The Teacher's Guide for Supporting Students from Military Families

The Teacher's 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 and evidence-informed guide introduces pre- and inservice teachers to this population and provides essential tools to help minimize the impact of military life on student learning.

Written in an engaging style by experts in the field, this guide provides strategies and classroom practices to support these students and address issues such as:

  • Frequent transitions between schools
  • Gaps in academic progress
  • Social adjustment
  • Parental deployments
  • Trauma or tragedy

It shows how practices already being used in your school can be adapted to ease the transition for military students, and it also introduces original strategies, such as:

  • A Hero Wall honoring members of the military
  • Friendship or memory gardens
  • Military Appreciation events
  • Writing letters or making care packages for deployed service members

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 both K–12 and higher education professionals who support our nation’s military-connected children.The content and accompanying strategies provide practical, experience-based insights that are well-supported by good science. Educators and administrators can be confident in this 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

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807772102
Publisher: Teachers College Press
Publication date: 07/15/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 932 KB

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 in School 13

Classroom Strategies 15

Research Highlights on Student Mobility 22

Resources Focusing on Military Children 24

3 Policy Issues 27

Lessons from Federal Programs for Highly Mobile Students 27

Common Core State Standards 28

Common Education Data Standards 30

Supporting Military Students with Special Needs 30

The Interstate Compact, on Educational Opportunity for Military Children 32

Lessons from DoDEA Schools 35

4 Deployment 38

The Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan 39

Major Issues Related to Deployment 39

Classroom Strategies 41

Research Highlights on Parental Deployment 45

Resources 46

5 Traumatic Experiences 48

Military Children and Trauma 49

Wounded Parents 50

The Death of a Parent 51

Major Issues Related to Trauma 52

Classroom Strategies 53

Resources 57

6 Using Data to Improve School Climate for Military Students 61

School Safety and Climate Surveys 61

"No More Data, Please!" 62

A Democratic Process 62

Getting Students Ready 63

Making Positive Changes 67

Conclusion 69

7 Evidence-Based and Evidence-informed Programs 70

Finding Evidence-Based Programs 71

Promising interventions for Military Children 72

Appendix A The Building Capacity Project and Consortium 75

Appendix B Evidence-Based Programs That Could Be Adapted for Military-Connected Schools 78

References 110

Index 112

About the Authors 119

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