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Last Updated: 14-Apr-2016 9:11

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Resources for Supporting the Military Child

AASA Toolkit: Supporting the Military Child
Guidance for school leaders on meeting the unique educational needs of children whose parents are deployed or in transition. Download the toolkit here. Video of a discussion featuring an assistant superintendent, a principal, a counselor and a parent liaison from Fort Belvoir Elementary School in Fairfax County, Va.
Short Version (4:39) Long Version (14:58)

Military Students on the Move: A Toolkit for School Leaders
Prepared by the Department of Defense, this toolkit is designed to help administrators develop and implement school transition strategies. Download the toolkit here.

Working with Military Children: A Primer for School Personnel (PDF)
The primer from the Virginia Military Family Services Board looks at the four major aspects of military lifestyle: separations or deployments, homecomings, relocation, and crises. It includes an activities section designed to help children cope with the adjustments that a military lifestyle can demand.

John Hopkins University Military Child Initiative (MCI)
This initiative assists public schools to improve the quality of education for military children. The web site offers countless resources on best practices related to school connectedness, academic engagement, inclusion, participation, and school climate. There is also a course for school administrators meant to help build their capacity to support staff and teachers in meeting the needs of students from military families.


Building Resilient Kids
This online course from the Military Child Initiative is for school administrators, support staff and teachers to help all students meet life's challenges with resilience, focusing primarily on students from military families. Students, parents, school staff, researchers and military personnel tell their stories and report their findings through video. Free CEUs are available.


Fostering School Connectedness
Ten Tips for Administrators (PDF)
Ten Tips for Teachers (PDF)

  MCI Best Practices Library
Look here for excellent links divided into categories:
  School Connect-edness & Academic Engagement
Resilience  & Social Emotional Learning
Military Life
Mobility and Transition

10 Things Military Teens Want You to Know (PDF)
The National Military Family Association created this toolkit to give the people in military teen's lives a way to help them manage the best and hardest parts of military life.

Students at the Center
An educational resource for military families, military leaders and school leaders from the The Department of Defense Education Activities Educational Partnership. Provides information on important policies, procedures, and best practices that are critical to supporting the needs of military families’ education.

E-Toolbox (PDF)
An appendix from CONNECTIONS: Navy School Based Programming this toolbox contains valuable tools and tips for the classroom teacher supporting military children.

Promising Practices (PDF)
From Military Impacted Schools Association (MISA), this report presents many examples of how school districts, families, and military installations can partner together in support of military children.

Helping children Deal wtih Change (PDF)

Honoring All Who Served: Teacher Resource Guide (PDF)
From the US Department of Veterans Affairs and the Veterans Day national committee, this guide was published in 2011 compiling the best ideas for celebrating Veterans Day. It includes the origins of Veterans Day, volunteer opportunities, kids packets, history projects and more.

Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children
The mobile military lifestyle creates tough challenges for children who attend, on average, six to nine different school systems from kindergarten to 12th grade. In addition, these children often endure anxiety as a result of parental separation during deployments. To help overcome these educational challenges, over 35 states have agreed to address certain school transition issues for military children in a consistent manner. Key components include eligibility, enrollment, placement and graduation. Visit the Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission website to learn more:
AASA Fact Sheet

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