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Recent Connects Articles

Weekly Packet: Nov. 19, 2020

Weekly Packet: Nov. 19, 2020

November 20, 2020 Provides information on the K-5 CCRS for History/Social Studies implementation plan, Communication Building assessment, updates to the Career Practicum Program, procurement of MASE01 for middle school math support, and distribution of parent letters for the ACCESS for ELLs Online and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs assessments.
DoDEA CIO November message: Skype decommission, multi-factor authentication roll out complete

DoDEA CIO November message: Skype decommission, multi-factor authentication roll out complete

November 20, 2020 DoDEA Chief Information Officer Mark Patterson provides a monthly update on IT projects and initiatives. Learn more.
DoD releases Holiday Season Guidance to Minimize Spread of the COVID-19

DoD releases Holiday Season Guidance to Minimize Spread of the COVID-19

November 20, 2020 On Nov. 16, DoD released the Holiday Season Guidance to Minimize Spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019, which supplements existing guidance in DOD Force Health Protection Supplements, military installation orders, and Combatant Command disease prevention guidelines, as well as other state, local, territorial, or tribal health and safety laws, rules, and regulations.
Message from the Director: Holiday safety

Message from the Director: Holiday safety

November 19, 2020 DoDEA Director Tom Brady shares his appreciation to the staff and a holiday safety message.
Nov. 18 DoDEA school status: 135 in-person, 24 remote

Nov. 18 DoDEA school status: 135 in-person, 24 remote

November 19, 2020 As of Nov. 18, DoDEA has 85% of its school opened with in-person instruction — 135 schools in-person and 24 schools remote.
Photo of the week: New way of student recognition at Barsanti Elementary

Photo of the week: New way of student recognition at Barsanti Elementary

November 19, 2020 Barsanti Elementary School continues to recognize good citizenship and student excellence while enacting COVID-19 mitigation measures.
Teachers can register their class for NASA's Moon Pod Essay Contest

Teachers can register their class for NASA's Moon Pod Essay Contest

November 18, 2020 NASA's Artemis Moon Pod Essay Contest, open until Dec. 17, challenges U.S. K-12 students to imagine leading a one-week expedition to the Moon's South Pole. Teachers can sign up to register their class and manage entries.
Europe's Lakenheath Community Schools receive exemplary community partnership award

Europe's Lakenheath Community Schools receive exemplary community partnership award

November 18, 2020 Lakenheath Community Schools partnered with Suffolk Archives to create a traveling exhibition entitled, "I have three homes – Life as an American military child in Suffolk."
Susan Harris-Boring selected for National History Day fall webinar series

Susan Harris-Boring selected for National History Day fall webinar series

November 17, 2020 Congratulations Susan Harris-Boring, teacher at Kaiserslautern Middle School, for being one of only 58 teachers selected for a National History Day® fall professional development program.
DoDDS student and DoDEA educator for 33 years, Katie Caldwell retires

DoDDS student and DoDEA educator for 33 years, Katie Caldwell retires

November 17, 2020 Kinser Elementary says sayonara to Katie Caldwell, speech-language pathologist, who retires Nov. 30 having served as a DoDEA educator in Japan, Germany, and England.
November 2020 Assessment Bulletin

November 2020 Assessment Bulletin

November 17, 2020 The November 2020 Assessment Bulletin shares important updates and resources related to the DoDEA-CAS implementation for SY 2020-21.
Federal benefits open season starts Nov. 9 — information on Virtual Benefits Fair and plan changes for 2021

Federal benefits open season starts Nov. 9 — information on Virtual Benefits Fair and plan changes for 2021

November 09, 2020 Federal benefits open season is Nov. 9 to Dec. 14. DoDEA employees should be aware of significant plan changes for 2021 and are encouraged to attend the Virtual Benefits Fair to learn more about their options.
TSP updates – fund performance, 2021 contribution limits, changes to catch-up contributions

TSP updates – fund performance, 2021 contribution limits, changes to catch-up contributions

November 06, 2020 Check out how your TSP investments are performing this year. For 2021, know your contribution limits and changes to catch-up contributions, if you are 50 or older.
Ramstein Elementary's Superhero Mock Election encourages voter spirit

Ramstein Elementary's Superhero Mock Election encourages voter spirit

November 06, 2020 On Election Day 2020, students at Ramstein Elementary were casting their own ballots for their favorite superhero based on positive attributes and strong character traits. The mock election encourages the voter spirit at a young age.
Bill Nye's virtual classroom with DoDEA Pacific students

Bill Nye's virtual classroom with DoDEA Pacific students

November 06, 2020 Bill Nye spoke virtually to middle and high school classrooms in Korea, Guam, and Japan about how to stay engaged and excited about learning in any environment on Oct. 29.
Authorized Departure terminates Dec. 9

Authorized Departure terminates Dec. 9

November 05, 2020 As of Oct. 13, 2020, DoD provided guidance regarding Global Authorized Departure (G/AD) termination.
Director's November all hands provides school operating status update, recognizes employees and offices

Director's November all hands provides school operating status update, recognizes employees and offices

November 05, 2020 DoDEA Director Tom Brady led a virtual All Hands meeting Nov. 4 where he provided updates on school operating status worldwide, recognized employees and offices, and highlighted CFC.
Proclamation on National Native American Heritage Month, 2020

Proclamation on National Native American Heritage Month, 2020

November 05, 2020 President Donald Trump issues a presidential proclamation on National Native American Heritage Month honoring the storied legacy of American Indians and Alaska Natives in our nation.
Photo of the Week: Fort Campbell High School history teachers share voter pride

Photo of the Week: Fort Campbell High School history teachers share voter pride

November 05, 2020 Fort Campbell High School history teachers, Kesha Ladd and Pamela Briggs, celebrate their right to vote on Election Day with 19th Amendment t-shirts.
Video: DoDEA Virtual School teacher Jane Page emphasizes connections as part of learning

Video: DoDEA Virtual School teacher Jane Page emphasizes connections as part of learning

November 04, 2020 DoDEA Virtual School (DVS) teacher Jane Page talks about teacher-student relationships, and discusses how the flexibility of the DVS can be ideal for military connected families.
Submit nominations for teacher and principal of the year — Last day is Nov. 13

Submit nominations for teacher and principal of the year — Last day is Nov. 13

November 04, 2020 The last day to submit nominations for Teacher of the Year and Principal of the Year is Nov. 13. This is the time to recognize DoDEA's outstanding educators.
Weekly Packet: Nov. 4, 2020

Weekly Packet: Nov. 4, 2020

November 04, 2020 Provides information on Credit by Exam (CBE) assessments within DoDEA high schools and professional learning days.
DoDEA grants provide technology critical for remote learning

DoDEA grants provide technology critical for remote learning

November 04, 2020 DoDEA's grant program is making a difference in the lives of military-connected students and their local communities. Read some of the amazing stories.
What would you wear? Kubasaki High's Career Practicum students know the answer.

What would you wear? Kubasaki High's Career Practicum students know the answer.

November 03, 2020 In a hands-on activity, Kubasaki High School's Career Practicum class learned about appropriate work attire for different work environments and even modeled it themselves by dressing in interview-ready clothing.
Kadena Elementary's Bully Box Program

Kadena Elementary's Bully Box Program

November 03, 2020 The counseling team at Kadena Elementary School is in its third year of the Bully Box Program where students can submit "bully slips" whenever there is a concern regarding a bully situation.
DoD Employee Assistance Program: November webinars

DoD Employee Assistance Program: November webinars

November 03, 2020 Information on upcoming DoD Employee Assistance Program webinars and recent presentations that were recorded and available for viewing.
DoDEA map of schools by area (SY 2020-21)

DoDEA map of schools by area (SY 2020-21)

November 03, 2020 Map of schools by area (SY 2020-21) showing DoDEA's geographic presence in one snapshot.
DoDEA social media specialist honored by NSPRA's 35 Under 35

DoDEA social media specialist honored by NSPRA's 35 Under 35

November 03, 2020 Congratulations to DoDEA's Social Media Specialist Erica Yelland for being honored as the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA)'s 35 Under 35.
Ambiguous grief — managing emotional losses during the pandemic

Ambiguous grief — managing emotional losses during the pandemic

November 03, 2020 Grief is often associated with the death of a person. However, during this pandemic people may be grieving for the things they have lost during these months of social distancing.
2020 Military Family Appreciation Month poster, video

2020 Military Family Appreciation Month poster, video

November 01, 2020 DoDEA recognizes the selfless dedication and commitment of military families which directly contributes to the readiness of our nation. Download the poster and video.
2020 National American Indian Heritage Month posters, activity book

