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1 National University “Unique Challenges Facing Military- Connected Students” Please do the following: 1. Be sure your speakers are on 2. Say hello in the chat window below and tell us a little about yourself. Ideas: Location, student age group, military-connected background, reason for interest in this topic. We will start shortly

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3 The Professional Teaching Development Center serves educators in all 50 states and internationally. The center is proud to have been selected by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards(NBPTS) to serve in this capacity and to inspire teachers through a range of options, resources, and events

4 Dr. Jill Biden urges teacher-preparation universities to prepare educators to serve military-connected students. The emphasis of the program is to inform and train military-connected teachers on how to best support over 1.3 million military-students who are found across America in every school district. The vast majority of students are public school students, not in DoDEA schools

5 ◦ Partner with PK-12 schools ◦ Develop networks ◦ Offer Support-training and tools 5/51

6 Army Commissioned Study Summer of 2012 Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunities for Military Children (Considerations and Policies) Common Core Standards and the military child Age Appropriate School-Site Support ideas National Board Certification and the military child National University Cohort Connections 6/51


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9  Calendars: Start/end dates and Holidays  Schedules: Traditional vs Block schedules or Semester vs. Trimester  Interpretation of Grades (weighted grades)  Repeated or Missed Content:  Extra-Curricular Activities 9/51

10  Waiting for housing  Rank and Public life:  Identity/culture of military life:  Death of military 10/51

11 Difficulty adjusting to curriculum and instructional methods or school climate/culture that may differ from school to school. Active duty families move every two to three years. Children often experience six to nine moves during their PK-12 school career

12 Every school district in the country has military-connected students. Approximately 10-12% of military-connected students are served in special education programs. Why it matters (fast facts) An additional 144,1911 students age 19-23 are in higher education

13  GUARD & RESERVE CALLED TO DUTY Since 2001, over 205,000 students who never before considered themselves to be military- connected had a parent suddenly deploy in support of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. 13/51

14 Army Commissioned Study Summer of 2012 marks the completion of a 3 year study of military-connected children and the impact school policies, priorities, processes, programs and systems have on our children’s education Education of the Military Child in the 21 st Century Military Child Education Coalition 14/51

15 Deployments DO Impact “business” of running a school. Deployments can be single person, small team, or full-base deployments. Either way, the military-connected student, his/her class, and his/her school are all affected. 15/59

16 “[Deployments have] demanded for me to be more compassionate, and identifying the difference between an excuse and reason. We talk a lot about that in my class… excellence, consistency, not over reacting without knowing what’s going on.” Teacher “One of my kids had a hard time in school, did not have a lot of teacher support during the deployment of my husband. He’s an average student and needed a little bit more attention.” Parent 16/51

17  Parents perception of the way the child's school supported them during a deployment directly related to the impact deployments had on education ◦ Parents who shared a high support from the school reported back a positive or neutral deployment impact on education; ◦ Parents who shared that a school was not helpful or ambivalent during a deployment created a negative educational impact due to deployments. Elementary Teachers 17/51

18  A desire to provide religious or moral instruction 32%  A concern about the school environment 20%  A dissatisfaction with the academic instruction in the public school 32%  Provide a non-traditional approach to education 8%  Other reasons (travel, family time, distance to school, financial) 20%  Child has special needs the parents feel the school cannot meet 24%   Child has physical or mental health need 4%  Continuity in education during transition 28%

19  Study is still asking questions in this area. Of particular interest:  What types of challenges or successes have homeschooled students experienced when transitioning from a home school to a public school? What specific strategies have parents found helpful to navigate this transition? My question: What strategies have teachers found helpful in the transition process? 19/51

20 MIC3 Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission

21  The Compact therefore seeks to make transition easier for the children of military families so that they are afforded the same opportunities for educational success as other children and are not penalized or delayed in achieving their educational goals 21/51

22  Transfer of Records - Special Education, Gifted Education, English as a Second Language, & Advanced Placement  Course Sequencing means repeated/missed content  Missed Graduation Requirements  Exclusion from Extra- Curricular Activities

23  Redundant or Missed Entrance/Exit Testing  Kindergarten and First Grade Entrance Age Variances  **Amended portion of 2012 Compact 23/51

24  Educational Transfer of Records – ◦ unofficial copies accepted.  Immunizations – ◦ 30 days from date of enrollment  Age of Enrollment/Course Continuation **Amended portion of 2012 Compact  Extra-Curricular Activities  Deployment Activity Absences  Residency laws 24/51

25 officials shall waive specific courses required for graduation if similar course work has been satisfactorily completed or shall provide an alternative means of acquiring required coursework so that graduation may occur on-time. Waiver requirements states shall accept: 1) exit or end-of-course exams from the sending state; or 2) national norm-referenced achievement tests or 3) alternative testing, Exit exams Should a military student be ineligible to graduate from the receiving school after all alternatives have been considered, the sending & receiving education agencies shall ensure the receipt of a diploma from the sending local education agency. Transfers during Senior year 25/51

26 The Interstate Compact became active with the adoption by 10 states in July 2008. Today, 43 states have adopted the Compact and incorporated it into their state statutes. (FOUR states only signed the compact after the 2012/2013 School Year began! Massachusetts, Georgia, Wyoming, Pennsylvania) The Commission in concert with the Department of Defense, is working diligently to get the Compact adopted in all 50 states and 5 U.S. territories 26/51

27 If you are in a non-member state, contact your School Liaison Officer! 27/51

28  For our military-connected children, CCSS are a dramatic shift from an education experience that has traditionally been a patchwork of various standards and expectations as they move from state to state to one that will be as close to academically seamless as possible.

