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  1. 1. Navy Region Mid-Atlantic School Liaison Officer Newsletter EDUCATION CONNECTION NAVY INS Addressing educational issues that affect military children in Navy Region Mid-Atlantic R T E A D LL COMMAN Issue 6, August 2012 ATIONS SU R TE PP O H RT G ING FI T HE WAR CO MMAND SPECIAL NEEDS/EXCEPTIONAL FAMILY MEMBER PROGRAM Special Needs/EFMP Easing The Transition For Special Needs Children By Janet K. McCarthy M.Ed., Naval Station Newport SLO IN THIS ISSUE: X Page 1 .............................................................EFMP For families of EFMP children there is an added element ......................(Exceptional Family Member Program)of concern during transition to a new location. Because of differing Page 2 .................................................“Ask Sharon” ...............................Month of the Military Child RecapSpecial Education Laws in each state and the complications that are Page 3..............................Getting to Know Your SLOoften associated with adjusting to a new environment for many EFMP ..............................Education News from The Capitalchildren, transition can be a stressful time. To minimize the stress it is Page 4-5 .............Grade Level Curriculum Resourcesespecially important that families become familiar with the services Page 6-7 ........JEBLC & Shelton Park Elem Team Upavailable at their new school while being particularly organized in Page 8-11 ...........................................Touching Base ..(Quarterly U.S. DoE Military Community Newsletter)putting together the necessary documents from the sending school. Page 12 ........SLO Contact Information by InstallationPaving the way for a smooth transition can make a difficult situationbecome a positive experience. Here are some tips for easing the transition with a special needs child.*1. Keep an open mind! Programs and services may be different at the new school.2. Communicate with your childs special education director and ask for assistance as to what should be done before the transition to the new school. Communicate with the special education director at the district you are moving to and request local policies.3. Contact the School Liaison Officer and the Exceptional Family Member (EFMP) Program at your new installation. They will assist you in identifying resources at your new duty station.4. After informing the current school of the pending move, get complete copies of educational and health records, including IEP, evaluations, diagnoses, shots and other pertinent information.5. Make sure that your childs IEP is active at the time of transfer.6. To facilitate the scheduling and assignment process for the new school, ask that they accept your childs IEP in advance for review.7. Along with the name, phone number, and e-mail address of the teacher who knows your child best, get a list by subject of textbooks and instructional resources that your child is currently using.8. Make sure you have the correct address, phone numbers, website, fax number and contact information for your sending school.9. Send school records to the new school and set up a meeting time prior to arrival. On arrival, make an appointment to introduce your child.10. Be sure to take any special equipment and refill medication prescriptions that your child may need for the next few months.* Some Of These Tips Are Taken From Stomp (Specialized Training for Military Parents)
  2. 2. CNRMA School Liaison Officer NewsletterAsk Sharon! “I will be PCS’ing to another state. Can you provide aBy Sharon Black, NNSY SLO checklist of information needed for school transfer?”X X “My sons birthday is after the required September 30 Here is a general checklist for transferringqualification date for kindergarten at his new school. He is students from state to state. This may not be aqualified in our home state and I dont want him to fall complete list and you may need to call your Schoolbehind when we go back home. What can I do?” Liaison Officer for further information.X Each state sets its own age requirements for Pre- New School ChecklistKindergarten, Kindergarten, and Grade 1 enrollment. I ¨ Residency/Military Orders Proof ofunderstand it can be very frustrating to learn that even a ¨ Birth Certificate or other proof of identityone-day difference can mean your child will not qualify to ¨ Card/Transcript/Course History Reportattend a public school, but it is the state law and school (with grading system, and Class Rank)policy. Ask for a copy of the school policy and any ¨ Information/Standardized Test Scores, Testingavailable local options or waivers. You can also look into ¨ Course Test Scores, Competency Test End ofprivate school options. Scores Also, the Interstate Compact on Educational ¨ Records (including Shot Records) HealthOpportunities for Military Children states that: ¨ Security Number SocialKindergarten and First grade entrance age – Students ¨ Activities Record (such as co/extracurricular)shall be allowed to continue their enrollment at grade level ¨ IEP/504/Gifted Recordsin the receiving state equal with their grade level ¨ Records JROTC(including Kindergarten) from a local education agency in ¨ Guardianship/Custody Papersthe sending state at the time of transition, regardless of ¨ of Recommendations