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Supporting Children and Families of Deployed and Returning Members of the Reserves and National Guard
INFORMATIONAL LETTER: 54
TO: Superintendents; Principals; School Counselors; Nurses; Teachers
The Maine Department of Education, as a partner with Operation Military Kids and the Reserves and National Guard, is supporting training to help school personnel and service providers in deployment areas to learn about resources and supports available to families and youth of Reserve and Guard members. Each step of deployment offers challenges to families. School staff are an important part of a student and family’s support system.
I encourage you to attend the training to learn how to help support the children of deployed service members. A day-long professional development session to learn about military culture, deployment and the issues and stressors facing these military youth and families will be available in two locations. Cost includes lunch and materials.
January 23, 2009 Houlton Regional Hospital 8:30 am -3:30 pm $25.00
March 25, 2009 Auburn (site TBD) 8:30 am-3:30 pm $25.00
Lunch and materials (including books) are provided.
District and School Name __________________________________________________
City, State, Zip____________________________________________________________
January 23rd and March 25th sessions require a $25.00 fee (scholarships are available).
Send checks and registration to: Karen Hatch Gagne-OMK, Kennebec County Extension Association, 125 State St., suite 3, Augusta, ME 04330-5692.
Directions to Houlton and Auburn sites will be forwarded upon receipt of your registration.
For registration information contact: Chris Bozak at 1-800-287-1481 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Two-day “Living in the New Normal: Supporting Children Through Trauma and Loss”
The Department is also supporting a new two-day free training opportunity with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Operation: Military Kids (OMK) program, in conjunction with the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) and the Military Joint Family Support Assistance Program (JSAP). The Living in the New Normal (LINN) Institute is a two-day professional development program targeting school personnel, health service providers, the spiritual community, youth and family-serving professionals, and community members to help them recognize and address the issues of military children experiencing uncertainty, trauma, grief, and loss. Many resources will be available. Participants will acquire a basic knowledge of:
CEUs will be available as well for the two-day training. 1.2 Continuing Education Credits Cost $25.00 and/or 1 hour of Graduate Credit costing $175.00 from a branch of Texas A&M University.
February 25th & 26th, 2009 8:30 am-3:30 pm Free
Four Points Sheraton-Bangor Airport
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