Students at the Center, the new educational resource from the Department of Defense Education Activity’s (DoDEA) Educational Partnership, is available now in print and on a CD through Military OneSource. The guide, which provides information on important policies, procedures and best practices that are critical to supporting the needs of military families' education, is also available online at Military K -12 Partners DoDEA Educational Partnership Program.
“Supporting military children takes a school-wide effort,” said Kathy Facon, chief of the Educational Partnership. “We hope this resource will prove to be invaluable to military families, military leaders and school leaders who care about education for children of our service members.”
For educators serving children from military families in a public school system, the guide offers information on the different military service branches, ranks and protocols. It outlines current DOD Initiatives to support schools and the U.S. Department of Education's Impact Aid program. It also offers insights regarding the issues military families face including frequent transitions and parents deploying.
For families, the guide offers information on navigating the U.S. education system, choosing a school and being an effective advocate for a child.
For military leaders, Students at the Center provides suggestions on supporting military families, forming and strengthening installation-school partnerships and ways to enhance communication between local education activities, the military service and families.
“We are providing Students at the Center in multiple formats to ensure everyone who wants this resource can access it,” said Facon. “When families, commands and schools work together to meet the needs of the children in military families, everyone benefits.”
DoDEA plans, directs, coordinates and manages pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade education programs for Department of Defense (DoD) dependents who would otherwise not have access to a high-quality public education. DoDEA schools are located in Europe, the Pacific, the United States, Cuba, Guam and Puerto Rico. DoDEA also provides support and resources to local education activities throughout the United States that serve children of military families.
"Louisiana is working together to create community connections and touch the lives of our military families and children before, during and after deployment," says Tanya Giroir, Louisiana 4-H military liaison. "State and national partners have joined resources to sustain, increase and deliver programs to support our military youth experiencing the deployment of loved ones."
Many resources are available to support military children online and in print. In addition to the Students at the Center guides, please review these online resources:
For more information on resources and camping opportunities or to volunteer, contact 4-H Military Liaison Tanya Giroir or OMK Program Coordinator Kathleen Schexnayder.