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Education Faculty Members Share Award for Collaborative Effort Benefiting Military Children

Two faculty members from the Darden College of Education's counseling and human services department, Kathleen Levingston and Laurie Craigen, were among those honored recently for a local collaborative effort benefiting military children, known as "Mission Focused."

Sharing the 2013 Pete Taylor Partnership of Excellence Award were the following ODU partners: Virginia Beach City Public Schools, JEB Little Creek-Fort Story/NAS Oceana, the National Math and Science Institute and the VA Advanced Study Strategies.

U.S. Rep. Sanford D. Bishop Jr. of Georgia presented this and other awards and recognition of achievement to outstanding schools, installations and individual programs July 9 at the Military Child Education Coalition 15th National Training Seminar.

The award named for retired Lt. Gen. H.G. "Pete" Taylor is an annual honor that encourages and applauds outstanding partnerships formed between military installations and school districts serving military children (see photo below). Award winners are selected from schools and military installations around the world. Taylor is a former chair of the Military Child Education Coalition.

Levingston and Craigen are collaborating with Virginia Beach City Public Schools on a $2 million grant awarded by the Department of Defense Education Activity. The school district is also participating in the ODU TEAMS graduate certificate program in Military Child and Families Education. This partnership promotes academic achievement and social emotional support to provide the foundation, stability and consistency that military-connected families expect and deserve.

TEAMS, Teaching, Education and Advocacy for Military-Connected Students, is a collaborative partnership that endeavors to meet the needs of military connected families and students. TEAMS is an initiative of The Center for Educational Partnerships in the Darden College.


Recipients of awards presented at the Military Child Education Coalition 15th National Training Seminar included ODU's Kathleen Levingston (third from left) and Laurie Craigen (second from right).

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