2024 MCEC Global Training Summit Strong Foundation, Future Success

Distinguished Lectures

The 2024 Global Training Summit will feature 19 Distinguished Lecture sessions offered in both in-person and virtual formats. Offering attendees the opportunity to choose and attend sessions that best suit their interests, distinguished lectures are an occasion to focus on specific topics, collaborate, and learn in a smaller group setting often inviting more detailed conversations. Our featured sessions and distinguished presenters include:

Tuesday, July 30

The Special Education & EFMP Binder

Building a Strong Framework for Educators & Families of Military-Connected Children with Special Needs to Improve Postsecondary Outcomes

Overview:

Partners in PROMISE develops data informed solutions that equip both parents and educators to enable military students with special needs to thrive in their journey of further education, employment, and independent living. This session will dive into PiP’s most recent Military Special Education Survey data and its special report on “Understanding the Knowledge and Experience of Educators Working with Military Children with Special Needs” and provide a hands-on organizational resource that will empower and guide the collaborative relationship between parents and school staff. By creating and fostering a collaborative union, we can ensure better educational and post-secondary outcomes for our students with disabilities. 

The hands-on portion of the session will discuss the Special Education & Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) Binder as an organizational resource to empower Educators, EFMP Coordinators and Staff, and School Liaison Program Managers. All pre-registered session attendees will receive a hard-copy Special Education & EFMP Binder so they can follow along during the presentation and utilize it as a tool to support exceptional military special education students and their families. 

Empowering the Future

Federal Agencies Support for Military-Connected Students’ Education

Chief, Partnership and Resources, DoDEA

Overview:

This panel discussion, facilitated by the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA), Partnership Division (PART), will focus on the resources and support provided by federal agencies to enhance the academic achievement of military-connected students. The session will employ a variety of professional learning techniques, including real-time feedback with discussion, multimedia presentations, and panel discussions. Participants will gain knowledge about the resources and support offered by federal activities to ensure continuous and equitable education for military-connected students, PreK to grade 12. They will also learn how to engage in partnerships with federal stakeholders that support military-connected students, families, and communities, and identify critical steps in developing such partnerships. The DoDEA PART, having vetted and updated resources through decades of collaboration with government organizations (GO) and Non-GO, is well-positioned to introduce new resources for military-connected students and their families.

Ready, Set, Go

Overview:

“What do you want to be when you grow up? Which college are you going to?” Today’s students are expected to make major life decisions about their future by the time they’re 18, which often causes students (and their families) much anxiety. How can we empower teens to make informed decisions about their futures while also building their self-confidence? Work-based learning provides students with the opportunity to explore potential careers alongside industry professionals, helping them identify their aspirations, further develop the skills they need for success, and build a network of connections that can help them navigate their paths forward. Participants in this session will learn about the importance of work-based learning and how easy it can be to do. Free resources and a chance for students to win $10,000 will be shared with audience members!

Insights from the MCEC S2S Program

Overview:

Join us for an engaging workshop-style session where we will explore the MCEC Student to Student® (S2STM) program. S2S is a peer-to-peer transition support program that offers all transitioning students an opportunity to thrive on their new school campus. Attendees will get a comprehensive overview of the S2S program, along with insights from the first year of a two-year external evaluation conducted by evaluators from The Military Family Advisory Network (MFAN). Preliminary evaluation findings indicate that S2S supports not only military-connected youth but also military parents and the broader student population. A S2S student and sponsor will share their stories, reflections on the S2S program and their unique experiences with the program. Specific information will be available to help educators, administrators, and school professionals engage with and build on their own S2S program that aligns with MTSS and ASCA standards.

Military Interstate Children’s Compact 201

Overview:

The format of the Compact 201 Training is an interactive session focused on discussing case studies to demonstrate the correct implementation of the Compact. Participants will learn of the legal provisions related to education that protect military children as they transition interstate between public and Department of Defense Education Activity schools. Participants will discuss Compact gray areas and learn about Commission resources and best practices for military families, school districts, and states.

