ERIC Number: EJ1091860
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
What We Can Learn from Military-Connected Families about Relocation and Transitions
Jackson, Susan E.
Parenting for High Potential, v3 n7 p10-12 Jun-Jul 2014
Summer brings camps, vacations, mentorships, internships, and special programs for many gifted children. With classes out of session in most U.S. schools, it is also prime time for families who are moving and hoping to minimize academic disruption. It's important for parents to know that gifted children may face their own academic and social and emotional challenges, whatever the reason for the move. Families who relocate will find that there are inconsistencies in the criteria for participating in gifted programs from state to state, district to district, and school to school (Plucker, 1999; NAGC, 2013). Therefore, parents and children should be aware that the move will most likely include a new academic process for their gifted child: new policies, new procedures, and new programming options. Simply because a child participated in a gifted program in one school, does not mean they will automatically qualify in their new school. While there is no magic elixir to make relocations easier and less stressful, parents of gifted children looking for ways to support their children during a move can find inspiration in current programs provided for military-connected children. A military-connected child is one who is a dependent of a member of one of the branches of the U.S. military on active duty, in the National Guard, or the Reserves. Military families face frequent relocations and school transitions. In an attempt to reduce or completely eliminate the negative impacts of relocations and deployment of one or both parents on their child's education, the U.S. government developed the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children (www.mic2.net). Forty-seven states have a version of the compact, with Oregon's compact starting on January 1, 2015; states and territories not participating are New York, New Hampshire, Guam, Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Puerto Rico, and the Northern Mariana Islands. What if you're a non-military family and relocating for job-related or personal reasons? While the Interstate Compact is specifically created for military families, precedence has been set in those states that participate. Even though schools are not required to accept children from one gifted program to another when transferring, parents could discuss their children's options with the new school in light of what is available to military-connected children. It's also possible that school administrators are not aware that their state participates in the compact. While advocating for your gifted child, you may also be advocating for military-connected children in the school. There are ways parents can support their children socially and emotionally before, during and after relocation. This article also provides an additional resource and suggestions that are inspired by the National Military Family Association (2010) and Kathleen O'Beirne, a military-connected child, spouse, and mother of gifted children.
Descriptors: Military Personnel, Relocation, Academically Gifted, Student Mobility, Student Adjustment, Resilience (Psychology), Social Support Groups
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