Easy Branch Orientation and Guide to Staff Training

We’ve created a guide to our most useful materials on military families: their culture, their unique needs, and the military systems that support them when they have a child with a disability. There is something for every staff member, from those with lengthy experience working with military families to those just starting out. AND-links to parent handouts, including 3 handouts you can brand with your Parent Center logo!

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Military Children, Accommodations and College Entrance Exams

The transition from high school to college can be a daunting experience for any teenager, however, it can be even more challenging when that teenager is part of a military family. Part of the transition process is preparing for and taking the entrance exams to college. If the student is receiving accommodations in school, he/she may qualify to receive special accommodations when taking a college entrance exam. Being aware of the process and requirements to receive accommodations can help ease the anxiety and pressure of taking the test. Continue reading “Military Children, Accommodations and College Entrance Exams”

What You Should Know About the Interstate Compact

The Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunities for Military Children addresses the unique challenges that military children experience because of frequent Permanent Change of Station (PCS) moves. This document can help military families understand how the Interstate Compact works to help make moving and changing schools as simple as possible.

MIC3 Parent Handout (external link)

State Report Cards Will Include Military Students

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires States to report on the academic progress of military-connected students and other important data that will tell military parents, advocates for military children, and Parent Centers who serve military families how well these highly-mobile students are doing in school. Read on for expected outcomes, links to articles on the topic, and the key excerpt from ESSA.

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What is JAG and how does it relate to Special Education?

JAG stands for Judge Advocate General, and the JAG Corps (sometimes just known as JAG) is the legal branch of the military. Officers in the JAG work as legal advisors to a specific command, but their services are also available to individual service members and their families. When a military family has a child with special educational or medical needs, the JAG officer can be an invaluable resource. Families can be advised on their legal rights with respect to their child’s education (including differences between public and Department of Defense schools), legal preparation for deployment, Supplemental Social Security (SSI) and estate planning.

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Webinar: What the Office of Community Support for Military Families with Special Needs (OSN) and Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) do for Military Families

Hosted by the Branch-MPTAC and presented by Dr. Edward Tyner, Associate Director, Office of Community Support for Military Families with Special Needs (OSN), Ms. Jennifer Masoodi, Analyst at OSN and Mr. Tony Lodovico, Instructional Specialist in Special Education for Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA). OSN has oversight of the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP). EFMP Family Support staff are important contacts for Parent Centers. (DoDEA) operates a pre-K through 12th grade educational system on behalf of the Department of Defense (DoD) which includes 168 accredited school districts within the U.S. and U.S. Territories, including Virtual High School, which provide free educational services to qualified dependents of active duty service members.

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Interstate Compact Presentation by the Military Interstate Compact Commission (MIC3)

Interstate Compact Military Presentation by Rick Masters, General Counsel for MIC3, the Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission.  Includes Question and Answer session about this important legal protection for military-connected children in public schools K-12.  Includes a handout for military parents.

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Restraint & Seclusion Laws for Each State

When working with military families, here is a helpful resource to share with those who may have concerns about restraint and seclusion in their State or one to which their family may be relocated.  It gives specific information for each State, and is up to date as of December 31, 2016.

U.S. Department of Education Restraint & Seclusion policies by State (external link)

Another resources which has been recommended by several Parent Centers is available through The Autism National Committee (Autcom.org):  How Safe is the Schoolhouse?  (external link)