Department of Defense Education Activity

Learning is an active process of discovery where we cultivate curiosity, perseverance, and the desire to learn.

The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) is the Department of Defense agency charged with providing high quality education for military-connected students both domestically and overseas. DoDEA operates 166 schools located in eleven countries, two territories, and seven states and serves over 72,000 students.

The Blueprint for Continuous Improvement is DoDEA’s strategic plan for school years 2018/19 through 2023/24.  The title reflects the philosophy that drives DoDEA’s strategic direction.  A blueprint is an actionable plan that communicates and guides the work of all involved in a project.  It is flexible and can be updated as the project develops and needs change.  This is also true of our Blueprint, which serves as the foundation for all planning within DoDEA and directs our collective energies and resources as we strive to realize our vision. Further, the Blueprint will be continuously updated to reflect progress and shifts in students’ needs and the environment.

This document is the first update of our strategic plan and contains a description of the purpose of the Blueprint, an overview of the planning process, and the details of specific elements of the plan. The elements in this plan create a firm foundation for DoDEA’s pathway to greater student success for our next generation.

Excellence in Education for Every Student, Every Day, Everywhere

Blue Print Forward - Air Force Family

Dear Parents, Students, Staff, and Members of Our Community,

DirectorDoDEA is a school system with an important mission: To Educate, Engage, and Empower military-connected students to succeed in a dynamic world.  As a DoDEA community, we take great pride in our history of fulfilling our mission.  DoDEA traces its roots to the early 19th century when the United States Cavalry moved west across the frontier.  Since that time, DoDEA’s footprint has expanded across the country and around the globe to meet the educational needs of military-connected youth.  Our new strategic plan, the Blueprint for Continuous Improvement, marks the next chapter in our history.

As we move forward, it is essential that we honor the work of our past.  The Blueprint incorporates critical elements from the Community Strategic Plan (CSP) for School Years 2012/13 through 2017/18 and updates them to meet DoDEA’s future needs.  As a school system, we will continuously improve and refine our organizational direction as we work to meet our mission.  As a result, DoDEA will be more accountable to our stakeholders and more deliberate in our decisions.

I am inspired by the work ahead and am deeply grateful to the dedicated professionals who serve our students. Together we will pursue Excellence in Education for Every Student, Every Day, Everywhere.


Thomas Brady

Thomas M. Brady
Director, DoDEA

As a DoDEA community, we take great pride in our history of fulfilling our Mission.