Virginia is home to some of the nation’s largest and most important military installations supporting the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy, National Guard and Reserve! As of September 2019, Virginia was educating more military students than any other state with more than 80,000 military connected students attending public schools across the Commonwealth. Whether a military dependent yourself, classmate, friend, or neighbor of a military student, we are all impacted by the military community in Virginia.
As a result of their service to our country, military families and their children experience high levels of stress due to; extended separation as a result of deployment; challenges with welcoming home a parent that is physically or mentally ill; the strain of frequent moves and adapting to new academic expectations while making new friends. Therefore, in 2009 Virginia PTA resolved to specifically examine strategies and initiate programs for outreach and support of military families across the Commonwealth.
In 2009, Virginia signed into law the Interstate Compact on Education Opportunity for Military Children (§ 22.1-360). It seeks to remove the barriers to educational success that occur due to frequent moves and deployment of their parents such as:
These provisions apply to the children of:
The Virginia Council on the Interstate Compact on Education Opportunity for Military Children meets approximately four times a year and is comprised of; one member of the House of Delegates; one member of the Senate; five non-legislative citizen members including; the superintendent of public instruction; one representative from a military installation; the superintendent of a school district with a high concentration of military children;and the governor or his designee.
If you are a military family member and have questions about schooling options or need help with your transitions after working with your School Liaison Officer, you may contact Dan Dunham (Dan.Dunham@doe.virginia.gov), who is the Virginia Department of Education Military Student and Family Specialist and the MIC3 Commissioner for Virginia.
Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps school liaison officers connect military families with educational opportunities and critical information about federal, state, and local education laws and regulations impacting military-connected students. The School Liaison Officer serves as the installation commander’s subject matter expert for school and education issues and works in partnership with local school divisions to enhance the public-school experiences of military children.
Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps Exceptional Family Member Program managers (EFMP’s) help military families with children with special needs navigate the maze of medical and special education services, community support, benefits and services that are available and help them become effective advocates for their themselves and their family members
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Virginia PTA is pleased to offer program recognition awards to PTA/PTSA local units. There is one awards package and local units can apply for more than one award.
Local Unit of Excellence – This award is given to a local PTA unit for its efforts in building parent and family engagement within the school and community.
Male Engagement – This award recognizes a local PTA unit for outstanding efforts in increasing meaningful activities and programs for male role models while promoting student achievement and community involvement.
Diversity & Inclusion – This award is given to a local PTA unit that demonstrates outstanding efforts in meaningful activities and programs that support diversity and inclusion.
Volunteer of the Year – These awards are given to a local PTA Volunteer who has made a positive impact on the school and its children. This special person does not need to be the person who logs the most volunteer hours or is a PTA executive board member.
Power Partner (Principal) – These awards recognize principals (elementary and secondary) from across the Commonwealth of Virginia who have shown that a strong family-school partnership is key to student success.
Power Partner (Superintendent) – This award is given to a superintendent who has shown that a strong family-school partnership is key to student success.
Local unit must be in good standing to be eligible for any award. Questions? Contact VPPrograms@vapta.org
The National Standards for Parent/Family Involvement were established in 1995. The Guidelines for successful, meaningful parent involvement were developed by the National PTA in cooperation with education and parent involvement professionals. Research clearly shows that if parents are involved in their child's education, the child can do better academically, socially and emotionally. This is true regardless of racial, economic or cultural background. Does your community really understand this critically important point? Remember - parent involvement has three distinct phases. Parents are their child's first teacher. Then, they become a partner with the school. As parents see the bigger picture, many become an advocate for all children.