Volume 6, Issue 2

February 2023

Purple Up! for Military Kids in April

Our Purple Up! Toolkit is ready and has all you need to promote Purple Up! for Military Kids. The toolkit includes letter templates, celebration ideas, posters, social media posts with captions, and more to show your support.

Be sure to tag us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook @MIC3Compact and use the hashtags #MIC3Compact and #purpleup4militarykids to be featured. Email any event highlights and pictures to [email protected].

Compact 101 Training Available Now in Spanish!

The Training Committee released the MIC3 Compact 101 Training video in Spanish. Found on the Commission's Youtube Channel, it is one of our goals to make training available to all stakeholders.

Watch it Here

MIC3 Policy Guide Book

The MIC3 administrative policies are now available in a Policy Guide which can be found on the Commissioner page of mic3.net, and includes the recent policies adopted at the 2022 Annual Business Meeting.

Access the Guide Book here.

Military-Connected Students Webinar Series 

OneOp (formerly MFLN, Military Family Learning Network) added a category to their work, Military-Connected Students, and work has begun on their first 4 webinars. This webinar series focuses on the skills needed by professionals working with military-connected students ages 5 to 22 and their families to successfully collaborate with one another, engage with families, and leverage military and civilian community resources to support each family and their individual needs. See attached flyer and links below to save the date.

Topics include:

View the flyer here.

New MIC3 Ex-Officio Representative:

Amanda Woodyard

The Commission is happy to welcome newly appointed Ex-Officio member Amanda Woodyard representing Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC). She is passionate about helping military families manage the challenges and rewards of their demanding lifestyle. She has worked in family services and education for the last 24 years and has taken the position of Vice President of Education Services after being the Director, Community, Engagement and Outreach, at National Capital Region for the Military Child Education Coalition. She welcomes the opportunity to work with the Commission, and strengthen the partnership between MCEC and MIC3.

OneOp Webinars

OneOp is a virtual professional development platform for providers who serve military families. Programming is created in collaboration with DoD and university subject matter experts spanning a wide variety of subject areas. Certificates of attendance and continuing education credits are offered free of charge. 

Register for their February and March Webinars here.

Open Now: 2023 Military Teen Experience Survey

For the past two years, NMFA and Bloom have partnered together to find out what’s going on with military teenagers. NMFA gathered data through the Military Teen Experience Survey to get insight into what weighs on the minds of military teens and young adults—from mental health struggles to food insecurity. In 2021, the teens told us they weren’t okay. The following year, they were doing better and wanted to make sure their fellow military teens were, too.

Now in 2023, it’s time to check in with military teens again. If you have a military teen in your family, or you know one, invite them to participate in NMFA's 2023 Military Teen Experience Survey.

Read more here.

DoD STEM Technical Exchange Event

Did you know there was a DoD STEM office? Many School Liaisons interact with their programs and office to share resources with local schools. DoD STEM supports hands-on learning opportunities, teacher enrichment, scholarships, internships, and fellowships to inspire and cultivate a diverse pool of exceptional STEM talent. As the government’s largest employer of STEM professionals, the U.S. Department of Defense is committed to increasing the pipeline of candidates qualified for technical careers.

The DoD STEM Technical Exchange is hosting an event and will bring together partners from across the DoD STEM ecosystem to increase awareness and understanding of the depth and breadth of the Department's collective effort in STEM education, outreach, and workforce development. Attendees will build on existing, and create new, relationships to leverage the power of the network and amplify DoD STEM impact.

Register here.

March2Success Prepares Students for Standardized Tests

March2Success is a free website that provides students with access to online study materials to help improve their scores on standardized tests such as state exit exams, college entrance exams, the military entrance exam (ASVAB), and others.

Access this resource here.

U.S. Department of Defense Key Issues for 2023

At the 2022 Annual Business Meeting, Jeremy Hilton, South Central Regional Liaison, Defense-State Liaison Office (DSLO), presented DoD's Key Issues of focus for 2023.

Access the presentation here.


  • Executive - Thursday, February 16, 1 PM ET
  • Training - Tuesday, February 21, 1 PM ET
  • Communications & Outreach - Wednesday, March 8, 2 PM ET
  • Compliance - Tuesday, March 14, 2 PM ET
  • Leadership Nomination - Monday, March 20, 1 PM ET
  • Finance - Wednesday, March 22, 11 AM ET
  • Rules - Tuesday, April 11, 2 PM ET


  • Compact 101 Training - Wednesday, February 22, 4:00 PM ET - register here!
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