Addressing Gaps in Learning for Our Highly Mobile Military Connected Students

Overview:

It is no secret that military-connected students are typically also highly mobile students. This mobility frequently results in gaps in learning due to disjointed access to curriculum. How do we, as educators, help to bridge those gaps? When do we know a student may have deeper issues and need a referral to special education? Please join us to learn about some practical steps educators can take to ensure our military-connected children don’t fall through the cracks.

BigFuture

Overview:

In 2021, the College Board published research that showed students were 25% more likely to attend college and 31% were more likely to complete a bachelor’s degree after connecting with colleges and scholarship programs through the College Board Student Search Service™. Using the College Board BigFuture School mobile app can help students plan for college and career options after high school, and even empower students to drive their own conversations with colleges and scholarship providers across the country by joining the Student Search Service™. Learn from the Director of the BigFuture Program Implementation himself, Gregory Rafal, on how to find and support military-connected students with free tools and resources that can help them get ready for their next big adventure.

Connecting the Community with the Military Mission

Overview:

Delve into the transformative power of educational partnerships in the realm of community engagement. This session will underscore the profound impact these collaborations can have on fostering enduring connections and unlocking boundless possibilities.  Through insightful discussions, case studies, and resources, discover how these partnerships go beyond traditional boundaries to support both academics and the military.

How to Create High Quality Connections

Overview:

Elvis wisely asked: “Are you lonesome tonight?” Beyond its romantic implications, loneliness affects our psychological, physical, cognitive, and emotional well-being. This session will focus on practices for building connections. We will practice the science of high-quality connections and learn how to apply it in our lives to enhance our well-being. Come prepared to move and make meaningful connections.

Improving Outcomes for Military-Connected Children with Disabilities

Overview:

This session highlights the work of OSEP to support the needs of military-connected children with disabilities as they transition between early intervention programs and schools. Learn about OSEPs collaborative activities with the DOD and all states, as well as free resources for parents, teachers, school leaders, and other professionals.

Great Tool, Horrible Master

Overview:

Numerous studies have highlighted the negative impacts of digital media overuse as well as the positive impacts of well-regulated digital media use. Come and learn why digital media can be a useful tool when used well and a destructive habit when not kept in check. Learn how digital media overuse increases the severity of many common conditions (ADHD, anxiety, depression, etc.) and how these negative effects can be reduced or eliminated. Learn how to positively structure your digital time to get the most out of technology while keeping it from running and ruining your life!

Virtual Sessions

Virtual GTS registration is open June 25 – August 1, 2024

Thursday, August 1

Quick, practical and effective tools for communicating with your children

ADAPT Developer

Overview:

Parenting is hard work! In this session you will learn about ADAPT (Adaptive Parenting Tools), an evidence-based parenting program developed for and tested by military families. Attendees will get to see two tools in action and learn how they can easily incorporate them into their everyday parenting practices. Attendees will also receive access to ADAPTonline – our web-based self-paced course with all the tools.

Military Interstate Children’s Compact 101

Addressing Key Educational Transition Issues
Overview:

In 2006, the Council of State Governments’ (CSG) National Center for Interstate Compacts (NCIC), in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Defense, national associations, federal and state officials, State Departments’ of Education, and school administrators drafted the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children. The Compact provides for the uniform treatment of military children transferring between school districts and states by addressing key educational transition issues such as eligibility, enrollment, placement, and graduation. The Commission, composed of fifty member states and the District of Columbia, works in concert to ease the transitions of military children.

The National Office facilitates the MIC3 Compact 101 Training. Participants will gain an understanding of the legal provisions related to education that protect military children as they transition interstate between public and Department of Defense Education Activity schools. The Compact 101 Training provides participants with a working knowledge of the Compact, state structure and implementation, rules and regulations, and how the Compact supports military students.

