Call for the Arts Contest "The Art of Being a Military Child" (Sept. - Feb.)
Military Child Education Coalition
Since the MCEC began the “Call for the Arts” in 2002, thousands of military children – from all over the world, from every service, of all ages – have mailed us their drawings, their poems, and their interpretations of what it means to be a military child. The MCEC takes advantage of every opportunity to display the artistic skill of these unique, resilient children.
Artwork in the visual arts is featured at the MCEC Annual conference each year. It is utilized in the On The Move magazine, the annual calendar, the annual conference program, and other MCEC publications.
Writing, including essays, poetry, and short stories, is featured in the annual conference program, the On The Move magazine, the annual calendar, and other MCEC publications. Film is considered for the "Reel Military" Youth Film and Video Festival at the annual conference each year.
VFW Patriots Pen Writing Contest (Nov. 1, 2013)
The Patriot's Pen program is open to students in grades 6-8, who are enrolled in a public, private or parochial high school or home study program in the United States and its territories.
The deadline for the 2013-2014 program is November 1, 2013. The theme for 2013-2014 is: “What Patriotism Means to Me.”
Students can ask a teacher or youth group leader to supervise their progress in the competition. Then students can contact a local participating VFW Post and established a contact person who is a member of that Post or its Ladies Auxiliary.
"Essays must be no less than 300 words and cannot exceed 400 words and should be submitted to the Post, along with the completed Patriot's Pen entry form no later than the November 1 deadline.
Guide to schools for military parents
The Military Parent's Complete Guide to Public, Private, and Charter Schools: Everything You Need to Know to Make the Right Decision for Your Child
Author: Frederick A. Birkett Ed. M, Copyright @ 2013
When moving to a new duty station, finding the right school for a child’s academic needs is often a worrying and stressful task. However, a new book written by a renowned U.S. educator provides military parents with a complete guide to public, private and charter schools. In short, it’s everything they need to make the right choice for their children.
Homework and schoolwork website resources
Military OneSource online libraries
The Military OneSource Online Libraries have something for everyone. From children's audiobooks to career preparation exams, these free resources are available from the comfort of your home computer.
To locate this feature on Military OneSource, log in, locate the Military Life & Deployment tab, the Military Life tab, the Military Family Life tab, then then scroll down to locate the Online Library Resources. Includes:
- NewsBank Military Publications
Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) resources
Advice - Ask Aunt Peggie
Do you have questions about military-connected students and education? Aunt Peggie has the answers!
Peggie Watson – Aunt Peggie - is an expert researcher for the MCEC and serves as a trusted resource for families and educators around the world. She has answered thousands of e-mails over the years.
Do you have a question for Aunt Peggie? She and her team would like to hear from you! Fill out the form on this page to send in your question.
About Aunt Peggie - Peggie Watson is a former military-connected child who attended nine schools by grade 12. Her 34 years of experience in school administration and the classroom have made her a fountain of information on all things related to military and education.
Chart Your Course Academic Passport
This document is a resource to help primarily parents but is also for teachers, counselors, and others who care about the education of highly mobile children. One of the main goals of the Academic Passport is helping military-connected or other highly mobile students maneuver their way through the intricacies of grade 6-12 and post-secondary choices. The focus of the Passport is on practical doable ideas. The information contained in the booklet has been thoroughly researched.
Chart Your Course for college - College DVD, Passport, Road Map
The complete Chart Your Course set includes the Chart Your Course Road Map ©, the Passport ©, and the College DVD©.
Early Literacy Kits - Growing, Learning, Understanding Kits
Growing, Learning, Understanding (GLU) - Making Meaning Through Early Literacy was designed by the Military Child Education Coalition to develop early literacy skills in children from birth through second grade. With kits covering a range of themes and literacies, GLU helps children make meaning of the world around them. From The Kissing Hand Kit, which explores family traditions and staying connected, to the Night Catch Kit, which helps children understand concepts like time and distance while developing science literacy, the kits speak to the developmental needs of all children while addressing the specific circumstances of children whose parents serve in the military.
All GLU Kits are built around carefully chosen resources that parents and child care providers can expand upon, adapt to the needs of their own children, and use over and over again as children continue to grow and learn.
GLU Kits include ideas and activities adaptable to a range of ages and developmental levels. Parents and care providers are encouraged to utilize careful observation and understanding of their own children, as well as research and information regarding the development of young children, as they explore the kits, use the activities, read the books, and most of all, have fun learning together.
Naviance - College and career planning
Naviance is a college and career planning resource that SchoolQuest is offering to students as young as 8th grade. This program is a fantastic tool that will help students plan their educational path. While using Naviance a student can complete inventories that will help define their strengths and interests. They can then find courses of study that utilize those strengths and see what careers match up with those findings. Scholarship information is available as is college application information. Scholarship and college applications can be stored for future reference. Also available for students 9th - 12th grade, Method Test Prep! ACT and SAT tests are challenging and SchoolQuest wants you to be prepared. Practice for one or both of these tests on Naviance!
- Military-affiliation (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard, Reserves, Active Duty or Retired)
Naviance is being offered free of charge by SchoolQuest and the Military Child Education Coalition.
Student 2 Student and Junior Student 2 Student - Military Child Education Coalition
The Student 2 Student Initiative includes the high school Student 2 Student (S2S) and the middle school Junior Student 2 Student (JS2S) programs. Each meets very real transitioning student needs with:
- Immediate peer credibility
- Positive peer relationships
A team from a school campus is trained to return to their home campus to provide leadership for training other students on methods to support students who are transitioning to or from their school. The team is composed of advisors and students. The focus is student-centered, and is student-led, with close supervision. The development of student trainers who can return to their home campus to train other peers is critical to the success and credibility of the program.
