-kids/special-needs/planning-evaluating-and-recordkeeping  

 

MCEC’s Homeschooling Basics for Military Families new to homeschooling

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_eGHnscc6SZWMfNzFBAZ3tg

 

Bio:

Natalie Mack is an author, speaker, and veteran home educator with over twenty-one years of experience providing leadership and service to military homeschooling families. She is known for her words of encouragement and being a staunch advocate for homeschooling families, particularly during the journey from high school to college. She is a mom of five children: three college graduates, one college sophomore and a 9th grader. Natalie is the spouse of a recently retired Navy Chaplain and enjoyed serving alongside him during his 34 years of active-duty military service. ​

         Natalie currently serves as President of Belvoir Home Educators, a large, active, military homeschool support group in Northern Virginia. In 2020, she became an HSLDA High School Educational Consultant and has served as the Military Outreach Coordinator for HSLDA since 2021. In this role she provides educational consultation to military members, speaks at homeschooling conferences and hosts military homeschooling Facebook live events and webinars. Natalie has authored several articles about homeschooling and is currently working on two books, “100 Tips for Homeschoolers” and “Homeschooling on the Move: Military Style”. She can be contacted at military@hslda.org or Natalie-Mack.com​

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