Building Better Schools for Troops' Kids

Thursday, October 18, 2012

The divide between U.S. society and the American military reveals itself in strange places – children’s classrooms, for example.

More than 1 million military kids face unusual challenges: they haven’t been in a specific school long enough to play sports, for example, or their constant moves – many attend nine different schools before college – cause them to lag behind their classmates.

That’s why the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education, the Military Child Educational Coalition and Joining Forces, a campaign to help veterans and their families started by First Lady Michele Obama and Jill Biden, have partnered to create Operation Educate the Educators.

The group has signed up more than 100 university schools of education to include materials about military families in their teacher training and internship programs. The books have just been published by a partnership of the University of Southern California and eight southern California, military-heavy school districts.

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