2024 MCEC Global Training Summit Strong Foundation, Future Success

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Strong Foundation, Future Success.

The 2024 MCEC Global Training Summit (GTS) is a hybrid event!  We are excited to welcome our in-person attendees to Washington, DC this July — and to share the GTS virtual training with attendees around the world on August 1st.

Virtual GTS registration is open through August 1, 2024. Mark your calendars for Thursday, August 1st and secure your virtual training seat today.

Join us on August 1st to explore sessions and content to support the military children in your life.  On their journey to being college-, work-, and life-ready, it’s crucial to build a framework enabling them to thrive and unlock their full potential.


All times listed are EDT

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Featuring Abigail Gewirtz, Ph.D., recipient of the 2024 Military Children’s Dr. Mary M. Keller Award for Distinguished Contributions to Science

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 developed by the Massachusetts General Hospital Child Resiliency Program and Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine, offered by Home Base at Massachusetts General Hospital. 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.

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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