School Resources About Military Families

Linking military-connected school personnel with evidence-based resources and supports.

Online Learning Modules

The Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness at Penn State developed online learning modules for school personnel to increase understanding and awareness related to the unique challenges faced by military-connected students and families, and to provide school personnel with strategies and resources to support military-connected students. To learn more, please visit the Online Learning Modules page.

Module Toolkit

The online learning modules reference supplemental tools and resources in the module Toolkit. The Toolkit for school personnel includes resources to use within the school setting or to share with families. Resources include brochures, directories, handouts/ printables, and information on informal strategies or formal programs that may assist school personnel working with military-connected students and families. Toolkit items are available on the bottom of the School Resources Online Learning Modules page and in the Resources section within the Learning Management System (LMS) where the online learning modules are hosted. To view or download these resources, please visit the Online Learning Module page.

Publicly Available Resources

High quality, evidence-based resources are publicly available online from many organizations. The Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness at Penn State identified some of the more relevant, useful, and accessible resources across multiple topics, such as military culture, deployments, parental injury, student grief, and reintegration. To view the top resources for each topic area, please visit the Resources page.

Continuum of Evidence

There are many programs that have the potential to support military families within the school or community setting. However, there are also programs that, while well-intentioned, may be ineffective or even harmful. The Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness at Penn State has reviewed over 1,100 programs to determine the potential benefit to military families. To view the effectiveness of a particular program or identify reviewed programs by topic, please visit the Continuum of Evidence.

Coaching and Assistance

If you are looking for help with program selection, implementation, or evaluation within your school, the Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness at Penn State provides Technical Assistance (TA) specialists are available to support you in your work with military families.

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Visit the ReadySet Website

The Clearinghouse, in partnership with the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA), developed a training and technical assistance model to support schools as they improve school climate through the implementation of universal behavioral management strategies, socioemotional learning strategies, and appropriate responses to inappropriate behavior, crises, or trauma. The model utilizes a train-the-trainer approach to instruct school personnel on the core components of evidence-based interventions and strategies that support all students while considering community and cultural context, in order to include the unique needs of military-connected students and families.

Please click on the ReadySET link below for more information. 

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This material is the result of a partnership funded by the Department of Defense between the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy and the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture through a grant/cooperative agreement with Penn State University.

The Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness is committed to making its websites accessible to all users, and welcomes comments or suggestions on access improvements. Please send comments or suggestions on accessibility to Clearinghouse@psu.edu.