Lettersage. A student that has satisfactorily completed the (especially for senior students)prerequisite grade level in the local education agency in ¨ Samples (if available) Writingthe sending state shall be eligible for enrollment in the ¨ or Action Plans for classroom At-Risknext highest grade level in the receiving state, regardless modifications (if available)of age. A student transferring after the start of the school ¨ Portfolios (if available)year in the receiving state shall enter the school in thereceiving state on their validated level from an accreditedschool in the sending state.Month Of The Military Child –Events Throughout the Region April was the Month of the Military Child. Militarychildren sacrifice a lot when their parent is in the military.To say thank you for all of their sacrifices many eventswere held throughout the region. NSA Hampton Roadsheld a Month of the Military Child Fun Run. Children ages6-9 ran ½ mile and children ages 10-13 ran 1 mile at SladeCutter Athletic Park in Norfolk, Virginia. Snacks wereprovided along with gift bags and a medal. Naval StationNorfolk held a Kidz Expo the weekend of April 28th.Vendors were on hand to provide parents with informationabout summer camps on and off base. Kids enjoyed afashion show, popcorn, sno-cones, face painting, gamesand door prizes. The same event was held at JEB LittleCreek the following weekend. NSA Saratoga Springs helda Military Child Celebration. Children colored, plantedseedlings for Earth Day, decorated flower pots, receivedgift bags and were provided lunch. Naval Station Newportsponsored a spa day in honor of the Month of the MilitaryChild. Children were treated to manicures, pedicures,facials and a personal grooming station. NMCP and NNSYPortsmouth held a Family Fun Festival in honor of militarychildren. There was a kids run, football throwing contest,three-legged race, sack races, corn hole and basketballtoss. Three families also won NEX gift cards at the end ofthe event!2
  3. 3. Issue 6, August 2012Getting To Know Your SLO: Katrina PattersonNWS Yorktown School Liaison Officer Mrs. Patterson, please tell us about your professional experiences: “I was anelementary school teacher for Hampton City Public Schools for 9 years. While myhusband was stationed in Japan, I worked for Navy Child and Youth Programs as aProgram Assistant at the CDC in Ikego Housing. I have also served as theKindergarten Lead Teacher at Hampton Universitys Child Development Center.” Mrs. Patterson, please share a few interesting facts about your priorexperiences: “ As a former teacher, I understand the importance of education. Thisenables me, as a SLO, to help parents become strong advocates for the educationof their children. I am also a Navy spouse and the mother of a 7-year old daughter.I truly understand the challenges that come with frequent transitions and deployments. These personalexperiences have helped me to understand the importance of helping our military families with school relatedtransition issues.” Mrs. Patterson, tell us, what do you hope to accomplish as the SLO at NWS Yorktown: “I hope to assist inestablishing a strong relationship between the installation and local school districts and to help parents becomeeven better advocates for their childrens education.” As we close this interview, can you please share a few interesting unknown facts: “I love the performing arts,especially dancing and acting. I am on the praise dance ministry at my church and several years ago I did a littleacting in a local play.” Students tour NAS Oceana as part of the Tidewater Technology Student Association Rally. EDUCATION NEWS FROM THE CAPITAL XEncouraging AP Success For All StudentsBy Mary Ann Rankin (excerpt from article in Education Week April 12, 2012) Our efforts to help prepare the next generation for success in college and beyond, by fostering enrollment andstrong performance in Advanced Placement coursework, have achieved success over the past decade, accordingto recent data from the College Board, which sponsors the AP program. But there is still work to be done when itcomes to traditionally under-represented minority students. However, the data also illuminate issues of unevenaccessibility and performance, particularly among minority students. Nearly half a million high school studentswere either left out of an AP class for which they were deemed capable or attended a school that did not offer suchsubjects, according to the AP report, which was released in February. Minority students were disproportionatelyaffected: Nearly 80 percent of African-American students and 70 percent of Hispanic students who could havedone well in an AP course did not take one because they lacked the opportunity, encouragement, or motivation toparticipate, the report from College Board said. Why is it so critical to ensure access and success in these rigorous, college-level courses? Research indicatesthat students who succeed on an AP exam during high school are more likely than their peers to achieve academicsuccess in college; they are also more likely to earn a college degree and incur lower college costs by finishing infour years or less. In fact if a high school student passes just one AP course, the probability of his or hergraduating from college is more than three times higher than for students with comparable SAT scores who did nottake AP coursework. For minority students, graduation rates are as much as four times higher for students whohave passed at least one AP exam. Mary Ann Rankin can be reached at mrankin@nationalmathandscience.org 3
