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Patty Shinseki, MCEC Board Member and Co-Chair of the 2010 Annual Conference, poses with her family and our guests from Sesame Workshop: Melvin Ming, Chief Operating Officer of Sesame Workshop; muppets Rosita and Patty Shinseki.
The MCEC's 2010 Annual Conference

Thanks to all of the MCEC 2010 Annual Conference Sponsors:

Link Blinks!
Here's a quick look at links with important information for you:

Frances Hesselbein Student Leadership Program
Click here to find out more about the MCEC's FHSLP program for our S2S students!

Click here to see highlights of the program.

Help our military-connected students attend FHSLP! Donate today!

Common Core Standards
The MCEC is committed to the Common Core State Standards. See MCEC's letter of commitment here.
Visit and learn more about the Common Core State Standards Initiative. 
See a map of what states have already adopted the initiative by clicking here.

Memorandum of Agreement Signatories

Help Youth THRIVE
Visit the Thrive Foundation website for youth at!
This site provides you with instructions and resources to help youth envision and work towards their full potential.

Book of the Month


The Untold War
by Dr. Nancy Sherman
A unique analysis of the moral weight of warfare today through the lenses of philosophy and psychology.

Says Matthew Alexander, of The Huffington Post, This is a "must read for vets and those who support them" and that "one cannot overstate the importance of this book in furthering the cause of veterans."

To buy this book, click here!

To learn more about author
Dr. Nancy Sherman, click here.

Click here to read Dr. Sherman's "A Crack in the Stoic's Armor" piece on the New York Times blog, the Opinionator.

By the Numbers...
What the MCEC has accomplished
from the beginning*

professional development institutes

attendees at those professional development institutes

Parent to Parent workshops

attendees at Parent to Parent workshops

Student 2 Student programs

Junior Student 2 Student programs

Tell Me A Story and tell me a story - for young children attendees

and counting!
*these are cumulative counts, beginning with an individual program's start date and updated quarterly.

Learn more! Visit
“Military Child Education Coalition”

Military Child Education Coalition
909 Mountain Lion Circle
Harker Heights, TX 76548

phone 254-953-1923
fax 254-953-1925

2010 Conference Success!
Over 1300 attendees at the MCEC 12th Annual Conference

First Lady Michelle Obama provided a video welcome to over 1300 attendees on the first day of the MCEC 2010 Annual Conference. Other distinguished speakers included:

  • Dr. Jill Biden, Second Lady;
  • The Honorable Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education;
  • Congressman Chet Edwards (TX-17);
  • Alma Powell, Chair of America's Promise Alliance; and
  • Senior Military Leaders.

Look for the complete coverage of the conference in the MCEC Fall 2010 On the Move magazine.

Thank you to all of our attendees, presenters, volunteers, staff, board members, and sponsors for making this annual conference the best ever!

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Join the MCEC next year for the 2011 Annual Conference, Military Children: A Nation's Inspiration, JUNE 21-23, 2011, at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. What sessions would you like to see next year? How can we help you help our military kids? Email our Conference Coordinator and let her know what 2011 Conference Sessions would benefit you!

eBay Your Way to Giving
Military Child Education Coalition and eBay Giving Works

When buying or selling on eBay, you can now support the Military Child Education Coalition. Choose the MCEC to receive a percentage of the profit when you sell an item, or look for items that are already being sold to benefit military kids. Approved by MissionFish, this program is a really easy way to donate to military children with the added incentive of eBay helping the seller get higher bids and advertise their items. Find out more at

Dr. Keller on Long Military Deployments and Families
Video available at C-SPAN Video Library

Dr. Mary Keller recently appeared on a panel discussing issues surrounding long deployments and military families. Held at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars last April, the video is now available here. Led by Sara Manzano-Diaz, the director of the Department of Labor - Women's Bureau, other organizations represented were NMFA, Purdue University, Blue Star Families, Airman and Family Services, and the Wilson International Center for Scholars.

The Army Reserve Needs You!
The Army Reserve needs School Support Service Specialists

Army Reserve Soldiers are deploying in record numbers and often leave their families in communities with limited military-connected support. To help these families, the position of School Support Services Specialist has opened in several states. If you think you would be a good fit to help "suddenly" military students and their families navigate the waters, visit and choose the "Counseling/Support/Outreach" bullet for a complete list of areas where this position is available as well as information for how to apply.

Free Admission to Museums
Blue Star Families in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts

Blue Star Families have partnered with the National Endowment for the Arts to give military families free admission to museums from now through Labor Day! Visit for a complete list of the participating museums from around the country.

Dear Friends,

Welcome to School Year 2010-2011!
August is a month full of transitions. Educational Professionals and students start their shift from holiday to their classrooms. Transitions can be exciting, scary, fun... and they can always be learning experiences, too. Click here to read tips about how to make this school year successful for children and adults.

What tips and tricks can you share with the MCEC family about making transitions smooth? What's keeping you busy this month? Let us know what your new ideas are! We encourage your feedback as we keep you up-to-date  ...for the sake of the child.

Laura Campbell
MCEC E-News Editor

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