Educator Resource Guide

Classroom and Counseling Activities

  • Working with Military Children: A Primer for School Personnel Virginia Joint Military Family Services Board and Military Child Education Coalition Lesson plans and ready-to-use activities are available, along with a comprehensive "deployment guide."
  • Educator's Guide to the Military Child During Deployment Department of Defense Educational Opportunities Directorate Direct intervention strategies are included to help educators working with military youth.
  • Operation: Military Kids This joint 4-H/Army project offers resources for all military youth and trainings for adults who work with military kids.
  • Medal of Honor: Lessons of Personal Bravery and Self-Sacrifice Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation This site includes free, on-line teaching resources for middle and high school teachers with a curriculum drawn from the personal accounts of living Medal of Honor recipients.
  • Deployment: It's Not a Game Iowa Operation Military Kids Free board game about deployment is available to download and use today in your classroom or counseling group.
  • Signs of Suicide (SOS) Military Pathways The Signs of Suicide Prevention Program is available for middle schools and high schools serving children of military personnel in the U.S. and overseas.

Videos

  • "Military Youth Coping with Separation" and "Mr. Poe and Friends" American Academy of Pediatrics and U.S. Army Medical Command Designed for kids and teens to hear how other kids are dealing with deployment and the return of their military parent.
  • "Military Families Near and Far" Sesame Street Workshop Preschool and now school-age videos and activities are at this site to help families cope with deployment, change and loss.

Special Populations

  • Zero to Three National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families Information and guides are provided for military parents and those working with very young military children.
  • Specialized Training of Military Parents (STOMP) This National Parent Training and Information Center provides support, information and advice to military parents with special needs family members.

Trauma and Grief

  • National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) Information is available about all types of trauma resources, with a special section for "Military Children & Families."
    • Traumatic Grief in Military Children: Information for Educators Help with creating a supportive school environment for students coping with a military family loss.
  • Caring for Kids After Trauma and Death: A Guide for Parents and Professionals The Institute for Trauma and Stress at the NYU Child Study Center This very specific guide for schools addresses how to help students cope with the aftermath of any traumatic event or death. It includes classroom suggestions as well as program planning on a district-wide scale.
  • Courage to Care Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress Information for family and providers is provided to help communicate more effectively about war injuries.

Education-related Organizations

  • Military K-12 Partners Department of Defense Educational Activity (DoDEA) Military K-12 provides information and support for all schools serving military students, as well as a link to School Liaison Officers for all services.

Continuing Education Opportunities

  • Center for Deployment Psychology Access either free online trainings on such topics as military culture or the impact of deployment on families, or follow links to obtain inexpensive continuing education credit for these and other courses.
  • Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) MCEC offers targeted information and trainings for professionals working with military children.
  • Military Child Initiative Johns Hopkins University provides a web course entitled "Building Resilient Kids," along with a "Best Practices" library of interventions to help military youth.
  • University of Southern California (USC) School of Social Work USC offers a Master of Social Work degree with specialization in Military Social Work through an on-line program.

Social Networking Sites for Educators

  • American School Counselor Association (ASCA) SCENE
  • National Education Association

Student Support

  • Military Youth on the Move Department of Defense Designed for students and parents, this website has helpful ideas and advice by age group on everything from deployment to moving to finding a job.
  • Armed Services YMCA Free YMCA memberships and summer camps for military families are available, as well as contests for military youth.
  • American Legion A comprehensive listing is available of scholarships for military dependents.
  • Camps for Military Youth Check with nearby installations or your state's National Guard or Reserve unit for local camps that they may sponsor.
    • Military Teen Adventure Camps
    • Operation: Military Kids Camps

Fun Websites for Military Youth

  • National Guard Child and Youth Program This site includes some fun games in the Arcade - even games that test your "military IQ!"
  • Military Families Near and Far Families can set up "private" family networks to help everyone stay connected during a deployment.

Wellness Resources for Kids and Families

  • Families OverComing Under Stress (FOCUS) Family resiliency training for military families is available both in person on some military installations and on-line.
  • Military OneSource Department of Defense resource provides a wealth of information and short-term, non-medical counseling via telephone or on-line with the additional option of face-to-face counseling services in the community.
  • AfterDeployment.org This Defense Centers of Excellence website offers wellness resources for the military community, including a section for "Families with Kids."
  • Military Pathways Free, anonymous mental health and alcohol self-assessments for service personnal and family members; also includes a brief screening for Adolescent Depression."
  • Defense Centers of Excellence Defense Centers of Excellence has information for service members, families and service providers around psychological health and traumatic brain injury.
  • Real Warriors An initiative by the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury, the Real Warriors site has information for both service personnel and family members.

Family Support

  • Parenting
    • Veteran Parenting Toolkit: Together Building Strong Families Designed for parents coping with the post-deployment phase, many of the handouts would be great for any parent struggling with parenting issues.
    • Welcome Back Parenting: A Guide for Reconnecting Families after Military Deployment A brief online guide for parents focusing on the homecoming and "after deployment" phase of deployment.
  • National Resource Directory This comprehensive guide for service members, veterans and their families has links to a wide range of resources.
  • Yellow Ribbon Program Find Yellow Ribbon events in your area for National Guard and Reserve service members and their families.
  • Deployment Guides for Families

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