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DoDEA Begins School Year 2014-2015

For Immediate Release — August 21, 2014 | HQ
: Chief, DoDEA Communications | 571-372-0613
: Deputy Chief, DoDEA Communications | 571-372-0614

ALEXANDRIA, VAMore than 78,000 students in grades PK-12 are beginning the 2014-2015 school year in Department of the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) schools around the world.

DoDEA schools educate children of our Nation’s Service members and DoD civilians who support them in twelve nations, seven states and two territories. Through the Educational Partnership Branch, DoDEA also provides support to more than one million military-connected students who attend public schools throughout the United States.

DoDEA operates 181 PK-12 schools in the United States, Europe, Western Asia, the Middle East, Cuba, Guam and Puerto Rico through a worldwide network of 14 school districts organized under three geographic areas—Europe, Pacific, and the Americas. The DoDEA Virtual High School (DVHS) serves DoDEA-eligible students, whether they are enrolled full-time at DVHS or are supplementing their other DoDEA coursework.

DoDEA in the United States:
DoDEA Americas is headquartered in Peachtree City, GA, with 60 schools in the United States, Puerto Rico, and Cuba. The schools offer pre-kindergarten through 12th grade education for eligible children who live on those installations. While the schools in Guam are officially DoDEA Americas entities, they are managed on a daily basis by DoDEA Pacific.

DoDEA in Europe:
DoDEA Europe, headquartered in Wiesbaden, Germany, operates 71 schools in Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Turkey, Bahrain and England.

DoDEA in the Pacific:
DoDEA Pacific, headquartered in Okinawa, Japan, operates 49 schools in Okinawa, mainland Japan, Guam and Korea.

School Leadership

DoDEA Director
Mr. Thomas Brady is the DoDEA Director. As DoDEA’s Director, he has oversight of all Defense Department PK-12 schools, both state¬side and overseas. Mr. Brady was selected as Director on March 12, 2014.

Principal Deputy Director
Dr. Adrian B. Talley is DoDEA’s Principal Deputy Director and Associate Director for Education. Dr. Talley directs DoDEA’s instructional and educational programs worldwide. He also oversees personnel operations involving more than 15,000 DoDEA employees who support military families overseas and in the United States and its territories. 

Associate Director for Financial and Business Operations (FBO)
Mr. Robert M. Brady is DoDEA’s Associate Director for Financial and Business Operations. He is responsible for financial management of a DoDEA annual operating budget of more than $1.8 billion and a multi-billion dollar Military Construction budget for numerous new schools in the next five years. 

Area Director for DoDEA Americas Schools
Dr. Elizabeth Middlemiss currently serves as the Interim Director for DoDEA Americas Schools.

Area Director for DoDEA Europe Schools
Dr. Nancy Bresell is the Area Director for DoDEA Schools in Europe.

Area Director for DoDEA Pacific Schools
Dr. Linda Curtis is the Area Director for DoDEA Schools in the Pacific.

Number of Districts/Schools

  # Districts SY 2014-15 # Schools SY 2014-15
Area Office
DoDEA Americas + Cuba 6 60
DoDEA Europe 4 71
DoDEA Pacific + Guam 4 49
DoDEA Virtual HS 1
DoDEA Total 14 181

Projected enrollment for SY 2014-2015

Americas 25,709
Europe 29,712
Pacific 22,861
DoDEA 78,282

 

Current enrollment for each school, district, and area can be found in the DoDEA Data Center.

Number of Full Time Equivalents (FTE) for SY 2014-2015

DoDEA Total 12,305 FTEs

Americas 4037.0 FTEs

Europe 4171.2 FTEs

Pacific 3011.0 FTEs

Notes: This is the number of full time equivalents (FTEs), not the number of employees as of August 2014. These figures may change based on enrollment fluctuations. DoDEA has approximately 15,000 employees when part time employees are counted.

Budget (FY14)

The DoDEA budget supports all 181 schools, over 78,000 students and over 15,000 employees worldwide.

Operations and Maintenance: $1.8B

MILCON: $879M

Note: From 2011-2019, DoDEA plans to spend $4.7B to recapitalize approximately 130 schools worldwide.

