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First Lady Dr. Jill Biden

Dr. Jill Biden

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The MCEC® National Training Seminar is a globally-recognized training, learning and networking event for educators, youth-serving professionals, military family members, industry leaders, and advocates who serve military children. The theme this year is "College-,Work-, & Life-Ready: Embracing the Future for #MilKids." This marks the 23rd year of NTS and features research-based, high-caliber presentations, and opportunities for attendees to engage with senior government, military, education and thought leaders while providing essential learning opportunities and skill development to ensure every military child has the best chance to thrive and succeed.


July 15, 2021
11:00-12:30 EDT
Into the Unknown - Preparing for the Journey Ahead After an Unprecedented School Year    
Supporting Our Military Children in the New (Unknown) Normal 


Join an expert panel as they share lessons learned from the past year and their approach to “school” for the 21-22 academic year. Touch on ways to prioritize the mental health of students and educators, as well as consider how schools nationwide have learned to adapt quickly to meet the needs of students, families, and faculty. Collaborate in the discussion as we move forward to create stronger, more innovative education systems that support every learner.



This past year has tested us all, but has shown us that military children are resilient! There are several organizations that have made it their mission to support milkids and their families, especially this year with the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic and the spotlight on racial disparities and social injustice. We will highlight a few of the resources available and discuss actions we can take to ensure we address the challenges our children and their families are facing as we emerge into our new (unknown) normal.

Presented by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network

12:45-2:15 EDT
Creating a Culture that Embraces Every Student    
Identifying and Addressing Risk in Military Children

Successful inclusive education happens through accepting, understanding, and attending to student differences and diversity. Join experienced educators as we discuss how a strengths-based approach and inclusive mindset can help ensure every student can be successful.






Adverse Childhood Events (ACES) are associated with a number of physical and mental health issues during childhood and can continue throughout one’s lifetime. By routinely screening for behavioral issues, educators and medical staff have the opportunity to help parents and children to use positive coping strategies to reduce sleep problems, develop self-calming techniques, and increase a sense of safety. This session will provide an overview of ACES, present national models of screening for ACES in civilian and military settings, and discuss risk factors for children with a history of childhood trauma.

Presented by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network

2:30-4:00 EDT
Using Brain Science to Elevate How You Teach and to Enhance How Students Learn   
The Power of Community: Collaborating to Support MilKids  
  Join the Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning (CTTL) and discover The Neuroteach Global Pilot Access Program which provides three FREE professional learning experiences for teachers centered in Mind, Brain, and Education (MBE) Science of Learning. This professional learning experience helps teachers and school leaders translate the most promising research and strategies in how students’ brains learn, change, and thrive directly into their classrooms.

Join the discussion as we bring together a variety of community organizations and agencies focused on supporting military-connected kids and their families. Gather resources, learn strategies, hear about successful partnerships, broaden your network, and leave ready to strengthen your military-connected community.

Presented by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network


*All sessions are 90 minutes long and eligible for continuing education credit.
Pre-registration is required for access to all sessions. Must register for each session individually. 


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