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Why should I attend the 2024 MCEC Global Training Summit (GTS)?

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

For 26 years, our national event 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 MCEC GTS 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.
Who are our GTS attendees?

The MCEC GTS 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  
How can I get my organization to invest in my GTS attendance?

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 2024 MCEC GTS: 

  • Clearly articulate the connection between your organization's knowledge requirements and the conference program to educate your supervisor on the value of GTS. 
  • 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. Provide your peers with promising practices that are evidence-based and can help your organization better support military-connected students.
  • Make the most of your trip by extending your learning with a Pre-Summit Professional Development Sessions on Monday, July 29, 2024. 
  • 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.
Are there any registration discounts?
Group Registration Discounts for In-Person Attendees:
  • Register 9 for the in-person GTS and receive 10th registration free.

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


Patron School District Member Benefit

Is your school district a member of MCEC? Your district may be eligible for one scholarship to our 2024 MCEC Training Global Summit. Current Scholarship savings include GTS 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 for more information on your district’s membership status and other benefits.

Where do I check in for the event?

The registration desk is located on the Ballroom level of Westin Washington, DC Downtown Hotel.

Membership is also located with us! Stop by and learn more about joining MCEC.

Registration Hours:
Sunday, July 28, 2024 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Monday, July 29, 2024 7:15 am to 8:30 pm
Tuesday, July 30, 2024 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Wednesday, July 31, 2024 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
What do attendees of MCEC events say about their experience?

What impact did your overall experience have on your ability or willingness to support military and veteran-connected children through the following?

96% agree - Identifying useful resources and initiatives.

93% agree - Developing connections with colleagues and experts.

94% agree - Analyzing professional and personal practices through learning and insights obtained from presentations.

What methods of payment are accepted for registration?
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 be paying with a credit card for an invoice or purchase order please call, (254) 953-1923 to contact our accounting department for payment collection.
 
I didn’t receive my registration confirmation, who do I contact?

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 GTSRegistration@MilitaryChild.org

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

Do you offer continuing education credits? How do I receive a certificate of attendance?
MCEC is pleased to offer continuing education (CE) hours for in-person attendees at the MCEC GTS during the pre-summit and regular summit sessions. After attending a CE-eligible session, participants will complete a brief survey and then will receive a link with directions for requesting and purchasing credit hours. Transcripts will be ready 10-14 days after purchase.
 
Cost for Credits:
Unless otherwise noted, credits may be purchased for $5 per credit hour of eligible content. For example, a 3-hour session would be $15 for 3 credits, a 1-hour session would be $5 for 1 credit, etc.
 
CE hours are not available for the virtual event.
 
We encourage you to complete the session evaluations immediately following the sessions. The opportunity to apply for credits is available for one year following the event.
 
Attendance at sessions will be verified. To be eligible for credit hours, participants must meet the 95% attendance requirement and complete the evaluation. It is at the sole discretion of the requestor or individual to seek approval (reciprocity) from other organizations/boards. We advise you to check with your licensing agency or employer in advance to confirm credit acceptance.
 
Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) is a NBCC Continuing Education Provider, ACEP #6283.
 
Please email PD@militarychild.org with questions about CE hours.
 

Eligible 2024 MCEC Global Training Summit Sessions include:

All pre-summit sessions are eligible for CE hours. Participants can earn up to 6 CE hours for attending both the morning and afternoon sessions.

Morning Sessions
  • Session A: Promoting Comprehensive School Mental Health Systems for Military-Connected Students- In partnership with The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)
    3 CE hours available for in-person session only
     
  • Session B: Suicide Prevention- More information coming soon....
    3 CE hours available for in-person session only
Aftenoon Sessions
  • Session C: Improving School Climate to Promote the Mental Health of Military-Connected Youth- In partnership with The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)
    3 CE hours available for in-person session only
  • Session D: Pioneering Progress: Exploring Promising Practices of the DoDEA Grant Program for Military-Connected School Communities- In partnership with Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA)
    3 CE hours available for in-person session only
Summit Sessions (July 30 and 31)

We are pleased to offer sessions during our regular conference this year for in-person attendees to earn up to 5 CE hours.

  • Tuesday, July 30
    Earn up to 3 CE hours
     
  • Wednesday, July 31
    Earn up to 2 CE hours

More information about specific credit bearing sessions at the GTS will be added soon” or “credit eligible sessions.

Thank you for choosing MCEC to earn your continuing education credits!

What if I have food allergies/specific dietary restrictions?

If you have any food allergies or specific dietary restrictions, we ask that you please email us in advance. Please email the Global Training Summit Coordinator.

This is my first time attending. What do I need to know?

Please join us for our “Newcomer Welcome” on Monday, July 29, 2024. Learn about MCEC programs and initiatives and — most importantly — learn how you can get the most out your 2024 GTS experience.

“Before the Global Training Summit” Tips:
  • Book your hotel soon, the GTS hotel will fill up quickly.
  • Follow us on social media for the latest updates and information at @MilitaryChild
  • Download the MCEC Global Training Summit mobile app (Coming Soon)
  • Learn the terminology to understand the agenda and better plan your experience
    • Distinguished Lectures are typically 3-4 concurrent sessions that will break out in different rooms. Participants do not need separate registrations for these lectures, but room capacity is limited and is on a first come basis.
    • Master Classes and General Sessions 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.
How can I volunteer for this event?

Are you interested in volunteering at the MCEC GTS? For more information, send us an email.