2019 National Training Seminar

Jul 23-25 2019 - Renaissance Washington DC Downtown Hotel - Washington DC


MCEC’s National Training Seminar is a globally recognized, premier training event for everyone who serves and supports our military-connected children. The event provides a unique opportunity for our more than 700 attendees, and those who join the training virtually, to engage with senior military, government, education and thought leaders while providing in depth coverage of current issues relevant to military-connected children.

21st Annual NTS Registration is now OPEN!

About the National Training Seminar

The National Training Seminar (NTS) is the premier training, learning and networking event for educators, youth serving professionals, military family members and leaders, and advocates who serve military children.  This training seminar is about being part of a movement, learning from the best in the field, and learning from each other. Engaging with peers who face the same challenges and struggle with the same issues you do – or have solutions to offer you – is an incredible learning experience.

Our 2019 theme, Exploring Convoys of Social Support, serves as a metaphor underscoring how each of us can and must do our part for our future. It’s important to recognize and identify where children find their own sources of strength that allow them to manage adversity and thrive. To that end, the NTS theme will be accentuated by sessions and presentations that will emphasize moving beyond entry-level awareness and offer innovative ideas, active hands-on learning, and critical information relevant to serving the military-connected child. Attendees gain professional learning based on research, practice and common sense ideas that help ensure every military child is safe, supported, challenged, healthy and engaged in learning.  The NTS features speakers and sessions highlighting topics that are of interest and relevance to the MCEC audience with an emphasis on sessions rooted in the following:

  • The effective translation of data into both profession knowledge and practice
  • The challenges and benefits of initiating public and private partnerships
  • The focus on programs, partnerships and promising practices that allow military children to thrive in their environment
  • The development, adaptation and implementation of education policy to benefit military students
  • The good habits, actions, and choices that promote healthy behaviors and wellness in military connected children and families.
Who are Our Attendees?

The MCEC National Training Seminar is an event for everyone interested in serving and supporting military and veteran-connected children.  Our attendees include:

  • Educators including teachers, counselors, and administrators whose school systems serve military connected students
  • Youth Serving and Family Program Professionals from both the military and other government organizations as well as those who work in community based service organizations
  • Health Professionals including practitioners and researchers
  • Higher Education Professionals
  • Military Family Members
  • Military Leaders   
Why Should I Attend?

Through the NTS, MCEC connects attendees with the resources, knowledge and community to best support military children in an educational setting.  Attendees gain professional learning based on research, practice and common sense ideas that help ensure every military child is safe, supported, challenged, healthy and engaged in learning.  

Over the past 20 years, our National Training Seminar (NTS) has evolved into a think tank for attendees to come together and learn from senior military, education, and thought leaders to gain an empowered understanding and knowledge of how to best serve and support our military and veteran-connected children. 

The National Training Seminar provides each attendee:

  • New Professional Connections and Resources that expand their professional learning community and provide them with support and guidance.
  • Clarity, Knowledge, Direction, and Inspiration that can be applied to advance learning opportunities for military and veteran-connected children.
  • Initiatives and Proven Solutions that support military youth and can be implemented in classrooms, schools, and communities.
  • Understanding of public policy perspectives and the implications for programs and services. 
By the numbers:

More than 700 attendees are expected for the 2019 NTS.  The registration fee will include 3 meals (2 lunches, and 1 dinner) and refreshment breaks.  The agenda will feature 6 General Sessions and Master Classes in our main ballroom and 16 Distinguished Lectures.  A Resource and Leadership Expo will be highlighted, as well as 8 Pre-Seminar Professional Development Trainings.

Where is the National Training Seminar?

The 2019 Conference will be held July 23-25 at the Renaissance Hotel DC in Washington, DC at 999 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001.

Making the Case to Attend the Conference

We recognize that resources for professional development are limited.   We have provided a few tips to help you justify your organization’s investment in sending you to the 2019 NTS:  

  • Clearly articulate the connection between your organization's knowledge requirements and the conference program to educate your supervisor on the value of NTS.
  • Be results-oriented and focus on what new information or ideas you will bring back to your school or organization that will help increase pathways or opportunities for leadership and expand existing efforts to support military-connected children.
  • Share your learning by offering to prepare and deliver a short presentation to your colleagues and leadership to share what you learned at the NTS. Provide your peers with promising practices that are evidence based, and will help your organization better support military-connected students.
  • Make the most of your trip by extending your learning with a Pre-Seminar Professional Development Training.
  • Connect with your peers by taking advantage of the opportunity to meet with other attendees, presenters, and exhibitors to learn promising practices and engage with people who share your expertise and passion for supporting military-connected children.
What do Attendees of the NTS say about their experience?

