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 27th, 2020 by militarychild at 4:52 pm

Military Child Education Coalition response to COVID-19

We know this is an especially difficult time for our military families and children. Although resiliency and inner strength are qualities we admire in military families, during these uncertain times, MCEC is here with additional support.  Taking what we’ve learned from over 20 years of helping military kids and their families successfully manage transition and mobility issues, we have culled supportive content and resources for parents, educators, and students. We hope you will use the content and resources here to inspire and renew a sense of hope and wellbeing in your life and the lives of those in your care.

https://www.militarychild.org/covid19

Sarah's Facebook video mentioned in this podcast: https://www.facebook.com/sarah.w.curry.9/videos/pcb.10157823389075490/10157823378600490/?type=3&__tn__=HH-R&eid=ARCZQP-pdfChqVBW0Auu_rc9gOy9Yp-x-IBhk6Hd0gicrWVV-VQAPMhnWTMxfQpTNYgGG3SZSvlorD0v

 

Mar 27th, 2020 by militarychild at 8:25 am

Extraordinary Military Kid Jordan talks to MCEC Military Student Transition Consultant Tina Barber about how COVID-19 has impacted her last semester of her senior year. 

Military Child Education Coalition response to COVID-19

We know this is an especially difficult time for our military families and children. Although resiliency and inner strength are qualities we admire in military families, during these uncertain times, MCEC is here with additional support.  Taking what we’ve learned from over 20 years of helping military kids and their families successfully manage transition and mobility issues, we have culled supportive content and resources for parents, educators, and students. We hope you will use the content and resources here to inspire and renew a sense of hope and wellbeing in your life and the lives of those in your care.

https://www.militarychild.org/covid19

 

Mar 25th, 2020 by militarychild at 3:18 pm

Dr. Archana Basu, Clinical psychologist in the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Division at MassGeneral Hospital for Children, shares how parents can talk to their children about Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Military Child Education Coalition response to COVID-19

We know this is an especially difficult time for our military families and children. Although resiliency and inner strength are qualities we admire in military families, during these uncertain times, MCEC is here with additional support.  Taking what we’ve learned from over 20 years of helping military kids and their families successfully manage transition and mobility issues, we have culled supportive content and resources for parents, educators, and students. We hope you will use the content and resources here to inspire and renew a sense of hope and wellbeing in your life and the lives of those in your care.

https://www.militarychild.org/covid19

MGH Archana Basu, PhD: https://www.massgeneral.org/children/infectious-diseases/how-to-talk-to-kids-about-coronavirus

National Child Traumatic Stress Network: Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope With the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

MGHfC Parenting At a Challenging Time (PACT) Program: https://www.massgeneral.org/children/infectious-diseases/how-to-talk-to-kids-about-coronavirus

Comic mentioned in the podcast: https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/02/28/809580453/just-for-kids-a-comic-exploring-the-new-coronavirus

World Health Organization https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) https://www.cdc.gov/

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Mar 19th, 2020 by militarychild at 3:53 pm

Join us as we chat with Madeleine about her experience taking a gap year before college. She shares how taking the path less traveled helped her to be a better student and to discover who she really was as a person.

"Gut feelings are guardian angels". 

MCEC Parent to Parent webinar recording: 1120 - Taking a Gap Year before College http://militarychild.adobeconnect.com/webrec1120/event/registration.html

 

https://exchanges.state.gov/us/program/nsliy

 

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National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) provides merit-based scholarships to U.S. high school students interested in learning less-commonly studied foreign languages overseas.

exchanges.state.gov

 

 

Madeleine is a member of Tufts University’s Class of 2020. She is double-majoring in Community Health and Anthropology and minoring in Food Systems & Nutrition. At the intersection of her academic path of study lies curiosities about and passions for food justice, food security, the health and wellness of marginalized communities, and social justice. She grew up in a military family and is committed to working in a field of public service after graduation. Before college, Madeleine took a gap year and studied Arabic in Marrakech, Morocco, through a Department of State scholarship called the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y). 

Beyond academics, Madeleine a varsity athlete and team captain for the Tufts Women’s Rowing team. She also is involved in the Tufts Food Rescue Collaborative, a volunteer organization dedicated to the mitigation of wasted food and food insecurity on our campus and in the community, and SYNS, a student-led experimental, intellectual, and research-focused think tank program supported by the Tisch College of Civic Life. 

Mar 12th, 2020 by militarychild at 7:33 am

MCEC Parent to Parent Master Educator and podcast host Susan and homeschooling mom Amanda Harris continue their conversation, offering some advice to new families considering this school option.

