Volume 5, Issue 4
April 2022
Cardona Signs Letter in Support of MIC3
Dear Chief State School Officer:

As our nation continues to be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, military-connected students and families have never needed us more. In this work, the U.S. Department of Education (Department) and your state share critical core values with the Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission (MIC3), especially keeping students and their success at the center of everything we do. Importantly, MIC3 helps to remove barriers to school success for military-connected students, and this makes an incredible difference in the lives and learning of our children and youth.

Read more here.
Purple Up! Highlights
Thank you for tagging the Commission on social media and sharing news of Month of the Military Child celebrations across states and we are eager to hear more! A special Purple Up! Issue will be released at the end of April highlighting your events.

Keep tagging us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Tik Tok @MIC3Compact and use the hashtags #MIC3Compact and #purpleup4militarykids when posting. Be sure to email any event highlights and pictures to [email protected] to be featured in our Purple Up! issue.

Still need some ideas on how to celebrate Month of the Military Child? Get more ideas from MIC3's Toolkit or check out this video.

Access the ToolKit here.
The Commission holds free monthly Compact 101 training sessions on Zoom which provides a brief history of the Compact and how the provisions support education transitions for military students. Attendees receive a workbook and resource materials to assist them as they implement the compact.

Register for the April session here.

On request, the Commission offers training to organizations and groups. For more information, contact Lindsey Dablow, Training and Operations Associate at [email protected].
Meet the Commissioners
Clara Botstein (DC)
Clara Botstein serves as the Director of Legislation and Governmental Relations at the DC Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education, where she is responsible for the office’s legislative and regulatory work. Prior to that, Clara worked in leadership for nearly a decade at the Bard Early College, a multi-campus network of Bard College established to offer high school students the opportunity to take a tuition-free college course of study and earn degrees earlier than the status quo allows. 

Clara serves on the boards of Uptown Main Street and the National Council on Teacher Quality. She previously served as Board Chair for the Two Rivers Public Charter Schools. Clara holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Bachelor's degree in history from Princeton University. She lives in Washington, D.C.
Clara is the proud mother of a large orange tabby cat named Lyonel and enjoys outdoor activities, travel, and the arts.
Sarah Forster (ME)
Sarah Forster is an Assistant Attorney General in the Maine Office of the Attorney General who represents the Maine Department of Education and other state-level education interests. In the past few years, she has appeared in small claims court, the U.S. Supreme Court, and before numerous administrative and judicial fora in between. 

Sarah also teaches a graduate-level course in Maine School Law for educators . . . but she has no intention of leaving her day job for academia! 

When she is not working, Sarah is reading, knitting, or trying to convince her large orange cat, Oliver, to stop scratching the furniture. She previously served as Maine’s Commissioner Designee, and looks forward to returning for a few months to catch up with her friends and colleagues and ensure that the compact is working for military families!
April Is DOD's Month to Recognize
Military Children
For nearly 40 years, April 1 has marked the Defense Department's kickoff for the Month of the Military Child, and this month promises to be packed with events for parents and children of all ages, said a program analyst in DOD's Children, Youth and Families, Office of Military Family Readiness Policy, Military Community and Family Policy. 

Dianna M. Ganote said DOD is supporting this month with the theme of mental health and the overall well-being of all military children. 

Read more here.
The Launching of OneOp
For more than 10 years, OneOp (formerly MLFN) has collaborated with the Defense Department, US Department of Agriculture, and Land Grant University System to provide free and open-access resources and continuing education within a full spectrum of family service subject areas for service providers. OneOp’s programming supports DoD's Military Families Readiness System by growing the professional knowledge, readiness, and networks of service providers supporting military service members and their families.  
There are 7 concentration areas: Personal Finance, Family Development and Early Intervention, Military Caregiving, Network Literacy, Nutrition and Wellness, Community Capacity Building, and Family Transitions. Each concentration area provides education and resources for professionals working with military families to build resilience and navigate life cycle transitions.

Their goal is for military families to increase their self-reliance and navigate each transition more successfully than the last. The Family Transitions team encourages family service professionals to share, discuss, and collaborate on issues unique to the military family experience through this blog and other professional development opportunities.

Be sure to check out OneOp’s website, to access a variety of webinars, podcasts, blog posts, and more. 
  • The MIC3 Commissioner Gregory J. Lynch (WA) provided the Commission with a document outlining commissioner roles and responsibilities that he uses in his state. Read more here.
  • Scholarship applications for the Military Impacted Schools Association (MISA) were recently released. They will award ten, $2,000 scholarships to military connected students. Apply here.
  • Check out Military OneSource's Podcast about Month of the Military Child. Mrs. Patricia “Patty” Barron, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy, talks about the resources and support available through Military OneSource for our military children, youth and teens, and their parents. Listen here.
  • Executive - Tuesday-Thursday, April 19-21, 2022, Lexington, KY
  • Training - Tuesday, April 26, 1:00 PM ET
  • Compliance - Tuesday, May 10, 2:00 PM ET
  • Communications & Outreach - Wednesday, May 11, 2:00 PM ET
  • Leadership Nomination - Monday, May 16, 1:00 PM ET
  • Finance - Wednesday, May 25, 11:00 AM ET
  • Rules - Tuesday, June 14, 2:00 PM ET
  • Ex-officio - Thursday, July 7, 11:00 AM ET

  • Wednesday April 27, 6:00 PM ET - Compact 101 Training - register here!