2020 National American Indian Heritage Month posters, activity book

November 01, 2020 November is National American Indian Heritage Month. Download the posters and children activity book to celebrate the rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories of Native Americans.
Weekly Packet: Oct. 29, 2020

Weekly Packet: Oct. 29, 2020

October 30, 2020 Provides updates to the College and Career Ready (CCR) quarterly professional learning sessions with specific information on quarter 2 sessions.
Video: First-time virtual school teacher Rebecca Sterrett shares her experience

Video: First-time virtual school teacher Rebecca Sterrett shares her experience

October 30, 2020 "I do feel like I'm getting to know those kids," shares DoDEA Virtual School teacher Rebecca Sterrett.
Climate survey open now to Nov. 30 for HQ employees

Climate survey open now to Nov. 30 for HQ employees

October 30, 2020 Headquarters employees are invited to participate in a climate survey to provide anonymous feedback on the agency's equal opportunity and diversity initiatives.
DoDEA CIO October message: Microsoft 365 implementation, training update

DoDEA CIO October message: Microsoft 365 implementation, training update

October 30, 2020 DoDEA Chief Information Officer Mark Patterson provides a monthly update on IT projects and initiatives. Learn more.
Message from the Director: DoDEA Virtual School update, second semester planning

Message from the Director: DoDEA Virtual School update, second semester planning

October 29, 2020 In a memo, DoDEA Director Tom Brady provides an update on the DoDEA Virtual School enrollment for the second semester and the potential impacts on staffing.
2020 CFC in the pandemic: Be the face of change

2020 CFC in the pandemic: Be the face of change

October 29, 2020 The 2020 pandemic has hit charities hard this year. Now, more than ever, DoDEA employees can make a positive impact by donating time or money through the CFC.
Oct. 29 DoDEA school status: 137 in-person, 22 remote

Oct. 29 DoDEA school status: 137 in-person, 22 remote

October 29, 2020 All 45 DoDEA Pacific schools are open for in-person learning — marking the first time this school year where a region has all buildings open for traditional instruction.
Photo of the week: Parker Elementary School unified against bullying

Photo of the week: Parker Elementary School unified against bullying

October 29, 2020 Look at all that orange! In honor of Unity Day, Parker Elementary School staff wore orange to stand against bullying and to promote kindness.
Teaching in global pandemic: loss of human connection, importance of teacher networks

Teaching in global pandemic: loss of human connection, importance of teacher networks

October 29, 2020 DoDEA teacher Michael Pope shares what it's like teaching in the global pandemic noting loss of human connection and mental health for students and colleagues and the importance of teacher networks.
Resources for conflict management now on app

Resources for conflict management now on app

October 28, 2020 DoDEA's Center for Early Dispute Resolution launched a mobile app for agency employees offering a host of information resources for managing conflict.
Microsoft Teams training in November for DoDEA employees

Microsoft Teams training in November for DoDEA employees

October 27, 2020 Learn how to use Microsoft Teams in a one-hour training especially for DoDEA employees. Multiple sessions are available to accommodate different time zones. 
Take the 2020 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey — LAST DAY IS NOV. 4

Take the 2020 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey — LAST DAY IS NOV. 4

October 27, 2020 DoDEA employees are encouraged to complete the 2020 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey. So far, 25.6% has completed the survey. 
Federal Flexible Spending Account Program (FSAFEDS): Cut your health and child care costs in 2021

Federal Flexible Spending Account Program (FSAFEDS): Cut your health and child care costs in 2021

October 27, 2020 FSAFEDS offers flexible spending accounts that allow participants to use pre-tax funds to reimburse for eligible health and child care expenses. To participate in 2021, enroll during open season Nov. 9 to Dec. 14.
Federal benefits open season: new rates and benefits explained

Federal benefits open season: new rates and benefits explained

October 27, 2020 Federal employees have from Nov. 9 – Dec. 14 to enroll in a new plan, make changes, or cancel Federal Employee Health Benefits (FEHB), Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP), and Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAFEDS) for 2021.
Excused absence for voting in general election

Excused absence for voting in general election

October 27, 2020 Tuesday, Nov. 3 is the general election. The federal government has a longstanding policy of granting employees a limited amount of administrative leave to vote.
"Schooling with Uncle Sam" — a call for stories

"Schooling with Uncle Sam" — a call for stories

October 23, 2020 The Museum of the American Military Family (MAMF) is looking for your teacher stories to share as part of DoDEA's 75th anniversary.
Oct. 22 DoDEA school status: 131 in-person, 27 remote

Oct. 22 DoDEA school status: 131 in-person, 27 remote

October 22, 2020 As of Oct. 22, DoDEA has 131 schools opened with in-person learning at brick-and-mortar schools and 27 schools opened with remote learning.
Dr. Terri Marshall honored at Principal of the Year Virtual Awards Program

Dr. Terri Marshall honored at Principal of the Year Virtual Awards Program

October 22, 2020 NASSP honored the 2020 State Principals of the Year in a virtual awards ceremony Oct. 21. Hear from Dr. Terri Marshall, principal of DoDEA Virtual School and DoDEA's 2020 Principal of the Year.
What you need to know about TSP catch-up contributions

What you need to know about TSP catch-up contributions

October 22, 2020 Starting in the year you turn 50, you may be eligible to make catch-up contributions to your TSP account. Learn more.
SMART interactive flat panels authorized for wired or wireless connection

SMART interactive flat panels authorized for wired or wireless connection

October 22, 2020 SMART interactive flat panels are now authorized to connect to the DoDEA network both wired or wirelessly.
USO brings Bill Nye virtually to DoDEA Pacific classrooms Oct. 29

USO brings Bill Nye virtually to DoDEA Pacific classrooms Oct. 29

October 21, 2020 DoDEA Pacific is excited to partner with the USO to bring Bill Nye virtually to middle and high school classrooms across the Pacific region Oct. 29.
Samuel Gotti first DoDEA employee selected for DoD's Aspiring Leader Program

Samuel Gotti first DoDEA employee selected for DoD's Aspiring Leader Program

October 21, 2020 Congratulations to Information Management Control Officer Samuel Gotti on his selection for the DoD Aspiring Leader Program. He is the first DoDEA employee to be selected for this opportunity.
Review your first line supervisor in MyBiz+

Review your first line supervisor in MyBiz+

October 21, 2020 MyBiz+ products and services are highly dependent upon employees being assigned to their current supervisor in the system.
Some overseas employees affected by DCPS system error

Some overseas employees affected by DCPS system error

October 21, 2020 On Aug.1, a systematic problem was identified in the Defense Civilian Payroll System (DCPS) for some overseas employees resulting in debts. DFAS has corrected the issue.
''More than ever, I realized how much I was needed' shares teacher Michele Dube

''More than ever, I realized how much I was needed' shares teacher Michele Dube

October 21, 2020 A teacher's role in a student's life extends far past the confines of the classroom — whether it be virtual or physical. Take a listen to one of these stellar relationship builders at Baumholder Middle High School.
Weekly Packet: Oct. 21, 2020

Weekly Packet: Oct. 21, 2020

October 21, 2020 Provides nomination and application information for the U.S. Senate Youth Program and the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.
October 2020 Assessment Bulletin shares important updates

October 2020 Assessment Bulletin shares important updates

October 20, 2020 The October 2020 Assessment Bulletin shares important updates and resources related to the DoDEA-CAS implementation for SY 2020-21.
Anti-Bullying Month initiative focuses on random acts of kindness

Anti-Bullying Month initiative focuses on random acts of kindness

October 20, 2020 For one week, students at Kubasaki High School were encouraged to perform random acts of kindness as part of Anti-Bullying Month.
New Employee Assistance Program extends to all DoDEA employees worldwide

New Employee Assistance Program extends to all DoDEA employees worldwide

October 15, 2020 Magellan Healthcare, DoDEA's EAP service provider, now services all DoDEA employees worldwide. Call at 866-580-9046.
Reminder: Take the 2020 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey

Reminder: Take the 2020 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey

October 15, 2020 DoDEA employees are encouraged to complete the 2020 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey.
DoDEA makes plans for Virtual School second semester

DoDEA makes plans for Virtual School second semester

October 15, 2020 Parents committed to the DoDEA Virtual School for the first semester. DoDEA is now preparing for transitions that will take place second semester that could have an effect on schools systemwide.
Video: Firefighter reads aloud fire safety book (can be used in your school)

Video: Firefighter reads aloud fire safety book (can be used in your school)

October 13, 2020 Firefighter at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune reads aloud "What should Daisy do?" This is a resourceful kid-friendly video perfect for sharing with your students. 
Reminder: Submit nominations for teacher and principal of the year

Reminder: Submit nominations for teacher and principal of the year

October 13, 2020 Nominations are being accepted now to Nov. 13 for Teacher of the Year and Principal of the Year. This is the time to recognize DoDEA's outstanding educators.
DoDEA, military leaders in Guam discuss COVID-19 safety in preparation for classroom learning

DoDEA, military leaders in Guam discuss COVID-19 safety in preparation for classroom learning

October 09, 2020 The four DoDEA schools located in Guam have been operating in a remote learning environment. DoDEA staff and military partners collaborated to discuss coordinated response efforts to potential COVID-19 scenarios in preparation for a return to classroom learning.
Weekly Packet: Oct. 8, 2020

Weekly Packet: Oct. 8, 2020

October 08, 2020 Provides information on ESOL screening, Alternate Content Standards (ACS) professional learning session, and performance observations.
Traveling to Pacific region with children not on official orders?