Facility Improvements and Location Changes from SY 2013-14 to SY 2014-15

Area Office relocation
October 2014
DoDEA Europe Area Office from Wiesbaden, Germany to Sembach, Germany.

Seven brand new school facilities will open in School Year 2014-2015.
August 2014 Openings
Kimberly Hampton Primary School - Ft. Bragg, NC
Charles P. Murray Elementary School - Ft. Stewart, GA
SHAPE American Elementary School - Belgium
SHAPE American Middle School - Belgium
Ikego Elementary School - Yokosuka, Japan (construction funded by host nation)

Fall 2014 Opening
SHAPE High School - Belgium

April 2015 Opening
Crossroads Elementary School - Marine Corps Base Quantico -- Quantico, VA

New Curriculum Adoptions for 2014-2015

Physical Education Program Materials
Full implementation of materials for the K-12 SPARK Physical Education (PE) Program will begin in school year (SY) 2014-15.

World Languages
New textbooks for French, Spanish, & German (Grades 7-12).

Accreditation
All DoDEA schools participate in the continuous improvement process to advance student achievement and ensure continued accreditation by a prestigious U.S.-based accreditation agency, AdvancED. This organization is approved by the U.S. Department of Education and used in various school districts across the United States. The accreditation process certifies that our schools adhere to challenging quality standards that support excellence in the education of all students.

This year, 37 schools within DoDEA will receive an accreditation site visit from AdvancED teams in order to certify the adherence to rigorous standards of excellence and continuous improvement of services for our students. http://www.dodea.edu/Accreditation/index.cfm

School Year 2014-2015 Calendars
DoDEA schools begin School Year 2014-2015 on different dates in each area. School breaks vary in each area as well.

Parent Resources
Whether you’re new to DoDEA or returning to one of our schools – the parent information page will help you learn which school your child will attend, how to enroll your children in school, as well as the basics regarding school calendars, immunization requirements, transportation, student meals, curriculum and graduation requirements. 

Director Brady’s Strategic Focus --Priorities of School Year 2014-2015 The DoDEA Director has developed two strategic priorities in response to his Entry Plan and his 100 Day effort to see, hear, and learn from constituents across the system.

The two priority areas listed below that are essential to our ability to uniformly improve student achievement and put our school system on the path from “good to great.” They address our system’s most urgent needs and will establish the requisite foundation from which further organizational growth can occur. They are complex and will consume much of our focus and resources for the next four years.

Priority One: We must strengthen DoDEA’s standards’-based on educational system by transitioning to: 1) college-and career-ready standards that are infused with rigor an relevancy; and 2) a common standards-aligned curriculum, instructional framework, and assessment system.

Priority Two: We will establish the organizational capacity to uniformly improve student achievement and school operations.

Download the entire report.

Assessments and Student Performance
A rigorous curriculum and high academic standards are the foundation for a student body that is academically and socially prepared and positioned for success in life. DoDEA students, pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, have a world of academic opportunities available to them. DoDEA schools are consistently ranked in the top ten states for student performance on nationwide assessments such as the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). African American and Hispanic students in DoDEA continue to score higher when compared with their stateside counterparts.

DoDEA students' performance reflects the emphasis and delivery of increased academic rigor and a challenging curriculum despite the unique circumstances the system faces every year through transition, deployments, and an annual mobility rate of 31%.

DoDEA’s 3rd through 9th grade students scored between 4 and 19 National Curve Equivalent (NCE) points above the national average across all subject areas tested - Reading, Language, Math, Science, and Social Studies on the standardized, norm-referenced TerraNova Multiple Assessments in 2014.

Community Strategic Plan
To advance DoDEA to new levels of excellence, DoDEA, along with students, parents, military leaders and other stakeholders, engaged in a comprehensive process to revise the Community Strategic Plan (CSP) for School Years 2014/2015 – 2017/2018. This plan was implemented in School Year 2013-2014 and will guide our near-term imperatives and our long-term opportunities.

DoDEA’s mission is to “Educate, Engage, and Empower each student to succeed in a dynamic world.” The CSP outlines five goals aimed at achieving that mission: Student Excellence, School Excellence, Talent Excellence, Organizational Excellence and Outreach Excellence. The plan expands opportunities for all military-connected children, and sets a common understanding of our shared mission, vision, core values, and strategic goals.

DoDEA will annually review the CSP’s goals and initiatives to ensure students are continually provided a high-quality education. Strategic adjustments based on data and performance will be made to produce the best outcome for students. To learn more about the CSP, visit the website DoDEA CSP.

College and Career Readiness
The best way to prepare students for college, careers and life after high school is to ensure that they graduate with a strong foundation in core academic areas that will open doors in the future. Beginning in Pre-K and continuing through grade 12, College and Career Readiness (CCR) is about preparing students with the knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary for successful postsecondary engagement (i.e., life after high school).

Specific Reasons Why College and Career Readiness is Good for DoDEA

  • College and Career Ready Standards will allow DoDEA to focus on how to effectively teach highly mobile military-connected students.
  • College and Career Ready Standards have been adopted by 45 states nationwide, making the transition for military dependent students easier as they move through the Nation and the world.
  • The DoDEA College and Career Ready Standards clearly establish for parents and students the knowledge and skills that students are expected to attain each year.
  • College and Career Ready Standards are generally higher and easier to understand; they link to lesson plans and measures for student growth more efficiently than the current DoDEA standards.
  • College and Career Ready Standards support the goal of having more mathematics for all students in high school.
  • College and Career Ready Standards include reading, writing, listening, speaking and viewing (through technology and technical subjects), providing a comprehensive scope for literacy skills.

More information about the CCR in DoDEA schools

DoDEA Schools and Facilities Renovation and Construction Initiative
In School Year 2010-2011 DoDEA launched an aggressive and comprehensive program to completely renovate or replace 130 of its schools worldwide. In FY 2014 Congress appropriated $879 million to support DoDEA’s school construction program. DoDEA’s military construction (MILCON) program remains on track for School Year 2014-2015. Currently, 37 schools are in design, another 10 are being advertised for construction award and 23 schools are under construction.

DoDEA recognizes that schools of the future must be flexible and adaptable, facilitating new and innovative ways to deliver instruction and meet the needs of all students. DoDEA's 21st Century schools take into consideration innovation in education, curriculum delivery, use of technology, and the growing expectations for sustainability and energy conservation. The Hampton Elementary school on Fort Bragg is the first DoDEA school built to accommodate delivery of 21st Century instruction.

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
The term STEM encompasses a new “meta-discipline” that combines science, technology, engineering, and mathematics subject areas. STEM education is driven by a national demand to prepare students to live and work in a world of computers, advanced telecommunications, bioengineering, robotic surgery, human-machine interaction, and much, much more; and what supports this effort is the work that happens in our schools.

DoDEA is undertaking a multifaceted approach to advance STEM education. DoDEA leverages partnerships with DoD STEM professionals, such as the Army Corps of Engineers, to connect K-12 students and teachers with real world experiences in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, as well as to build awareness of careers in the DoD STEM workforce. These partnerships provide opportunities for students of all backgrounds to see themselves excelling in STEM activities and exposing them to professionals with similar backgrounds increases the potential in students, especially for girls and under-represented minorities, to develop foundational skills in STEM.

DoDEA Virtual High School
The DoDEA Virtual High School (DVHS) will begin its fifth year of operation in School Year 2014-2015 with an array of courses offering to support students’ academic goals for college and career readiness. Among its 78 course offerings are new courses: AP Computer Science, AP Physics I, Digital Photography, Family/Consumer Science, and Chinese III.

Beginning SY2014-15, eligible students who are dependents of active duty Service members transitioning from DoDDS or Non-DoD Schools Program (NDSP) to a school operated by a local education agency (LEA) or another accredited educational program in the United States (other than a school operated by DDESS may enroll in DVHS courses on a tuition basis. Interested students and families should inquire directly to the DVHS.

For more information about the program or to contact DoDEA Virtual High School Program staff, please see the DoDEA Virtual School website.