Tell Me a Story
Tell Me A Story: Making Connections and Finding Support through Literature is an initiative that was created to empower our military children by using literature and their own stories in a way that fosters skills for resilience, strong peer and parent connections, a sense of pride and accomplishment, and a caring community.
Program mission: Empowering our military children by using literature and their own stories in a way that fosters:
- strong peer and parent connections
- a sense of pride and accomplishment
Each Tell Me A Story event features a selected book. Parents and children sit together to hear the story, then break into small groups for a discussion with a trained facilitator. Every family receives a copy of the featured book.
Vaccination requirements for K and Grade 1 - Getting Your Ducklings in a Row
Getting Your Ducklings in a Row is a booklet created to give parents basic information regarding age and vaccination requirements of school systems serving the majority of military children. Most military families already know that school entry requirements vary from state to state. It is also important to note that individual districts can (and do) impose additional requirements so variations can also be seen in the same state. Our best advice is to contact your new school district to make sure you have the most accurate information about their requirements and to be careful about the details. All 50 states, the District of Columbia, and DoDEA are represented in this publication.
Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission
Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission (MIC3)
Military families move between postings on a regular basis, and while reassignments can often be a boon for career personnel, they can be difficult for the children of military families. The average military student faces transition challenges more than twice during high school and most military children will attend six to nine different school systems in their lives from kindergarten to 12th grade. The Compact therefore seeks to make transition easier for the children of military families so that they are afforded the same opportunities for educational success as other children and are not penalized or delayed in achieving their educational goals.
Reach Out and Read
Reach Out and Read is an evidence-based nonprofit organization that promotes early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms nationwide by giving new books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud.
Reach Out and Read presents a unique opportunity to support and strengthen military families with young children. Reach Out and Read helps parents understand developmental stages, build routines which reassure children, and develop skills and knowledge that are essential for families being tested by multiple deployments, separation, and reintegration. Reading aloud to children is a proven technique in helping to cope with stress and anxiety.
E-books for beginning readers (Ages 4-12). Read, listen, and play games. A service of DoD MWR libraries.
Tumble Talking Books
Has a collection of streaming audio books including unabridged audio versions of American and world literature classics, non-fiction, fiction, and children and teen books. A service of DoD MWR libraries.
SAT/ACT PowerPrep TM Programs
SAT/ACT (free) prep. for service members and their families (e-Knowledge)
eKnowledge, a group of NFL players, and the Department of Defense have teamed up to distribute more than $16,500,000 of eKnowledge's SAT/ACT PowerPrep™ Programs to military service members and their families.
2013 Military Children’s Scholarship Handbook (free)
A college degree has become the essential tool to unlock doors for future success. This handbook contains all the latest information about getting a college degree, including: types of higher education, resources for finding the right college, entrance exams, financial aid resources, paying for college, applying for federal student aid, Pell Grants, Direct and Federal Family Education Loans, PLUS loans, Consolidation loans, Federal Work-Study Program, ROTC, U.S. Armed Forces and more.
This list may not be exhaustive...we will add links as we become aware of them.
Find any public – and many private – schools or districts in the U.S. You can also find Department of Defense schools for military installations overseas.
State education resources
State Education Resources - Schoolquest
Welcome to the State Education Resources. This section is a compilation of resources in one location for all fifty states, DoDEA, and Washington, D.C. It provides information about state school requirements and resources by each individual state, or you can identify specific resource areas that you wish to research in one or more states. Resource areas include the following:
Assessment Testing-Calendar; Assessment Testing-Overview; Assessment Testing-Results; Assessment Testing-Samples; Counselors; Curriculum and State Standards; Department of Education Links; District and Campus Directories; ESL/Bilingual Education; Gifted/Talented; Graduation/Promotion Requirements; No Child Left Behind; Parents; Planning for College; Preschool/Kindergarten; Special Education; State/District/Campus Report Card; Students; Alternative Education-Charter Schools; Alternative Education-Home Schooling; Alternative Education/Virtual Schools; and Other Information.
Free Military Child Tutoring (New Jersey)
Our goal is to provide free tutoring services for military children in the Southern New Jersey area.
Tutor.com for U.S. Military Families
This program is funded by the Department of Defense MWR Library Program, Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program and Navy General Library Program.
Get homework and studying help from a professional tutor any time you need it. FREE for students in Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, National Guard and Reserve families. Expert tutors are online 24/7 and available to help in more than 16 subjects, including test prep, proofreading, Math, Science, English and Social Studies.
Operation Hero (ASYMCA)
One of ASYMCA’s keystone programs is Operation Hero, a program that aids children from six to 12 years of age who are experiencing temporary difficulty in school, both socially and academically. Often these difficulties are caused by frequent moves and family disruption due to deployments. Referred by teachers, parents or school officials, the semester-long program provides after-school tutoring and mentoring assistance in a small group with certified teachers. Operation Hero facilitates a positive environment, encourages responsible behavior, and gets children back on track in school, both academically and socially.
Virtual high school
DoDEA Virtual High School
Welcome to the DoDEA Virtual High School (DVHS). Our vision is to prepare our students to live, learn, work and serve the public good in a digital, global society through engaging, synchronous and asynchronous instruction. As part of our mission to provide exemplary educational programs that inspire and prepare students for success in a global environment, the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Virtual High School has offered a variety of distance learning courses including advanced placement since 1986. In 2010, the DVHS became a fully-accredited high school by AdvancED.
The online courses in the DoDEA Virtual High School have the same level of rigor and adhere to the same standards of the traditional DoDEA curriculum. The DVHS online courses provide an additional benefit of preparing students for success in the 21st Century environment by developing proficiency in information age technologies.