Traveling to Pacific region with children not on official orders?

October 08, 2020 What you need to know if you have received assignment orders to the Pacific region and will be travelling with school-aged children not on your official orders.
New paid paternal leave provides up to 12 weeks of paid time off

New paid paternal leave provides up to 12 weeks of paid time off

October 07, 2020 Starting Oct. 1, eligible federal employees can take paid time off for up to 12 weeks for the birth, adoption, or foster care of a child.
Director's October all hands highlights agency's remarkable work, pays tribute to Pamela Harris

Director's October all hands highlights agency's remarkable work, pays tribute to Pamela Harris

October 07, 2020 DoDEA Director Tom Brady led a virtual All Hands meeting Oct. 7 where he highlighted the remarkable work of various DoDEA offices.
Dawn Douglas and Ron Stephens selected as DoDEA employees of the quarter

Dawn Douglas and Ron Stephens selected as DoDEA employees of the quarter

October 07, 2020 Congratulations to Dawn Douglas and Ron Stephens for their selection as the Employees of the Quarter for the second quarter of 2020 (April to June).
Get your flu shot — covered by all FEHB plans

Get your flu shot — covered by all FEHB plans

October 07, 2020 As the world continues to fight COVID-19, an annual flu vaccine is more important than ever.
Under Secretary for Personnel and Readiness releases 10-year strategy

Under Secretary for Personnel and Readiness releases 10-year strategy

October 06, 2020 Matthew Donovan releases an unprecedented 10-year strategy — Preserving Our Competitive Advantage: Personnel and Readiness Strategy for 2030.
Brady visits Fort Knox Middle High School Sept. 30

Brady visits Fort Knox Middle High School Sept. 30

October 06, 2020 DoDEA Director Tom Brady, along with Kentucky Community Superintendent Joshua Adams, witnessed learning in action at Fort Knox Middle High School Sept.30.
Brenda Sandoval provides speech-language services remotely — her advice, tips

Brenda Sandoval provides speech-language services remotely — her advice, tips

October 06, 2020 School year 2020-21 has been like no other. Brenda Sandoval, speech-language pathologist at Antilles Middle School, shares her journey and experience. 
Nominate your favorite teacher for Teacher of the Year

Nominate your favorite teacher for Teacher of the Year

October 05, 2020 Nominations are being accepted now to Nov. 13 for the 2022 DoDEA Teacher of the Year. This is your chance to recognize outstanding teachers.
Photo of the week: Ramstein High School's admin team purchases 100 pizzas for faculty

Photo of the week: Ramstein High School's admin team purchases 100 pizzas for faculty

October 02, 2020 The Ramstein High School administration team treated the faculty to a pizza party Oct. 2 to celebrate the completion of the sixth week of school and to thank the teachers for all their hard work. 
DoDEA celebrates National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

DoDEA celebrates National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

October 02, 2020 National Cybersecurity Awareness Month is a broad effort to help all Americans stay safer and more secure online. Here are some tips and resources for DoDEA employees.
Sept. 30 DoDEA school status: 115 in-person, 43 remote

Sept. 30 DoDEA school status: 115 in-person, 43 remote

October 01, 2020 As of Sept. 30, DoDEA has 115 schools opened with in-person learning at brick-and-mortar schools, 43 schools opened with remote learning, and one school with a mix of both.
Dr. Sue Kerns shares jokes, builds relationships

Dr. Sue Kerns shares jokes, builds relationships

October 01, 2020 School year 2020-21 has been like no other. Dr. Sue Kerns, ET at West Point Elementary School, shares a snippet of her experience. 
Weekly Packet: Sept. 30, 2020

Weekly Packet: Sept. 30, 2020

October 01, 2020 Provides information on AVID professional learning, AP course guidance, Teacher of the Year nominations, and alignment of preschool student progress reporting periods.
2020 National Bullying Prevention Month posters

2020 National Bullying Prevention Month posters

September 30, 2020 October is National Bullying Prevention Month —a time to  raise awareness of bullying prevention. Download the posters.
Adele Collins goes paperless with in-person biology classes

Adele Collins goes paperless with in-person biology classes

September 30, 2020 School year 2020-21 has been like no other. Adele Collins, biology teacher at Kaiserslautern High School, shares a snippet of her experience.
Coming soon: 2020 Federal Benefits Open Season

Coming soon: 2020 Federal Benefits Open Season

September 29, 2020 Federal employees will have from Nov. 9 to Dec. 14 to enroll in a new plan, make changes, or cancel Federal Employee Health Benefits (FEHB), Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA), and Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP) for 2021.
Vogelweh Elementary students visit Independence Hall using virtual reality kits

Vogelweh Elementary students visit Independence Hall using virtual reality kits

September 29, 2020 Using virtual reality kits, fifth graders at Vogelweh Elementary School took a field trip to Independence Hall with their educational technologist teacher Xavier Flores.
2020 National Disability Employment Awareness Month poster

2020 National Disability Employment Awareness Month poster

September 29, 2020 October is National Disability Employment Awarness Month — a time to highlight the historical context and advantages of employing persons with disabilities across America. Download the poster.
Museum of the American Military Family captures history of DoDEA and its teachers

Museum of the American Military Family captures history of DoDEA and its teachers

September 28, 2020 The Museum has a permanent exhibition on the history of DoDEA and a collection of teacher-collected artifacts from around the world.
Europe's commitment to equity and access results in AP success for students

Europe's commitment to equity and access results in AP success for students

September 25, 2020 Europe's comprehensive analysis of AP exam results and participation data resulted in changes that increased the number of students taking AP courses and exams and receiving qualifying scores of 3 or higher.
Dr. Daniele Massey shares her take on pandemic schooling as virtual teacher, mother of two

Dr. Daniele Massey shares her take on pandemic schooling as virtual teacher, mother of two

September 25, 2020 DoDEA Virtual School teacher and Army spouse Dr. Daniele Massey shares her take on pandemic schooling from the perspective of a virtual teacher and mother of two.
Google Meet to discontinue premium features Sept. 30

Google Meet to discontinue premium features Sept. 30

September 24, 2020 On Sept. 30, Google Meet will discontinue premium features that they have been offering free to all customers since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn about the upcoming changes and alternative solutions.
Three DoDEA schools recognized among 2020 National Blue Ribbon Schools

Three DoDEA schools recognized among 2020 National Blue Ribbon Schools

September 24, 2020 Congratulations to Heroes Elementary School, Landstuhl Elementary Middle School, and Sasebo Elementary School.
Photo of the week: John O. Arnn Elementary's "first day"

Photo of the week: John O. Arnn Elementary's "first day"

September 24, 2020 John O. Arnn Elementary School in Japan welcomed back students for in-person instruction Sept. 21 with hand sanitizer for all.
Lookout for email: action required to maintain DAU access

Lookout for email: action required to maintain DAU access

September 24, 2020 If you accessed Cornerstone OnDemand recently, you will receive an email from DAU to activate an Okta account.
Sept. 23 DoDEA school status: 110 in-person, 48 remote

Sept. 23 DoDEA school status: 110 in-person, 48 remote

September 24, 2020 As of Sept. 23, DoDEA has 110 schools opened with in-person learning at brick-and-mortar schools, 48 schools opened with remote learning, and one school with a mix of both.
DoD Employee Assistance Program webinars August-October

DoD Employee Assistance Program webinars August-October

September 23, 2020 Information on upcoming DoD Employee Assistance Program webinars and recent presentations that were recorded and available for viewing.
Fort Campbell schools celebrate successful opening

Fort Campbell schools celebrate successful opening

September 23, 2020 Barsanti Elementary School, Mahaffey Middle School, and Fort Campbell High School transitioned from remote learning to in-person learning Sept. 21 — welcoming students back to their brick-and-mortar schools.
Safeguarding personally identifiable information

Safeguarding personally identifiable information

September 23, 2020 Safeguarding personally identifiable information, or PII, is everyone's responsibility. Learn what PII is and your role in protecting PII.
Take the 2020 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey

