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Contests
Homework & schoolwork resource websites
Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) resources
Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission
Reading resources
Rosetta Stone language learning free for military
SAT/ACT preparation programs
Scholarships for military kids
School locator
State education resources
Tutoring
Virtual high school
Books


Contests

ASYMCA Art and Essay Contest
https://www.asymca.org/art-and-essay-contest
Co-sponsored by GEICO, the annual Armed Services YMCA Art & Essay Contest allows children to express their love, appreciation and admiration for their military heroes and serves to remind us of the sacrifices our men and women in uniform, and their families, make each day for our country. Entries for the art contest depict the theme, “My Military Family,” while the essay's theme is "My Military Hero."

The contest is officially launched every November and is open to all eligible children of U.S. active duty or retired service members. Winners of both the art and essay contests have their winning entries displayed at 34 Armed Services YMCA branch GEICO-military-logo.jpg and affiliate locations, as well as military bases worldwide during Military Family Month each November.  

Winners also receive special Apple brand product prize to help military children create and express themselves. 


Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC)
Call for the Arts Contest "The Art of Being a Military Child" (end of Jan.)
http://www.militarychild.org/parents-and-students/programs/the-call-for-the-arts
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 display at the Annual Training Seminar each year.

Submissions must include the Official Submission Form and be postmarked by the last Friday in January of each year.


VFW Patriots Pen Writing Contest (Nov. 1, 2017)
http://www.vfw.org/community/youth-and-education/youth-scholarships
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 2016-2017 program is November 1, 2016. The theme for 2016-2017 is: “The America I Believe In.” 

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.


VFW Voice of Democracy (Nov. 1, 2017)
http://www.vfw.org/community/youth-and-education/youth-scholarships
Each year, nearly 40,000 high school students from across the country enter to win a share of the $2 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the VFW’s Voice of Democracy audio-essay competition.

The VFW established the Voice of Democracy program (VOD) in 1947 to provide students grades 9-12 the opportunity to express themselves in regards to democratic ideas and principles.

The national first-place winner receives a $30,000 scholarship paid directly to the recipient’s American university, college or vocational/technical school. Other national scholarships range from $1,000-$16,000, and the first-place winner from each (state) VFW Department wins a minimum scholarship of $1,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C.

The Voice of Democracy Program is open to students in grades 9-12 (on the Nov. 1 deadline), who are enrolled in a public, private or parochial high school or home study program in the United States and its territories. The 2015-16 theme is: My Responsibility to America


Homework and schoolwork website resources

Military OneSource online libraries
www.militaryonesource.mil/education-and-employment
MWR Digital Library
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.


Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) resources

Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC)
www.militarychild.org
The work of the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) is focused on ensuring quality educational opportunities for all military children affected by mobility, family separation, and transition. A non-profit, world-wide organization, the MCEC performs research, develops resources, conducts professional institutes and conferences, and develops and publishes resources for all constituencies.

Some programs include:
  • Ask Aunt Peggie
  • Pete Taylor Partnership of Excellence Awards
  • Parent to Parent
  • Student 2 Student and Junior Student 2 Student
  • MCEC Military Student Transition Consultants (MSTC)
  • The Call for the Arts
  • Tell Me A Story (TMAS)
  • Frances Hesselbein Student Leadership Program


Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission

Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission (MIC3)
www.mic3.net
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.


Reading resources

Reach Out and Read
www.reachoutandread.org
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. 

Tumble Book for Beginning Readers (Ages 4-12)
www.militaryonesourceeap.org
This online library of animated, talking, picture books helping kids learn to read, build vocabulary, and have fun.

Tumble Book Cloud Junior (Grade level 2-6)
www.militaryonesourceeap.org
An online collection of ebooks and read-along chapter books, graphic novels, educational videos, and audio books designed specifically for elementary and middle school age children. All books are available with unlimited access, all the time, from any device with an Internet connection.

An online collection of read-along titles for elementary, middle school, and high school students.

