MCEC Global Training Summit 

July 24-26, 2023
Washington, D.C.

Save the date for the 2023 MCEC Global Training Summit, celebrating 25 years of support to military-connected kids! This year’s event will be in-person at the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel but also offers virtual components.

Registration opens in February. Check back soon for more details.

2022 MCEC Global Summit Highlights

The Journey of the Military Child

JULY 25-27, 2022 - For twenty-four years MCEC has been bringing together the expertise and practical tools to prepare military children for a bright future. 

The Military Child Education Coalition returned to Washington, DC this past summer to host the MCEC Global Summit (formerly known as the National Training Seminar). First Lady Jill Biden lead the opening session, bringing prestige, commitment, and grace to the event. See a glimpse of a few highlights of our three-day summit.



Opening Session Featuring Dr. Jill Biden, First Lady 

Opening Session

“MCEC is a tireless leader to help our military children and give them the resources they need to survive.  One of my very first events at the White House was to listen and learn from high school military children. I am committed to sharing the artwork of our military children to be woven into our Administration.” MCEC’s Call for the Arts entries were displayed in the East Wing of the White House this spring.

MCEC Spotlight: Artistic Expression and the Military Child
Miss Quinn, the daughter of an active-duty Air Force service member, shared a dance to the song ‘Soldier’s Light’ as a form of expression. 


PURPLE OUT! with Tom Krieglstein

Purple Up

What is Army Green, Air Force Blue, Coast Guard Blue, Marine Red, Space Force Blue and White and Navy Blue? It can only be the MCEC Global Summit PURPLE OUT event in support of military children around the world! Join Tom Krieglstein, Founder and Lead Facilitator for Swift Kick, as he led us to engage, connect, and build a community of support to show off our PURPLE and show up for #MilKids. 

Master Class 

Each Child, Every Journey: A Whole-Child Approach to Educating and Supporting Military-Connected Youth with Pam Cantor 

No two journeys for military children are the same. How then, can we support each child along their unique pathway? Developmental and learning science call for a whole-child approach reflecting new knowledge about how the brain grows and learns. In this master class, Pamela Cantor, MD describes the science that forms the basis for this kind of whole-child framework, cites examples from Purple Star schools, and introduces a novel approach to measuring individual development in context.  

2022 LTG (Ret) H.G. "Pete" Taylor Partnership of Excellence Awards 

During his tenure as Chairman of the Military Child Education Coalition, LTG (Ret) H.G. "Pete" Taylor played an important role in the establishment of partnerships between military installations and school districts serving military-connected children. In recognizing Lieutenant General Taylor's dedication and work toward assisting military children, the MCEC Board of Directors established the Pete Taylor Partnership of Excellence Award in July 2004 to recognize successful partnerships and projects that ultimately benefit military-connected children. Congratulations to the 2022 winners.  

PeteTaylor Badges


Maxwell-River Region

Outstanding Community Partnership 
Maxwell-River Region Partnership for Educational Excellence – Alabama  


PWCS Goes Purple Virginia   

Outstanding Individual Program/Project
PWCS Goes Purple – Virginia  

OGWYG Alaska

Exemplary Community Partnership 
Operation Grow Where You Go: Cultivating Support for Military-Connected Children, Tweens, and Teens – Alaska  



Exemplary Individual Program/Project 
Outreach with Focus on Police Department Partnerships – Texas 


Recognized Community Partnership
Bay Area Education Alliance – Florida  


New Mexico

Recognized Individual Program/Project 
Curry County Youth Services Trust Mentor Network Program – New Mexico 



Recognized Individual Program/Project 
Partners in Education – Texas 

Closing General Session 

Integrating Self Care into our Real Lives with Dr. Ken Ginsberg

Closing Session

Deep engagement leaves us vulnerable as we bear witness to the uncertainties of the human condition. This vulnerability, if not properly managed, can lead us to distance ourselves from our emotions and those we aim to serve, a state called “burnout.” When you are stressed, you care too much, but when you are burned out, you don't see any hope of improvement. “The worst thing is not to be stressed... it is to be numb.” If we are to make a difference in the lives of those that we serve, we must foster the kind of connections that position us as a positive force in their lives.

Admiral Christopher W. Grady, Vice Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff
Christine Grady, Military Spouse, Advisor and Advocate for Military Families The Grady’s understand that taking care of military families has a direct impact on military readiness. In this Student 2 Student® led session, they discussed how the military can best move forward making the necessary hard choices while addressing the challenges facing military families and capitalizing on inherent military and veteran family strengths.

Congratulations to the 2022 MCEC Elite Student 2 Student Team:
Rocky Mountain Classical Academy from Colorado Springs, CO! We congratulate all S2S programs for their tireless efforts during a challenging year and salute the sponsors, educators, and parents for their leadership and unwavering support. View the winners here.


Thank You to Our 2022 MCEC Global Summit Sponsors
MGS Sponsors