DoDEA welcomes new and returning students and parents to the 2018-2019 school year! Please watch the welcome back video messages from the DoDEA Director and DoDEA's 2018 Teacher of the Year.
Here are updates to important system-wide initiatives and programs that everyone should be aware of.
DoDEA is implementing College and Career Ready Standards (CCRS), which support the mobile, military-connected students as they move in and out of DoDEA schools. CCRS provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them succeed. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers.
CCRS is implemented in different phases. This school year, DoDEA will roll out new literacy and science standards for pre-kindergarten to fifth grade as well as a revised business management career pathway as part of career and technical education. This career pathway offers courses in management, business law, business/personal finance, marketing/entrepreneurship, and spreadsheets/ databases.
In the Spring of 2018, DoDEA transitioned to online standards-based assessments with the administration of the College and Career Ready Standards Summative (CCRS) Assessments in mathematics and literacy for certain grades. These CCRS-aligned summative assessments measure student mastery of content standards taught for the grade level and/or course. It was the first year for the new DoDEA CCRS Comprehensive Assessment. Results will be shared in the fall.
In April, DoDEA rolled-out its 5-year strategic plan, the Blueprint for Continuous Improvement. The Blueprint serves as the foundation for all DoDEA’s plans and efforts. DoDEA will use the Blueprint as a guide to make improvements across the school system.
DoDEA remains committed to ensuring that no one is subject to sexual harassment of any kind in our education and training programs and activities. Everyone has the freedom to learn, work, and thrive in a safe and trusted environment.
Choices360 is an online career and academic planning tool designed to prepare secondary students for life after high school through exploring, planning, and readiness learning experiences. Research shows that students exposed to career development curriculum experience an increased understanding of career possibilities, are more future oriented, and have greater self-efficacy and increased school engagement. Research also demonstrates a positive correlation between the amount of college counseling delivered and the percentage of high school students who go to college.
DoDEA is implementing a systemic college and career advising and planning initiative that is aligned with standards, driven by evidenced-based best practices, and designed to increase access to readiness for postsecondary pathways so that every student can achieve his or her potential.
Choices360 is inclusive, intuitive, and comprehensive. Whether a students' postsecondary goal is to pursue the military, a college or university, trade school, technical college, or employment after high school, Choices360 encourages all students to "Make a Plan. Own Your Future."
For questions related to Choices360, please contact your District ISS for School Counseling, or the DoDEA Headquarters Student Services Lead via email or by telephone at DSN (313) 372-0577/ (571) 372-0577.
Every year DoDEA students, parents and school faculty recognize top-notch school principals who lead high-quality learning opportunities for students and demonstrate exemplary contributions to the profession!
Selected principals receive awards and professional opportunities. DoDEA finalists will be considered for the National Association of Elementary Principals (NAESP) and National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) Principal of the Year awards.
There many resources available to military families to help support the education of their school-aged children. These resources allow parents to prepare their military-connected students for success in every classroom, everywhere.
One of those resources is the Interstate Compact for Educational Opportunities for Military Children. The Compact is agreement between all 50 States, the District of Columbia, and DoDEA that addresses myriad educational transition issues school-aged military connected students may face.
While the Compact is not exhaustive in its coverage, it does address the key issues encountered by military families: eligibility, enrollment, placement and graduation. In addition, the Compact provides for a detailed governance structure at both the state and national levels to ensure the enforcement and compliance Compact tenants. Click here to learn more about the Compact.
DoDEA partners with organizations around the world to improve support resources available to mobile military-connected students. The DoDEA website is rich with support to assist students, families and staff. For example, our Partnership page includes a link to School Resources about Military Families constructed with Penn State. These materials provide students, families, and school staff (at every level) with evidence-based materials and supports for our shared goal to educate our military-connected students nationwide and around the world due to their frequent transitions to new schools and communities.
Additionally, there is information about the Non-DoD School Program that provides educational support and financial assistance to defray costs of education and to facilitate educational continuity in international locations where there is no DoDEA school. Learn more.
Over the last year, the DoDEA has been working to improve the online registration process. The new DoDEA Online Registration for Students system (DORS) will provide a smoother registration process for DoDEA families. DORS is a secure, web-based product that will be easily accessible to families worldwide at all times via computers, tablets, and mobile devices. DORS has the capability of auto populating common data for sibling registration, and parents can upload supporting documents (orders, birth certificates, etc.). Parents will be able to register new DoDEA students using DORS beginning fall 2018. Parents will still need to visit the school to finalize the registration process. DORS will be available for current student re-registration in spring 2019. More details to follow in the fall.
As part of our mission to provide exemplary educational programs that inspire and prepare students for success in a global environment, the DoDEA Virtual High School (DVHS) offers a variety of online courses to meet the academic and career-oriented goals of DoDEA eligible students. Course offerings, including Advanced Placement courses, are designed to address all DoDEA graduation requirements.