Partners at Learning: A Service-Learning Approach to Serving Public School Students from Military Families

Gordon Capp*, Rami Benbenishty, Hadass Moore, Diana Pineda, Ron Avi Astor, Berenice Castillo, Kris T. De Pedro

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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.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)226-235
Number of pages10
JournalMilitary Behavioral Health
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
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).

Funding Information:
This work was partially funded by the Department of Defense Education Activity (HE-1254-10-1-0041).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2017 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.


  • Service-learning
  • military-connected students
  • program adaptation


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