ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA — August 27, 2007 — The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) announced today that Dr. Marc Mossburg will serve as the Chief of Curriculum. In this position, he will develop and administer curriculum policy, supervise curriculum coordinators as the education technology division, early childhood education coordinators, and supplemental services such as Special Education and the Talented and Gifted Program.
Making the announcement, Dr. Shirley Miles, the Principal Deputy Director for DoDEA said:
"As a longtime DoDEA educator, Marc brings a historical perspective to the position that is critical as we address instructional and programming issues to help us maximize student achievement. He brings a wealth of leadership skills, educational expertise in curriculum, and an enthusiasm about our mission that will serve our students and educators well," said Dr. Miles.
Dr. Mossburg earned his bachelor's degree at Arizona State University with a focus in science and mathematics and started his career in education as a school teacher in Phoenix, Ariz., and Denver, Colo., as well as working with community health agencies in those areas as a counselor. Mossburg began working with DoDEA 20 years ago as a teacher and served in schools in Greece, Spain, and Turkey.
In 1996, he transitioned to DoDEA Headquarters in the School-Home Community Partnership Office. Dr. Mossburg later took a two-year leave to obtain his doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus in Educational Leadership and Policy at Arizona State University.
Dr. Mossburg returned to DoDEA as the Early Childhood Coordinator and then moved to Chief of Curriculum for the areas of English/Language Arts, Early Childhood, Fine Arts and Music. Two years later he transitioned to the Pentagon and worked for the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy as the Senior Education Liaison for the State Liaison Office. He joined the DoDEA team in June to assist the leadership in launching the new Partnership Directorate.
As the Chief of Curriculum, Dr. Mossburg hopes he will be able to help DoDEA continue it success in curriculum and instruction by using all possible resources.
"An approach that mobilizes all of our resources to help us move forward in each of the curricular areas is critical to maximize student achievement and success," he said.
Dr. Mossburg also wants to concentrate on strengthening the skills and qualities that colleges and employers are looking for in our DoDEA graduates.
"We can't isolate our efforts on just preparing high school students for life beyond school. Through an integrated Pre K-12 approach, we can start preparing students for success in Pre K as well as in elementary, middle and high school," he said.
One of the challenges he sees in transitioning to his new position is maintaining a focus on continuous improvement, even in areas in which DoDEA is considered successful. According to Mossburg, commitment to continuous improvement is critical, especially in an ever-changing environment for students.
"The challenge is accepting that change is a positive thing," he said. "To continue delivering a quality education, we must have the ability as educators to change to meet students' needs and help them deal with issues they might be facing," he added.
"We know that many of our DoDEA students have had their lives and needs changed in the last few years because of world events - it's been called the 'new normal.' Our mission is to continue to meet the academic needs of the military child while understanding the unique aspects of their lives. Military families depend on and trust that we will continue to strive for the best education possible and I know we will dedicate our efforts to exceed their expectations." DoDEA plans, directs, coordinates, and manages the education programs for Department of Defense (DoD) dependents who would otherwise not have access to a high-quality public education. DoDEA consists of the Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS) located overseas, and the Department of Defense Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools (DDESS) located in the United States and its territories and possessions. DoDEA provides education to eligible DoD military and civilian dependents from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.