Volume 5, Issue 2
February 2022
New Virtual Compact 101 Training Available
Starting this month, the Commission will offer free monthly Compact 101 training sessions on Zoom. The session provides a brief history of the Compact and how the provisions support education transition for military students. Attendees will receive a workbook and resource materials to assist them as they implement the compact.

Recent trainings include three different approaches.
  • The South Carolina Compact Commissioner targeted elementary, middle, and high school counselors. Attendees asked questions that were specific to situations they encounter in working with incoming students and families.
  • California's team collaborated with military school liaisons who advertised training to their various stakeholders which included school administrators and personnel. They scheduled three training sessions for Compact 101 and two sessions for Compact 201 over several months.
  • Montana included the Compact 101 Training, organized by the School Liason, as part of the Purple Star School Award program. Schools must be trained in the Compact to qualify for the award.

While each state differed in their approach, they worked with the Commission on a training plan to meet their specific needs. The best part? The training and collaterals are provided at no-cost to states as a member of the Commission.

A great way to celebrate the Month of the Military Child is to schedule your Compact 101 training for April! For more information, contact Lindsey Dablow, Training and Operations Associate at [email protected] to schedule training for your state or organization today!

For February's Compact 101 session, register here
MIC3 Presents Webinar: MCEC SchoolQuest
On February 16th the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) will brief on SchoolQuest, a free, interactive tool that is designed to support highly mobile military-connected parents and students with making the best choices before, during, and after a transition to improve academic success and social well-being.

Learn more about this online tool for both schools and parents that helps track a student's academic progress, research scholarship resource materials, checklist templates, and assist parents with their school search when relocating.

Register here!
Successful Compact Transition Videos Program
The Communication and Outreach Committee is relaunching the Successful Compact Transition Video Program. The purpose of this program is to capture stories of successful education transitions of military-connected students under the Interstate Compact through 30 second videos.

The updated webpage has new flyers to advertise this program as well as information packets for those wanting to submit a video and Commissioners. Submitted videos meeting the parameters outlined in the Video Submission Packet will be shown at the 2022 Annual Business Meeting (ABM) in Baton Rouge, LA on October 19-20, 2022. At the 2021 ABM, several states shared videos highlighting their military programs such as Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

Anyone interested in submitting a video may print the Video Submission Packet documents. The deadline to submit videos and the necessary documentation to your state Compact Commissioner no later than Wednesday, June 1, 2022 by 6:00 PM Hawaii Time.

Commissioners should review the Commissioner Information Packet documents for more information. Videos submitted to the Compact Commissioner must be submitted to the National Office no later than Wednesday, June 15, 2022 by 6:00 PM Hawaii Time by emailing [email protected].

More information here
Commission Community Award Nominations
Do you know someone that has played a pivotal part to ensuring a state’s implementation of the Compact? Nominate them for the MIC3 Community Award. This award recognizes a State Commissioner, Designee, and/or individual whose outstanding leadership and/or role has been essential to ensuring a state’s implementation of the military interstate compact. The nominee may be a member of the State Council or another deserving individual who has shown the same traits in support of the Compact in their state. The nomination can be made by the State Compact Commissioner or the Executive Director. The Executive Director is responsible for approving the award. The award will be mailed within 4- 6 weeks to the State Commissioner.

Read more about the Awards Policy here.
MIC3 Parent Toolkit
The MIC3 Toolkit for Parents is available on the website! The Toolkit is a guide for parents to access compact information and resources to best help their military-connected student and support a successful education transition.
Blue Star Families on Racial Inclusion: Understanding the Experiences of Military Families of Color
The summer of 2020 sparked a national conversation on race in our country. Our friends at Blue Star Families (BSF) immediately took steps through programming, research, and conversation to uphold their vision for all military families to feel a sense of belonging.

At the 2020 MIC3 Annual Business Meeting, the session on Modern Issues Facing Military Families highlighted a blended and multi-racial military family, and the personal challenges encountered as they moved duty stations - and was well-received by attendees.

After a year of doing the work, BSF is ready to highlight what they’ve learned and unveil the results of Blue Star Families’ Social Impact Research 2021: The Diverse Experiences of Military & Veteran Families of Color. This is the first major, national survey report that recognizes the unique experiences and needs of military families of color. To learn more, register for the following:

  • February 2nd: Powerful storytelling event featuring diverse leaders and families across the Military and Veteran space. Register here
  • February 3rd: Be the first to explore the findings and recommendations from the Understanding the Diverse Experiences of Military Families of Color Survey with the Blue Star Families and Institute for Veterans and Military Families research teams! Register here

  • Rules - Tuesday, February 8, 2:00 PM ET
  • Executive - Thursday, February 17, 1:00 PM ET
  • Training - Tuesday, February 22, 1:00 PM ET
  • Compliance - Tuesday, March 8, 2:00 PM ET
  • Communications and Outreach - Wednesday, March 9, 2:00 PM ET
  • Leadership Nomination - Monday, March 21, 1:00 PM ET
  • Finance - Wednesday, March 23, 11:00 AM ET
  • Ex-officio - Thursday, April 7, 11:00 AM ET

  • Wednesday February 16, 2:00 PM ET - MCEC's SchoolQuest Program - register here!
  • Wednesday February 23, 2:00 PM ET - Compact 101 Training - register here!
  • Wednesday March 30, 2:00 PM ET - Legal Perspectives - register here!
  • MOTMC - April - Purple Up! Toolkit Available here!