• New School: 5 Tips to Prepare Your Student

    By Amanda Trimillos When a military family gets PCS orders, it’s time for military-connected students to say goodbye to one school and prepare to enter a new one. When farewell parties have come and gone, tears have been shed, and the car is packed, preparations for entering a new school…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…