  4. 4. CNRMA School Liaison Officer NewsletterBig Shifts Anticipated For Math InstructionBy Erik W. Robelen (excerpt from article in Education Week April 25, 2012) Across the nation, big shifts are afoot as 45 states and thousands of school districts gear up to implement theCommon Core State Standards in mathematics. The standards will change the grade levels at which some contentis introduced, push aside other topics altogether to achieve greater depth, and ask students to engage in eight“mathematical practices” to show their understanding, from making sense of problems to reasoning abstractly andconstructing viable arguments. They outline a set of eight Standards of Mathematical Practice, which describeways in which students ought to engage with the subject matter as they grow in mathematical maturity andexpertise throughout the school year:X • Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them. • Reason abstractly and quantitatively. • Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others. • Model with mathematics. • Use appropriate tools strategically. • Attend to precision. • Look for and make use of structure. • Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.X States and districts face a host of challenges in adapting to the standards from ensuring that teachers areadequately prepared and supported to overhauling the curriculum and, more broadly, figuring out exactly whatexemplary classroom practices tied to the standards should look like. An array of initiatives have emerged to easethe transition to the new standards. For one, the 11 states, plus the District of Columbia, that won a slice of $4billion in federal Race to the Top aid have had extra money to fuel professional development and devise newresources to help schools, among other activities. Meanwhile, a set of leading national groups, including the NCTM, the Association of State Supervisors ofMathematics, and the Council of Chief State School Officers, have formed the Math Common Core Coalition tooffer expertise and advice on the standards. One new resource touted by several math educators is the IllustrativeMathematics Project website, which aims to supply high-quality math tasks, all carefully vetted by math expertsand teachers, to illustrate the range and types of work that students will experience in a “faithful” execution of thestandards. GRADE-LEVEL CURRICULUM RESOURCESElementary EducationPromoting Summer Reading with Your Elementary Student Summer is a time of fun and relaxing but unfortunately it is also a time when children do not read as much.When the child starts school again in the fall they could be as much as a grade level behind in their reading.Promoting reading with your elementary student is very important, especially in the summer. By reading in thesummer the child will continue to develop their reading skills, expand their vocabulary, and hopefully develop a loveof reading that follows them into adulthood. Talk to your childs teacher or school about a recommended summer reading list. You can also, check with yourchilds school to see if they offer an incentive for summer reading. Another great place to find a summer reading listis your local library. They can recommend books that are age appropriate and grade appropriate. This summer theDoD MWR Libraries are offering a free summer reading program. The theme of this program is: Reading Is SoDelicious! The child will keep a log throughout the summer of how much reading he/she has done. Prizes will begiven out based on the childs participation. The books read can come from home, the local library, or the library onbase. For more information, go to the following website; www.ila.org/dodsumreadInterstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children Georgia has become the 42nd state to join the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for MilitaryChildren. On April 25, 2012 Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed Senate Bill 277 into law at a ceremony at FortBenning, GA. This compact ensures military families that there will be uniform treatment of their children as theytransfer between school districts and states. The Council of State Governments along with concerned educators,parents, military personnel, and state educational officials came together to draft this compact. It was developed tohelp ease the difficulties that military children face as they transfer school to school because of their parents job inthe military. For more information on the compact you can view details at www.mic3.net/index.aspx or contact yourlocal school liaison officer.4
