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ERIC Number: EJ1051769
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 16
ISSN: ISSN-0146-9283
A Professional Development School in Action: Meeting the Needs of Military-Connected Students and Families
Risberg, Sandy; Curtis, Laurie; Shivers, Lucas
Educational Considerations, v42 n1 p43-48 Fall 2014
In the fall of 2011, an undergraduate student who is also a military spouse and mother of school-aged children, shared with the College of Education (COE) at Kansas State University faculty her concerns about the necessity of intentional preparation of teachers and counselors regarding the unique needs of military-connected children. From that conversation, the student and a faculty advisor for the university student chapter of the Kansas National Education Association (KNEASP) facilitated a presentation and panel discussion in which three military-connected families and their children engaged in a discussion with over one hundred elementary and secondary preservice teachers. The panel discussion allowed teacher candidates to hear about the lived experiences of military-connected families and the educational experiences they had encountered. In addition, the student, faculty, and a local military-connected educator developed a workshop for a state Counseling Association Conference and interested faculty attended the State of Kansas Convening sponsored by the Military Child Education Coalition held at Kansas State University in the spring of 2012. These events started a dialog regarding opportunities for expanding the current professional educator curriculum to include topics focused on the unique needs of military children. While acknowledging the challenges military-connected students face, it is just as important that future and practicing teachers see the benefits these students possess, such as opportunities for travel and experiences in meeting and interacting with those living in other places.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Kansas