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Navigating Change

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.

Download a Guide to Building Resilience in These Uncertain Times
(written by Kenneth R. Ginsburg, MD, MS Ed, FAAP)

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COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

WILL MY KIDS BE BEHIND IN ACADEMICS NEXT YEAR? 

The simple answer is no. Students will not be behind next year.

There are so many schools across the nation and the world who have no capability of providing assignments or providing instruction during this time. All schools will start next year with the expectation that students missed critical content. This content will be made up at that time.  (read full blog post from PCSGrades.com)

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

 

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.  

 
Session 4 Recording  
Session 4 Resources  
   
NOTE - April 1 is Digital Teaching and Learning Day at MCEC. Click here to access the Parent Webinar Recording Adapting to a Virtual Learning Environment !  
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.

 
Session 5 Recording  
Session 5 Resources  
   
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.

 
Session 6 Recording  
Session 6 Resources