The Pupil Personnel Guide for Supporting Students from Military Families

The Pupil Personnel Guide for Supporting Students from Military Families

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While it is true that children from military families live unique and interesting lives, it is also true that they face many challenges and special circumstances that civilian children and families don't experience. These can include gaps in school attendance and learning due to frequent moves, being separated from a parent who has been deployed, and a sense of isolation in the midst of a civilian community.

This comprehensive, evidence-informed guide introduces pre- and inservice school counselors, psychologists, and social workers to this population and provides the necessary tools to create one-on-one and school-wide practices to support military students. Written in an engaging style by experts in the field, this guide includes:

  • A primer on military culture
  • Research highlighting how frequent school transitions and parental deployments affect the education of military children
  • Guidance for creating school transition rooms for acclimating incoming students and parents.
  • Examples of creative and effective projects designed to celebrate military children and support them through frequent school changes, a parent's deployment, or traumatic experiences.

All royalties from the sale of these books are being donated to military children's educational causes.

Prepublication Reviews:

“Military-connected students often pay a high price in their schooling experiences due to the realities of military life. Thus, these guides are invaluable tools for parents, schools, and educator-preparation programs that want to provide rich academic, social, and emotional support to this vulnerable population of children. Preparation programs should consider these guides as key components of their curriculum to prepare incoming teachers, counselors, principals, and others to work effectively with military-connected students.”
American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education

“I am grateful to the USC Building Capacity team headed by Ron Avi Astor for developing this exceptional resource and attuning it specifically to the needs of the professional service provider who supports our nation’s military-connected children. The content and accompanying strategies provide practical, experience-based insights that are well-supported by good science. This truly is a sensitive and reliable source.”
Mary M.Keller, Ed.D., President and CEO, Military Child Education Coalition

“As an adult who spent most of my youth in military-connected schools in Virginia, I know too well what happens when adults in schools did not understand the unique experiences of being from a military family. Thus, as a scholar, educator, and military child, I am thrilled to be able to endorse these guides because they will educate adults about ways to be helpful through evidence-based prevention and intervention.”

Dorothy L. Espelage, Ph.D., Professor & University Scholar, Department of Educational Psychology, Child Development Division, University of Illinois

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807772126
Publisher: Teachers College Press
Publication date: 07/15/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 876,256
File size: 1 MB

Table of Contents

Preface v

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction 1

Description of This Guide 3

The Issue of Transition 4

1 An Introduction to Military Culture 5

Codes of Conduct 5

Military Families 6

Seeking Help 7

When Worlds Collide: Contrasting Military and Civilian Cultures 7

Benefits of Military Service 8

Glossary of Terms 8

Facts and Figures 11

2 Mobility 12

Mobility and Military Children 12

Major Challenges for Military Students 13

Strategies for Schools 15

Research Highlights on Student Mobility 22

Resources Focusing on Military Children 24

3 Policy Issues 34

Lessons from Federal Programs for Highly Mobile Students 34

Common Core State Standards 35

Common Education Data Standards 37

Supporting Military Students with Special Needs 37

The Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children 39

Lessons from DoDEA Schools 42

Impact Aid 44

4 Deployment 47

The Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan 49

Major Issues Related to Deployment 49

Strategies for Schools 52

Resources 57

5 Traumatic Experiences 60

Military Children and Trauma 60

Wounded Parents 61

The Death of a Parent 62

Major Issues Related to Trauma 63

Strategies for Schools 64

Resources 67

6 Using Data to Improve School Climate for Military Students 71

Schools Safety and Climate Surveys 71

A Military Survey Module for California 72

Other States Focusing on Military Students 76

Building Trust and Motivation 76

Including Multiple Perspectives 77

Flexibility Is Key 77

Using the Data 80

Mapping 80

Student Listening Circle 82

Conclusion 85

7 Evidence-Based and Evidence-Informed Programs 86

Finding Evidence-Based Programs 87

Promising Interventions for Military Children 88

Appendix A The Building Capacity Project and Consortium 91

Appendix B Evidence-Based Programs That Could Be Adapted for Military-Connected Schools 94

References 126

Index 128

About the Authors 135

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