• Questions for MIC3 Commissioners

    Stacy Allsbrook-Huisman for Millie Journal – I can’t see the future. I don’t know what I need to prepare for when I’m withdrawing from one school, planning for the next. Even though we are an active duty military family of twenty-five years, it’s the first time I’ll have a middle…

  • Don’t Get Burned by the Summer Slide

    Lizann Lightfoot for Military Families magazine – Every summer, students lose some of the skills and information gained over the school year. In some cases, this can mean up to two months of lost learning. Teachers refer to this regression as the summer slide. This can be particularly problematic for…

  • Parent, Educator Join Forces for Military Kids

    Rebecca Alwine for Military Families magazine – Every good military spouse friendship has a story. The story of Stacy Allsbrook-Huisman and Amanda Trimillos began with their passion for helping other military families. They consulted on education stories, interviewed each other for various projects, and both contributed to Stories Around the Table:…

  • Conference Time: Choose Student Timeline Over Tradition

    By Stacy Allsbrook-Huisman When it comes to getting a student established in a new school, the student’s timeline is more important than tradition. When military students move and enter a new school, parents should ask for a parent-teacher conference within two weeks of the student’s first day. This first face-to-face…

  • Education Binder: A Portable Teachers’ Lounge

    By Stacy Allsbrook-Huisman Think of the Education Binder as a portable teachers’ lounge. One way teachers gain insights about incoming students is through informal conversations with other teachers. With frequent school changes, a military-connected student won’t always have the benefit of this kind of communication. Their past teachers are not…

  • Switching Schools May Cause Poor Placement

    Sarah Harris for NPR affiliate WUNC –  More than 1 million school-age kids have parents on active duty in the US military, and the vast majority of those military kids go to public schools. Tamara Boyett is a senior at Indian River Central School in northern New York. Her dad…

  • About the Seasons of Transition ™

    Because of frequent moves, students in military families change schools six to nine times from pre-K to high school graduation, according to the Department of Defense Education Activity. Each move and school change initiates a cycle of the Seasons of TransitionTM. These seasons don’t always follow the school calendar, but…

  • Books

    Books about military life can enhance classroom discussions and build empathetic relationships among students. These books are not only for military students to read. Classmates from civilian families can read to learn more about the lives of military kids. Stories and activities can also provide a springboard for discussions at…