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Second Lady Calls for More Research on Military-Connected Students

Dr. Biden at AERA
From left to right: Jeannie Oakes, University of California – Los Angeles; Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden; Mary Keller, Military Child Education Coalition; Catherine Bradshaw, University of Virginia; Ron Avi Astor, University of Southern California

During the American Education Research Association (AERA) 2016 annual meeting last week, Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden was a featured panelist in a session on military-connected students in PK-12 schools. Stressing the need for more research and additional support for these students, Biden reflected on her visits with military families around the world and the commonly overlooked needs of military-connected students.

Other panelists discussed their research on military-connected students as well as the need to ensure teachers are prepared to address the needs of these students. Mary Keller, president and CEO of the Military Child Education Coalition, joined Biden in discussing some of the transformative work that colleges of education have embarked on through the Operation Educate the Educators partnership with AACTE to ensure teachers are prepared to meet the needs of military-connected students.

Biden also encouraged more teacher preparation programs join the partnership to expand the effort’s reach. More than 100 colleges and universities already have signed on to the partnership’s guiding principles and have implemented them in a variety of creative and effective ways.

If your program is interested in joining or simply in learning more about the partnership, contact me at zvanhouten@aacte.org.

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Zachary VanHouten

Manager of Programs and Advocacy, AACTE