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The DoDEA Grant Program

DoDEA supports research-based programs that aim to increase student achievement and ease the challenges that military children face due their parents military service. The grant program provides resources to military-connected local educational agencies (LEAs) to develop and implement projects that are designed to:

  • Promote student achievement in the core curricular areas.
  • Ease the challenges that military students face due to transitions and deployments.
  • Support the unique social and emotional needs of military students.
  • Promote distance learning opportunities.
  • Improve educator professional development.
  • Enhance and integrate technology.
  • Encourage parental involvement.

Since 2008, DoDEA has awarded nearly $200 million in grants to over 180 military-connected school districts. These three year projects impact nearly 280,000 military-connected students and more than 670,000 students overall in 900 schools.

Background

In Fiscal Year 2007, DoDEA received authority in the John Warner National Defense Authorization Act to work collaboratively with the U.S. Department of Education in efforts to ease the transition of military students from attendance in DoDEA schools to attendance in schools local education agencies (LEAs) that educate military students.

One aspect of assistance is the authority to issue grants for programs that enhance student achievement -- including grants for science, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics (STEM) initiatives. The grant program provides assistance to support quality programs and strategies to improve academic achievement and learning outcomes of children of military members. The DoDEA Educational Partnership promotes quality education, seamless transitions, and deployment support through outreach and partnership development.

Program Summary by Fiscal Year
  • 2012: $35 million to 26 military-connected LEAs
  • 2011: $65 million to 57 military-connected LEAs
  • 2010: $38 million to 32 military connected LEAs
  • 2009: $56 million to 44 military-connected LEAs
  • 2008: $1 million to 3 military-connected LEAs (pilot program)

 


Highlights

Military K-12 Grants Infographic 

  • Clarksville-Montgomery County Schools, TN -Clarksville-Montgomery Director of Schools, B.J. Worthington, has been chosen as an Education Week 2014 Leader to Learn From, in STEM Learning. See this article highlighting his work.
  • Northside Independent School District, TX
    Northside ISD runs a Lego Robotics program at several of their schools. Watch the news coverage of this STEM program.
  • Lyme Central School District, NY
    Lyme Central School works to improve student interest and achievement in STEM. The district emphasizes STEM learning in after school programs. In December, Lyme Central School hosted a STEM night for students and their families. Also, Cornell University provides hands-on learning opportunities for students. See Lyme Central's latest newsletter for details.