Nine out of 10 participants who were survey respondents find the NTS impactful on their ability or willingness to support military and veteran-connected children through:

  • Identifying resources and initiatives.
  • Developing connections with colleagues and experts.
  • Analyzing professional and personal practices through learning and insights from presentations.

98% of these surveyed participants would attend the MCEC National Training Seminar again. 

Quotes from prior attendees:

"The speakers and training was exceptional. I have attended many seminars and this one by far provides the best tools for practice and provides data driven tools and also provides some of the researchers so we may ask the experts our questions."

"NTS was extremely enlightening and provided a strong knowledge base on which to build and support military connected children. Wonderful learning experience for anyone working with military connected children or educational professionals who will affect our military connected children. Thanks for the opportunity!"

"It was fabulous to attend the seminar with other colleagues from my school and district. It gave us a wonderful opportunity to work together and learn together. We were able to collaborate on many new ventures for this next year. I also feel that the positive experience of traveling together will help us work better as a team in our schools and across our district."

"Not only am I an educator in the public school system, I am a military wife with two children of my own. This conference helped to understand all the challenges that military kids face each and every day, to include my own. I loved learning strategies to use to help military kids transition to and from our school." 

Individual Seminar Registration Options and Pricing
Full National Training Seminar Registration includes:

NTS Opening General Session – Tuesday, July 23, 2019 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm with opportunity to attend Opening Reception from 5:00 pm to 6:15 pm. (Dinner included)
NTS Day 1 – Wednesday, July 24, 2019 from 8:30 am to 3:15 pm. (Lunch included)
NTS Day 2 – Thursday, July 25, 2019 from 8:30 am to 3:15 pm. (Lunch included)

Registration rate varies on date of registration. See Below:

       $399.00 – Early Registration
            January 1- March 17, 2019
       $449.00 – Celebrating the Month of the Military Child
           March 18 – April 30, 2019

       $499.00 – Regular Registration
           May 1 – July 25, 2019 

One Year Individual Sustaining Membership discounts available for Full National Training Seminar registration.
        FREE –  Early Registration
          January 1- March 17, 2019

       $15.00 – Celebrating the Month of the Military Child
          March 18 – April 30, 2019

       $20.00 – Regular Registration
          May 1 – July 25, 2019 

Register Early for Best Savings! Early registrants from January 1 – March 17, 2019, save on membership and Pre-Seminar Professional Development trainings! Don’t miss out!

One Day Pricing also available: 

$100.00 - NTS Opening General Session – Tuesday, July 23, 2019 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm with opportunity to attend Opening Reception from 5:00 pm to 6:15 pm. (Dinner included)
$225.00 - NTS Day 1 - Wednesday, July 24, 2019 from 8:30 am to 3:15 pm. (Lunch included)
$175.00 - NTS Day 2 - Thursday, July 25, 2019 from 8:30 am to 3:15 pm. (Lunch included)

Pre-Seminar Professional Development Pricing

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

$60.00 – Morning Pre-Seminar Professional Development Training – from 8:15 am to 11:30 am. (Lunch on your own)
$60.00 – Afternoon Pre-Seminar Professional Development Training – from 1:00 pm to 4:15 pm. (Lunch on your own)
$100.00 – Morning & Afternoon Pre- Seminar Professional Development Training – from 8:15 am to 4:15 pm (Lunch on your own)

Please note that registration for the National Training Seminar does not included Pre-Seminar Professional Development. 

NEW Enrichment Session

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 from 3:15 pm to 5:00 pm

Special Screening: Won't You Be My Neighbor? Featuring Facilitated Discussion and Hands-On Application Activities

A documentary by Morgan Neville, Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, is a tribute to the work and life of Fred Rogers, star of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.” For more than 30 seasons, Fred Rogers addressed topics and complex social issues in a way that children could relate to and understand. His lessons and message of greeting each day with wonder and always striving to accept others and treat them with kindness resonated with generations of young children. Following the screening, join your fellow viewers for a facilitated discussion highlighting how all of us can apply the lessons we’ve learned from Fred Rogers to put children’s social emotional learning in the forefront.


Enrichment Sessions are by advance registration only.

Other Opportunities for Savings
Group Registration 

Bring a friend, bring everyone, and enjoy the savings.

Register 9 for the full National Training Seminar (NTS) and receive 1 free full NTS registration.

Register 5 for the full NTS and receive 1 free Pre-Seminar Professional Development Training for a member of your group. 

To register a group or for more information, please contact Registration, send us an email or call 254-953-1923 ext. 1107. 

Please note that registrations must be submitted together to qualify for group discounts. 

School District Member Benefit

Is your school district a member of MCEC? Your district may be eligible for one scholarship to our National Training Seminar. 

Current Scholarship savings include NTS registration and a two-night hotel stay covered by MCEC and is valued at over $800.00 

Send an email to Membership or call 254-953-1923 ext. 1132 (Monday – Friday from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm CST) for more information on your district’s membership status and other benefits.

