Educator Resources

Below are resources and information specific to Texas that educators can utilize when supporting and working with military-connected students.

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires that Texas identify students with a parent who is an active-duty member of the Armed Forces, National Guard, or Reserves.  This Military Student Identifier will allow educators and leaders to understand how military-connected children are performing in school. 

  • Educators can reference the TSDS PEIMS Data Standards guide for Military Student Identifier information and procedures below:

MCEC® offers learning opportunities for professionals including topics that enhance the understanding of the challenges of transition for military and veteran-connected students and provide recommendations for support.  To learn more about these opportunities click the link above.

Educator Materials for Working with Military- Connected Students and Families 

Definitions of Common Military Terms and Acronyms 

ASVAB – Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (Test recruits take that helps determine what their job will be in the service.)

CO – Commanding Officer (The one in charge.)

DEERS – Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (You must be enrolled in this to be eligible for benefits.)

DEPLOYMENT- Assignment of Military personnel to temporary tours of duty.  Can be weeks, months, or years of separation.  

DOD – Department of Defense

EFMP – Exceptional Family Member Program (Program for military dependents who need have special physical and or mental needs.)

MISSION- The primary task of the military organization. 

MOBILIZATION- The assembling of forces in preparation for deployment.  The act of the President of the United States to bring members/units of the Guard and Reserve to active duty for National emergencies. 

MWR – Morale, Welfare, and Recreation. (Comprehensive network of support and leisure services designed to enhance the lives of soldiers, their families, civilian employees, military retirees, and other eligible participants.)

PCS – Permanent Change of Station- Reassignment to a different military installation. Typically happens every 2 to 3 years. 

SPONSOR- The husband, wife, parent, or the other guardian who is on active duty in the military.

TDY – Temporary Duty (Military member is temporarily assigned to a different duty station, may or may not involve travel.)

UNACCOMPANIED/REMOTE TOUR- Permanent assignment of military personnel to a duty station without family members.   

 For Administrators 

This guide, provided by the Virginia Military Family Services Board, was developed during Operations Desert Shield and Storm, to provide advice and guidance for school personnel working with military-connected children. 

A toolkit provided by the Department of Defense, for school leaders who will experience a large gain in school population due to the movement of military family members and their families. 

The Military Child Initiative and John Hopkins- Bloomberg School of Public Health, gives Administrators a core list of tips for developing connections with their military-connected students.

DoDEA has awarded 321 grants since 2009 totaling over $400 million to support academic achievement and educational opportunities outcomes for military children. 

In the fiscal year of 2017, Texas received $2.35 million dollars.  Data gathered from these grant programs show that there are significant improvements in student achievement, increased professional development for teachers, enhanced social and emotional support for students. 

To find out more information regarding DoDEA and opportunities for grants click on the link above.

April is designated as the Month of the Military Child.  Purple is designated to be worn typically on April 15th to show support children of all branches of the military. 

 Teachers and School Personnel 

The Military Child Initiative and John Hopkins- Bloomberg School of Public Health provides educators with a core list of tips for developing connections with their military-connected students.

An overview of unique challenges facing military-connected students created by the Superintendent of Public Instruction- Washington.

The National Military Family Association offers a viewpoint of military-connected teenagers in their education environment. 

  • When a Parent Leaves the Military - Resources to support military-connected children as they transition to civilian life.

April is designated as the Month of the Military Child.  Purple is designated to be worn typically on April 15th to show support children of all branches of the military. 

Military Families can access free tutoring and homework help online at no cost to active duty members and their eligible dependents.  Tutor.com offers help with homework, studying, test prep, proofreading, and more.

Deployment Resources for Educators

    This publication from the Department of Education offers strategies and addresses concerns among educators.

    Megan Allen and Lynn Staley discuss how to offer support to both children and their families for educators working with military-connected children.

    By Angela J. Huebner, Ph.D., and Jay A. Mancini, Ph.D.  An overview on offering support to both students and families during military deployments. 

    The National Child Traumatic Stress Network offers an overview of the needs of military-connected students during times of traumatic loss for them and their families.

    Websites and Additional Resources 

    Sesame Street: Talk, Listen, Connect- Deployments, Homecomings, Changes  

    Sesame Street offers a variety of resources and videos geared towards helping children cope with the anxieties surrounding military-connected families.  Resources are available in English and Spanish.

    Tutor.com

    Military Families can access free tutoring and homework help online at no cost to active duty members and their eligible dependents.  Tutor.com offers help with homework, studying, test prep, proofreading, and more.

    Military K-12 Partners: A DoDEA Educational Partnership Program

    DoDEA has awarded 321 grants since 2009 totaling over $400 million to support academic achievement and educational opportunities outcomes for military children. 

    In the fiscal year of 2017, Texas received $2.35 million dollars.  Data gathered from these grant programs show that there are significant improvements in student achievement, increased professional development for teachers, enhanced social and emotional support for students.

    To find out more information regarding DoDEA and opportunities for grants click on the link above.