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Easing School Transitions for Military Families
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Moving to a New School

Moving to a new school means different things to every member of the family. It can bring excitement, worry or spark your inner desire for adventure! With adequate preparation, stress can be kept to a minimum and the move can be confidently anticipated. Browse through the following topics to develop your strategy for a successful transition.

Before the Move

Ensuring a successful move begins long before the packers come to your door.  Read on for ideas and resources to help get you started on this journey.

Before the Move

School Standards and the Common Core

Developed by the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI), the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are a set of rigorous K-12 curriculum standards for Language Arts and Mathematics meant to lead students in the United States to college and career readiness at an internationally competitive level.

School Standards and the Common Core

Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission

The Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission (MIC3) is extremely important for transitioning military students.  When parents are relocated from one duty station to another, students can face possible loss of school credit or special educational accommodations. Read on to understand how the MIC3 helps students smoothly transfer from one school to another.

Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission

Adapting to the New School

A new school environment requires some adjustment.  This can be a stressful transition for students of all ages.  We have some tips that may help settle the nerves for you and your child.

Adapting to the New School

Exploring Your New Home

Here you are - in your new home!  Now what?  Where should you begin?  We have some thoughts that will help you feel right at home in no time.

Exploring Your New Home

During the Move

Moving day has arrived!  What can you do to alleviate the stress and prepare your children?  I'm so glad you asked!  We have some great ideas.

During the Move

Checklists for Transitioning Students

Some of us are list-makers and others of us are not!  Whether you find satisfaction in marking off another completed item or you just want to feel prepared, these checklists are sure to help you as you negotiate transitioning your student from one school to another. 

Checklists for Transitioning Students

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The Learning Skills Toolbox

The MCEC, with support from the GE Foundation, produced “The Learning Skills Toolbox,” a series of videos that tackle learning and readiness at several stages.  View the videos

Special Topics

Have some questions about homework help, school choices or unique student circumstances?  We'd like to try to help you find the answers.

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State Education Resources

State school requirements and resources from all fifty states

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