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MCEC Programs and Trainings . . . For the Sake of the Child!

11/02/2013 Published by: Suzanne

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Categories: Moving to a New School, Your Child's Ages & Stages, Student 2 Student Programs Worldwide

SchoolQuest.org™ is an educational resource tool brought to you by the Military Child Education Coalition® (MCEC®) whose focus is to ensure quality educational opportunities for all military-connected children affected by mobility, family separation and transition.  In order to accomplish this mission, MCEC® offers several programs and trainings for students, parents and the professionals who work with them . . .

FOR STUDENTS:

Student 2 Student/Junior Student 2 Student– Trains civilian and military-connected high school students to establish and sustain peer-based programs in their schools to support mobile children as they transition to and fro the school.

The Call for the Arts –Invites military-connected children to submit drawings, poems and interpretations of what it means to be a military child.  MCEC® takes advantage of every opportunity to display these works of art.

Frances Hesselbein Student Leadership Program –Established in 2006 to identify exemplary young people through their participation in the MCEC® Student 2 Student program.

FOR PARENTS:

Tell Me a Story (TMAS)– Empowers military-connected children by using literature and children’s 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.  MCEC® believes stories have the capacity to open family discussions on potentially difficult topics

Parent to Parent– Trains teams of parents to bring the MCEC® Parent Workshops to their local communities.  Workshops focus on empowering parents to be their child’s strongest advocate on educational and social issues.  Since 2006 more than 150,000 parents have been trained!

MCEC Military Student Transition Consultants (MSTC)– Trained by MCEC®, MSTC’s are located near various military installations and provide personalized educational concierge service addressing a variety of topics and serving children whose parents are serving in our Armed Forces.

Bernard Curtis Brown ll Memorial Space Camp Scholarship –Provides military-connected children the opportunity to have an extraordinary week-long experience at Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama that brings together the worlds of service, science and learning.

FOR PROFESSIONALS:

Supporting Military Children through School Transitions:  Foundations –An interactive professional development institute focusing on the military-connected child’s experience with transitions, it strives to create an environment for education, installation and community professionals to have access to professional networks, technologies, resources and support systems.

Supporting Military Children through School Transitions:  Social/Emotional Institute –The second interactive professional development institute which focuses on the social and emotional implications as they relate to the transitioning student.

Responding to the Military Child with Exceptional Needs– A course designed to inform the participants about military-connected children who have exceptional needs and the issues they may face as they transition from school to school.

Helping Military Children Discover their S.P.A.R.C. – (Strength, Potential, Aspirations, Resourcefulness, Confidence)– Provides participants with the knowledge needed to prepare young people to develop hardiness skills to help them meet personal and professional goals through identification of their sparks and interests while developing a growth mindset.

LTC (Ret.) H.G. “Pete” Taylor Partnership of Excellence Awards– Encourages and applauds the outstanding partnerships that exist between military installations and school districts.

Continuing Education/Graduate Credit– MCEC® is approved as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education Training (IACET)

Living in the New Normal (LINN) –Encourages families to ensure their children have tools to bounce back from life’s storms and “stressors”, fosters community support efforts and provides concerned adults with information to help support children during times of uncertainty, trauma and loss.

Living in the New Normal Public Engagement (LINN PE) –A day-long session that invites state and community leaders to collaborate in identifying their capabilities, synchronize their resources and plan home front responses to support children during times of uncertainty due to deployments, transitions and other challenges.

Health Professionals Institute –Deepens the capacity of existing professionals to better serve military-connected children and youth.

Supporting Children of the Guard and Reserve Institute (GRI)– Helps professionals to understand the unique challenges faced by children of members of the National Guard and Reserve components, geographically separated due to mobilization, deployment and transition of family members.

FOR EVERYONE:

National Training Seminars –Annual gathering of community and national leaders, subject matter experts and gifted speakers in the field of education in order to raise awareness about  the unique challenges facing our military-connected youth.

More detailed information can be found on the Military Child Education Coalition’s web site.

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