Take the 2020 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey

September 23, 2020 DoDEA employees are encouraged to complete the 2020 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey to share their feedback about the workplace with agency leadership.
Cornerstone OnDemand implementation wins DAU corporate award

Cornerstone OnDemand implementation wins DAU corporate award

September 22, 2020 DoDEA's implementation of Cornerstone OnDemand, the learning management system (LMS), is part the DOD Customer LMS Implementation Team that received the DAU Corporate Award for Category 6.
Kadena High School returns to brick-and-mortar school along with 12 others in Okinawa

Kadena High School returns to brick-and-mortar school along with 12 others in Okinawa

September 22, 2020 Thirteen schools in the DoDEA Pacific South District transitioned from remote learning to in-person learning Sept. 21. Watch this "first day" experience at Kadena High School.
How to submit RM service request — a video tutorial

How to submit RM service request — a video tutorial

September 22, 2020 The Global Service Desk is the single point of contact for resource management (RM) service requests. Here's how.
September is National Preparedness Month: Teach youth about preparedness

September is National Preparedness Month: Teach youth about preparedness

September 18, 2020 September is National Preparedness Month: Teach youth about preparedness.
Resources on new employee benefits

Resources on new employee benefits

September 18, 2020 Comprehensive information on new employee benefits, how to enroll, and important deadlines.
People of DoDEA: Jessica Castro uses technology to assist teachers and students

People of DoDEA: Jessica Castro uses technology to assist teachers and students

September 18, 2020 Jessica Castro is the educational technologist at Antilles Elementary School in Puerto Rico, a 21st century school.
Weekly Packet: Sept. 17, 2020

Weekly Packet: Sept. 17, 2020

September 17, 2020 Provides information to administrators and educators regarding school year 2020-21 College and Career Ready (CCR) quarter 1 professional learning (PL) sessions. 
Photo of the week: Mahaffey Middle School sixth grade team

Photo of the week: Mahaffey Middle School sixth grade team

September 17, 2020 The Mahaffey Middle School sixth grade team encourages students to celebrate qualities that make them unique. One way they do that is by donning inspirational t-shirts.
Video: How to wear a mask (kid-friendly)

Video: How to wear a mask (kid-friendly)

September 17, 2020 DoDEA school nurse reviews proper face mask use while in school. This is a resourceful kid-friendly video perfect for sharing with your students. 
2020 update: contact information for DoDEA's human resources

2020 update: contact information for DoDEA's human resources

September 16, 2020 A comprehensive list of contact information for DoDEA's human resources, including CHRA, with names and phone numbers.
6 DoDEA students named semifinalists for National Merit Scholarship Program

6 DoDEA students named semifinalists for National Merit Scholarship Program

September 16, 2020 Congratulations to the six DoDEA seniors who were recently named semifinalists in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program.
Nominate your favorite principal for 2021 DoDEA Principal of the Year

Nominate your favorite principal for 2021 DoDEA Principal of the Year

September 16, 2020 Nominations are being accepted now to Nov. 13 for the 2021 DoDEA Principal of the Year. This is your chance to recognize exceptional school principals.
Safety, predictability, control in the midst of COVID-19

Safety, predictability, control in the midst of COVID-19

September 15, 2020 In a time of crisis, like when dealing with the coronavirus, the tenants of safety, predictability, and control can help significantly in managing anxiety and stress.
Director issues travel guidance for winter recess

Director issues travel guidance for winter recess

September 15, 2020 In a Sept. 10 memo, DoDEA Director Tom Brady provides travel guidance for all employees for the winter break.
2020 Hispanic Heritage Month posters

2020 Hispanic Heritage Month posters

September 15, 2020 Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month. Download these posters to honor and celebrate the histories, cultures, and contributions of Hispanic Americans.
Remote learning: a family's perspective

Remote learning: a family's perspective

September 11, 2020 Meet the Curry family with three boys attending schools remotely in the DoDEA Pacific Region.
September is National Preparedness Month: Prepare for disasters

September is National Preparedness Month: Prepare for disasters

September 11, 2020 Limit the impacts that disasters have on you and your family. Know the risk of disasters in your area and check your insurance coverage.
Director's September all hands provides start of school updates, reiterates flexibility

Director's September all hands provides start of school updates, reiterates flexibility

September 10, 2020 DoDEA Director Tom Brady led a virtual All Hands meeting Sept. 9 where he provided updates on the start of school and reiterated flexibility as the way forward.
Weekly Packet: Sept. 10, 2020

Weekly Packet: Sept. 10, 2020

September 10, 2020 Provides information on Constitution Day and Citizenship Day 2020 and student participation in the PSAT 8/9 and PSAT/NMSQT assessments.
PR for Principals: School communications and working with the media

PR for Principals: School communications and working with the media

September 10, 2020 A guide for school leaders on school communications and working with the media.
Scouts help prepare Okinawa schools for in person instruction

Scouts help prepare Okinawa schools for in person instruction

September 09, 2020 Scouts in Okinawa recently completed Eagle Scout service projects by assembling clear physical barriers in cafeterias and classrooms and beautifying outdoor areas.
DoDEA rolls out Microsoft 365 and Teams to above school-level staff

DoDEA rolls out Microsoft 365 and Teams to above school-level staff

September 09, 2020 Starting the week of Sept. 21, DoDEA will transition all above school-level employees to Microsoft 365 and Teams. Look out for email instructions on how to setup your account.
Electronic device sanitation guidance

Electronic device sanitation guidance

September 09, 2020 This guidance provides recommended sanitation methods for DoDEA electronic devices based on CDC and manufacturer recommendations.
DoDEA COVID-19 operational guidelines and protocols for SY 2020-21 updated

DoDEA COVID-19 operational guidelines and protocols for SY 2020-21 updated

August 27, 2020 The COVID-19 Operational Guidelines and Protocols for Schools provides guidelines for district and school leaders in establishing and maintaining a safe school environment for school year 2020-21.
Reimbursement for COVID-19 testing

Reimbursement for COVID-19 testing

August 27, 2020 Under specific circumstances, the cost of COVID-19 testing could be an authorized reimbursable expense. Learn more.
Europe's Virtual Leadership Summit sets up learners for success

Europe's Virtual Leadership Summit sets up learners for success

August 27, 2020 A key takeaway from the Europe Virtual Leadership Summit was the power of experiencing Google Classroom from the learner perspective.
Upgrades to VPN for longer, more reliable connections

Upgrades to VPN for longer, more reliable connections

August 25, 2020 VPN system upgraded to handle more users, longer connections.
How to change your retirement date or withdraw your retirement request

How to change your retirement date or withdraw your retirement request

August 24, 2020 With the impact of COVID-19, individuals may find they need to change their retirement plans. Here's how.
Information on the start of DoDEA Virtual School

Information on the start of DoDEA Virtual School

August 20, 2020 DoDEA is working hard to prepare for the start of the DoDEA Virtual School Aug. 24. With many moving parts, here is some important information for DVS teachers and students.
Key IT initiatives rolling out this school year

Key IT initiatives rolling out this school year

August 18, 2020 Learn about DoDEA IT initiatives and programs that will be rolled out during SY 2020-21 to include Microsoft Teams, ClassLink, and more.
Don't get locked out — update your CAC's PIV-Authentication certificate

Don't get locked out — update your CAC's PIV-Authentication certificate

July 22, 2020 If your CAC was issued before Feb. 24, 2018, you may need to activate your Personal Identity Verification-Authentication certificate. Here's how.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) turns 30

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) turns 30

July 22, 2020 This year marks the 30th anniversary of the ADA. The ADA's purpose is to make sure people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else.
Mandatory training now automated

Mandatory training now automated

July 21, 2020 Mandatory training requirements for DoDEA employees is now automated in Cornerstone On-Demand (CSOD) making it easier to track required and completed courses.
People of DoDEA: Lourdes Torrens, art expresses how you feel about life

People of DoDEA: Lourdes Torrens, art expresses how you feel about life

July 21, 2020 Lourdes Torrens has been teaching art to students at DoDEA's Antilles High School in Puerto Rico for the past 30 years.
What school will look like in the Pacific

What school will look like in the Pacific

July 21, 2020 DoDEA Pacific is prepared to provide students with continuity of education during the 2020-21 school year. Watch this video to learn more about what school will look like.
More Lifecycle (L) Funds now available on TSP

More Lifecycle (L) Funds now available on TSP

July 20, 2020 TSP's new Lifecycle (L) Funds — where the target retirement dates of each fund is be separated by only five years instead of 10 — is now available for participants.
45,219 TSP participants reach millionaire milestone in Q2

45,219 TSP participants reach millionaire milestone in Q2

July 17, 2020 Achieving TSP millionaire milestone is possible. The strategy: slow and steady.
COVID-19 reasonable accommodation request

