EL PASO, Texas (KFOX14/CBS4) – In a commendable effort to support the unique needs of military families and educators, the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) is set to host the 360 Summit at Fort Bliss from January 31 to February 1. This transformative event aims to provide educational sessions and training for education professionals, military-connected students, and their families.
Education Professionals’ Day: January 31
On January 31, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., education professionals will gather at the Paso Del Norte Hotel in downtown El Paso for a series of modules presented by the Military Child Education Coalition. The focus will be on “Supporting Military Children through School Transitions – Foundations” and “Responding to Military Children with Exceptional Needs.” These sessions promise valuable insights for educators navigating the challenges faced by students from military families.
Recognizing the vital role educators play in shaping the educational journey of military-connected students, the Military Child Education Coalition’s modules will offer strategies to address the unique aspects of military life. From frequent relocations to the emotional challenges associated with deployments, the aim is to equip educators with the tools needed to create a supportive and nurturing learning environment.
Families’ Fun Evening: January 31
The evening of January 31 will be dedicated to military families with the “Tell Me A Story” (TMAS) event, held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Centennial Banquet and Conference Center on Fort Bliss. Families attending this engaging event will receive a copy of the book “The World Needs More Purple People,” setting the stage for a night of shared stories and connections.
TMAS is designed not only to entertain but also to foster a sense of community among military families. The chosen book encourages conversations around empathy, kindness, and embracing diversity—a theme that resonates deeply with the experiences of military life.
Student 2 Student (S2S) Training: February 1
On February 1, the Military Child Education Coalition will conduct the Student 2 Student training from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Paso Del Norte hotel. This session is specifically tailored to K-12 schools and focuses on strengthening student-led programs. These programs aim to bring military and civilian students together, fostering a welcoming atmosphere for new students, promoting academic excellence, and smooth transitions.
The S2S training is a crucial component of the Military Child Education Coalition’s commitment to building bridges between military and civilian communities. By empowering students to take an active role in supporting their peers, this initiative contributes to creating positive, inclusive school environments.
A Commitment to Community and Empowerment
The 360 Summit is a testament to MCEC’s unwavering commitment to supporting military families and educators. By providing practical tools, insights, and a platform for shared experiences, the Military Child Education Coalition aims to foster a sense of community and empowerment within the Fort Bliss area.
As education professionals and families come together during this event, the collaborative efforts promise a positive and lasting impact on the lives of military-connected students. The 360 Summit is more than a series of sessions; it’s a collective endeavor to enhance the educational experience for those who serve our country with unwavering dedication.