  5. 5. Issue 6, August 2012Middle School EducationDont Let Your Middle School Student Loose Interest During the Summer Middle school is a time for students to start to develop their own identity in regards to the school subjects theyenjoy or struggle in. For the classes that they do not favor or are struggling in, summer relieves some of thepressure but also makes it difficult for them to succeed in the subject once the new school year starts. Since theywere not successful with the subject during the school year they probably have no interest in reviewing the subjectduring the summer. This unfortunately doesnt help the child because the things they did learn they have nowforgotten when the new school year starts. As a parent, summer is the perfect time to work with your child one on one with a subject they are struggling in.Borrowing books from the library and purchasing workbooks for your child to work on during the summer will helpthem to succeed the following school year. There are great resources out there to help your child. The SOAR(Student Online Achievement Resources) program is an internet-based program for students in grades 3-12. SOARidentifies strengths and areas where students may need improvement, tailors instruction to address the specificneeds of a student, and provides remediation and enrichment resources. The program helps reinforce and reviewsubjects such as math, reading, and language arts. Children will be directed to tutorials that will improve their skillswhere needed. To learn more about the SOAR program please visit www.soarathome.org A great resource to keep your child engaged in learning during the summer is Navy Knowledge Online. Childrencan learn a foreign language, study grade appropriate content in math, reading, science and writing, and downloadaudio books. The site contains an international childrens library with a collection of world literature. For moreinformation on this resource, visit www.nko.navy.mil. Another resource is www.tutor.com which provides tutors tochildren in more than 16 subjects from elementary to high school courses. This program allows your child to receivehelp from a certified counselor. All of these programs are completely free.Secondary EducationGetting a Head Start on College It is never too early for a teenager to start thinking about college. Yes, college is expensive and talking aboutfinances is not always fun; but summer is the perfect time for your child to use the internet to explore somecolleges. By exploring their options and the different programs that colleges offer; teenagers will stay motivated.Keeping them motivated about college is very important and the sooner parents learn about what their teenagersplans are; the better. If there are colleges that your teenager is interested in that are local, summer would be a greattime to go for a tour of the campus. Allow your teenager the chance to feel what it is like to walk a college campus,explore the different organizations, and eat at the food court. Hanging out at the student center talking to studentswho already attend the college is another way for teenagers to get some insight into what college life is like. Parents should take the time to sit down and agree on how they are going to finance their childs education.Hopefully the child has a college fund or some sort of savings already started. Parents will want to check outwww.collegeboard.com for resources and information about college planning. Also, speaking with your local SchoolLiaison Officer can prove helpful. Another option to help pay for college is the Post-9/11 GI Bill Transfer. If themilitary member has decided not to use their GI Bill, they can transfer it to their spouse or children. Visitwww.dmdc.osd.mil/milconnect for more information.Resources For Parents – Colleges Offer Incoming Freshman a Summer BridgeBy Caralee Adams (excerpt from article in Educational Week May 9, 2012) On a placement test in his senior year of high school, Ruben Ortiz found out he was not ready for college-levelmath. His counselor suggested a summer “bridge” program at El Paso Community College to get up to speed.“Summer bridge programs can provide an important head start on college,” said Elisabeth Barnett, a seniorresearch associate at Teachers College, Columbia University, and the Community College Research Center in NewYork. “They can increase the chances that students will enter college without needing remediation, and they canhelp students to gain comfort with the college environment and with themselves as college students.”Such programs, which tend to run four to five weeks, offer intensive academic instruction. At-risk students are oftenrecruited and colleges generally pick up the tab as an enticement. Students can come for the day or, at someinstitutions, live in the dorms. In developmental programs, classes focus on mathematics or English. Othercampuses allow students to take a broader range of courses. Almost all find providing “college knowledge” throughpeer mentors is a valuable way to help students feel more confident about the transition to campus. It can be demoralizing for students eager to go to college to find out they are not ready for college-level work,said Lone Stars Ms. Anderson. But summer bridge programs can build their confidence, she added. “It starts outtheir college careers on the right foot.” 5