Operation Smooth Transition

Maneuvering Special Education for Military Families

Exceptional Family Member Program Attorney

Overview:

Promoting healthy child development necessitates a focus on positive childhood experiences (PCEs.) Though military life can provide children with a bounty of resources and opportunities, military children also routinely experience the stressors associated with military life, such as parental separation and frequent moves. Promoting PCEs in military children can help to buffer the impact of the unique challenges for military connected children and adolescents, and can support their academic and future success. This interactive workshop will first review the connection between adversity, positivity, and wellbeing, then discuss the four building blocks of the Healthy Outcomes from Positive Experiences (HOPE) model, and conclude with an opportunity for participants to discuss PCEs as they relate to military children, including a discussion of relevant community and advocacy organizations, whose programs promote PCEs in military children and adolescents.

Promoting Positive Childhood Experiences in Military Connected Children and Youth

Overview:

Promoting healthy child development necessitates a focus on positive childhood experiences (PCEs.) Though military life can provide children with a bounty of resources and opportunities, military children also routinely experience the stressors associated with military life, such as parental separation and frequent moves. Promoting PCEs in military children can help to buffer the impact of the unique challenges for military connected children and adolescents, and can support their academic and future success. This interactive workshop will first review the connection between adversity, positivity, and wellbeing, then discuss the four building blocks of the Healthy Outcomes from Positive Experiences (HOPE) model, and conclude with an opportunity for participants to discuss PCEs as they relate to military children, including a discussion of relevant community and advocacy organizations, whose programs promote PCEs in military children and adolescents.

Resilient Youth for Military-Connected Children

Overview:

Resilient Youth is a six-session virtually-delivered program offered by Home Base at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), in collaboration with the MGH Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine and Child Resilience Program. We have been able to reach youth across the country to teach relaxation, coping, and communication strategies through this innovative program. Youth and parent feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, instructive, and pre-post intervention data are currently being collected. The program is expanding as we seek to be able to offer this educational program as a preventive measure to help military youth cope with their unique stressors.

Quick, practical and effective tools for communicating with your children

ADAPT Developer

Overview:

Parenting is hard work! In this session you will learn about ADAPT (Adaptive Parenting Tools), an evidence-based parenting program developed for and tested by military families. Attendees will get to see two tools in action and learn how they can easily incorporate them into their everyday parenting practices. Attendees will also receive access to ADAPTonline – our web-based self-paced course with all the tools.

A Strong Foundation is Everlasting

Creating an Evaluation Plan for Your Purple Star Schools Program

Military Family Resiliency Specialist and Co-Director

Overview:

How do we really know we’re meeting the needs of our military-connected students? This session illustrates how Kentucky developed an evaluation plan to assess the effectiveness of their Purple Star Award program. Kentucky uses a data-driven approach to ensure resources are utilized effectively, offer suggestions for program improvement, and meet the desired outcomes to increase resiliency in military-connected youth. Discover how program evaluation establishes a strong foundation by providing structure and clarity, enabling us to assess our program’s effectiveness, identify best practices, and drive evidence-based decision-making. By prioritizing an evaluation plan for your Purple Star Award program, you ensure the future success of your program and the success of military-connected youth. Let’s harness the power of program evaluation and propel positive change for military-connected youth ensuring their future success.

Systems Where All Families Thrive

Overview:

Military families often face unique challenges, including frequent relocation, while trying to create balanced environments where their children can thrive. This seminar is a safe place to share experiences, learn about trauma-informed solutions, and discuss their relation to early learning. Participants will learn about the impact of trauma on brain development, share personal stories, and discuss navigating specific scenarios through case studies. Presenters will share resources that can support the work of helping all families thrive.

Mental/Behavioral Health Challenges for Military Connected Children/Adolescents

Building Your Personal and Community-Based Toolbox of Resources

Overview:

Children don’t say, ”I had a hard day. Can we talk?” They say, “Will you play with me? or Stay out of my room.” Discover fresh ways to communicate with military youth especially when the parent/educator is concerned with mental/behavior health challenges. Learn what steps to take if concerns need to be alleviated and what resources are available.

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