DoDEA's Student Meal Program
DoDEA schools participate in the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National School Lunch Program. Student meals in DoDEA schools must meet the same USDA regulations and guidelines as schools throughout the United States for nutrition and meal components. In addition, students who qualify under federal guidelines are provided free and reduced-price meals.

Over 10 million meals are served annually in DoDEA schools throughout the United States and overseas. Parents are encouraged to visit their child’s school to eat a meal with them in the cafeteria.

Providing nutritious meals in DoDEA schools is an important priority. In addition to meeting USDA nutrition requirements many schools are well on their way to creating a holistically healthy school environment for their students and staff. DoDEA is investing time and resources to not only review and improve the Student Meal Program, but is also revising local school wellness policies and developing tools to assist school communities (students, teachers and parents) to implement local school wellness programs.

Student Activities
After school activities vary by school. DoDEA offers a full range of interscholastic athletics programs in high schools. All schools offer a range of academic clubs and activities to address a wide variety of student interests. Check with your school to see specific availability for after-school activities. To learn more about enrollment, instruction, student meals, transportation and more, visit DoDEA's Parent Resources website.

The Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children
Military families encounter significant school challenges when dealing with enrollment, eligibility, placement, and graduation of their children due, to frequent relocations in the course of their military service. To address these educational transition issues, the Council of State Governments, in cooperation with DoD, developed the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children. The Compact is an agreement among member states that address the key school transition issues encountered by military children in a consistent manner. Each member state has adopted the Compact through legislation, appointed representation to an on-going governing National Commission, and developed State Councils that govern the compact within their state.

DoDEA represents DoD as an ex-officio member to the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children National Commission. In this role, DoDEA serves as an advisor and principal liaison between the Commission and DoD. DoDEA is committed to ensuring its own school policies and procedures mirror those in the Compact guidelines, and related rules to the extent permitted by law. As a result, DoDEA has established an internal committee to oversee the implementation of applicable provisions of the Compact in DoDEA schools. Establishing this committee provides another tangible manifestation of DoD’s commitment of support to military-connected school age children.

For additional information on the Interstate Compact visit the Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission website.

DoDEA’s Educational Partnership
The mission of the Educational Partnership Branch is to champion high quality education opportunities for military children in public schools by supporting military-connected local educational agencies (LEAs). Through partnership and outreach efforts, DoDEA mobilizes its experience and resources in pursuit of expanding educational opportunities for all children from military families. We capitalize on the vast portfolio of experiences and knowledge DoDEA has as a school system to promote continuity in academic and social support programs in military-connected school districts. We also seek opportunities to learn from those districts to share successful programs and practices. Additionally, we have oversight for policy and management of the Non-DoD School Program (NDSP) which serves 2,794 students in 132 foreign locations by providing support and funding (approximately $60M annually) for the education of authorized command-sponsored dependents of military members and DoD civilian employees assigned to overseas areas where no DoDEA school is available within the commuting area.

Through legislation, DoDEA has the authority to share its experience, expertise, and resources with public schools that educate military-connected students. To date, DoDEA has awarded more than 250 three-year grants, totaling $330M, to school districts to support research-based academic programs. The grants are reaching over 365,000 children from military families in over 1,200 public schools across the country. Data indicate that there is significant improvement in student achievement, increased professional development for teachers, and enhanced social and emotional support.

The Partnership Branch also administers the DoD Impact Aid Supplement and the Children with Severe Disabilities (CWSD) programs. Through these two programs, $45 million in financial assistance was provided in 2014 to 1,453 LEAs in 35 states. Additional information about the services the Partnership Branch is providing in support of military-connected children can be found on our Partnership website.

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About DoDEA
DoDEA plans, directs, coordinates, and manages pre-kindergarten through 12th grade education programs for school-age children of Department of Defense personnel who would otherwise not have access to high-quality public education. DoDEA schools are located in Europe, the Pacific, Western Asia, the Middle East, Cuba, the United States, Guam, and Puerto Rico. DoDEA also provides support and resources to Local Educational Agencies throughout the United States that serve children of military families.