COVID-19 reasonable accommodation request

July 16, 2020 Employees who are higher risk for COVID-19 may apply for a reasonable accommodation and should do so as soon as possible.
Microsoft 365 replaces OWA for web mail access

Microsoft 365 replaces OWA for web mail access

July 16, 2020 OWA has crashed and support is end of life. Employees who require access to email and don't have access to a government computer can request to be migrated to Microsoft 0365. Here's how.
DoDEA COVID-19 operational guidelines and protocols for SY 2020-21

DoDEA COVID-19 operational guidelines and protocols for SY 2020-21

July 15, 2020 The COVID-19 Operational Guidelines and Protocols for Schools provides guidelines for district and school leaders in establishing and maintaining a safe school environment for school year 2020-21.
For educators: SY 2020-21 return-to-school plans and resources plus virtual school detail

For educators: SY 2020-21 return-to-school plans and resources plus virtual school detail

July 15, 2020 DoDEA shares its 2020-21 return-to-school plans that include in person school, where local health conditions allow, and an option of virtual school for K-12.
60-Day limited period for FSAFEDS changes to existing elections

60-Day limited period for FSAFEDS changes to existing elections

July 15, 2020 FSAFEDS participants can make a mid-year one-time change – an increase or a decrease – in the amount of their annual election in any FSA account in which they are enrolled.
Pacific maps updated with Guam assigned to Pacific West District

Pacific maps updated with Guam assigned to Pacific West District

July 15, 2020 The maps for school year 2020-21 have been updated to reflect Guam's transition from the Pacific South District to the Pacific West District.
School opening dates shift in Americas Southeast District

School opening dates shift in Americas Southeast District

July 14, 2020 Schools in the Americas Southeast District will start later than originally planned. The additional time enables DoDEA to prepare for the reopening of brick-and-mortar schools with a virtual option.
Authorized Departure extended to Aug. 10 for those currently at safe havens

Authorized Departure extended to Aug. 10 for those currently at safe havens

July 14, 2020 DoD has extended the Authorized Departure to Aug. 10 for civilian employees currently at safe havens under the original Authorized Departure.
My DoDEA Story: Dr. Youlanda Washington

My DoDEA Story: Dr. Youlanda Washington

July 09, 2020 Dr. Youlanda Washington, the Kentucky community superintendent serving Fort Campbell and Fort Knox, retires after more than four decades of service.
Dr. Keri Lohmeier nominated for 2020 Secretary of Defense disability award

Dr. Keri Lohmeier nominated for 2020 Secretary of Defense disability award

July 09, 2020 Dr. Keri Lohmeier, assistant principal at the DoDEA Virtual High School, is nominated for 2020 Secretary of Defense disability award for her exemplary support to Pacific schools during the COVID-19 pandemic.
DoDEA time zone map for SY 2020-21

DoDEA time zone map for SY 2020-21

July 08, 2020 Download the DoDEA time zone map for school year 2020-21. This one-pager provides an overview of the agency's global operation of 160 schools in three regions across 10 time zones.
Resource for DoDEA schools: Ensuring a Safe and Healthy Return to School guide

Resource for DoDEA schools: Ensuring a Safe and Healthy Return to School guide

July 08, 2020 Download the Ensuring a Safe and Healthy Return to School guide that assist schools in developing mitigation strategies to implement throughout the various DOD HPCON levels.
DoDEA Back to School dates SY 2020-21

DoDEA Back to School dates SY 2020-21

July 08, 2020 Download the DoDEA Back to School dates for school year 2020-21. This one-pager provides dates for when teacher and students are expected back for each region and district.
Highlights from DoDEA overseas Class of 2020

Highlights from DoDEA overseas Class of 2020

July 07, 2020 In collaboration with AFN Europe and Pacific, DoDEA overseas schools salute their Class of 2020 with highlights from their commencement ceremonies and words from honored graduates.
Message from the Director: Return to School SY 2020-21

Message from the Director: Return to School SY 2020-21

July 07, 2020 DoDEA Director Tom Brady shares a message about safely and effectively implementing teaching and learning this coming school year indicating the preferred method as a regular full-time in person schedule for both students and staff.
Updated VPN guidance for remote workers — select 'Standard'

Updated VPN guidance for remote workers — select 'Standard'

July 01, 2020 After a recent VPN hardware migration, users should now select "Standard – DoDEA PKI VPN" when working remotely.
DoDEA digital learning: pathway to graduation

DoDEA digital learning: pathway to graduation

June 30, 2020 See how dedicated teachers implemented digital learning solutions to overcome difficult learning conditions and enable DoDEA students to graduate like no other class before them.
DoDEA school year 2019-2020: a retrospective

DoDEA school year 2019-2020: a retrospective

June 30, 2020 School year 2019-2020 was a year of extraordinary educational and logistical challenges due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Take a look back in this retrospective.
Guam transitions to Pacific West District

Guam transitions to Pacific West District

June 30, 2020 Guam transitions from the Pacific South District to the Pacific West District effective July 15.
Antoine Sharpe: Helping students prepare for everything

Antoine Sharpe: Helping students prepare for everything

June 26, 2020 I believe my job is not to prepare students for something, but to help students prepare themselves for anything.
Message from Lois Rapp, Pacific Director of Student Excellence

Message from Lois Rapp, Pacific Director of Student Excellence

June 26, 2020 Pacific Director of Student Excellence Lois Rapp shares a message with the Pacific region.
Message from Dr. Judith Minor, Americas Director of Student Excellence

Message from Dr. Judith Minor, Americas Director of Student Excellence

June 26, 2020 Americas Director of Student Excellence Dr. Judith Minor shares a message with the Americas region.
Message from Dr. Dell McMullen, Europe Director of Student Excellence

Message from Dr. Dell McMullen, Europe Director of Student Excellence

June 26, 2020 Europe Director of Student Excellence Dr. Dell McMullen shares a message with the Europe region.
Weekly Packet: June 24, 2020

Weekly Packet: June 24, 2020

June 24, 2020 The Weekly Packet for June 24, 2020 provides an update on the agency's current learning management system: Schoology.
Help protect yourself and others from COVID-19

Help protect yourself and others from COVID-19

June 24, 2020 Practice six feet of social distancing and wear a face covering to help protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
Debbie Parks retires after 39 years in education

Debbie Parks retires after 39 years in education

June 23, 2020 Stowers Elementary School Principal Debbie Parks retires after 39 years in education having worked in the Americas and Europe.
Beware of fraudulent coronavirus shipping and insurance fees

Beware of fraudulent coronavirus shipping and insurance fees

June 23, 2020 The FBI issued an announcement warning of criminal actors exploiting the public and shipping industry by invoking fake COVID-19 regulations and fees.
Americas CIL presents on asynchronous and synchronous learning

Americas CIL presents on asynchronous and synchronous learning

June 22, 2020 The Americas CIL team demonstrated resources that can be embedded in Google Slides to support high quality teaching and learning tasks.
Message from the Director: Race, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (REDI)

Message from the Director: Race, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (REDI)

June 19, 2020 DoDEA Director Tom Brady introduces the agency's new initiatives in race, equity, diversity and inclusion (REDI).
Running club empowers girls at Osan Elementary School

Running club empowers girls at Osan Elementary School

June 19, 2020 Inspired by Girls on the Run, a military linguist created a similar program overseas for students at Osan Elementary School.
Dr. Caroyln Carr retires after 38 years in education

Dr. Caroyln Carr retires after 38 years in education

June 19, 2020 From educational aide and teacher to assistant principal and principal, Dr. Carolyn Carr has touched many lives during her 38 years as an educator.
TSP adds new Lifecycle (L) Funds starting July 1

TSP adds new Lifecycle (L) Funds starting July 1

June 18, 2020 TSP is adding new Lifecycle (L) Funds where the target retirement dates of each fund will be separated by only five years instead of 10.
DoDEA Americas share virtual learning best practices

DoDEA Americas share virtual learning best practices

June 18, 2020 The DoDEA Americas CIL share best practices, advice, and lessons learned from educators leading in the virtual learning environment.
TSP loan options for COVID-19-affected participants are now available

TSP loan options for COVID-19-affected participants are now available

June 18, 2020 The CARES Act allowed TSP to offer temporary loan options to participants affected by COVID-19. These loan options are now available.
Secretary of Defense addresses diversity and inclusiveness in DoD

Secretary of Defense addresses diversity and inclusiveness in DoD

June 18, 2020 Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper released a video address to members of the Department on diversity and inclusiveness.
FERS employees will see increase in agency contribution rate starting October 2020

FERS employees will see increase in agency contribution rate starting October 2020

