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Operation Educate the Educator

In 2011, The Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) and the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) formed a partnership to raise awareness and help prepare teachers to lead in the classroom. With the vision and inspiration of Dr. Jill Biden, this joint endeavor, Operation Educate the Educators (OEE), supports the White House Joining Forces, an initiative to better support the U.S. military and their families.

OEE guiding principles. Since the inception of Operation Educate the Educators, over 100 colleges and universities have agreed to the OEE guiding principles. These collaboratively developed principles encourage the inclusion of the subject of military and veteran-connected children in the curriculum of those institutions so as to help prepare future teachers and other youth-serving professionals in identifying and responding to their needs. Together, we are working diligently to ensure schools of education, social work, psychology, and more prepare graduates to meet the social, emotional, and learning needs of these children and youth while continuing to inform, through ever advancing research, practicing professionals. Click here to read the Guiding Principles

Sign up to Support OEE.  We highly encourage all institutions with schools of education and or educator preparation programs to sign The Guiding Principles document. By signing and returning The Guiding Principles, your institution commits to incorporating these principles in your school, college or department of education and that your institution will share your successes in this area with the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE) and the Military Child Education Coalition so that others in the educator preparation profession can learn from your work. Please return your signed and scanned Guiding Principles document to Dr. David Splitek at David.Splitek@MilitaryChild.org and we will share it with AACTE and make it official. Click here to download the Guiding Principles document.

Existing OEE Signatories. We encourage participating institutions and supporting organizations to commit to environments that are more responsive to the academic, social, and emotional needs of military-connected children. Please consider ways that you can help in your own institution and through your professional network. Specifically, we ask that you express your intention to help by completing the pledge form.

MCEC works to inform and assist educators and youth serving professionals to be aware of and include the military and veteran-connected children in their practice and areas of research. Our continual effort includes professional development training and services; providing material and resources; and pursuing local, state, and national initiatives. Through ongoing collaboration we can make a difference for children. We invite you to be part of this community of support for the children who also serve.