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K-State Today

February 25, 2014



Education faculty present about K-State military education initiatives

By Patrice Scott

A panel of College of Education professors presented information about the college’s military initiative in a paper, "KSU Military ED-OPS: Initiatives at K-State’s College of Education for Military and Veteran Students, Teachers, and Families" at the 2014 Council of College and Military Educators Professional Development Symposium, Feb. 10-14, in Savannah, Ga. About 1,000 people from around the nation attended the conference.

Presenters were: Linda P. Thurston, associate dean; Judy Hughey, associate professor of special education, counseling and students affairs; Sandy Risberg, instructor of curriculum and instruction; and Jane Fishback, associate professor of educational leadership.

The initiative, called K-State military education operation, or ED-OPS, is a collegewide framework preparing in-service and preservice personnel to serve military, veterans and their families in educational settings. This initiative includes three critical steps: providing professional development for faculty and students; implementing curricular and co-curricular modifications to address military/veteran-connected issues; and conducting research to contribute to the knowledge base about educational issues, strategies and adaptations for military personnel, veterans, and K-12 students in their families.