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Dowling College Participates in White House Convening

Dowling College Participates in White House Convening:
Operation Educate the Educators

Signatory colleges and universities explore common themes of practice developed from Operation Educate the Educators Guiding Principles.

On April 13, during the Month of the Military Child, Dr. Robert Manley, Dean of the School of Education at Dowling College, along with other colleges, universities, and education professionals, participated in a White House convening on the progress of Operation Educate the Educators (OEE). Five years ago, the initial OEE convening was held and since that time, 114 colleges and universities in the United States have adopted the Guiding Principles for preparing educators to meet the needs of military-connected students.

Joining Forces, in partnership with the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) and the University of Southern California (USC) held the event in which participating colleges and universities explored common themes of practice developed from the guiding principles. These principles serve to ensure that schools of education prepare graduates to meet the social, emotional, and learning needs of military-connected P-12 students. They also raise an awareness of the unique needs military-connected students have, enabling future educators to develop successful school experiences for all students.

In remarks to the group, Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden addressed the need to support military-connected children. “In some cases, not all public schools and teachers have been afforded the opportunity and resources they need to truly understand how to recognize and support the needs of these unique and inspiring students,” said Biden. “That’s why we launched Operation Educate the Educators in 2011, to encourage teaching colleges to adopt guiding principles to better prepare educators to meet the needs of military-connected students in the classroom.”

As a signatory institution, Dowling College continues to aid the OEE effort by sharing the best research and ideas, identifying what works and what can be changed, and raising awareness about ways to support and leverage the needs of military and veteran-connected children.

First Lady Michelle Obama and Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden created Joining Forces, an initiative to better support members of the U.S. military and their families. As part of this initiative, the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) and the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) developed OEE to help educators understand the unique circumstances affecting military-connected children and develop practices and instruction to prepare future teachers for identifying and meeting the needs of children from military families.

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