The quality of K-12 education is an important criterion for retention of the military family. The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) is charged with the critical responsibility and privilege of educating the children of our Nation's military. Recognizing that over 1.1M military-connected students attend public schools, leveraging partnerships with school districts is paramount in influencing successful educational outcomes for military-connected students.
Consequently, the National Defense Authorization Act of 2008 provided DoDEA the authority to share resources with public schools that educate military-connected students. One aspect of resources is the authority to administer a grant program that supports research-based strategies that enhance student achievement and ease the challenges that military children face due their parents military service.
From 2009 to today, there have been over 475 grants awarded by DoDEA, totaling over $522 million in investments in LEAs serving military-connected students. Additionally, DoDEA awarded the National Math Science Foundation over $40 million to assist in their efforts to improve graduation rates for military-connected students. Educational Partnership Program grants have reached over 3.2 million students (31% military-connected) in over 3,100 schools across the country. Data indicate that there is significant improvement in student achievement, increased professional development for teachers, enhanced social and emotional support.
Using Grantee Data in Publication. The DoDEA established the Evaluation and Technical Assistance Center (ETAC) which expands the reach of the grant program by creating award-winning publications for educators that include portable, successful strategies to support military-connected youth. ETAC Publications include:
To review all of the resources available please visit the ETAC website.
Below are a few of those award-winning publications: