P.O. BOX 2120



September 5, 2008



Division Superintendents



Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction



Military Child Education Coalition Training for Educators and Professionals


The Virginia Department of Education is pleased to partner with the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) to announce a special training opportunity to help educators recognize and deal with issues and problems facing the children of deployed servicemen and women. MCEC will conduct one two-day training session on October 8-9, 2008, at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites, Blue Ridge Shadows Resort, Front Royal, Virginia. The training will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.


The Military Child Education Coalition's Supporting the Children and Families of Guard and Reserve Institute is a professional development program for educators and professionals to reach out as a support network to the children and families of the National Guard and Reserve. The training is designed for school counselors, administrators, other school personnel, and family support personnel of the National Guard and Reserves.


The purpose of the training is twofold: 1) to help educators understand the unique challenges faced by children of members of the National Guard and Reserve geographically separated due to mobilization, deployment, and transition of family members; and 2) to train participants so they can train additional local teams to respond as a community using model programs, resources, and networks that support military-connected children during mobilization, deployment, and transition.

The curriculum, content, process, and delivery are correlated with the National Staff Development Council's Standards and the National Standards for School Counseling Programs. The Institute is a Train-the-Trainer model.


The registration fee and training session meals are covered by funds provided through a partnership with the Virginia National Guard and Virginia Department of Education in conjunction with the Military Child Education Coalition. The training session includes continental breakfast, lunch, refreshment breaks, and training materials each day. Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis, limited to the first 60 persons to register. After the first 60 registrations, a waiting list will be developed. Online registration is recommended and can be accessed at The deadline date for registration is September 25, 2008. The cost of transportation, dinner, and hotel accommodation, if necessary, will be the responsibility of each person attending the training.


For more information on MCEC and this special training opportunity, visit MCEC's website at; or contact Joseph Wharff, school counseling specialist, Office of Middle and High School Instruction, by e-mail at Joseph.Wharff@doe, or by telephone at (804) 786-9377.