The majority of 4 million United States military-connected students attend public schools, and many face various challenges that stem from factors related to military service. Schools can support these students through a positive school climate and attention to their needs. University service-learning programs can enhance the experiences of military-connected students. This study presents an evaluation of the Partners at Learning program, where undergraduate university students provided tutoring to underserved students, including military-connected students. Results show that Partners at Learning tutors reported greater awareness of the unique experiences of these military-connected students, increased understanding of diverse groups, and increased interest in social justice advocacy.
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The Building Capacity to Create Highly Supportive Military-Connected School Districts (Building Capacity Consortium) project worked to increase awareness about the existence of military-connected students in public schools and to increase the presence of supports and services for military-connected students and their families. The Building Capacity Consortium, which operated with the support of a grant from the Department of Defense Education Activity, had the main goal of improving academic achievements and the well-being of military-connected children while increasing the schools’ capacity to sustain the work and creating a replicable model for military connected schools locally and nationally (Benbenishty, 2014).
This work was partially funded by the Department of Defense Education Activity (HE-1254-10-1-0041).
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- military-connected students
- program adaptation