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TCU Joins Military Education Initiative

Visiting with Dr. Jill Biden and listening to a military string trio at lunch at the Blair House made for memorable moments for Dean Mary M. Patton’s visit to Washington, D.C in April. yet she attended for a higher purpose. Dr. Biden’s Joining Forces initiative brought educators, government officials and military personnel together to discuss educating and supporting military-connected students.

Tmcec-aacte-partnershipCU is one of 100 universities to join the Operation Educate the Educators initiative. College of Education faculty have committed to include information on the unique needs of military-connected children, 80% of which are in public schools, in their teacher preparation curriculum. The event featured a policy brief and work sessions to discuss resources and challenges on this issue.

“We will reach out to area schools and develop partnerships to benefit these children,” Patton said. “We see this as a natural extension of our teacher preparation program, which develops educators who are committed to the success of all learners in diverse settings.”

Michelle Obama and Dr. Biden launched Joining Forces in 2011 to work with public and private entities to support service members, veterans and their families.