29 To date, 45 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. Virgin Islands, America Samoa, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands have voluntarily adopted CCSS. States that have adopted CCSS plan to implement them fully no later than School Year 2014-2015. This equals the homes of approximately 80% of all military- connected children. The remaining students are in one of the states that have not adopted CCSS. WARNING: Although the adoption process has occurred, school districts may take several years to implement CCSS. Implementation involves many steps, including necessary changes in curriculum and assessments. 29/51

30  Still missing: Alaska, Texas, Virginia, Nebraska, Minnesota, Puerto Rico 30/51

31  Think military-connected student  Think non-traditional military-connected students (friends & family members) 31/51

32  Communicate with the school and teacher often  Research school and activities  Ask for parent/teacher conference; parent/school counselor conference; parent/principal conference  Get involved!  Attend PASS (Parent Advocate for Students and Schools) workshops at local base  Talk to your Key Spouses/FRG's/Ombudsmen or military member’s 1 st Shirt  Work with your School Liaison Officer   Ask Aunt Peggie  32/51

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34  Welcome to school/class/community Packet  Buddy system & Encourage class introductions  PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCE!!  Call home with good news and concerns – educational and social  Write in a journal even in pictures if student does not yet write  Engage in play activities – playground, centers…  Take part in individual and group counseling when problems arise 34/51

35  Be military SUPPORTIVE not just military friendly  Military Hero wall  Friendship or memory garden  Offer classroom and library books discussing military life ◦ Daddy, You're My Hero! and Mommy, You're My Hero!  Celebrate military/veteran events  Adopt military unit ◦ Invite for military members on campus 35/51

36  Allow phone calls/Skype during school day  Allow extension/excused classwork/homework  Classroom & school libraries offer military-related books ◦  Create memory books or calendars  Write cards/letters to family or ANY deployed member.  Have military member read a book via video to classroom/school ◦  Sesame Street / USO Experience for Military Families 36/51 **does you school have a plan in the event of the death or injury of a military member on deployment?

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38  Welcome Pack to school  Encourage class introductions  PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCE!!  Military club Adopt military unit  Salute to military child day  Ask about past duty station locations  Ask about past school culture and routines  Challenged student at deeper level Encourage involvement in activities  Call home with good news & concerns 38/51

39  Skype during school hours  Keep a journal. Write poetry & stories  Expect changes in behavior!  Write cards or letters  Encourage class postcards  Time-zone or Hero wall  Participate in group discussions & support groups 39/51 **Does you school have a plan in the event of the death or injury of a military member on deployment?

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41 Teachers are committed to students and their learning Teachers know the subjects they teach and how to teach those subjects to students Teachers are responsible for managing and monitoring student learning Teachers think systematically about their practice and learn from experience Teachers are members of learning communities 41/51

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43 Based on NATIONAL Standards 16 subject areas (content areas) Developmental ranges/ages 25 Certificates 95% teachers fit into at least one category If you choose to submit your portfolio for scoring and achieve certification, NBCT will distinguish you as a teacher leader in the field of education. This certification is recognized and honored in every state no longer needing reciprocity or further testing! 43/51

44  Online and face-to-face NB candidate orientation and support by NBCT coaches  Webinars, podcasts & other resources  Connect teachers of all levels and all subject areas with current National Board Certified Teachers! 44/51

45 Master of Arts in Teaching Master of Science in Instructional Leadership BOTH with NBPTS focus!

46 Master of Arts in Teaching with NBC Teacher Leadership Specialization (all states) Master of Science in Instructional Leadership- NBC Leadership All NBC courses contribute content for the portfolio which serves as thesis 46/51

47  Join this cohort that is being developed exclusively for teachers working with military –connected students! Class discussions will allow opportunity to talk to other teachers from across the nation about how to best support the unique challenges faced by military- connected students. 47/51

48  Military-connected yourself? Spouse, dependent, retired, Civilian working on base? …National University offers special military rates and support just for you! Special military advisors to assist YOU with any challenges you face as a military-connected student yourself! 48/51

49 Go to Go to the Graduate Programs tab Select “New Cohort” DoDEA or Military Personnel, Veterans, and Dependents DoDEA or Military Personnel, Veterans, and Dependents Military or not. If you work with military-connected students & teachers you can join this unique cohort! Follow the four steps for enrollment outlined on this page ◦ Military Admissions:(877) 628-6828 ◦ Veteran’s Affairs Office:(858) 541-7970  February application deadline is January 19th! 49/51

50 National University Professional Teaching Development Center – National Board of Professional Teaching Standards – Military Child Education Coalition - Ask Aunt Peggie - MCEC Military Study - Common Core State Standards - http://www.corestandards.org Achieving the Common Core - National Military Family Association - http://www.militaryfamily.org AACTE American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education - http://aacte.org Educators Guide to the military child during deployment - Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunities for Military Children- School Liaison Officer - http://militaryk12partners.dodea.edu United Through Reading - Sesame Street / USO Experience for Military Families – USO Support - Sesame Street military toolkit- 50/51

51 It is our passion to serve you on your accomplished teaching, learning and leadership journey! 51/51

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