Effective Practices from the Field
The following examples of effective practice by School Liaisons were gathered through one-on-one interviews. More information about these and other examples of relationship-building strategies can also be found in the Resources section of this module.
When asked about relationship building, a School Liaison with the Air Force said that she “spends a lot of time in meetings with local education leaders and in civic groups, like Rotary, to build relationships with community members.” This approach enhances the visibility of the School Liaison and builds his or her understanding of the key decision makers on education in the community.
A Navy School Liaison explained that she has held lunches and other events for administrators at bases to help in relationship building within the community. When community members have a deep understanding of the unique needs of military-connected children, they are better able to respond to these children’s needs and possibly adapt their resources to meet the needs.
A Marine Corps School Liaison emphasized the importance of “keeping in touch with all the resources that would be helpful in the community and what the ways to access are.” Community resources can augment what is provided military families by the military. Local schools, community colleges, neighborhood associations, community centers, libraries, places of worship, and grocery stores are often key locations for information about what types of resources are available. Resources may include advocacy groups, support groups, trainings, recreational events, and more.