Cameron University’s Department of Education will examine the issues that accompany teaching military children and other students who frequently change schools on Monday, February 18. The session will feature Dr. Sandy Franklin, Chief of Curriculum Development for the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC). Scheduled from 1 – 3:30 p.m., the presentation will be held in the McCasland Ballroom of the McMahon Centennial Complex and is aimed at education students as well as area principals and teachers. There is no charge to attend. Seats may be reserved by calling the office of Dr. Jennifer Dennis, Chair of the Department of Education, at 580-581-2320 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The Department of Education is pleased to present this opportunity for educators,” says Dennis. “As a participant in ‘Operation Educate the Educators,’ a joint initiative of MCEC and the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, we want to raise awareness of the needs of military-connected children. This presentation allows us to partner with area educators to develop school cultures that are supportive of students in military families as well as non-military families who frequently change schools.”
According to MCEC, military children generally move six to nine times during their K-12 school years. Many make multiple moves during high school years alone, some even during their senior year. In addition to giving up friends and routines, students must deal with other frustrations as they move across state lines or even from school to school, such as academic standards and courses, access to programs, promotion and graduation requirements, programs for children with special needs, and transfer and acceptance of records. Separation from a deployed parent (or parents) raises an additional issue.
These issues can also impact students who frequently change schools for other reasons, such as a parent’s job transfer.
Franklin spent 31 years as a public school educator and district-level administrator, with service as an elementary school teacher, assistant principal, principal, and district instructional leader, which encompassed area assistant superintendent responsibilities. Her public school career included service within the Killeen Independent School District, which educates military-connected children and youth of Fort Hood, Texas, the largest active duty armored post in the U.S. Armed Services. Franklin’s experiences provide her with a unique perspective on the indomitable spirit of military families.
A graduate of the University of Mary Hardin Baylor with a degree in elementary education and a specialization in early childhood and English, Franklin earned a Master's degree in educational administration from Tarleton State University. She earned her Doctorate in education from Tarleton State University's Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. She holds professional certificates in early childhood, elementary education, mid-management supervision and superintendency.
February 11, 2013