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Military Child Education/School Liaison Officer


Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) (http://www.dodea.edu/)

DoDEA, as one of only two Federally-operated school systems, is responsible for planning, directing, coordinating, and managing prekindergarten through 12th grade educational programs on behalf of the Department of Defense (DoD). DoDEA is globally positioned, operating 181 accredited schools in 14 districts located in 12 foreign countries, 7 states, Guam, and Puerto Rico. DoDEA employs approximately 15,000 employees who serve more than 78,000 children of active duty military and DoD civilian families.

 

DoDEA is committed to ensuring that all school-aged children of military families are provided a world-class education that prepares them for postsecondary education and/or career success and to be leading contributors in their communities as well as in our 21st century globalized society.

 

DoDEA operates as is a field activity of the Office of the Secretary of Defense (Personnel and Readiness). It is headed by a director who oversees all agency functions from DoDEA headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. DoDEA's schools are divided into 3 geographic areas: Europe, the Pacific, and the Americas. Each area is managed by an area director. Within each of these three areas, schools are organized into districts headed by superintendents.

 

Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) (http://www.militarychild.org/)

Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) is working to solve the challenge of helping schools and military installations deliver accurate, timely information to meet transitioning parent and student needs, and in the development and education of children from military families.

 

Military Impacted School Association (MISA) (http://militaryimpactedschoolsassociation.org/)

The Military Impacted Schools Association (MISA) is a national organization comprised of heavily impacted military school district - that is, school districts with a high concentration of dependents of military personnel. MISA members work with their elected officials, military leaders, and organizations in their home states and in Washington, D.C. The districts work to secure support and understanding as well as to ensure reauthorization and adequate funding of the Impact Aid Program.

 

Add: Military State Interstate Compact Commission (http://www.mic3.net/)

 The goal of the compact is to replace the widely varying policies affecting transitioning military students.  The compact leverages consistency and uses the comprehensive approach that provides consistent policy in every school district in every state that chooses to join.  The compact addresses key educational transition issues encountered by military families including enrollment, placement, attendance and graduation.  Children of active duty members of the uniformed services, National Guard and Reserve on active duty orders and member or veterans who are medically discharged or retired for one year for assistance under the compact. 

 

Resources


 

Helping Kids Move

Turning a move into an adventure can help your children cope.

Helping Your Kids Handle the Moving Process

Moving with a family can be challenging. There are a lot of changes going on for you and your family. That's why it is critical to spend some time helping your kids cope with the changes going on around them. The advice setout in this guide will help your move go more smoothly.

Kids' Relocation Issues: Easing the Trauma of Moving for Children

Your family’s move can be an exciting time for your children and for you. It can also be a stressful and sad time.

Military Teens on the Move

Advice on making the move, youth sponsorship, news you can use, net rules of the road, installations, schools, chats and more.

Moving Advice for Kids, Teens & Parents

Fun activities and tips for your move like planning your new bedroom.

Moving Overseas with Children

Before you move overseas, read these tips to ease the move.

Moving Right Along

Easing children's worst fears about relocating from Sesame Street.

Moving Tips : Moving with Kids

The key to making the move a success with kids is to GET THEM INVOLVED!

Official DoDEA Website

Department of Defense Education Activity's official site.

School Quest

Designed for military families, SchoolQuest is a safe, secure online resource. SchoolQuest is organized so that you can access information that the MCEC has gathered to help you make decisions on future schools for your children. You'll be asked to answer basic questions about your family and each of your school-aged children. Based on the answers you provide, SchoolQuest will then present, at no cost, meaningful facts, resources, and transition advice to help you find out about the area schools that serve the military community you select -- we call this process a "Quest." SchoolQuest also offers an Online Library that provides resources for families in transition.

Understanding Children: Moving to a New Home

Although moving has become a common event for American families, it is a "moving" experience in more ways than one.

What Kids Who Are Moving Should Do

When you find out that you're moving, a million thoughts may race through your head. The next place those thoughts should go is simple: out of your mouth!

Military Child Education Coalition


Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) is working to solve the challenge of helping schools and military installations deliver accurate, timely information to meet transitioning parent and student needs, and in the development and education of children from military families.

Military Impacted Schools Association

The Military Impacted Schools Association (MISA) is a national organization comprised of heavily impacted military school district - that is, school districts with a high concentration of dependents of military personnel. MISA members work with their elected officials, military leaders, and organizations in their home states and in Washington, D.C. The districts work to secure support and understanding as well as to ensure reauthorization and adequate funding of the Impact Aid Program.

National Military Family Association

National Military Family Association (NMFA) activities revolve around programs to educate the public, the military community, and the Congress on the rights and benefits of military families AND to advocate an equitable quality of life for those families.

School Connectedness - Extending Connections to Military Children

School Connectedness - Extending Connections to Military Children provides an overview of school connectedness and highlights the specific implications for military children. (done by The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Johns Hopkins Center on School, Family and Community Partnerships)

USGS Education

Educational Resources of the U.S. Geological Survey serving primary and secondary education (K-12) repositories, reports, publications, maps, aerial photography.

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