For the Sake of the Child

Conversations about the challenges Military-Connected Children face as they navigate multiple education systems from birth through high school.

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Mar 14th, 2019 by militarychild at 6:54 am

Media can play a critical role in engaging children, parents, and educators in science. Listen in to WGBH’s Executive Producer for PEEP, Marisa Wolsky, and children’s app developer, Jillian Emerson, as they talk about the new app, PEEP FAMILY SCIENCE, that can help parents confidently engage in science with their children. PEEP FAMILY SCIENCE app was given a 5-star rating from Common Sense Media for “co-use on and offscreen” by families.

Military Child Education  Coaliton (MCEC):


Learn more about Peep and the Big Wide World for Parents at:


PEEP Family Science was featured in the Military Child Education Coalition November 2018 On the Move publication. (pp. 32-33)


Mar 7th, 2019 by militarychild at 12:22 pm

Learning Heroes was founded by Bibb Hubbard to help inform and equip parents to best support their children's educational success in her quest to ensure all students are prepared for life after high school.


Readiness Check:

Here is the link to the Parents2018: Going Beyond Good Grades report.  The free tools and resources, Readiness Check, and the research can all be found on the website. 

Learning Heroes archived webinar from Feb 27 is on their website. The webinar goes into greater detail about the report and provides a perspective from some of their partner organizations, including Texas PTA, EdNavigator, and A Plus Colorado. The webinar is Feb 27 at 2pm eastern. Here is the link



Feb 28th, 2019 by militarychild at 1:30 pm

Parents have you moved with a child who is enrolled in the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)?  Listen in to Dr. Ed Tyner, Dr. Paul Ban and Rebecca Lombardi as they share WHAT’S NEW in EFMP and a TON of resources designed to make multiple transitions easier for families as they move from installation to installation.

Education Directories:


Moving with an IEP webinar:

Department of Defense Special Needs Parent Toolkit:

General Special Needs Tools & Forms:

Interstate Compact:

Parent Training Centers:

Exceptional Advocate E-Newsletter:

PAVE Partnerships for Action Voices for Empowerment:

To find your nearest School Liaison Officer (SLO):

Office of Special Needs (OSN) EFMP Update:

Feb 21st, 2019 by militarychild at 12:48 pm

Tara, Susan and Katja, MCEC For the Sake of the Child podcast hosts, talk from a parent perspective on choosing advanced courses for their children.  Each share their personal experiences and ask questions about course selection (Pre-AP, AP, dual enrollment and honors classes) , GPA, class rank, and weighted grading. 


College Board website mentioned in the podcast:

Podcast link that Susan mentioned-- “Paying for College” with College Education Specialist, Kerri Beckert

To learn more about the Pre-AP Launch go to:

Feb 14th, 2019 by militarychild at 1:53 pm

In this podcast, Dr. Dell Mc Mullen the director of DoDEA schools in Europe shares some strategies military parents can use to make a smooth transition into a DoDEA school.  Her insights will also address some common concerns and questions parents have as their children transfer.


U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity:


Student to Student:


Feb 7th, 2019 by militarychild at 11:08 am

In this podcast, learn more about the Department of Education’s Military Affairs Team’s mission and work, collaboration with the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA), and Department of Education resources available to military-connected students and families.  Hear a message from Secretary DeVos—“Re Think School” and her priorities.


Visit the Department of Education’s website at

Type in “Family” in the search engine.  One of the items that will pop up is “Family and Community Engagement” resources are available under the “Family” and “Community” subtabs 


Touching Base newsletter:


Parent Training and Information Centers connect parents of children with disabilities with resources.


Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children (MIC3):



Parent to Parent:


Federal Commission on School Safety:


Listen in to a podcast with educators and authors of Seasons of My Military Student, Dr. Amanda Trimillos and Stacy Allsbrook-Huisman, as they share practical ideas for parents as their military kids go through Seasons of Transition™.  You will also learn more about student exit plans, meeting with the teacher and hear a story about how the Interstate Compact (MIC3) had a direct impact on student success.

Visit our website at:

To find Seasons of My Military Student visit:

More details about the Military Interstate Compact Commission can be found at:

Please join us for a 2-part series with College Education Specialist, Kerri Beckert at Anchor Collegiate, as she shares important tips military families need to know about preparing their military student for college.

In Part 2- “What are Colleges Looking for in a Student”- we talk about the college search today, tips on classes and admission as well as helpful hints for the OCONUS student.


To find the Parent to Parent webinar Susan mentioned in the podcast "Chart Your Course for Success in High School & Beyond"  visit 


Kerri’s website and blog Anchor Collegiate:

Susan mentioned Blog post: "Mind the Gap"





Please join us for a 2-part series with College Education Specialist, Kerri Beckert at Anchor Collegiate, as she shares important tips military families need to know about preparing their student for college.

Listen in to Part 1- “Paying for College”- where we discuss FAFSA, money and what to consider when looking at the cost of college.


Find the Parent to Parent webinars Completing the FAFSA & CSS or Using Grants & Scholarships at

Some of the sites Kerri mentioned in the interview:

Kerri’s website and blog Anchor Collegiate:

MOAA loans and grants



Jan 17th, 2019 by militarychild at 9:27 am

Georgeann McRaven, the wife of retired Navy Admiral Bill McRaven, offers words of wisdom on building strong families after 36 years of marriage and 17 military moves.  Listen in to hear her advice about making friends, the high school years and staying connected.

Creating Strong Families webinar link:


“Change the World by Making Your Bed” University of Texas at Austin, 2014 Commencement Address speech by Admiral William McRaven

“One person can change the world by giving people hope-The power of hope-life is not fair and you will fail often”

Eligibility for Extracurricular Participation (a) State and local education agencies shall facilitate the opportunity for transitioning military children’s inclusion in extracurricular activities, regardless of application deadlines, with consultation with the state high school athletic association, to the extent they are otherwise qualified. Application deadlines include tryouts, summer conditioning and other coach or district pre-requisites.

Family Dinner Project