June 17, 2020 Beginning October 2020, FERS employees will see an increase in agency contribution rate in their LES.
Ted Turnipseed retires after 27 years of service to DoDEA

Ted Turnipseed retires after 27 years of service to DoDEA

June 16, 2020 After 27 years of service with DoDEA, having worked in Europe, Pacific, and Americas, Ted Turnipseed retires.
Aspen year end rollover June 26-July 7

Aspen year end rollover June 26-July 7

June 16, 2020 The Aspen year end rollover process is scheduled for June 26-July 7. The rollover transitions DoDEA from SY 2019-20 to SY 2020-21.
Director's all hands emphasizes flexibility in the safe return to school and work

Director's all hands emphasizes flexibility in the safe return to school and work

June 12, 2020 DoDEA Director Tom Brady led a virtual All Hands meeting June 10 where he emphasized flexibility in the safe return to school and work.
RAT travel exception approved — what you need to know about RAT options

RAT travel exception approved — what you need to know about RAT options

June 12, 2020 DoD has clarified that civilian employees are permitted to execute RAT and do not require an exception to policy.
Travel restriction lifted in these 44 locations

Travel restriction lifted in these 44 locations

June 11, 2020 As of June 8, 44 locations have met the conditions to lift DoD travel restrictions.
Authorized Departure extended to July 11 for those currently at safe havens

Authorized Departure extended to July 11 for those currently at safe havens

June 11, 2020 The Department of State has extended the Authorized Departure to July 11 for civilian employees currently at safe havens under the original Authorized Departure.
End of the school year message from DoDEA director

End of the school year message from DoDEA director

June 10, 2020 DoDEA Director Tom Brady shares an end of school year 2019-20 message with the workforce reflecting upon the unprecedented times we have faced and will continue to face going forward.
Beware of COVID-19 malicious websites

Beware of COVID-19 malicious websites

June 10, 2020 Attackers are taking advantage of the current situation and praying on individuals looking for information on COVID-19.
Beware of e-skimming attacks

Beware of e-skimming attacks

June 09, 2020 Cyber criminals are injecting skimming code on e-commerce payment card processing websites to capture credit card information and other PII.
Principal of the Year Paul Hernandez focuses on impactful initiatives

Principal of the Year Paul Hernandez focuses on impactful initiatives

June 09, 2020 Maxwell Elementary Middle School Principal Paul Hernandez reflects upon his experience as DoDEA's 2019 Principal of the Year.
Vilseck High School teachers create symbolic mosaic made up of student work

Vilseck High School teachers create symbolic mosaic made up of student work

June 09, 2020 Student class work in art, math, science, and English were pulled together to create a mosaic of the Vilseck High School's mascot — a falcon.
2020 DoDDS Reunion XXXII cancelled

2020 DoDDS Reunion XXXII cancelled

June 05, 2020 The 2020 DoDDS Reunion XXXII scheduled for July 15-19 at the Hilton Omaha in Omaha, Nebraska, has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
DoD experts address COVID-19 effects on mental health

DoD experts address COVID-19 effects on mental health

June 05, 2020 The COVID-19 pandemic has changed how people live, interact, and cope with new stressors. However, military psychological health experts emphasize making small changes to address problems early can have a big impact.
Overseas music teachers perform graduation march in honor of Class of 2020

Overseas music teachers perform graduation march in honor of Class of 2020

June 04, 2020 DoDEA overseas music teachers, active and retired, virtually performed 'Pomp and Circumstance' in honor of all graduating seniors.
Preserve DoDEA history by donating memorabilia to AOSHS

Preserve DoDEA history by donating memorabilia to AOSHS

June 04, 2020 DoDEA has an ongoing partnership with the American Overseas Schools Historical Society (AOSHS). Donated school memorabilia will be preserved and archived.
Utilization of housing offices mandatory for OCONUS employees

Utilization of housing offices mandatory for OCONUS employees

June 04, 2020 Utilization of housing offices is mandatory for DoDEA employees at OCONUS duty locations.
Weekly Packet: June 4, 2020

Weekly Packet: June 4, 2020

June 04, 2020 The Weekly Packet for June 4, 2020 includes information on CCR professional learning, OFT and FEA preschool curriculum resources, ACCESS and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs score reports, evaluation report of DoDEA's CILs, computer use over the summer, and donating school memorabilia.
Parades, now a common part of DoDEA schools

Parades, now a common part of DoDEA schools

June 03, 2020 Used to celebrate teachers, students, graduations, and special observances, drive-by parades have grown in popularity amidst social distancing.
What work looks like now — photos of DoDEA employees working remotely

What work looks like now — photos of DoDEA employees working remotely

June 03, 2020 With DoDEA school and office buildings closed, employees worldwide are working remotely from home. Check out photos of what work looks like now.
Overseas educators to receive retroactive pay June 12

Overseas educators to receive retroactive pay June 12

June 02, 2020 The retroactive pay due to overseas educators for school year 2019-2020 will be included in their June 12 pay.
Walking history book of Zama Middle High School Gaye Perera retires

Walking history book of Zama Middle High School Gaye Perera retires

June 02, 2020 From the 1995 sarin gas attack in Tokyo to the earthquake and tsunami in 2011, Gaye Perera has experienced a lot in her 33 years of teaching at Camp Zama.
Federal employees can make CFC donation in support of coronavirus relief through June 30

Federal employees can make CFC donation in support of coronavirus relief through June 30

June 02, 2020 From now until June 30, federal employees can donate through the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) in support of the coronavirus response and relief.
Pacific West gets creative with virtual Harry Potter reading competition

Pacific West gets creative with virtual Harry Potter reading competition

June 02, 2020 As a fun and engaging way to end the school year, the DoDEA Pacific West District created a virtual Harry Potter reading competition for students.
Weekly Packet: May 21, 2020

Weekly Packet: May 21, 2020

May 21, 2020 The Weekly Packet for May 21, 2020 includes information on AAPS,  procurement of instructional resources for preschool, implementation of a reading proficiency tool, and a policies update.
DoDEA grants enable distance learning, PPE for military communities

DoDEA grants enable distance learning, PPE for military communities

May 20, 2020 DoDEA's grant program is making a difference in the lives of military-connected students and their local communities. Read some of the amazing stories.
Fun joke Friday, mobile library part of digital learning

Fun joke Friday, mobile library part of digital learning

May 20, 2020 Shannon Blakely, third grade teacher at Kaiserslautern Elementary School, shares her experience transitioning to digital learning.
DoDEA Pacific releases SUN 46 — a collection of student art and literary work

DoDEA Pacific releases SUN 46 — a collection of student art and literary work

May 20, 2020 DoDEA Pacific releases this year's edition of the SUN, a collection of literary works, musical compositions, photography, and visual art work.
Lachanda Garrison selected as DoDEA's 2021 Teacher of the Year

Lachanda Garrison selected as DoDEA's 2021 Teacher of the Year

May 19, 2020 Congratulations to Bahrain Elementary School's second grade teacher Lachanda Garrison for being selected as the 2021 DoDEA Teacher of the Year.
Overseas music teachers form virtual jazz ensemble, performs 'Come Fly With Me'

Overseas music teachers form virtual jazz ensemble, performs 'Come Fly With Me'

May 18, 2020 DoDEA music teachers from around the world got together to form a virtual jazz ensemble to perform 'Come Fly With Me.'
Weekly Packet: May 15, 2020

Weekly Packet: May 15, 2020

May 15, 2020 The Weekly Packet for May 15, 2020 includes information on the implementation of a reading proficiency tool for school year 2020-21 for grades K-5 in Americas.
Recent changes to the Google environment and student account access

Recent changes to the Google environment and student account access

May 15, 2020 Learn about the recent changes that enhance the safety and access to the DoDEA Google environment.
New 'digital timeout' offers tool for handling student misconduct

New 'digital timeout' offers tool for handling student misconduct

May 15, 2020 Digital timeout is a new tool for administrators that temporarily removes student access to some apps due to inappropriate behavior. 
Americas Mid-Atlantic virtual learning summit — 1 day, 43 sessions, 69 presenters

Americas Mid-Atlantic virtual learning summit — 1 day, 43 sessions, 69 presenters

May 14, 2020 The Americas Mid-Atlantic District hosted its very first one-day Virtual Learning Summit May 13 for educators by educators. Recorded sessions available.
Travel guidance for summer recess, 2020-21 school year opening

Travel guidance for summer recess, 2020-21 school year opening

May 12, 2020 DoDEA provides travel guidance for summer recess relating to RAT and expectations for returning to your permanent duty station in time for the start of the new school year.
Chanelle Reese selected for inaugural educator of promise award

