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DODEA focuses on teacher development for new school year

by Lisa Daniel, American Forces Press Service

The Fort Campbell Courier
Fort Campbell KY | August 23, 2012

Students make their way to Jackson Elementary for their first day of school on post, Aug. 6.

Students make their way to Jackson Elementary for their first day of school on post, Aug. 6. | Photo: Ft Campbell Courier Archive Photo

Students heading back to Defense Department schools over the next few weeks are likely to see many improvements, including modernized classrooms, the latest technology, new course offerings, healthier school lunches and even some new academic requirements.

But the area getting the most attention in the name of student achievement will be less obvious, and that is staff development, which for teachers are at the top of the list, DODEA Director Marilee Fitzgerald said in an American Forces Press Service interview.

"Our focus really is very simple: that every student has a great teacher, that every school has a great principal, and that every school is a high-performing school." Within that focus, she added, "the most dominant factor that influences student achievement is the teacher, so we're putting our money on the teachers."

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