The DoDEA Grant Program

The quality of K-12 education is an important criterion for retention of the military family. The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) is charged with the critical responsibility and privilege of educating the children of our Nation's military. Recognizing that over 1.1M military-connected students attend public schools, leveraging partnerships with school districts is paramount in influencing successful educational outcomes for military-connected students.

Consequently, the National Defense Authorization Act of 2008 provided DoDEA the authority to share resources with public schools that educate military-connected students. One aspect of resources is the authority to administer a grant program that supports research-based strategies that enhance student achievement and ease the challenges that military children face due their parents military service.

From 2009 to today, there have been over 321grants awarded by DoDEA, totaling over $400 million in investments in LEAs serving military-connected students.  Additionally, DoDEA awarded the National Math Science Foundation over $33 million to assist in their efforts to improve graduation rates for military-connected students. Educational Partnership Program grants have reached over 1.5 million students (31% military-connected) in over 2,000 schools across the country.  Data indicate that there is significant improvement in student achievement, increased professional development for teachers, enhanced social and emotional support.


Using Grantee Data in Publication. The DoDEA established the Evaluation and Technical Assistance Center (ETAC) which expands the reach of the grant program by creating award-winning publications for educators that include portable, successful strategies to support military-connected youth. ETAC Publications include:

  • Grantee program overview
  • Implementation lessons learned
  • Advice to others interested in similar work
  • Guiding questions to be used as a professional development tool to think about how others can implement the highlighted strategies

To review all of the resources available please visit the ETAC website at:

Below are a few of those award-winning publications:

  • Military-Connected Students in Charter Schools:  This brief provides an overview of three DoDEA funded charter schools, highlights successful grant strategies, and offers advice to other schools and charter programs that support military-connected students.
  • Promising Practices in Virtual Learning:  This brief highlights strategies that proved effective in practice to provide dedicated virtual learning counselors/coaches for student support and build systematic capacity through district and program systems. The districts with virtual learning programs highlighted are Alamogordo PS (NM), Travis USD (CA), San Diego USD (CA), and Hawaii Dept of Ed., and Anchorage SD (AK).
  • Strategy Boosters:  This brief highlights 4 types of strategies that DoDEA grant programs have used: Professional Development, Technology in the Classroom, Formative Assessments and Transition Support. The districts profiled are El Paso ISD (TX), Huntsville City Schools (AL), Northside ISD (TX), Clover Park SD (WA), Manhattan-Ogden USD (KS), Hardin County Schools (KY), Madison City Schools (AL), Fallbrook (CA), and San Diego USD (CA). 


Military K-12 Grants Infographic

  • Escambia County SD, FL - ECSD Celebrates MOMC with Blue Angels and Literature

    On Thursday, April 14, 2016, Blue Angels visited Blue Angels Elementary School in Escambia County School District (ECSD). A team of student interviewers asked questions and the Blue Angel volunteers shared their experience while in the military. Author and illustrator, Jill Hernandez, also visited Blue Angels Elementary School to read her newly released book "Home is Where the Navy Sends You: Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida". The book was written to encourage children stationed at NAS Pensacola and discuss the things they will be able to do around their new home. The book spotlights places like Fort Pickens, the Pensacola Lighthouse, and the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park. Superintendent Malcolm Thomas plans to place copies of the book in all ECSD school libraries. Escambia County School District has received the following DoDEA grants:
    • 2010 - Reaching Higher Achievement with Branches of Service
    • 2012 - Anchor Away! Moving Military Students Forward
    • 2014 - Tracking the Troops with Military Precision: Shipshape Students Marching Forward with STEM
    • 2015 - Flying Diamond in Formation: Students Transitioning and Soaring Together
  • Central Kitsap SD, WA (2015 Grantee) - Submariners Bring STEM Learners to Life

    Central Kitsap School District (CKSD), located in Kitsap County, Washington, has 11,000 students with 43 percent tied to active duty military or Department of Defense. CKSD is a 2015 DoDEA grantee with their project "Transforming Instruction to Prepare Future Ready Students". This project supports students and staff in grades three through eight and focuses on developing Future Ready students. The primary goal is to increase academic achievement in both English language arts and science/engineering using integrated digital resources.

    Submariners from Henry M. Jackson visited third and fourth graders at Brownsville Elementary School as part of a project bringing STEM learning to life. This project will focus on engineering design process, Next Generation Science Standards, and linking English language arts with STEM. Students will work with the Engineering is Elementary kit called "Taking the Plunge: Designing Submersibles". At the end of the module, students will visit their submarine (USS Henry M. Jackson) during a field trip.

    Central Kitsap School District (CKSD) also received DoDEA grants in the following years:

    • 2014 "Central Kitsap Special Education Project:
    • 2012 "Increasing Math and Science Achievement Through High Quality STEM Teaching and Learning"
    • 2011 "Increasing Literacy Achievement through High Quality Teaching and Learning"
  • Madison City Schools, AL - District Hosts Celebrations for MOMC 

    Madison City Schools is located in Madison, Alabama and serves the communities of Madison and Triana. The system was established in 1998 after separating from the Madison County School System and consists of two high schools, two middle schools, and seven elementary schools. The 2015 DoDEA grant, Supporting Opportunities for Achievement and Relationships (S.O.A.R.) serves 5,173 military-connected students across the district's middle and high schools.

    On April 13, 2016, Madison City Schools held an Official Flag Ceremony. Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jason Denny, also a Mill Creek Elementary school parent, led the ceremony.  On April 15th, the district also held a breakfast at Mill Creek Elementary School. Military-connected students received a certificate of appreciation and military support bracelets. Additionally, Bob Jones High School held a special ceremony honoring military-connected students and their families.

    Madison City Schools have received the following DoDEA grants:

    • 2010 - Strategies of Success: The Madison Math Initiative
    • 2011 - Strategies of Success (SOS)
    • 2014 - Strategies of Success - Mathematics: College and Career Ready
    • 2015 - Supporting Opportunities for Achievement and Relationships (S.O.A.R.)