  6. 6. CNRMA School Liaison Officer NewsletterJEB Little Creek and Elementary School Team Up To Preserve Chesapeake BayBy Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jared Walker, Navy Public Affairs Support Element, Norfolk Virginia Beach, Va. (NNS) -- The Shelton Park Elementary School Science Club conducted its final count andmeasurements June 12 of oysters the students helped raise on Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek - Fort Story(JEBLC). Shelton Park Elementary School joined forces with JEBLC to assist with educating students aboutraising oysters in an effort to clean up the Chesapeake Bay. The base established an oyster reef in its harbor inApril 2010 in support of the Chesapeake Bay 2000 Agreement to increase native oysters in the bay. "The base is a big supporter of the Chesapeake Bay Program. In support of the program, we created an oysterreef out here about two years ago. We dumped over 18 trucks loads of shells to serve as a foundation for thenatural oysters that grow in these waters," said Sharon Waligora, the environmental division director for the PublicWorks Department for JEBLC. Students from the science club brought classroom-raised oysters and placed them in containers next toJEBLCs oyster reef in November. The students returned every month to monitor the oysters progress. MelissaFollin, a teacher at Shelton Elementary School said the children are doing more than just measuring oysters. "Bythe children being involved in this project, I think they have learned they can be involved in the world and helpmake a difference," Follin said. Oysters benefit the environment by filtering water and forming reefs which provide habitats for many species offish and crabs. The Chesapeake Bay 2000 Agreement was signed by the states of Virginia, Maryland,Pennsylvania, the District of Columbia, the Chesapeake Bay Commission and the U.S. Environmental ProtectionAgency, establishing the Chesapeake Bay Program partnership to protect and restore the Chesapeake Baysecosystem. The following photos also appeared in The Virginian Pilot Newspaper on June 13, 2012.Kaitlynn Evans, 10, a student at Shelton Park Elementary School, writes down statistics while she and other students do the final sort, countand measurement of oysters Tuesday, June 12, 2012, on Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story. The school and the base joinedtogether late last year to create a service project for the students to grow oysters that will be transplanted to the Chesapeake Bay. (SeanProctor | The Virginian-Pilot)6
  7. 7. Issue 6, August 2012INITIAL COUNT AND MEASURE OF OYSTERS (Nov 1, 2011) JEBLCFS Environmental Division and Port Operations DepartmentStudents and volunteers from the Environmental Club at Shelton volunteers prepare to depart the Mud Flats to place the oysters inPark Elementary School conduct the initial oyster count and the SAV.measure. FINAL COUNT AND MEASURE OF OYSTERS (June 11, 2012)JEBLCFS Port Operations personnel place the oysters in the SAV Students and volunteers from the Environmental Club at Sheltonarea as students and volunteers observe from the Mud Flats Park Elementary School conduct the final oyster count and measure.Students make observations and compare oyster size at the Mud Students sort the oysters into groups of 10 in order to conduct theFlats on JEBLCFS. final oyster count at the Mud Flats on JEBLCFS. 7
  8. 8. CNRMA School Liaison Officer Newsletter TOUCHING BASE Quarterly U.S. Department of Education Newsletter for the Military Community “... when it comes to all of you, when it comes to our military, our veterans, your families, Michelle Obama and Jill Biden have your back. They are working tirelessly to make sure that our military families are treated with the honor and respect and support that they deserve. And I could not be prouder of all the efforts that they have been making on their behalf.” – President Barack Obama at Fort Stewart Army Base, Hinesville, Ga., April 27, 2012Military Mothers Honored at Joining Forces Event First lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, hosted an afternoon tea at theWhite House on Thursday, May 10, 2012, to honor military mothers and wives for being "outstanding role models"for their children, communities and country. The tea celebrated both Military Spouse Appreciation Day andMothers Day. The first lady began her speech by thanking the members of the armed forces present for theirservice. She also shared with military mothers and wives how, on her long days, she thinks of the women in themilitary and keeps pressing on. Sgt. Major Jennifer Wicks of the Active Guard Reserve Transportation Corps andTransportation School said of the meeting, "[The first lady] told us our childrens behavior was a reflection of ourstrength and the good decisions weve made raising them. That meant a lot to us all." Mrs. Obama then thankedgrandmothers for "filling in whenever needed." Following the tea, Mrs. Obama and Dr. Biden participated in a community service activity at the U.S. NavalObservatory, on the grounds of which is located the vice presidents residence. They were joined by congressionalspouses in assembling hundreds of care packages formothers and wives at the request of deployed troops.Both events were a part of the Joining Forces initiative,launched last year, for which Mrs. Obama and Dr. Bidenwork to give back to Americas military families.Military Children Share Their Experiences WithSecretary Arne Duncan On April 16, Secretary Arne Duncan held a StudentVoices Discussion with 21 high school students in theD.C. area whose parents are service members. Withthe secretary were Patty Shinseki, wife of U.S.Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki,and Marilee Fitzgerald, director of the Department ofDefense Education Activity. Also in attendance from theDepartment of Education were Karen Gross, seniorpolicy advisor in the Office of the Under Secretary(OUS), and Stefan Huh, director of the Charter Schools Military children share their experiences in Washington, D.C.Program. The students shared their educational experiencesand challenges as military family members. Theseincluded frequent relocations from the U.S. to overseas,the effects of deployments on families, the problems intransferring course credits and getting school personnelto meet the needs of military-connected children, ofwhich there are 1.2 million. One student shared that,while she had all the credits she needed to graduate asa senior, she was considered only a junior because shehadnt taken a specific course. She had taken a similarcourse at her prior school but the district of her newschool would not accept it. Incidents like this occur toofrequently to military children, who move from state tostate and from other countries back to the U.S. Pleaseread more about the event on the blog,http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/05/25/student-voices-military-connected-children-inspire-guidance- DOE Sec. of Ed Arnie Duncan visiting military kids at PNSYsecretary-duncan/8
  9. 9. Issue 6, August 2012Supporting the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children In celebration of the Month of the Military Child in April, Secretary Duncan sent a Dear Colleague letter tosuperintendents of local education agencies (LEA), members of the Council of Chief State School Officers(CCSSO) and 18,000 school superintendents. The Dear Colleague letter provided information about the InterstateCompact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children and encouraged the letters recipients to fully implementthe compact. To see the full text of the letter, visit: http://www.ed.gov/veterans-and-military-familiesMilitary Members and Educators Share Concerns With Departments Senior Policy Advisor Karen Gross, senior policy advisor in the Office of the Under Secretary at the Department of Education, metwith students, faculty and staff at Dover High School in Dover, N.H., on May 8. Those present included PresidentMark Huddleston of the University of New Hampshire, Base Commander Cpt. Bryant Fuller from Portsmouth NavalShipyard in Kittery, Maine, senior administrators, and military personnel and their spouses. During the meeting,participants discussed concerns of military families, two of which were the affordability of college for all studentsand improving educational experiences for vulnerable students in the pre-K – 16 pipeline. In response to thoseconcerns, Gross shared that the federal government had programs in place, such as the federal loan repaymentoptions, and tools available online that assist students in selecting quality, affordable education. She alsodiscussed the proposed Race to the Top and First in the World initiatives for higher education. In answer toquestions about improving educational experiences, Gross spoke of efforts that are already in place. To learn moreabout the federal loan repayment options, Race to the Top and First in the World initiatives for higher education,and other resources for military children, visithttp://studentaid.ed.gov/PORTALSWebApp/students/english/IBRPlan.jsp, http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/01/27/fact-sheet-president-obama-s-blueprint-keeping-college-affordable-and-wi andhttp://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/secletter/120424.htmlCharter Schools Program Director Advises on Starting Charters on Military Bases On June 20, Stefan Huh, director of the Departments Charter Schools Program, was a panelist for the session“Starting a Charter School on a Military Base” at the 2012 National Charter Schools Conference. Huh spoke of theunique challenges charter operators and others involved in startups on military bases face, and the need for newtools and opportunities to share lessons learned for helping expand charters. Panel members discussed thegrowing body of knowledge about the successful development and processes of charters, existing tools andresources, concepts for professional networking, new charter projects, the challenges for this unique population ofstudents and the hurdles startups face For more information about the conference, visithttp://www.publiccharters.org/Conference/2012/At-the-Conference/Session-Content.aspx.Education Department Staff Learn About Readiness and Resilience at the Warrior Resilience Conference Department of Education staff attended the Warrior Resilience Conference IV, Restoring Readiness:Individual, Unit, Community and Family, in Washington, D.C., on March 29–30. The conference providedinformation, resources and shared experiences for building readiness and enhancing resilience within theindividual, the military family and the community. For more information and resources, go tohttp://www.dcoe.health.mil/Training/WarriorResilienceConferenceIV.aspx/.DoDEA Launches Summer Learning Website to Keep Military Families Engaged in Learning Many education experts refer to students experience of the summer months as the “summer brain drain”because they typically lack academic focus. To protect