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Mobility and Transition Resource Links

* Military OneSource is a national service to support active duty and reserves service members and their families with any of their concerns: help with child care, personal finances, emotional support during deployments, relocation information, or resources needed for special circumstances. It includes a website with useful information, online seminars, and links, a 24-hour hotline for counseling, and in person free and completely confidential sessions (6 sessions) with civilian social workers or mental health providers. The MilitaryOne Source hotline is also available to service members outside the country. 

* Department of Defense: The Military Child in Transition and Deployment is the DoD website for parents, children, special needs families, installation commanders, and educators including:
- "Tools for Schools" Toolkits for parents, installation commanders, and school leaders
- Sections on transitions and deployments for children and teens
- A state data bank of education requirements and military-friendly legislation
- Promising Practices for schools working with military children.

* The Military Assistance Program has resources and information to assist military families during their moves with logistics, money management, and finding new jobs in the new location.

* Popp, P., Stronge, J., & Hindman, J. (2003) “Students on the Move: Reaching and Teaching Highly Mobile Children and Youth” offers many suggestions on assisting students in transition.

* The Military Child Education Coalition has several resources to assist students in transition:
- SchoolQuest is a tool for families to access information about the schools in the areas they are moving to.
- The Education Resource Center that contains state-specific education information and links
- Information about the Interactive Counseling Center, a web-based video conferencing system that allows school personnel and families to exchange information between sending and receiving schools.
- The “Memorandum of Agreement” addresses the challenges faced by military students. Schools sign the MOA as a commitment to resolve transition challenges. It can be used as is or customized to your school's needs. 

* The Military Impacted Schools Association (MISA) is a national organization representing school districts that serve high concentrations of military children.  The Military Families on the Move section includes transition checklists, sample military-friendly school board policies, and other suggestions for schools.

* National Military Family Association (NMFA), “The Voice for Military Families,” is dedicated to providing information to and representing the interests of family members of the uniformed services.  The Children's Education section has transition related resources including:
- Working with Military Children: A Primer for School Personnel: The Virginia Military Family Services Board prepared a primer for school personnel, and guidance counselors. The primer looks at the four major aspects of military lifestyle:  separations or deployments, homecomings, relocation, and crises.  The primer includes an activities section designed to help children cope with the adjustments that a military lifestyle can demand.

* The Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University has a brochure to help children with moving.

* MTOM: Military Teens On The Move and MTOM for Kids are website for children and youth in military families who are anticipating or are experiencing relocation. It has articles, tips, and stories to help ease the transition.

* The National Network for Immunization Information has state school entry immunization requirements. This information can help parents be more prepared and expedite the registration process.

Distance Education Resources

Mobile students can often benefit from Distance Education to catch up on material they missed or advance at a faster pace. Resources include:       

- The Distance Education and Training Council for the U.S. Department of Education        

- The Military Child Education Coalition has a section on virtual schools with links to information and programs.

- The PASS (Portable Assisted Study Sequence) and miniPASS programs were designed for middle and high school students. They provide credit in English and mathematics courses required in most states, as well as several elective courses. Students work independently and are assessed by teachers. Each state has its own program and coordinator.


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Baltimore, Maryland 21205