 

MCEC Parent to Parent Webinars mentioned in this podcast:

Homeschooling and the Military Family Recording http://militarychild.adobeconnect.com/webrec0920a/event/registration.html

and

Homeschool Laws Join us Live March 25th 12 EST Click here to register: http://militarychild.adobeconnect.com/web1020a/event/registration.html

Mar 5th, 2020 by militarychild at 1:03 pm

https://www.militarychild.org/webinars

Please join us for a candid conversation with military spouse, Amanda Harris, about the obstacles and rewards of homeschooling.

MCEC Parent to Parent Webinars mentioned in this podcast:

Homeschooling and the Military Family Recording http://militarychild.adobeconnect.com/webrec0920a/event/registration.html

and

Homeschool Laws Join us Live March 25th 12 EST Click here to register: http://militarychild.adobeconnect.com/web1020a/event/registration.html

Feb 27th, 2020 by militarychild at 12:54 pm

Meet Military Child Education Coalition, President and CEO, Dr. Rebecca Porter as she talks about her vision for the future and all that is new at MCEC. 

 

www.militarychild.org

The MCEC Military Kids NOW Education Survey is open Feb 17-April 17. You can find it linked on the MCEC website or at https://bit.ly/mceceducationsurvey.

How you can help:

  • Take the survey
  • Spread the word – email the link, retweet and/or repost what MCEC has posted about the survey via social media

You Tube Video about the survey: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_qMdf_mCSk&feature=youtu.be

Frequently Asked Questions and Suggested Use for Military Student Identifier:

https://www.militarychild.org/upload/files/resources/FAQs_on_MSI.pdf

Feb 20th, 2020 by militarychild at 11:24 am

The President and CEO of MCEC, Dr. Rebecca Porter, and Helen Mowers, Instructional Systems Design Manager, talk about Military Kids NOW, a recently launched education survey designed to understand the modern military student, their parents, and various support networks.

 

The MCEC Military Kids NOW Education Survey is open Feb 17-April 17. You can find it linked on the MCEC website or at https://bit.ly/mceceducationsurvey.

 

You can take it more than once if you wear multiple hats (i.e., Military Parent and professional). The goal is to get 10,000 responses. This will drive our MCEC program offerings and work in the future and to ensure that the voices of the military kids and families that we serve is heard. This is one way that we have to see if we really understand the challenges they are facing and can provide the support needed so military-connected children can be successful!

 

How you can help:

  • Take the survey
  • Spread the word – email the link, retweet and/or repost what MCEC has posted about the survey via social media

 

You can refer survey questions to helen.mowers@militarychild.org

MCEC Master Parent Educators Katja and Susan talk about IEP’s and 504 Plans and share tips on “must know” information when moving with a military child with exceptional needs. 

 

This podcast features an exert from our MCEC Parent to Parent webinar, Transitioning Schools with Children with Exceptional Needs. If you want to participate in the full training and download the resource click on this link:  https://events-na5.adobeconnect.com/content/connect/c1/968319730/en/events/event/private/1825780098/1843701586/event_registration.html?connect-session=na5breez433awpdssb9c8qdq&sco-id=2253525988&_charset_=utf-8

 

Special Needs Parent Toolkit Birth to 18 at https://www.militaryonesource.mil/products#!/detail/146

(Section 504) 28 CFR Sec. 36.104 https://www.ada.gov/regs2010/titleIII_2010/titleIII_2010_regulations.htm#a104

For more information on the Interstate Compact, SEC. 5.103 Special Education Services, check http://www.mic3.net/assets/rules-2018-revised-9-nov--2018.pdf and watch our recorded webinar on the Interstate Compact at www.militarychild.org/webinars

Military Student Transition Consultant (MSTC):  https://www.militarychild.org/programs/military-student-transition-consultants-affiliate-msta School Liaison Officer (SLO): https://www.dodea.edu/Partnership/schoolLiaisonOfficers.cfm

DoDEA: https://www.dodea.edu/curriculum/specialeduc/index.cfm

 

This podcast was made possible because of the generous support from the Wounded Warrior Project.

Feb 6th, 2020 by militarychild at 12:27 pm

In this podcast we will chat with Terri Rudy, M.P.A. and Danny Perkins, PH.D. about the THRIVE Initiative Program, from the Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness at Penn State University.  They will share how, in partnership with the Department of Defense Office of Military Community and Family Policy, is implementing the THRIVE Initiative to empower parents as they nurture their children from the prenatal period until their children reach 18 years of age.  We will talk about how the initiative includes face to face, online parenting programs and a range of online resources and interactive learning modules.  Join us to learn more!

https://thrive.psu.edu/

https://militaryfamilies.psu.edu/