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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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


In this podcast military spouse Lynda MacFarland and her daughter Maggie Phillips share insight on open communication in their family and share some uplifting stories about the military life experience.


Register for the MCEC National Training Seminar (NTS) being held July 23-25 at Renaissance Washington DC Downtown Hotel by visiting our website at:

To learn more about Drowning in Lemonade check out Lynda’s blog at:


School Liaison Officers (SLOs) are the primary point of contacts on military installation for school-related issues, and exist to assist families whose children’s education is affected by military life.


Student to Student Program

MCEC provides support to military-connected and civilian students through our student-led, peer-to-peer mentoring programs at the K-12 levels.

Elementary Student 2 Student™ (eS2S™), Junior Student 2 Student® (JS2S™), and Student 2 Student® (S2S™) serve the purpose to ease transitions, and create a positive environment for any new student. To hear more about this program visit our website and click on the audio link:


Tell Me a Story

The MCEC Tell Me A Story® program is an initiative created to empower our military connected children by using literature and their own stories.

Stories have the capacity to open family discussions on potentially difficult topics, such as family separation, deployment, moving, grief, and crisis. To find out more or to initiate a TMAS event in your community visit:


Jan 3rd, 2019 by militarychild at 8:45 am

MCEC board member, Dr. Cortez Dial, talks about some of the common roadblocks military children encounter as they transition from school to school along with a practical support that schools can provide to help parents best prepare as their children move from place to place.


To listen to the podcast interview between MCEC CEO and President Dr. Mary Keller and Eric Waldo titled “The Children That Serve, Too: The Sons and Daughters of  Our Military Members” at swampED that I mentioned  in the introduction click:


To learn more about the Military Student Transition Consultant (MSTC) Program visit:


Dec 20th, 2018 by militarychild at 2:52 pm

Dr. Yalda T. Uhls, Senior Advisor for Common Sense Media and author of Media Moms & Digital Dads: A Fact Not Fear Approach to Parenting in the Digital Age answers parent’s questions and offers insight and practical advice about establishing screen time boundaries.

Military Child Education Coalition

Media Moms & Digital Dads: A Fact Not Fear Approach to Parenting in the Digital Age can be found at:

Common Sense Media

Family Media Plan