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Military Families and Transitions

 

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"We're making a meaningful difference in the lives of military families by furthering the educational opportunities for them -- creating a legacy for our children," he said. "Our military will not accept second best -- neither should our children. "First- rate, first-class education for all of our children" is what MCEC stands for, Army Lt. Gen. James T. Hill said. "We've earned it, we deserve it and we'll have it!"

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Edu-Advocates is staffed by professional teachers who can offer solutions to help your child's transition to a new school be a successful one. Whether the move is from province to province or just around the corner, Edu-Advocates offers a transition service to help meet your family's needs.

 

 

Transitioning Military Families in Canada.

 

Education is an important part of any child’s life. Moving from school to school brings any student additional challenges. Military families move more then most families meaning their children have to face more challenges. With each posting comes a new school transition. This is not an easy process.

 

Transitioning to a new school can create an environment of great stress for the military family. Variations between schools, school boards, provinces are huge. Education is a provincial responsibility in Canada; meaning there is no standardization of curriculum, expectations, or even grade structure between provinces.

 

”Children report that moving, leaving friends, and changing grades, schools or classes can cause great anxiety. Transitions for some students result in academic difficulties, social/emotional problems, decline in self-concept, poor motivation, decreased attendance, and increased dropout rates.”  (Davis, 2003)

 

Numerous academic studies have been done on the affects of transition. The results of these research studies are very clear and isolate numerous issues with a variety of potentially disastrous effects on student including declines in achievement, decreased motivation, lowered self-esteem, and increased psychological distress. In addition to these serious consequences is the fact that poor transition often leads to “failure to thrive” in the new school. This “failure to thrive” has direct detrimental consequences including achievement loss, dropping out of school, falling behind classmates and failing to graduate on time if at all.

Due to the mobile nature of military personnel, military families must face transitions more then the average family. This actually increases the odds of a negative outcome. Research clearly shows that the chances of a poor transition increase with every transition. The kids never do “get used to it”. Research shows that transitions seem to get progressively more difficult. The more previous transitions the student has experienced the greater the likelihood that the student will experience negative side effects. The drop out rate, in particular, has been shown to be directly proportionate to the number of school transitions.

 

A student in a military family not only faces the difficult issues involved in transitioning into a new school but they are also forced to confront other life altering changes such as enduring family separations, the stress of having a loved one deployed, the repeated loss of friendships, community and extended family supports. In short, transitions are even more difficult for a military family due to the increased tempo of transitions and additional unique stresses involved in military life.

Administrative policies do not help school transitions. Student records are not always transferred to the new school for the families. In many provinces, the provincial student records documenting the student’s achievement, progression and needs, remain in the province in which the documents were created. This practice can create the unfortunate circumstance of a child not being provided with the correct educational services upon arrival at the new school, as the documentation supporting the services is not available.

 

We believe children should not have to sacrifice their educational opportunities for the parent’s career. Military families have enough challenges to face. It is in every one’s best interests to reduce the negative implications of changing educational environments and reduce the impact of frequent moves on military families as much as possible.

 

We owe them at least that.

 

There is hope. Transition services can alleviate some of the negative consequences associated with moving from one school to another. Military families do not have to enter a new school in a new province blindly hoping for the best. Our educational professionals can develop proactive interventions that can help students and their families negotiate the new school environment successfully and minimize problems that may arise from their changing circumstances.

 

Edu-Advocates’ transition services can provide these positive benefits. Military families do not have to enter a new school in a new province blindly hoping for the best. Our educational consultants can develop proactive interventions that can help students and their families negotiate the new school environment successfully and minimize problems that may arise from their changing circumstances.

 

Benefits of Edu-Advocates Military Families Transition Services:

  1. Ensuring sure your child has the best possible education, right now.
  2. Making sure that "maximized" education is moved to the new location.
  3. Eliminating the guess work involved in transitioning your child successfully.
  4. Professionals assess your special education requirements and making sure those requirements can be met at the new location.
  5. Addressing the pitfalls of school transition before they become serious problems.
  6. Keeping your family together, by eliminating the need of IR for special educations requirements in numerous cases.
  7. Proactive strategies addressing your individual needs.
  8. Peace of mind knowing that any education needs will be addressed by professionals long before your child arrives.
  9. Networking with the new school to ensure services are in place for your child.
  10. Professional advocacy services to ensure the student’s needs will be met at the new school.
  11. Remember we work only for you and focus directly on the best interests of your child. We are the professionals and we are specialists. We exist to meet the needs of your family and your child, and we succeed.