• Creating an Education Binder

    Continuity is one of the challenges for a military-connected student, whose education is punctuated by moves, sometimes requiring as many as nine school changes from pre-K to high school graduation. Creating an Education Binder, a personal academic record for a student, is one way parents and teachers can safeguard the flow…

  • Parent-Teacher Team Begins With Communication

    Partnership and solid communication are the best shelter parents and educators can offer a military-connected student in any season or storm. A strong student-advocacy team begins with parents and classroom teachers, with close support from counselors and school administrators. The partnership also brings the student alongside, ultimately giving the maturing student…

  • Research

    Seasons of My Military Student: Practical Ideas for Parents and Teachers is based on research, studies that explore the educational experiences and outcomes of students in military families. These citations represent some of the background for the guidance in Seasons of My Military Student, as well as related research and academic…

  • Seasons of Change

    Lisa Smith Molinari in Stars and Stripes – According to the authors of Seasons of My Military Student: Practical Ideas for Parents and Teachers, parents and educators should use a team approach to help military kids through transitions. Authors Amanda Trimillos, Air Force spouse, teacher, and mother of four, and Stacy…

  • Resilience and Challenge

    Leah Shafer, Bari Walsh, Matt Weber in Usable Knowledge – “There are more than 2 million children in US classrooms whose parents are active-duty military service members, National Guard or reservists, or military veterans. Contending with frequent moves, new schools, and the echoes of deployments and separations, these military-connected kids carry a…

  • Teachers as Teammates

    Stacy Allsbrook-Huisman for NMFA – “When my children enter a new school in a new home town, I hope they’ll have teachers who will differentiate between initial shyness and a continuing struggle to connect with peers. Because states vary widely in learning standards, my military kids need teachers who are responsive…

  • Education and Readiness

    Jim Cowan and Marcus Lingenfelter in Proceedings magazine – “Ask any service member and he or she will tell you that the quality of education for their children is of top priority. In a direct hit on readiness, military families are making choices about whether to accept a particular duty…

  • The Helpful Education Binder

    From Military Family Life – “When we moved from Germany, our son’s records were late arriving back to the States,” says Stacy Allsbrook-Huisman. “Because I had complete information in his Education Binder, things like past report cards, standardized tests, and examples of his work, the school was willing to place…

  • Organizations

      Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) oversees preschool through twelfth grade education programs for military-connected students, including DoDEA schools worldwide. DoDEA.edu Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission (MIC3) is the governing body for the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children. The compact addresses key education issues faced by…

  • Resources

    Resources to Support Military Students Books Books about military life can enhance classroom discussions and build empathetic relationships among students. MilitaryFamilyBooks.com specializes in books for military families and has interesting stories and activity-related books like these:   > Military Life: Stories and Poems for Children > N is for Never…