Speaker Series

The Common Ground Speaker Series is one way in which the partnership provides supplemental resources to schools to advance opportunities for student success. The Speaker Series request website at https://wvde.us/commonground/ allows West Virginia schools and school districts to communicate with guest speakers who serve as content experts and deliver a positive message in regard to a variety of topics important to the life-long success of our children. These topics include, but are not limited to, career exploration, the importance of staying in school, promoting literacy, avoiding drug use, preventing bullying, the American Flag, and historic/patriotic events.

Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission (MIC3)

The Compact deals with challenges that children of active duty military service members may face when relocating to a new state and their school system. It allows for uniform treatment of these children when they are transferring between member states. At this time, all 50 states and the District of Columbia are members. Note: The Compact only applies to public schools.

To review WV MIC3 contact information: https://mic3.net/interactive-map/

To review the WV MIC3 state overview: http://www.mic3.net/assets/west-virginia-state-profile.pdf

Army Education Tours

Columbus Recruiting Battalion annually offers opportunities for a small number of qualifying high-school and college-level educators to participate in the Army Education Tours. These events provide selected educators who have never served in the military opportunities to experience the United States Army (expenses paid, per Columbus Recruiting Battalion). Educators may encounter unique experiences as part of these events, such as interactions with Basic Training soldiers, M16 weapon simulations, convoy simulations, observing culinary arts trainings, and watching enlistment ceremonies.

For complete details about how educators may participate in these events, contact CPT Ryan C. Miller at ryan.c.miller76.mil@mail.mil or 304-736-0386.

Academic and Career Preparation Resources

ASVAB Career Exploration Program (CEP)

The ASVAB Career Exploration Program is designed to empower students nationwide to discover their strengths and interests then maps out plans for post-secondary education. The website and program include aptitude testing, an interest self-assessment and other career exploration tools.

Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB)

The ASVAB is a multiple-aptitude battery that measures developed abilities and helps predict future academic and occupational success in the military. While the exam is primarily known for its use as a multi-aptitude test in determining eligibility for military enlistment and specific military occupational specialties, the exam also measures proficiency in the areas of English, science, and mathematics. Scored results provide an analysis of how each student’s performance compares with their peers. The test covers areas of knowledge which are not included on the ACT or SAT exams, such as electronics, automobile technology, shop practices, mechanical comprehension, and the assembly of objects. It is administered annually to more than one million military applicants, high school, and post-secondary students.

Review eligibility criteria for joining each branch of military service

March2Success

March2Success is a free, online and self-paced academic readiness program, designed to provide high school and college students easy access to test preparation training. Specifically, the interactive program offers instruction in math, science and English, with trainings for the SAT, ACT and the ASVAB. Students are provided coursework that is designed to prepare them for college entrance exams, including seven full-length timed practice tests for the SAT and ACT. Educators may access a free curriculum and resources that can supplement lesson plans. The program provides an option which may allow educators to track student progress and performance online. More than 1.7 million people have used the program since its inception in 2003 and potentially many others can benefit from using this online resource in the future.

eCYBERMISSION

A web-based STEM competition administered by the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) and sponsored by the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program is available to students in grades 6-9. The activities are described as conducted virtually with the goals of promoting teamwork and self-discovery through the real-life applications of math, science, engineering, and technology. Mini-Grants are being made available to qualifying teams and school districts. For complete details, please visit www.ecybermission.com.

Veterans of Foreign Wars

The VFW offers youth essay contests and scholarship opportunities for students (including the Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen programs) and provides awards for elementary, middle, and high school teachers as part of the Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher program. To learn how you can apply for these opportunities or nominate a teacher for a VFW award, visit https://www.vfw.org/.

Safe and Supportive School Resources

This organization’s website provides a wealth of information to assist those who work with military families. Within this resource, a webinar series called, “Kids Serve Too!” includes information about Sesame Street for Military Families. This website focuses on strategies for helping children focus on self-care, building resilience and optimism, dealing with relocation transitions, meeting special needs, coping with anxiety, grief, and/or loss.

Military Family Resources

Educators may browse the military family resources section of our website for information about a wide variety of programs that support military children and their families.

This website provides information to all who care for military youth including sections for educators, parents, and providers. The site includes strategies which help school staff identify needs of military-connected students and create a supportive environment for them. Parents can access age specific guidance documents (ages 6-12 or ages 13-17) for before, during, and after deployments. These guides help caregivers identify concerning behavior changes and provide ideas for addressing the needs of military children. Military Kids Connect is an initiative of the Connected Health branch of the Defense Health Agency (DHA).

Prevent Suicide WV

Prevent Suicide WV is a collaborative program resulting from the consolidation of the West Virginia Council for the Prevention of Suicide (WVCPS) program component and the Adolescent Suicide Prevention and Early Intervention (ASPEN) project and the statewide suicide prevention program for West Virginia, working to ensure that we don’t lose our fellow West Virginians to suicide.

Purple Up: Month of the Military Child

April is designated as the Month of the Military Child, underscoring the important role military children play in the armed forces community. Wearing purple is a visible way for everyone to show support and thank military youth for their strength and sacrifices. The color purple symbolizes a combination of Army Green, Air Force Blue, Coast Guard Blue, Marine Red and Navy Blue. On average, military children attend between six to nine different schools during their K-12 experience and most military children experience stressful times while a parent is deployed. To learn about ways schools can celebrate this special event, please access Purple Up month ideas from the MIC3.net website and visit the Department of Defense Education Activity website.

Safe Schools Helpline

The safe schools helpline at 1-866-723-3982 (1-866-SAFEWVA) is a 24-hour, toll-free number assigned to all West Virginia schools and allowing anyone to report information that could have a negative impact on students, school staff or school property. Reportable actions include, but are not limited to, violence, weapons, threats, theft, property damage, drug abuse, and sexual harassment.

Safe Schools Toolkit

The West Virginia Department of Education offers a variety of resources aimed at supporting the safety and well-being of students. Visit the Safe and Supportive Schools section of the Safe Schools Toolkit website, to review information about mental health services, drug prevention, bullying prevention, suicide prevention, and other important crisis assistance services.

This website provides videos, activities, and handouts which you may use in your work with families as they experience new situations and challenges arising from deployment, multiple deployments, when a parent returns home and is changed due to an injury or does not return. The website’s content was developed in cooperation with the Military Health System, lists resources by topic, is very user friendly, and is primarily geared towards supporting the social and emotional needs of young children.

This website provides information, training and resources about how to prevent, react and respond to bullying. There is a section specific to providing for the needs of educators and parents of military-connected youth. It addresses deployments, creating a military-friendly school, and lists additional online resources.

Disclaimer: While this website is designed to provide online resources and information to students, educators, and military families about a wide variety of programs and services provided by an assortment of entities, the WVDE and Common Ground Partnership are in no way officially or implicitly endorsing any activities of these organizations and are not responsible for the content of their websites.