ARLINGTON, VA — April 13, 2010 — The Department of Defense Education Activity’s (DoDEA’s) Educational Partnership has launched an interactive educational resource for military families, military leaders and school leaders. The resource, “Students at the Center,” provides information on important policies, procedures, and best practices that are critical to supporting the needs of military families’ education.
“Our military families have high expectations and unique needs regarding the education of their children and we saw a need to develop a tool to assist everyone who has a stake in the educational process,” said Kathy Facon, Chief of the Educational Partnership.
Available online now at www.militaryk12partners.dodea.edu, the guide offers information focused on the specific needs of the different stakeholders.
“This guide provides military parents, military leaders and school leaders information on relevant educational issues affecting each group,” Facon said. “When Local Education Agencies, Military Commands and DoDEA partner to share information and resources, children benefit.”
For educators serving children from military families in a public school system, the guide offers information on the different military service branches, ranks, and protocols. It outlines current DOD Initiatives to support schools and the U.S. Department of Education’s Impact Aid program. It also offers insights regarding the issues military families face including frequent transitions and parents deploying.
For families, the guide offers information on navigating the U.S. Education System, choosing a school and being an effective advocate for a child.
For military leaders, “Students at the Center” provides suggestions on supporting military families, forming and strengthening Installation-School Partnerships and ways to enhance communication between Local Education Activities, the military service and families.
“The Educational Partnership is dedicated to every military child’s right to a quality education regardless of their location or how often their family moves. We know that there are a lot of great resources already available regarding education issues for military families but we wanted to develop a tool that would bring those resources together in one place,” Facon said. “‘Students at the Center’ wouldn’t have been possible without the support of many agencies, both in and outside the federal government.”
The guide will be available in May and can be ordered in print format and on CD through DoD’s Military One Source website: www.militaryonesource.com
DoDEA plans, directs, coordinates, and manages pre-kindergarten through 12th grade education programs for Department of Defense (DoD) dependents who would otherwise not have access to a high-quality, public education. DoDEA schools are located in Europe, the Pacific, the United States, Cuba, Guam and Puerto Rico. DoDEA also provides support and resources to Local Education Activities throughout the U.S. that serve children of military families.