Tumblebook Cloud for Teens (Grade level 7-12)
www.militaryonesourceeap.org
An online collection of ebooks and read-along chapter books, graphic novels, educational videos, and audio books designed for teens and preteens. All books are available with unlimited access, all the time, from any device with an Internet connection.



Rosetta Stone language learning free for military

Did you know that military and their dependents have access to FREE language learning through Rosetta Stone? All you have to do is create a library account through your local on-post library. You may have to go to your library or call to start the process.

After you create your account and pin, go to the library web page and log in, then click on "online resources" and scroll down to find the link for Rosetta Stone. You'll then click the link to set up an account with Rosetta Stone. Each time you access the site, you'll have to go through the same process by logging into the library web site first, then clicking the Rosetta Stone link but it's SO worth it. Especially if you're planning on making an OCONUS PCS. The site also tracks your progress so that you don't have to guess where you left off each time.

This is likely a temporary offer, because the language learning offered by the military sometimes changes.


SAT/ACT preparation programs

e-Knowledge
www.eknowledge.com/military.asp
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. While the program is free, there is a nominal student fee.

Khan Academy
https://www.khanacademy.org/sat
For the first time ever, the creators of the SAT have given Khan Academy exclusive access and advice to build a personalized practice program for anyone, anywhere. 

These tools are free and available now for every student to take ownership of their learning and their future.


Scholarships for military kids

2016 Military Children’s Scholarship Handbook (free)
www.militaryhandbooks.com
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.


Search for scholarships with Scholarships for Service
http://www.militaryscholar.org/
Scholarships for Service is a free public resource for students of families with a military service background to search and access thousands of scholarship options. Every scholarship listed here is specifically tailored for active, guard and reserve military, veterans, retired personnel or their families.


This list below is a list compiled separately by Operation We Are Here (previous to the creation of the Scholarships for Service listed above). Also be sure to check with your local installation for potential scholarships:
  • Commissary
  • AAFES
  • Thrift Store
  • Spouse's Club
  • Your unit
  • Your installation Credit Union


Airborne Scholarship Assocation
Alaska Sea Services Scholarships (ends Mar.)
American Division Veterans Association (ends May 1)
American Legion Scholarships
American Military Retirees Association
American Patriot Freedom Scholarships (ends Mar.)
Army Aviation Association (ends May 1)
Army Emergency Relief's MG James Ursano Scholarship Program (ends Apr.)
Army Nurse Corps Association (ends Mar.)
Army Ranger Association
Army Scholarship Foundation (ends May 1)
Association of Naval Aviation (ends June 1)
Children of Warriors Scholarship (ends Mar. 1)
Commissioned Officers Association of the USPHS Inc.
Fisher House Foundation Scholarship Programs (Dec. - Feb.)
Michigan Legion
MCEC Scholarship lists
Military Children Scholarships - College Scholarships
Orent Law Offices (Nov. 30, 2016)
Our Family for Families First Foundation (ends Feb. 16)
Scholarships for Military Children Program (Dec. - Feb.)
ThanksUSA (Apr. 1 - May 15)
The Navy League foundation's Scholarship Program (ends Mar.)
VFW Voice of Democracy (Nov. 1)


Here are some other helpful links:


School locator

SchoolQuest
www.schoolquest.org
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
www.schoolquest.org/state-education-resources/
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.


Tutoring

Free Military Child Tutoring (New Jersey)
www.freemilitarychildtutoring.org
Our goal is to provide free tutoring services for military children in the Southern New Jersey area.

Tutor.com for U.S. Military Families
http://www.tutor.com/military
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)
https://www.asymca.org/operation-hero
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
http://www.dodea.edu/virtualhs/DV/HS/dvhs/
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.


Books

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The Military Parent's Complete Guide to Public, Private, and Charter Schools
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Author: Frederick A. Birkett Ed. M, Copyright @ 2013
http://www.k12.com/who-we-help/military-families.html 

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.