Military-Connected Newsletter

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Texas Education Agency

December 8th, 2021


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 Military-Connected Students


This newsletter will provide you resources for supporting military-connected students and increased awareness about opportunities and organizations that focus on improving the military child experience. Please incorporate this knowledge in your work with military families. Thank you for attention, effort, and intentionality in addressing the unique needs of military-connected students. The Texas Education Agency would like to thank those who protect and defend our nation. We wish you and your families happy holidays and a fantastic new year!


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Upcoming Events

Highly Mobile and At-Risk Webinars

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MIC3 Annual Report 2021

The Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission (MIC3) released their annual report on its accomplishments and strategic plan for 2020-2022. Each committee and ex-officio member provided a report on 2021 activities and elaborated on future alignment with the three key strategies of the strategic plan. The report also includes data on military-connected students and state participation in the compact.

Military Teen Experience Report

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The National Military Family Association released a report on The Military Teen Experience with data collected from over 2,000 military teenagers between the ages of 13 and 19 in May 2021. These important findings can help school staff better understand the challenges faced by military-connected teens. Texas LEAs can use this data to better meet the needs of these students.

For more perspectives on military teens, see the NMFA report: 10 Things Military Teens Want You to Know.

MCEC SchoolQuest™

The Military Child Education Coalition has developed SchoolQuest, "an interactive tool, specially designed to support highly mobile military-connected parents & students." MCEC created SchoolQuest "to support military families and students with the school transitions they face as the result of frequent military-related moves." This tool is FREE for families to use. Register Now.

See the MCEC SchoolQuest one-pager for a quick overview of its benefits.™

Did you know? Active duty members and their eligible dependents can access FREE tutoring and homework help online at no cost. offers help with homework, studying, test prep, proofreading, and more.

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Purple Star Campus Designation

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Has your school considered applying to become a Purple Star Campus? The most important part of being a Purple Star Campus is providing students and families with transition supports. These supports welcome new students into the school environment and ease the burden of school moves, while also providing intentional recognition and supports for addressing the unique needs of military-connected students and families.

Read the MCEC Purple Star School Program one-pager to learn more about why your school should seek a designation.

Sign up to be notified about official To the Administrator Addressed (TAA) Correspondence and stay subscribed to this newsletter to receive notifications about application submission timeframes.


  • Feedback was provided to schools that applied for but were not selected to receive the designation for the 2021-2022 school year. We encourage you to reapply this spring!
  • The Purple Star Campus application is undergoing an update. Please note that the application for this spring will look slightly different than previous years. There will be more opportunities to describe how your services improve the school experience of military-connected students. 

Self-Assessment Tool

The Highly Mobile & At-Risk Student Programs Division, in collaboration with the TEA Special Populations and Monitoring Division, is developing a self-assessment tool for LEAs to review implementation of services, programs, and supports for highly mobile (Foster Care, McKinney-Vento, Military-Connected) students. The self-assessment was created for LEAs as a part of the Results Driven Accountability System, which now includes highly mobile students. TEA is currently training LEAs on utilizing the self-assessment. Be on the lookout for the official release in the Spring of 2022.

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Spotlight: Fort Bliss Ready Resilience Education Summit

The Fort Bliss School Liaison Office hosted the Transition and Resilience Education Summit event on October 27, 2021. This event was made possible by the Installation Management Command (IMCOM) 2019-2020 Kickstarter Ready Resilience Grant, which focused on building resilience within our Military families, schools, and the El Paso education community. The summit included guest panelists who discussed best practices, programs, legislation, and positive efforts that impact the educational, social, and emotional well-being of military-connected students.

Throughout the morning, participants were able to engage with panel members from the Texas Education Agency (TEA); Region 19; Army Community Services; Child, Adolescent, and Family Behavioral Health Services; and local agencies that sparked a more in-depth discussion on resilience, resilience factors, and strategies for building resilience in schools, families, and youth centers. A seated lunch for Superintendents and Fort Bliss Leadership was provided with opportunity to develop stronger relationships throughout the El Paso community and work collaboratively to enhance the educational environment for military-connected students. Approximately 150 participants attended which included some of the Fort Bliss Command Teams and many of local educators.                               


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Previous newsletters are located on the Program Newsletter Archive.


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