Welcome to the April edition of “Network News!”
Representatives from the seven concentration areas teams of the Military Families Learning Network and our liaison from the Office of Family Readiness Policy gathered in San Antonio, Texas last week for our annual network-wide meeting. It was an opportunity to reflect on the strides we’ve made in the past year and to brainstorm for the year ahead. As the MFLN has scaled up in size, we have diversified our professional development offerings and have begun to explore the intersections of these various areas of research and practice. Cross-disciplinary collaboration is one of the greatest benefits of our structure as a network. By delving into these intersections, in the spirit of the Military Family Readiness System, military family service providers and Cooperative Extension educators are able to expand their knowledge and awareness beyond their own field. Throughout our discussions the other day, it was thrilling to hear of the multitude of collaborative possibilities that await.
In case you missed them, check out a few of the recent cross-disciplinary professional development opportunities –
- Military Family Financial Transitions: Handling Changes in Income, Benefits, & Money Management
- Webinar and Twitter chat hosted by the Personal Finance and Family Transitions concentration areas (recording available)
- Returning Warriors: Using Outdoor Recreation for Restoration & Resilience
- Webinar hosted by the Family Transitions and Community Capacity Building concentration areas (recording available)
- Financial Planning for Military Caregivers
- Twitter chat hosted by the Military Caregiving and Personal Finance concentration areas
Finally, don’t forget to mark your calendar for one (or more!) of our upcoming professional development opportunities this month.