your children from it this summer, whether they arekindergarteners or rising seniors, DoDEA has gathered resources to help you keep them engaged and challenged.Visit the site at http://www.dodea.edu/summerLearning/DoDEA Hits a Virtual Milestone The Department of Defense Education Activity Virtual High School granted its first diplomas at a ceremony heldin Peterborough, England, on June 8. Three students residing in Greece, Spain and England received their highschool diplomas from the DoDEA Virtual High School (DVHS) at a joint commencement ceremony with thestudents of DoDEAs Alconbury High School. “Were very proud and excited for our graduating seniors,” said TerriMarshall, principal of the DVHS. “These students are a part of a burgeoning 21st century learning communitywhere geographical location is no longer an impediment to attaining an accredited high school diploma.” Eligibilityand graduation requirements at the DVHS are the same as those for any DoDEA school. Officially established in 2010 as a fully accredited supplemental program, DVHS became a comprehensivediploma-granting institution in school year 2011–12, delivering more than 50 courses to meet DoDEAs regular andadvanced diploma options. Operating from three Virtual Hubs in Korea, Germany and the U.S., the school allowsfor synchronous instruction as well as asynchronous learning. All instruction is provided by DoDEA teachers. 9
  10. 10. CNRMA School Liaison Officer Newsletter “The Virtual High School increases education options for DoDEA-eligible students. Through the DVHS, these students were able to earn a high school diploma that has prepared them to enter the world of work, continuing education and community service,” Marshall said. DoDEA Schools to Adopt Common Core State Standards DoDEA is adopting the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) into its curriculum, instruction and assessment programs. The CCSS initiative began more than two years ago as a collaboration between state governors and education leaders to introduce consistency in education systems across the nation. This initiative has garnered the support of 46 states, two territories and the District of Columbia to date. All participants in the CCSS initiative are working together to implement high-quality standards in English language arts, mathematics and science for kindergarten through 12th grade. These curriculum standards are research based, rigorous and relevant to the real world, and reflect the knowledge and skills Americas students need for success in college and careers. To read more about DoDEA implementing the CCSS, visit the DoDEA website at http://www.dodea.edu/pressroom/releasesDisplay.cfm?prId=20120605 Listen and Learn: Military Parents and School Liaison Officers Speak Out On April 15, military parents and school liaison officers accompanied their children to the U. S. Department of Education (ED). While the students were talking with Secretary Duncan, the parents and liaisons met with other ED officials. Over 40 adults representing all branches of the military discussed their concerns and needs, and gave suggestions and solutions that would assist the parents. Below are a few of the shared concerns of the parents and school liaison officers. • Need for assistance with transition; • Need for a top-down approach for states to understand and work with military families who move from state to state; • Need for schools to communicate with parents who dont have a permanent home address; and • Need to standardize the curriculum or at least accept similar core areas of courses. Parents also spoke of special needs, deployment, understanding rank, educating school faculty on the military and encouraging schools to value military families. The concerns and needs elicited a discussion of suggestions and solutions to some of the problems, such as the need to • Provide resources or a kit for families in transition; • Provide families with webinars and newsletters to keep them up to date with transitions and assistance; • Utilize guidance counselors to help children acclimate to new surroundings; • Acknowledge superintendents, teachers and principals who are military friendly; • Recognize military-friendly schools; and • Support military parents who begin after-school programs for children in low-income areas. Military–Connected Students Visit White House for Movie Screening On April 20, four military-connected students from the D.C. area traveled to the White House to view the movie “Bully,” a recently released documentary on the subject of school bullying. It focuses on five families who experienced bullying. Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor to the president, and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan addressed the audience. At the reception that followed in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, the students had the opportunity to engage with other attendees as well as with the families and students featured in the film. An Updated Resource Is Now Available for Children With Special Needs The updated Education Directory for Children with Special Needs is now available. It provides information families can use to help them make informed decisions based on services available for their children when relocating. It consists of two components: 1. The NEW Early Intervention Directory focusing on early intervention services for children birth–3 years; and 2. The EXPANDED School Age Directory focusing on special education services for children with special needs, ages 3–21. The 15 states with the highest number of assigned military personnel are included in the directory: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas, and Virginia. Both directories provide practical suggestions, information and resources to help families in all states who have special-needs children with their transition to any new domestic location.10
