Program areas at Military Child Education Coalition
Military student transition consultant (mstc) - the mstc is a full-time, highly specialized Education professional embedded within the school district. They work directly with children, parents, and school personnel on a daily basis and serve as expert "navigators". Mstcs advocate for military-connected students and their families to help decrease the turbulence in family life by building resiliency in students so that they can more successfully cope and overcome the unique challenges they face to meet their academic goals. The mstc provides an ongoing, continuum of care to help students and parents traverse the often-confusing paths associated with school transitions. This immediate and ongoing care is accomplished by addressing challenges and needs, facilitating connections to school, installation, and community resources, and educating others on the unique needs of military-connected students and how to provide the best support possible. Smooth transitions to or exiting from school and community mean that both parents and students gain access to a professional who can respond to individual needs and anxieties in a timely and effective way.military student transition consultant - affiliate (msta) - the msta is an employee of the local Education agency (lea) able to assume additional work responsibilities in support of military-connected students. Affiliates are on site and able to build relationships in order to problem-solve at the local level. The purpose of the affiliate is transition support for military-connected students. Average time commitment of affiliates is defined by each lea and based on campus, population needs. The affiliate will receive mcec training in smooth transition support for military-connected students. Affiliate on-boarding training will target the goals of the lea as defined in the memorandum of understanding with the mcec. The mcec will provide direct, consistent and purposeful support for the lea affiliate.
Parent initiatives - the mcec parent to parent program is focused on empowering parents to be their Child's strongest advocate on educational and transition issues. A team of parents from installation areas are trained to bring the mcec parent workshops to their local communities and implement effective solutions to transition challenges. Parent-to-parent workshops are offered through the community-based teams, 1-day Education seminars, and via on-line webinars and podcasts. The parent to parent teams also coordinate and deliver the mcec tell me a story program, which is an initiative created to empower our Military connected children by using literature and their own stories. This early literacy program is geared toward children ages 4-12.
Professional development - the mcec professional development delivers online training as well as one-day, live courses designed to enhance the current capabilities, competency, and awareness of professionals who serve and support military-connected children and youth. This program includes the following courses:supporting Military children through school transitions: foundations - examines how elements of transition impact a Military family and analyzes current practices for successfully supporting military-connected students through these changes.supporting Military children through school transitions: social/emotional - designed for professionals who serve and support military-connected children and youth, this training focuses on the social and emotional concerns that impact students during school transitions. Whether difficult behaviors or falling behind academically, professionals learn to evaluate the effects of separation and loss and develop practical methods and strategies to ease the challenges associated with repeated school transitions.supporting veterans' children through transitions - explores the unique academic and social-emotional challenges children often face when their parents transition from Military to civilian life, and discovers new resources and positive strategies to support them.responding to Military children with exceptional needs - identifies the amplified transition challenges that impact military-connected students with exceptional needs, and explores strategies that support these unique learners as they transition from school to school.living in the new normal: helping children thrive through good and challenging times - examines the topics of grief, fostering resilience through positive psychology, coping with change, post-traumatic stress and the impact on children, as well as responding to challenges through the developmental lens. Professionals will learn to recognize how a family member's Military experience affects the Child, then develop practical strategies to encourage and support resilience skills.helping Military children discover their s.p.a.r.c. : strength, potential, aspirations, resourcefulness, confidence - by exploring research informed concepts associated with thriving, professionals who serve and support military-connected children and youth will learn how to help students identify their sparks and interests as well as develop skills that contribute to a growth mindset. With support to discover their sparc, students can not only meet but exceed personal and academic goals. The journey from "welcome home" to now: reunion, reconnecting, routine - designed for professionals who serve and support military-connected children and youth, this training teaches strategies for successful adjustment during reintegration and reestablishment of routines following a family member's return after an extended absence.social emotional learning and the Military Child - this course guides professionals to understand how social and emotional development programs positively impact academic achievement. Additionally, professionals will learn how to integrate sel into their practice and explore the casel model of interrelated cognitive, affective, and behavioral competencies: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making.we serve too: national guard and reserve children - this course guides professionals to identify the social, emotional, and academic impact for children of national guard and reserve service members, and discover resources to help alleviate their often misunderstood and overlooked challenges. Learn to identify the unique challenges associated with their parent's service and understand the academic impact for these part-military, part-civilian children and youth.