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We Heart Data & the Podcast Is Back!

Published on
February 07, 2022

Is it obvious? We heart data, but stories complete us. Season 2 of our the Disruptive Storytelling will feature military organizations that collect data on military families with a focus on sharing the data via storytelling to bring information to families and decision-makers via a one-stop data-driven podcast. Our first episode reviewed our own data collected from our annual Military Special Education Survey.

Episode 1: Partners in PROMISE Survey Findings

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Host: Mary Monrose, Partners in PROMISE
Guests: Jennifer Barnhill & Michelle Norman, Partners in PROMISE

Military families continue to have trouble accessing help for their children with special needs, according to the latest special education survey from Partners in PROMISE. On this episode, representatives from the organization share details of the latest findings, including some alarming statistics about the barriers military families are facing. Plus, recommendations for how to combat these challenges.

“When you go from state to state traveling with your IEP, it is absolutely true that every state is different. Every state has different laws. So, that is something that everyone needs to know. And it’s frustrating for us because as the parents, we are starting over everywhere — every time we move.”

– Mary Monrose

Learn more about:

  • 2021 Military Special Education Survey findings
  • Register for the Easter Seals Webinar
  • Listen to Shine Sis podcast, hosted by military spouses Mary Monrose and Candus Griffin helping like-minded women find their purpose in life through encouragement and shared experiences.

We Heart Data – Who Is “We”?

Michelle Norman is a Navy spouse of over 25 years and mother of a 17-year-old daughter with cerebral palsy. She is the executive director and founder of Partners in PROMISE, a non-profit organization focused on educating, advising and advocating for exceptional military families and their education. After years of successfully advocating and winning multiple legal cases to ensure her daughter receives the minimum education required by law, Michelle was contacted by multiple military families across the country dealing with similar problems in public schools.  Realizing that so many children will benefit from her dedicated efforts, the Virginia Beach resident has become a passionate advocate for military children with special needs and their families. Michelle has been recognized for her military family advocacy efforts with the 2020 Heroes at Home Military Spouse of the Year Award for Hampton Roads and the 2019 Armed Forces Insurance Navy Military Spouse of the Year Award.  

Jennifer Barnhill is the chief operating officer and lead researcher with Partners in PROMISE, a freelance writer with a focus on military family advocacy, a Navy spouse and mother of three. Her reporting has been featured in Military.com, We Are the Mighty, Military Spouse Magazine, Military Families Magazine, TheMilitaryWallet.com and The War Horse. She serves on the National Military Spouse Network Day of Advocacy Steering Committee. She is currently studying at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in pursuit of her Master of Public Administration, with a concentration in nonprofit management.

Mary Monrose is a policy officer at Partners in PROMISE. She is a Navy spouse and mother of three children, one of whom was diagnosed with ADHD. Mary knows firsthand what it’s like to endure the stressors and lack of support when it comes to the Exceptional Military Family Program. Mary recently graduated from Regent University with a Master of Arts in law with a concentration in criminal justice. She has a passion for helping others and being a voice for those who have a hard time being heard. 

Want to Share Your Disruptive Story?

Disruptive Storytelling with Military Changemakers is a bi-weekly podcast presented by Partners in PROMISE, a nonprofit dedicated to Protecting the Rights Of Military children In Special Education (P.R.O.M.I.S.E.) with music by Stephen McDonough.

Want to sponsor a future episode? Email: info@thepromiseact.org

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