  11. 11. Issue 6, August 2012 The Early Intervention Directory includes: • A summary of national- and state-level early intervention (EI) trends; • Descriptions of each states EI system and related resources; • Early intervention (EI) service provider profiles and contact information; • Tools for helping families and their children make smooth transitions to new EI providers; and • Links to national resource agencies. The School-Age Directory includes: • A summary of national- and state-level trends for special education for children identified with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), Emotional/Behavior Disorders (E/BD) and Intellectual Disabilities (ID); • Tools for helping families and their children make transitions to new school districts; • Descriptions of each states special education system and related resources; • School district profiles and contact information about school districts that service domestic military installations; and • Links to national resource agencies.You may link to the directory at http://pre.apps.mhf.dod.mil/pls/psgprod/f?p=EFMP_DIRECTORY:HOME:0::::EKMT: Thedirectory is also posted on MilitaryHomefront under TROOPS&FAMILIES, SPECIAL NEEDS/EFMP,http://www.militaryhomefront.dod.mil/pls/psgprod/f?p=MHF:HOME1:0::::SID:20.40.500.565., and STATESIDE DIRECTORY,http://apps.mhf.dod.mil/pls/psgprod/f?p=EFMP_DIRECTORY:HOME:0. MilitaryHOMEFRONT is the Department of Defense website forofficial Military Community and Family Policy (MC&FP) program information, policy and guidance designed to help troops and their families,leaders, and service providers. For questions about the publication, please contact Lorie Sebestyen, MC&FP, Office of Special Needs, atLorie.Sebastyn@osd.mil/.Contacts: Massie Ritsch, deputy assistant secretary for external affairs and outreach; Charles Boyer, special advisor for military families;Cynthia Hearn Dorfman, advisor; Carrie Jasper, writer and editor; and Gary Jones, Nick Mammarella, Constance Gillette and KathleenFacon, contributors. To subscribe, unsubscribe or comment on this newsletter, please contact MilitaryContacts@ed.govTouching Base can be found online at http://www.ed.gov/news/newsletters/touchingbaseNote: This document contains information about and from public and private entities and organizations for the readers information. Inclusiondoes not constitute an endorsement by the U.S. Department of Education of any entity or organization or the products or services offered orviews expressed. This publication also contains hyperlinks and URLs created and maintained by outside organizations. They are providedfor the readers convenience; however, the Department is not responsible for the accuracy of this information. 11
  12. 12. CNRMA School Liaison Officer Newsletter Navy School Liaison Officer Connecting Navy Families, Commands and K-12 Schools ou t h Pr o nd Y gr da The Navy School Liaison Officer Program helps to ensure school personnel are aware of the am li Ch s stressors on military families brought about by frequent transitions and extended deployments. NAVY CYP X What Services do School Liaison Officers Provide? The School Liaison Officer specializes in serving military families and offers a wide spectrum of services, enabling families to become more involved in their child’s educational experience. Services include: • Supporting families with inbound/outbound school transfers • Providing information on local schools and boundaries • Assisting with school choice • Helping families understand the special education process • Providing information about graduation requirements • Making military and community agency referrals • Supporting families with the home schooling process • Assisting with post-secondary preparation Hampton Roads Naval Station Norfolk JEB Little Creek-Fort Story Naval Air Station Oceana Naval Weapons Station Yorktown Northrop Grumman Shipyard, Newport News Naval Support Activity Norfolk, Northwest Annex Mid-Atlantic Regional SLO......................(757) 322-2679 Norfolk Naval Shipyard SLO...................(757) 438-3638 Naval Station Norfolk SLO......................(757) 322-2316 New London SUBASE SLO....................(860) 694-3772 NSA Hampton Roads SLO .....................(757) 438-3809 PNSY/NAS Brunswick SLO....................(207) 438-2466 NAS Oceana/Dam Neck SLO.................(757) 433-2496 Naval Station Newport SLO....................(401) 841-7126 JEB Little Creek SLO..............................(757) 462-4483 NIOC Sugar Grove SLO ..........................(304)249-6309 JEB Fort Story SLO .................(757) 422-7101 ext. 238 NSU Saratoga Springs SLO ......(518) 886-0200 ext 161 NWS Yorktown SLO ...............................(757) 887-491212