Chanelle Reese selected for inaugural educator of promise award

May 12, 2020 Chanelle Reese, a fifth-grade teacher at Tarawa Terrace Elementary School, has been selected as the 2020 Dr. Linda L. Curtis Educator of Promise.
Camp Zama teacher Mari Jones selected for CDC fellowship

Camp Zama teacher Mari Jones selected for CDC fellowship

May 12, 2020 Mari Jones, a teacher at Zama American Middle High School in Japan, has been selected for the CDC Science Ambassador Fellowship.
What it's like living and teaching at Guantanamo Bay

What it's like living and teaching at Guantanamo Bay

May 11, 2020 DoDEA teachers at W.T. Sampson School shares what it's like living and teaching at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Authorized Departure travel voucher instructions

Authorized Departure travel voucher instructions

May 08, 2020 Once the Authorized Departure is terminated by the Department of State, it is mandatory that each traveler reconcile their travel.
Mental Health Awareness Month, stamp out stigma

Mental Health Awareness Month, stamp out stigma

May 06, 2020 May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Individuals are often afraid to talk about their experiences or to seek help. Learn about ways to stamp out stigma.
'Antoine Goes to Washington' — virtual edition honoring DoDEA's 2020 Teacher of the Year

'Antoine Goes to Washington' — virtual edition honoring DoDEA's 2020 Teacher of the Year

May 06, 2020 The DoDEA State TOY family shares a funny and heartfelt video honoring Antoine Sharpe, DoDEA's 2020 TOY.
Quarter 4: Expectations for course grades

Quarter 4: Expectations for course grades

May 05, 2020 DoDEA provides expectations for course grades in quarter 4 of school year 2019-20 in light of DoDEA school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Build leaders using Centers for Instructional Leadership

Build leaders using Centers for Instructional Leadership

May 05, 2020 DoDEA's Centers for Instructional Leadership and coaching model explained.
What school looks like now — photos of online teaching and learning, part 1

What school looks like now — photos of online teaching and learning, part 1

May 05, 2020 With all DoDEA school buildings closed, teachers and students have transitioned to online teaching and learning. Check out photos of what school looks like now.
Thanking our heroes on School Nurse Day

Thanking our heroes on School Nurse Day

May 04, 2020 DoDEA Director Tom Brady thanks school nurses for their unwavering dedication and commitment to keeping students healthy and safe during an extraordinary time.
Kadena High School senior clocked flight hours at Air Force Flight Academy

Kadena High School senior clocked flight hours at Air Force Flight Academy

May 01, 2020 Kadena High School senior Josh Sawyer attended the Air Force Junior ROTC Flight Academy as part of a scholarship program.
Teacher Appreciation Week, a special thanks

Teacher Appreciation Week, a special thanks

May 01, 2020 DoDEA Director Tom Brady, and fellow educators, thank teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week for their innovation and dedication under extraordinary circumstances.
DoDEA school buildings closed for remainder of school year

DoDEA school buildings closed for remainder of school year

May 01, 2020 DoDEA school buildings closed for remainder of school year.
Guidance on new sick leave entitlements under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Guidance on new sick leave entitlements under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

April 30, 2020 The Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act provides up to two weeks of paid sick leave to federal employees for qualifying reasons related to COVID-19.
Learning continues for DODEA students despite COVID-19 restrictions

Learning continues for DODEA students despite COVID-19 restrictions

April 29, 2020 Due to health concerns from COVID-19, DoDEA schools transitioned from brick-and-mortar to a virtual environment.
DoDDS Reunion XXXII: July 15-19, 2020

DoDDS Reunion XXXII: July 15-19, 2020

March 26, 2020 The event is still on at this time. Event organizers will continue to monitor the situation and put out additional information as necessary.
Annette Backlar uses multimodality learning with young students

Annette Backlar uses multimodality learning with young students

February 10, 2020 Pre-K Teacher Annette Backlar focuses on language and social skills as important foundations for learning.

Message from the Director: The new Office of the Inspector General

February 07, 2020 DoDEA Director Tom Brady describes the agency's new Office of the Inspector General.
DoDEA Americas leaders participate in Yellow Belt training

DoDEA Americas leaders participate in Yellow Belt training

February 07, 2020 DoDEA Americas hosted a Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt training for its senior leadership Jan. 13 at Fort Benning, Georgia as part of its commitment to organizational excellence.
DoDEA provides English language training to Japanese teachers in Okinawa

DoDEA provides English language training to Japanese teachers in Okinawa

February 07, 2020 DoDEA hosted an English language program for Japanese elementary school teachers in Okinawa, Japan.
People of DoDEA: Stacy Daniels teaches students about goals and how to achieve them

People of DoDEA: Stacy Daniels teaches students about goals and how to achieve them

February 06, 2020 Stacy Daniels, guidance counselor with Fort Campbell High School, shares her DoDEA story.
Through interactive conferences, Smithsonian shares its collection with DODEA students around the world

Through interactive conferences, Smithsonian shares its collection with DODEA students around the world

February 05, 2020 DoDEA's partnership with the Smithsonian American Art Museum provides videoconferences for students and professional development seminars for teachers.
Investing in talent excellence: 2020 Americas Teacher Leadership Academy

Investing in talent excellence: 2020 Americas Teacher Leadership Academy

February 04, 2020 DoDEA Americas hosted its Teacher Leadership Academy at Fort Benning, Georgia Jan. 30-31.
How do I update my beneficiary designations?

How do I update my beneficiary designations?

February 04, 2020 Updating your beneficiary designations is a proactive approach to ensure the right people get everything that you left for them once you pass.
View and update education, training, certifications in MyBiz+

View and update education, training, certifications in MyBiz+

February 04, 2020 To keep an official record of your professional development, DoDEA employees are encouraged to view and update their education, training, and certification information directly on MyBiz+.
myPay offers employees 24/7 information on pay, tax, travel

myPay offers employees 24/7 information on pay, tax, travel

February 04, 2020 myPay eliminates the need to call, email, or fill out forms by allowing users to make account changes immediately through user-friendly technology.
Educator qualification requirements

Educator qualification requirements

February 04, 2020 If an educator receives supervisory approval and requests to have endorsements removed because of lack of qualification, he or she must meet the existing qualification requirements when the request is made to have the endorsements reinstated.
Voluntary Leave Transfer Program aids employees with sudden medical emergency

Voluntary Leave Transfer Program aids employees with sudden medical emergency

February 04, 2020 Find out how to become a leave recipient and a leave donor with the Voluntary Leave Transfer Program (VLTP).
TSP contribution limits increase for 2020

TSP contribution limits increase for 2020

February 04, 2020 The total contribution limit for traditional and Roth accounts has increased to $19,500. The TSP catch-up contribution limit for 2020 has increased to $6,500.
HR Advisor: February 2020 edition

HR Advisor: February 2020 edition

February 04, 2020 The DoDEA Human Resources Division released the second edition of the HR Advisor for school year 2019-2020.
Understand what counselors do during National School Counseling Week Feb. 3-7

Understand what counselors do during National School Counseling Week Feb. 3-7

February 03, 2020 Get a better understanding of what counselors do and join DoDEA in celebrating its counselors during National School Counseling Week.
DoDEA Americas first all-hands of the decade

DoDEA Americas first all-hands of the decade

January 31, 2020 Dr. Judith Minor, the director of student excellence for DoDEA Americas, hosted her first all-hands of the decade Jan. 29.
Brady releases Director's Focus 2021

Brady releases Director's Focus 2021

January 30, 2020 DoDEA Director Tom Brady shares his top priorities for fiscal year 2021.
Coronavirus — how to protect yourself and what to do if you are sick

Coronavirus — how to protect yourself and what to do if you are sick

January 29, 2020 Download these tips on how to protect yourself and what to do if you are sick with the coronavirus.
Follow these steps to reduce email spam

Follow these steps to reduce email spam

January 29, 2020 DoDEA's IT Division has noticed an increase in spam emails. Follow these steps to reduce spam in your inbox.
Citibank scam warning

Citibank scam warning

January 29, 2020 A new Citibank phishing scam discovered Jan. 21 has potential impact for government charge card holders.
Update: 3 ways to request a retirement estimate

Update: 3 ways to request a retirement estimate

January 28, 2020 Requesting an estimate of your retirement annuity is an important step in preparing for retirement. If you are within five years of eligibility for a voluntary optional retirement, you should request an estimate.
Updated: Contact information for DoDEA's human resources

Updated: Contact information for DoDEA's human resources

January 28, 2020 A comprehensive list of contact information for DoDEA's human resources with contact names and phone numbers.
Introducing the Office of the Ombudsman — an employee resource

Introducing the Office of the Ombudsman — an employee resource

January 23, 2020 The Office of the Ombudsman acts as a neutral and impartial dispute resolution center whose primary function is to provide confidential and informal assistance to internal and external constituents with concerns or complaints about DoDEA.
Director's all-hands focuses on developing people, improving culture

Director's all-hands focuses on developing people, improving culture

January 23, 2020 DoDEA Director Tom Brady led an All-Hands meeting  where he discussed programs and initiatives focused on developing people and building a culture of feedback and transparency.
Are you ready to retire? Find out at a pre-retirement information session.

