Resource Guides on Military-Connected Students Now Available
In 2012, Teachers College Press at Columbia University released our four resource guides on supporting military children in schools. Each guide is based on research and written specifically for teachers, school administrators, pupil personnel, and parents. They have been endorsed by the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, the Military Child Education Coalition and leading experts in education, social work, and psychology. The guides can be used as texts in university and district training programs.
The Building Capacity resource guides outline how school professionals and parents can create a supportive school setting that helps military children thrive and provide an engaging combination of knowledge on challenges facing military children and practical strategies that can be implemented to make students feel welcome and connected. Many of the strategies and ideas highlighted were inspired by our Consortium schools and the interns from USC, SDSU and UCSD.
The Teacher’s Guide for Supporting Students from Military Families
The Teacher’s Guide for Supporting Students from Military Families is an evidence-informed guide introducing pre- and in-service teachers to this population and provides essential tools to help minimize the impact of military life on student learning. It provides strategies and classroom practices to support these students and address issues such as frequent transitions between schools, gaps in academic progress, and social adjustment.
It shows how practices already being used in schools 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 and military appreciation events.
The School Administrator’s Guide for Supporting Students from Military Families
The School Administrator’s Guide for Supporting Students from Military Families is an evidence-informed guide that introduces school administrators to this population and offers tools to help them implement school-wide programs that will support military students’ learning.
This practical guide includes profiles of principals who have created welcoming school environments for military children and parents, lessons learned from the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) schools and a chapter on using data to improve school culture for military students.
The Pupil Personnel Guide for Supporting Students from Military Families
The Pupil Personnel Guide for Supporting Students from Military Families introduces counselors, psychologists, and social workers to this population and provides the necessary tools to create one-on-one and school-wide practices to support military students.
The guide includes a primer on military culture and research highlighting how frequent school transitions and parental deployments affect the education of military children. It also includes examples of creative and effective projects designed to celebrate military children and support them through frequent school changes, a parent’s deployment, or traumatic experiences.
The Military Family’s Parent Guide for Supporting Your Child in School
The Military Family’s Parent Guide for Supporting Your Child in School is a unique guide that provides parents with the information they need to choose a welcoming school or child-care program and suggests steps they can take to advocate for their children.
It also highlights the types of questions parents should ask about how their children are faring socially, emotionally, and academically, such as:
- What can I do to help my child make a smooth transition to a new school?
- What resources or staff does the school have to meet the needs of military children?