Addressing the Challenges of Military Families

Addressing the Challenges of Military Families

October 16, 2017

Amelia Harper reports on a new District Administration brief, noting that school leaders “need to be aware of how the experiences of military families create special challenges in the way students connect to the world, the social and emotional challenges they face, and the educational needs they have, according to District Administration.” ESSA “now requires schools to identify children in military families and provide support for students who face multiple school transitions in their lives as well as the stress of having one or both parents deployed for long periods of time.” Additionally, schools with large numbers of military families are “employing ‘military family life consultants’ to assist in school transitions or creating ‘buddy programs’ to connect these students to their new students in an attempt to smooth the process.”