Some two million U.S. military children have had one or both parents deployed since 2001, according to the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), and understanding the challenges facing military families — and the resources available to help them — is essential to meeting their children’s unique educational needs. To aid in this understanding, AASA has released a free online toolkit called "Supporting the Military Child." "Children of military families often face multiple stressors, including frequent moves and extended periods of separation from loved ones," said AASA President Mark Bielang, superintendent in Paw Paw, Mich. "School leaders play an important part in helping these students maintain a sense of stability and stay on track to achieve their educational goals." The toolkit includes a list of the top 15 things school leaders can do to support military children; key facts about the typical military child; facts about Impact Aid, the federal funding available to help school districts handle the cost of educating children from military families; and facts about legislation signed by 26 states that aims to ease school-to-school transfers for military children. The toolkit also includes a videotaped discussion among school administrators on how schools can support military kids, and more. AASA developed the toolkit with a grant from the Veterans Support Foundation. http://www.aasa.org/MilitaryChild.aspx

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