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The Teacher's Guide for Supporting Students from Military Families


Ron Avi Astor, Linda Jacobson, Rami Benbenishty, Hazel Atuel, Tamika Gilreath, Marleen Wong, Kris M. Tunac De Pedro, Monica Christina Esqueda, and Joey Nuñez Estrada Jr.
Pub Date: October 2012, 128 pages

Paperback: $26.95, ISBN: 0807753696
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While it is true that children from military families live unique and interesting lives, it is also true that they face many challenges and special circumstances that civilian children and families don't experience. These can include gaps in school attendance and learning due to frequent moves, being separated from a parent who has been deployed, and a sense of isolation in the midst of a civilian community. This comprehensive and evidence-informed guide introduces pre- and inservice teachers to this population and provides essential tools to help minimize the impact of military life on student learning.

Written in an engaging style by experts in the field, this guide provides strategies and classroom practices to support these students and address issues such as:

  • Frequent transitions between schools
  • Gaps in academic progress
  • Social adjustment
  • Parental deployments
  • Trauma or tragedy

It shows how practices already being used in your school can be adapted to ease the transition for military students, and it also introduces original strategies, such as:

  • A Hero Wall honoring members of the military
  • Friendship or memory gardens
  • Military Appreciation events
  • Writing letters or making care packages for deployed service members

Ron Avi Astor is the Richard M. and Ann L. Thor Professor in Urban Social Development at the University of Southern California (USC) School of Social Work and Rossier School of Education. He is the principal investigator of Building Capacity in Military-Connected Schools, a consortium partnership involving the USC and eight Southern California military-connected school districts. Linda Jacobson is the editor and writer for the Building Capacity project in the School of Social Work at USC. Rami Benbenishty is a professor at Luis and Gaby Wiesfeld School of Social Work of Bar Ilan University.

All royalties from the sale of these books are being donated to military children's educational causes.

COMPANION GUIDES—

The Pupil Personnel Guide for Supporting Students from Military Families
The School Administrator's Guide for Supporting Students from Military Families
The Military Family's Parent Guide for Supporting Your Child in School
(Four-book set): Supporting Children of Military Families

Prepublication Reviews:

“Military-connected students often pay a high price in their schooling experiences due to the realities of military life. Thus, these guides are invaluable tools for parents, schools, and educator-preparation programs that want to provide rich academic, social, and emotional support to this vulnerable population of children. Preparation programs should consider these guides as key components of their curriculum to prepare incoming teachers, counselors, principals, and others to work effectively with military-connected students.”
American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education

“I am grateful to the USC Building Capacity team headed by Ron Avi Astor for developing this exceptional resource and attuning it specifically to the needs of both K–12 and higher education professionals who support our nation’s military-connected children.The content and accompanying strategies provide practical, experience-based insights that are well-supported by good science. Educators and administrators can be confident in this reliable source.”
Mary M.Keller, Ed.D., President and CEO, Military Child Education Coalition

“As an adult who spent most of my youth in military-connected schools in Virginia, I know too well what happens when adults in schools did not understand the unique experiences of being from a military family. Thus, as a scholar, educator, and military child, I am thrilled to be able to endorse these guides because they will educate adults about ways to be helpful through evidence-based prevention and intervention.”
Dorothy L. Espelage, Ph.D., Professor & University Scholar, Department of Educational Psychology, Child Development Division, University of Illinois

“This book offers the most up-to-date, research-based suggestions on how to improve the educational outcomes for children with parents in the military. Some of the suggestions reflect best practices for all children in any school and will be of general interest. Other suggestions are specific for dealing with military families. The texts are thoughtful and highly readable. The specific examples from states and schools are particularly useful and informative. Astor and his colleagues have created a first-of-its-kind narrative that exemplifies the best in translational educational research.”
William G. Tierney, Wilbur Kieffer Professor of Higher Education, University Professor & Director, Pullias Center for Higher Education, University of Southern California

“Astor and his colleagues have once more identified an urgent issue facing our country: ‘the military family.’ Creating a responsive school milieu to promote better educational and developmental outcomes for the children of these families is an area that merits significant attention. Hundreds of thousands of military personnel are and will be returning to the United States for the foreseeable future. School personnel will need to expand their knowledge in order to better serve this important population.”
Paula Allen-Meares, Vice President of the University of Illinois, Chancellor of the University of Illinois at Chicago, John Corbally Presidential Professor

“The information in this book will provide educators the tools they need to level the playing field for military students. The Navy Region Southwest School Liaison Officer Program thanks the University of Southern California for its partnership in improving the quality of life for military families.”
Navy Region Southwest School Liaison Officer Program

“These evidence-based guides are essential reading for teachers, administrators, and support staff working with children from military-connected families. Military parents wanting to navigate the public school system would benefit from the practical suggestions. The guides provide a comprehensive overview of the issues faced by these youth and a wealth of information about how we can most effectively meet their needs.”
Amanda Datnow, Professor and Chair, Department of Education Studies, University of California San Diego


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