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!
Help Youth THRIVE
Visit the Thrive Foundation website for youth at http://stepitup2thrive.org!
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."
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 givingworks.ebay.com.
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 www.serco-na.com 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 bluestarfam.org for a complete list of the participating museums from around the country.
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.
MCEC E-News Editor