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We know this is an especially difficult time for our military families and children. Although resiliency and inner strength are qualities we admire in military families, during these uncertain times, MCEC is here with additional support. Taking what we’ve learned from over 20 years of helping military kids and their families successfully manage transition and mobility issues, we have culled supportive content and resources for parents, educators, and students. We hope you will use the content and resources here to inspire and renew a sense of hope and wellbeing in your life and the lives of those in your care.

 

Navigating Change Online Learning Series

Navigating Change is a new virtual learning series for novice and experienced educators. The series is designed for all educators, including those who have suddenly entered the unfamiliar waters of home instruction. During each online session, we’ll discuss the targeted issue, highlight practical strategies for success, share developmentally-appropriate resources, and offer guided practice as we walk through helpful exercises and tools. Sessions are free and registration is not required. Sessions will be recorded and made available on this site. For questions regarding these sessions, please email pd@militarychild.org.

Session 1: Responding to Changes in Routine (3/23, 1-2 pm CST)  
Order, structure, and predictability in a child’s surroundings and environment are important to maintain feelings of safety and security. So, how should we respond when the change in routine due to COVID-19 upsets or throws off our students? Join us for this insightful hour of learning positive and constructive ways to navigate changes in routine.  
 
Session 1 Recording  
Session 1 Resources  
   
Session 2: Addressing Anxiety (3/25, 1-2 pm CST)  
Children can develop crippling worries about many things including germs, friends, and uncertainty about the future. While there are some accommodations that can help anxious children in the classroom, efforts to slow the daily pace and decrease overall stress are even more important now. Don’t miss this opportunity for an in-depth look at the impact of anxiety on a child and how we can help them work through nervous feelings and manage anxiety.
 
Session 2 Recording  
Session 2 Resources and NCTSN Handout with Activities  
   
Session 3: Maintaining Connections and Relationships (3/27, 1-2 pm CST)  
Studies show one of the largest threats to a child’s mental health is isolation; we know it’s important for students to maintain relationships and emotional connections during this time of COVID-19 isolation. So how do we ensure appropriate social interaction in physically safe settings like video chat? This session will help us better understand the importance of social relationships in the life of a child and offer practical solutions for encouraging healthy, positive, digital interactions.
 
 
Session 3 Resources  
   
Session 4: Making Behavior Management Positive (3/30, 1-2 pm CST)  

Skillful behavior management encourages students to repeat positive behavior. By being attentive, mindful of our reactions, setting high expectations, and offering positive feedback, we can set the stage for the behaviors we want our students to display. In this session, we’ll examine some proactive measures educators can take to encourage a collaborative virtual classroom dynamic while building student-teacher relationships that inspire kindness and hope.  

 
Click here to register for Session 4 (note that the registration link says 12:45pm so that we can open the room early, but we will start at 1pm CST)  
   
NOTE - April 1 is Digital Teaching and Learning Day at MCEC. Click here to register for the Parenting Webinar at 11 am CST and be sure to register for PD Session 5 at 1 pm CST!  
Session 5: Successful Digital Teaching and Learning (4/1, 1-2 pm CST)  

The student-teacher relationship is the heart of education, so how can we set out to make digital teaching and learning successful during this time of social distancing? Studies show that online learning can improve student outcomes by increasing motivation, engagement, and collaboration. As we all embrace this unique opportunity to enhance and transform student learning, join us for this exciting look at the essentials needed to make the shift from traditional classroom instruction.

 
Click here to register for Session 5 (note that the registration link says 12:45pm so that we can open the room early, but we will start at 1pm CST)  
   
Session 6: Creating Confidence in the Midst of Unknown (4/3, 1-2 pm CST)  

With changes occurring due to COVID-19, children are especially susceptible to confusion and fear. Building confidence can seem a daunting task, but educators can help alleviate worry and build resilience by implementing a hopeful and positive approach to future planning. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn powerful ways to build and exemplify resilience while cultivating confidence in a rapidly changing environment.

 
Click here to register for Session 6 (note that the registration link says 12:45pm so that we can open the room early, but we will start at 1pm CST)  

Helpful Links

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding COVID-19 and School Closures
  1. Homeschool Status.   If our children were enrolled in public school before the COVID-19 Crisis, now that their public school is now closed, are they now considered homeschool students?

    Answer:  Students enrolled in public schools who are being taught virtually or through other means with parent support are not considered homeschooled students. They are still public school students learning in their homes. Which means, since they are not a registered homeschool (most states require some form of registering), they are not a homeschool and do not need to worry about meeting state homeschool laws. This also means that when they move to a new state, they are still protected by the Interstate Compact since their child is in public school. If a parent chooses to disenroll their child from public school and establish a homeschool within the rules of the state they are residing they can. However, when they move their child would not be covered by the Interstate Compact. 
     
  2. PCS and Enrolling during COVID-19.  If we PCS during COVID-19 and the schools at our new duty station are closed so that we cannot register, what will this mean for our children as far as getting credit for completing the school year?  

    Answer:  This has become an issue in some states.  Due to the method in which schools were closed, schools may not have been permitted to enroll new students for a time.  We understand that schools will be working with the families caught in this situation individually on a case by case basis.  Clearly, this will be handled differently in each district.  We encourage parents to be patient as it may take a week or two due to staff reductions and limited support on school campuses. Our best recommendation is for parents to start at the district level when seeking information, as many schools may not have any staff on site, but the district offices will likely have skeleton staff available to answer questions of this nature. 
    Additionally, parents may want to consider contacting the sending school before they leave to see if their child can continue attending the sending school virtually until the receiving school can accept them.  Ideally, all schools will work with families to make this possible.  However, it is likely that it will depend on how military-friendly the school district and community is.

     

A special thank you to Rollie Sampson, District Military Liaison for Moore County Schools, Moore County, North Carolina for providing us with this important and timely information.

For Students

Informational websites and educational tools to help you continue your learning while you may be out of school. Check back as new resources will be added. You can view the spreadsheet of resources or download the PDF.

Student Resource List

Student Resource PDF

For Educators

Plenty of awesome resources including informational websites and educational tools, along with tips and strategies. Check back as new resources will be added. You can view the spreadsheet of resources or download the PDF.

Educator Resource List

Educator Resource PDF