Lesson 2 Summary

Key Points:

  • As the bridge between military families and the local community and schools, School Liaisons play a key role in helping stakeholders understand the challenges and opportunities military-connected children face.
  • As part of their network building and advocacy, School Liaisons should consider developing relationships with stakeholders, including teachers, school leaders, district administrators, local school board members, county and city-level policymakers, local teachers unions, and community organizations, among others.
  • Participation in local school, district, and community events and forums is one way for School Liaisons to meet new stakeholders and important advocates for military-connected children.
  • School Liaisons are reminded that determining local politics and players can be complicated, and building familiarity and relationships takes time.
  • Building rapport and searching for common ground are important ways that School Liaisons can set new relationships on a path to long-term sustainability.
  • Communicating with military families, schools, districts, communities, and military installations requires that School Liaisons have the ability to tailor their message and establish relationships across many kinds and types of individuals and organizations.
  • School Liaisons need to develop strong ties with local community and school representatives in order to mobilize and utilize collective resources and implement community-based support for military-connected children.
  • Parents are the primary group with whom School Liaisons need to cultivate strong relationships.
  • School Liaisons can contact installation commanders to determine the nature of Local Action Plans (LAPs) or Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) that may exist between installations and local schools.

Looking Forward: Next, assess your learning from this lesson.