Back To School: Bridge to academic success: School liaison officer provides support to military youth

CTR1 Nicholas Ticali, Cryptologic Warfare Group 6 military liaison, and Antionette Parker-Wilson, Fort Meade’s school liaison officer, speak at the Saturday Scholars Graduation Ceremony in April at School Age Services. (File Photo by Daniel Kucin Jr.)

As we embark on another school year, the Fort Meade community is fortunate to have its own school liaison officer, Antionette Parker-Wilson.

As Fort Meade’s school liaison officer, Parker-Wilson supports our families and the command in ensuring that the education process at the Anne Arundel County Public Schools on post are unencumbered, supported and of top quality.

The SLO is an important part of the Army School Support Services program and key to improving and stabilizing that process.

Education Expert

The Army School Support Services program assists families of military-connected school-age children in pre-K and K-12. School liaison officers provide commanders, parents and the community with strategies and resources to support academic success and wellness for military-connected children.

The Army school liaison officer serves as the installation commander’s subject-matter expert for school and education issues.

The SLO coordinates and implements the School Support Services core requirements:

The Army School Support Services program assists families of military-connected students in pre-K and K-12.

School liaison officers provide commanders, parents and the community with strategies and resources to support academic success and wellness for military-connected children and youth.

The SLO coordinates and implements the School Support Services core requirements:

  • School transition and deployment support
  • Volunteering
  • Installation, stakeholder and school communications
  • Post-secondary preparation
  • Home-school support

Army SLOs serve the Total Army including geographically dispersed families. SLOs provide information about school options, programs and resources on and off the installation.

SLOs help to reduce the stress of school-to-school transition and act as a support during deployments.

They mobilize community resources to reduce the effects of military lifestyle on school-age children and implement services to help students achieve academic success.

SLOs promote parental involvement and educate local communities and schools about the needs of military-connected children.

Helping Parents and Children

SLOs assist military families who home-school, or who enroll in public, Department of Defense Education Activity private, charter or virtual schools.

SLOs are familiar with the military-connected students in their areas and the challenges they face in local school districts. The SLO is the communication link between installations and surrounding school districts.

SLOs can address educational issues involving military-connected children. They provide information about federal, state and local education laws and regulations impacting military-connected students with families, schools, DoDEA, and community-based organizations.

They ensure all communications are current with DoD, Army and local command policies, while working with school, councils and community groups regarding the pre-K and K-12 education and school transition of military-connected students.

SLOs are the conduit to Headquarters Army, providing feedback for policy development and evaluation of program initiatives.

About 80 percent of military children attend public schools. SLOs are familiar with the aspects of military life that impact a military-connected student’s education.

Seven Anne Arundel County Public Schools are located on Fort Meade. The strong connection between the command, the SLO and the AACPS administration provides for a vibrant educational environment.

The environment and richness of the curriculum offered in the Fort Meade-based AACPS, according to Parker-Wilson, is enhanced by many Fort Meade military organizations through the Partners in Education program.

The upcoming school year promises to be extraordinary in the planned interaction under the PIE program.

For more information, call Antionette Parker-Wilson at 301-677-1227 or email antionette.d.parker.naf@mail.mil.

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