One of the most exciting aspects of Welcoming Practices and Building Capacity has been the process of identifying and scaling up model or promising programs and bringing effective practices to schools and students that need them. These efforts include:
- connecting with providers that are already serving military families and either adapting their programs to involve schools or expanding them to reach more children and families within our consortium districts.
- working with outside partners to expand upon existing programs that do not include a military focus, adapting them so that they address the academic and social-emotional needs of military students.
Most of the programs we have worked with operate locally, but some operate nationally and internationally, which benefits not only schools in the consortium but military-connected schools across nationwide. Examples include the Student 2 Student and Parent to Parent programs and district-sponsored Welcome Centers.