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Pupil Personnel Guide for Supporting Students from Military Families

Ron Avi Astor Linda Jacobson Rami Benbenishty

144 pages
Teachers College Press

While it is true that children from military families live unique and interesting lives, it is also true that they face many challenges and special circumstances that civilian children and families don’t experience. These can include gaps in school attendance and learning due to frequent moves, being separated from a parent who has been deployed, and a sense of isolation in the midst of a civilian community.

This comprehensive, evidence-informed guide introduces pre- and inservice school counselors, psychologists, and social workers to this population and provides the necessary tools to create one-on-one and school-wide practices to support military students. Written in an engaging style by experts in the field, this guide includes:

  • A primer on military culture
  • Research highlighting how frequent school transitions and parental deployments affect the education of military children
  • Guidance for creating school “transition” rooms for acclimating incoming students and parents.
  • Examples of creative and effective projects designed to celebrate military children and support them through frequent school changes, a parent’s deployment, or traumatic experiences.

Teachers College Press also publishes guides written specifically for teachers, school administrators, and parents. All royalties from the sale of these books are being donated to military children’s educational causes.

Author Bio

Ron Avi Astor is the Richard M. and Ann L. Thor Professor in Urban Social Development at the University of Southern California (USC) School of Social Work and Rossier School of Education. He is the principal investigator of Building Capacity in Military-Connected Schools, a consortium partnership involving the USC and eight Southern California military-connected school districts.