Pete Taylor Partnership Award of Excellence

The Pete Taylor Partnership of Excellence Award recognizes successful partnership and projects that benefit military connected children. 

Selected winners may be eligible for a free National Training Seminar registration. 

Let us applaud your outstanding partnership accomplishment and apply now, applications must be postmarked by May 31, 2019. 

For more information and how to apply, click here or send us an email

Resource and Leadership Expo 

Does your organization have innovative ideas, practices, and research to share with other attendees to strengthen their support services of military connected children? Become an Expo presenter!

Early registration pricing discount available to Expo presenters. 

Please note all expo attendees must apply. For more information, click here or email us for specific questions about how to become an Expo presenter. 

Registration Check In

Registration desk is located on the Ballroom level of Renaissance Washington DC Downtown Hotel.  Membership is also located with us! Stop by and learn more about joining. 

Registration Hours:
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm – Monday, July 22, 2019
7:15 am to 8:30 pm - Tuesday, July 23, 2019 
8:00 am to 5:00 pm - Wednesday, July 24, 2019 
8:00 am to 3:00 pm – Thursday, July 25, 2019

Registration Payments

We accept the following payment methods:

  • Credit Card (Visa, Discover, AMEX, MasterCard)
  • Purchase Order
  • Check

Please send checks/purchase orders to: 

Military Child Education Coalition
909 Mountain Lion Circle
Harker Heights, TX 76548

Phone: 254-953-1923
Fax: 254-953-1925

**No credit card information will be accepted via email or fax. Purchase orders may be sent by fax or mail. Checks must be mailed. If you will paying with a credit card for an invoice or purchase order please call, 254-953-1923 to contact our accounting department for payment collection.**

Registration Confirmation

Registrations submitted online are sent a registration confirmation via email after receipt of registration and payment. This email is sent through our registration system and may filter into a spam/junk folder. If you do not receive your registration confirmation within two business days, please email registration or call 254-953-1923 ext. 1107

Official registration confirmations for purchase orders or invoices will be sent after payment has been received. 

Certificates of Attendance and Continuing Education Credits

After the completion of the National Training Seminar, an evaluation email will be sent to participants. Once you have submitted your completed evaluation, you will receive a “thank you” email message containing your certificate of completion as the link and directions to apply for continuing education credits. 

If you have attended a Pre-Seminar Professional Development Training on Tuesday, July 23, 2019, you will receive a separate evaluation for your attended training as well as the overall National Training Seminar evaluation. 

To be eligible for continuing education credits, seat time must be met and a completed evaluation must be submitted. 

Participants are eligible for 12 clock hours upon completion of the National Training Seminar, Tuesday July 23 to Thursday, July 25, 2019. 

Participants are eligible for 3 clock hours upon completion of each qualifying Pre-Seminar Professional Development Training on Tuesday, July 23, 2019. If more than one Pre-Seminar Professional Development training is attended, participants would be eligible for 6 clock hours. 

Attendance and completion of the National Training Seminar and Pre-Seminar Professional Development training allows participants to be eligible for up to 18 clock hours!

For detailed information on continuing education credits, please click here

Food Allergies

If you have any food allergies or specific dietary restrictions, please email us in advance for accommodations. 

First Time Attendee

Please join us for our “Newcomer Welcome” on Tuesday, July 23, 2019. Learn about MCEC programs and initiatives and, most importantly, learn how you can get the most out your 2019 NTS experience. 

Before the Seminar Tips:

  • Research and book your hotel soon, the seminar hotel will fill up quickly.
  • Follow us on social media for the latest updates and information at Twitter Handle:   @MilitaryChild
  • Download the National Training Seminar app (Coming Soon)
  • Learn the terminology to understand the agenda and better plan your experience– 
    • Distinguished Lectures are typically four concurrent sessions that will break out in different rooms. Participants do not need separate registrations for these lectures but room capacity is limited is a first come basis.
    • Master Classes are held in the main ballroom with all attendees.
  • Get familiar with Washington, DC and places to explore in your downtime. Many eateries and local attractions are within walking distance of the seminar hotel. 

Are you interested in volunteering at the National Training Seminar? 

For more information, send us an email.

Registration Terms and Conditions

MCEC reserves the right to use photographs or digital recordings, taken in trainings, sessions, or event of seminar attendees, for purposes MCEC deems necessary such as instruction, advertising, and promoting MCEC and its programs/ initiatives. Attendees who do not wish to comply with this policy must notify the registration desk in writing at the time of registration.

To view our Substitutions or Cancellations Policy, please click here.

To view our Privacy Policy, please click here.

Questions/ Comments?

Send an email to Registration or call 254-953-1923 ext. 1107