Children of military families face a host of unique challenges that can potentially harm academic performance and make healthy integration with their peers quite difficult. “Military brats,” as they call themselves, relocate regularly, often in other countries where the culture and language is unfamiliar; they meet strangers in faraway lands and are confronted by the fact that the relationships they form are likely fleeting, loves may be short-lived, and community bonds cut. Add to these problems the looming possibility that your parents’ lives will be cut short by armed conflict and you see how a military child might confront problems with academics.
Each year the Military Child Education Coalition holds a seminar to assist people who wish to help military children with academics. This year, the 2014 National Training Seminar takes place at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park on July 29th and 30th. The two-day conference features a host of keynote speakers including Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Martin Dempsey, and Jill Biden. The seminars and workshops will center on three core themes: academics, service, and wellness. These three topics form the center of the MCEC’s mission and will guide training at this year’s seminar. We hope some of this year’s attendees seek accommodation at our Inn!
Marcos, Innkeeper at American Guest House, a Washington, DC Bed and Breakfast.