Are you ready to retire? Find out at a pre-retirement information session.

January 22, 2020 The Army Benefits Center - Civilian (ABC-C) is hosting pre-retirement information sessions for DoDEA employees who are under the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS).
Nominations accepted for prestigious PAEMST award for math and science

Nominations accepted for prestigious PAEMST award for math and science

January 22, 2020 Nominations for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are accepted now until March 1.
DoDEA awards nearly $25M in grants to public school districts in support of military-connected students

DoDEA awards nearly $25M in grants to public school districts in support of military-connected students

January 21, 2020 The agency's Military-Connected Local Educational Agencies for Academic and Support Program manages a robust grant program to help military-connected students be college and career ready.
National education resources to support military-connected students

National education resources to support military-connected students

January 17, 2020 Download and share the one-page job aid containing national education resources to support K-12 transitions for military-connected students.
McAfee VirusScan home use not available

McAfee VirusScan home use not available

January 16, 2020 The DoD Antivirus Home Use Program — that offered DoD employees free antivirus software for home use — is currently not available.
Gordon Harmon named new human resources director

Gordon Harmon named new human resources director

January 14, 2020 Congratulations to Gordon Harmon for being selected as DoDEA's director of human resources (HR). Harmon assumes the new position after serving as the acting HR director since July 2019.
Cyber Tips: Staying safe on social media

Cyber Tips: Staying safe on social media

January 14, 2020 The DoDEA Information Technology Division shares monthly cyber tips with the workforce and their families to ensure a safe and secure online experience.
REAL ID: Consider getting a new driver's license the next time you are home.

REAL ID: Consider getting a new driver's license the next time you are home.

January 10, 2020 Beginning Oct. 1, 2020, travelers without a REAL ID-compliant license or other acceptable form of identification will not be permitted through the airport security checkpoint.
TSP transaction rejected? Call ABC-C.

TSP transaction rejected? Call ABC-C.

January 08, 2020 If you recently submitted a transaction to change your Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) contribution, it may have been rejected. Call ABC-C to make your election manually.
Excellence happening at all levels of DoDEA

Excellence happening at all levels of DoDEA

January 08, 2020 The agency's vision, mission, and core values are the foundation of everything we do. This month, DoDEA is focusing on the core value of excellence with educator Sarah Loomis.
Parents Magazine bullying article written by former DoDEA NDSP student

Parents Magazine bullying article written by former DoDEA NDSP student

January 08, 2020 Former DoDEA Non-DoD Schools Program (NDSP) student, who attended school in Singapore, is now a writer for Parents Magazine's "Teen Talk" column and shares her insight on high school bullying.
DoDEA officially establishes Office of Inspector General

DoDEA officially establishes Office of Inspector General

January 06, 2020 Effective Jan. 6, DoDEA Investigations and Internal Review (IIR) Division transitions to the DoDEA Office of Inspector General (OIG).
Ansbach Middle High School teachers, also DoD school graduates, discuss being a military kid

Ansbach Middle High School teachers, also DoD school graduates, discuss being a military kid

January 02, 2020 As products of DoD schools themselves, three Ansbach Middle High School teachers are very familiar with the sacrifices and changes that students experience.
Top 8 DoDEA Connects posts from 2019

Top 8 DoDEA Connects posts from 2019

January 01, 2020 Based on your clicks, here is a look at the top eight most popular DoDEA Connects posts from 2019.
Jim Ausenbaugh retires from Fort Campbell Schools after 20 years of service

Jim Ausenbaugh retires from Fort Campbell Schools after 20 years of service

December 20, 2019 Jim Ausenbaugh, an administrative technologist with the DoDEA Americas IT Division, retired from the Fort Campbell Schools after 20 years of service.
Don't get locked out – update your CAC's Personal Identity Verification-Authentication certificate

Don't get locked out – update your CAC's Personal Identity Verification-Authentication certificate

December 20, 2019 DoD CACs must align with the federal Personal Identity-Authentication (PIV-Auth) certificate, which ensures strong authentication. DoDEA employees with CACs issued before Feb. 24, 2018 may need to activate their PIV-Auth certificate.
Donate school yearbooks for historical preservation

Donate school yearbooks for historical preservation

December 19, 2019 DoDEA has an ongoing partnership with the American Overseas Schools Historical Society. They are looking for missing yearbooks for their searchable online archive.
Who qualifies as a dependent overseas?

Who qualifies as a dependent overseas?

December 18, 2019 The question of who qualifies as a civilian employee's "dependent" in the overseas area cannot be answered with one simple definition. Each overseas benefit or entitlement carries with it its own definition of a dependent.
Message from the DoDEA Director: Teacher Transfer Program update

Message from the DoDEA Director: Teacher Transfer Program update

December 17, 2019 The Teacher Transfer Program was suspended prior to school year 2019/2020. A review was initiated and DoDEA is now more than halfway through that review.
Second update on erroneous debt letters resulting from spread pay automation

Second update on erroneous debt letters resulting from spread pay automation

December 12, 2019 DoDEA continues to work with DFAS on the pay system programming glitch creating erroneous debt letters to select spread pay employees.
About the DoDEA discrimination complaints process

About the DoDEA discrimination complaints process

December 12, 2019 Employees may use DoDEA's Discrimination Complaints Process to file a complaint about discriminatory practices by contacting the DoDEA Diversity Management and Equal Opportunity (DMEO) Office.
Holiday security tips

Holiday security tips

December 12, 2019 With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season sometimes we forget about common sense security practices. Here are a few reminders to keep your holidays safe and enjoyable.
DoDEA bids farewell to Kirsten Webb

DoDEA bids farewell to Kirsten Webb

December 10, 2019 DoDEA bids farewell to Kirsten Webb, chief of Capabilities and Initiatives.
DoDEA grant enables STEM enrichment program

DoDEA grant enables STEM enrichment program

December 06, 2019 See how one DoDEA grant is making a difference at the El Paso Independent School District in El Paso, Texas.
The smallest school in DoDEA is…

The smallest school in DoDEA is…

December 06, 2019 Get to know DoDEA's smallest school with just 25 students and two teachers.
Need benefits information? Contact ABC-C.

Need benefits information? Contact ABC-C.

December 04, 2019 To speak to a benefits specialist, contact ABC-C at 785-240-2222 (commercial), 877-276-9287 (toll free), or 520-2222 (DSN) Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. CT.
DoDEA's Employee Assistance Program helps you manage everyday challenges

DoDEA's Employee Assistance Program helps you manage everyday challenges

December 03, 2019 DoDEA employees can call the Employee Assistance Program at 866-580-9046 available 24/7 every day.
Kelisa Wing talks about valuing and advocating for ALL children

Kelisa Wing talks about valuing and advocating for ALL children

December 03, 2019 The agency's vision, mission, and core values are the foundation of everything we do. This month, DoDEA is focusing on the core value of diversity.
New TSP flexible withdrawal options

New TSP flexible withdrawal options

November 27, 2019 The Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) recently implemented new withdrawal options giving account holders more flexibility. Here's what's new.
Fort Knox welcomes Jenny Pond, professional learning ISS

Fort Knox welcomes Jenny Pond, professional learning ISS

November 27, 2019 Please welcome Jenny Pond as the new Professional Learning Instructional Support Specialist (ISS) at Fort Knox, Kentucky in DoDEA Americas Southeast District.
Updated: Contact information for CHRA, DoDEA's human resources provider

Updated: Contact information for CHRA, DoDEA's human resources provider

November 26, 2019 A comprehensive list of contact information for DoDEA's human resources provider, CHRA — now includes contact names and phone numbers.
3 steps for responding to sexual harassment at work

3 steps for responding to sexual harassment at work

November 22, 2019 Criminal behavior and any threat to your safety should be reported to security and/or law enforcement immediately. When faced with non-criminal sexual harassment related to work refer to these 3 steps as a guide.
AutoNOA spiral 1, off to a great start

AutoNOA spiral 1, off to a great start

November 21, 2019 AutoNOA’s Recruit/Fill Tool is proving to be a great asset in processing hiring actions at the three DoDEA’s districts that are piloting this new tool as part of the agency’s spiral 1 implementation.
3 ways to request a retirement estimate

3 ways to request a retirement estimate

November 15, 2019 Requesting an estimate of your retirement annuity is an important step in preparing for retirement. If you are within five years of eligibility for a voluntary optional retirement, you should request an estimate.