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Building Capacity and Welcoming Practices In Military-Connected Schools

Resources For Educators

Educators play a large role in the lives of military children. These resources help educators to understand the specific issues of military children in addition to resources that help educators foster school connectedness for military students.

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Topic Description Website
Academic Support The PAL program through UC San Diego's Education Studies provides opportunities for UCSD students to work with under-served preK-12 students and schools. Public service courses provide students with an introduction to theoretical and practical issues in preK-12 education by incorporating both academic work and fieldwork components into the course structure. Partners at Learning
Academic Support Positive Action is an integrated and comprehensive program that is designed to improve academic achievement; school attendance; and problem behaviors such as substance use, violence, suspensions, disruptive behaviors, dropping out, and sexual behavior. Positive Action
Academic Support Project ACHIEVE is a comprehensive school reform and improvement program for preschool through high school (students ages 3-18 years) that focuses on students' academic, social-emotional/behavioral, and social skills outcomes; schoolwide positive behavioral support systems and school safety; positive classroom and school climates; and community and parent outreach and involvement. Project ACHIEVE
Building Resilience Responding in Peaceful and Positive Ways (RiPP) is a school-based violence prevention program for middle school students. RiPP is designed to be implemented along with a peer mediation program. Students practice using a social-cognitive problem-solving model to identify and choose nonviolent strategies for dealing with conflict. RiPP
Building Resilience “Building Resilient Kids” Web Course is an online class designed to help school administrators, teachers, and faculty to be more aware of the special needs of children who come from military families. Building Resilient Kids
Building Resilience All Stars is a multiyear school-based program for middle school students (11 to 14 years old) designed to prevent and delay the onset of high-risk behaviors such as drug use, violence, and premature sexual activity. All Stars
Building Resilience This is a booklet developed by the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. Tackling Tough Topics: An Educator’s Guide to Working with Military Kids
Building Resilience Across Ages is a school- and community-based substance abuse prevention program for youth ages 9 to 13. The unique feature of Across Ages is the pairing of older adult mentors (55 years and older) with young adolescents, specifically those making the transition to middle school. Across Ages
Building Resilience Al's Pals: Kids Making Healthy Choices is a school-based prevention program that seeks to develop social-emotional skills such as self-control, problem-solving, and healthy decision making in children ages 3-8 in preschool, kindergarten, and first grade. Al's Pals: Kids Making Healthy Choices
Building Resilience Athletes Training and Learning To Avoid Steroids (ATLAS) is a school-based drug prevention program. ATLAS was designed for male high school athletes to deter drug use and promote healthy nutrition and exercise as alternatives to drugs. ATLAS
Building Resilience The Incredible Years Series is a set of three comprehensive, multi-faceted, and developmentally-based curriculums for parents, teachers and children designed to promote emotional and social competence and to prevent, reduce, and treat behavior and emotion problems in young children. LifeSkills Training
Building Resilience The Leadership and Resiliency Program (LRP) is a school- and community-based program for high school students (ages 14 to 19) that enhances youths’ internal strengths and resiliency while preventing involvement in substance use and violence. Leadership and Resiliency Program
Coping with Deployment This an online guide for educators on how to address deployment issues with military children. Military Impacted School Association
Coping with Deployment This website features an online presentation from the Operation Military Kids Program. This audio-visual PowerPoint presentation provides educators with information on the cycle of deployment and its impact on children and families and also community support strategies. Operation: Military Kids
Coping with Relocation This is a manual for Educators to help their military impacted students cope with relocation and help educators to make relocating and easier transition for students and their families. Military Student on the Move
Family Engagement This is a program that helps teachers to keep parents regularly involved and informed about their child's learning through homework. Teachers Involve Parents in Schoolwork
Family Engagement The MFRI at Purdue University is a research and outreach organization focusing on quality issues for military families. Military Family Research Institute
Family Engagement Through a DoD/USDA Partnership, the University of Arizona has developed an online platform entitled Military REACH which was created in response to the need for policymakers, community leaders, educators, youth development professionals and other helping professionals to have access to relevant and current research, training, coaching tools and information to support military Service Members and their families. There are three sections to the website: research, professional development, and life learning lab. Military REACH
Military Culture This is a quick fact sheet on the unique challenges military children face. This brief overview helps educators become sensitive to the unique culture of military children and their families. Operation: Military Kids
Military Culture RAND research on children covers the prenatal period up to age 18 and includes areas such as child health and the role of the family unit, neighborhoods, and communities in influencing child well-being. Center for Military Health Policy Research
Military Culture The Final Report from the National Leadership Summit on Military Families overviews challenges faced by military families and solutions and goals proposed by summit participants. National Leadership Summit on Military Families
School Community Support This online booklet can be used by parents, families, friends, or educators to help children with parental separation during periods of deployment. Educators can also gain insight and understanding into the unique experiences of military children. Operation: Military Kids
School Community Support 9/11 As History offers free Web-based tools, curriculum for grades Pre-K through 12, resources and tips for educators and parents on talking to youth and dealing with trauma. 9/11 As History
School Connectedness This website provides informational materials on best practices that improve school connectedness in schools with military children. Military Child Initiative
School Connectedness This website provides educators with ten tips on how to foster school connectedness for their students. Ten Tips for Administrators
School Connectedness This report from RAND describes the academic and behavioral health challenges faced by military children, identifies the barriers to addressing these challenges, and offers recommendations to better meet the needs of these children. Effects of Soldiers Deployment on Children's Academic Performance and Behavioral Health
School Connectedness This website operated by DoDEA provides information on current initiatives within the schools, an overview of curriculum, a data center and links to all 194 schools for children of military members stationed at bases in both the U.S. and overseas. DoDEA
School Connectedness This Power Point provides a brief overview of the issues military children face and ways schools can respond. Leveling the Playing Field for Military Connected Students
School Connectedness As part of its Partnership Program, DoDEA has created training modules for educators in civilian schools focusing on issues such as autism, conducting special education assessments, and Response to Intervention. Special Education Professional Development
School Connectedness This article from the National Association of School Psychologists provides useful information on how school psychologists can support administrators and teachers in raising awareness about the needs of military students. Opportunities for School Psychologists Working With Children of Military Families
School Connectedness This handbook focuses specifically on the Army and is a useful primer for school leaders needing to understand more about how the military functions and about why a disconnect between civilian schools and military families exist. Handbook for Garrison Commanders and Reference for School Superintendents
School Connectedness This handout, focusing on the students whose parents are in the National Guard and Reserves, provides a quick overview to help educators become sensitive to the unique culture of military children and their families. Operation Military Kids
Suicide Prevention This website features the SOS Signs of SuicideĀ® Prevention Program, which is offered to school districts with a military student population of 20% or more for no charge. Sign of Suicide (Phone) 781.239.007
Transitioning MCEC offers training, primarily for school guidance counselors and other professionals on how to improve transitions for military children. Transition Counselor Institute
Transitioning This is a thoughtful collection of research highlights and suggested recommendations from the Leon County Schools in Florida. Student Mobility
Transitioning & School Connectedness This online guidebook helps educators cultivate an environment supportive of transitioning families, school preparedness, and military mission readiness. Connections: Navy School Based Programming Guidebook