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Audio: Supporting Highly Mobile Students at a Department of Defense School


Supporting Highly Mobile Students at a Department of Defense School. Meeting the academic, social and emotional needs of highly mobile students is a challenge faced by many schools and districts. Teachers and school leaders at Maxwell Air Force Base Elementary/Middle School in Alabama are well acquainted with such challenges. “Most of the students that we have are here for a very short time due to the nature of the military base”, explains principal Paul Hernandez. Additionally, many Maxwell students and their families contend with the stresses of deployment abroad, including to active war zones.

By investing in direct supports to students, providing collaboration time and training for teachers, and using a little creativity, Maxwell has been able to help all learners thrive. Because collaborative planning using a common tool was such a helpful strategy for their school, Maxwell has shared their mathematics common planning tool as an example for other schools that may also find it useful.

To listen to the full podcast, scroll down. You can download the transcript here.


School Information

Maxwell Air Force Base Elementary/Middle School

Mr. Paul D. Hernandez

Principal at time of Nomination

800 Magnolia Blvd, Bldg 538
Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, DD 36112-6147
(334) 953-7804
Student Demographics 2019
Number of students PreK-8359
Students eligible for subsidized meals11%
Students receiving special ed services17%
African American students10%
White students60%
Hispanic or Latino students12%
Two or more races15%
Student mobility rate20%