The Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC), the national advocate for Purple Star Schools, is conducting a training and education summit at the EdVenture Children’s Museum and Richland Two Institute of Innovation on April 19-20, 2023, to help schools and districts support the needs of those in their highly mobile, military-connected communities. This event is a collaborative effort from the South Carolina statewide coalition of the willing, with special partnerships with Richland School District Two, Army and Airforce School Liaisons, South Carolina Purple Star partners, and the South Carolina Department of Veterans Affairs.
This is a free event. Attendees will participate in sessions that provide critical learning opportunities that support Purple Star readiness in their schools and districts. Sessions are designed to both assist those pursuing designation and support sustaining designation for current Purple Star Partners.
MCEC will conduct a Student 2 Student® (S2S) training for K-12 school groups on April 19 from 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. S2S is a student-led program that brings military and civilian students together to welcome new students, create a positive environment, support academic excellence, and ease transitions.
For parents and elementary-aged kids, MCEC’s Tell Me A Story event is on April 19 from 5:30-7:30 p.m., featuring both English and Spanish readings of Night Catch, followed by discussion groups and activities.
Both events on April 19 take place at EdVenture Children’s Museum.
For education professionals, on April 20 from 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. the event will include Military Interstate Compact (MIC3) presenting Compact 101, MCEC presenting professional development on supporting children through transitions and supporting children of National Guard and Reserve families, plus interaction with state-level MCEC Coordinators and School Liaison Officers.
In celebration of Month of the Military Child, a carnival-style event will take place April 20 from 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Both events on April 20 take place at Richland Two Institute of Innovation Conference Center.
Register for the Summit on the MCEC website at: https://www.militarychild.org/360purplestarsummit/columbia
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