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Raising our Military-Connected Kids to be College and Career Ready!

09.25.2015, by Susan Conolly

So what does it look like to be College and Career Ready? Fortunately, there are many paths to successful readiness for life after high school graduation, and there are many organizations and resources available to help our military-connected students get there!

A Quality Elementary and Secondary Education Foundation:

Before a child learns to ride a bike, they must learn as a baby to crawl, stand, and walk. These basic skills become the foundation on which they build more complex motor skills allowing them to complete increasingly challenging physical tasks. In education, students begin with learning the fundamentals (like reading, writing, and arithmetic) in order to lay the groundwork for the development of their intellects, so that in the future they can grasp and analyze increasingly more rigorous material.

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Interested in Professional Development That Invests in the Future?

09.24.2015, by Susan Conolly

Resilience. Growth. Hardiness. Thrive. Grit.

These words all suggest strength and forward motion. Not just existing but achieving success in spite of the challenges faced. Military-connected children face unique challenges and the MCEC wants to teach them how to be champions.

The MCEC has developed strategies to lift up military children and give them wings to soar. But how does the MCEC, an organization with an abundance of knowledge, impact their focus, the kids?

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How Can SchoolQuest Assist With Your Transition?

09.18.2015, by Susan Conolly

Transition is defined by the act of change. Change of location, change of routine, change of school, in short, any kind of change qualifies as transition. Some changes are huge and others seem more manageable.

However, for the individual undergoing the transition, it does not happen without notice.

Change is a constant denominator in military life. Obviously, PCSing is common and is the first thing that comes to mind. There are many more changes, however, that appear much more subtle, but are no less impactful.

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What Happens When You Bring Together Caring Parents?

09.11.2015, by Susan Conolly

Published by: Amy Soupene

Military life has its challenges, that’s for sure. Deployments, reunions, and relocations are common occurrences for a military family. As adults we figure out how to navigate these challenging times.

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New School, New Friends, Same Challenges

09.04.2015, by Susan Conolly

For many military-connected students this isn’t just the start of another school year. It is the start of yet another new school.

Back to School. That phrase is everywhere this time of year and it’s loaded with meanings. Back to School can mean:

Time to stock up on school supplies
Savings on all things school related
The return of busy schedules and homework
But for countless military-connected students it means yet another new school, new rules, new friends, new everything. Military kids move an average of three times more often than their civilian peers. That can mean 6-9 different schools between kindergarten and graduation. Those numbers are the norm, not the exception.

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