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:
DoDEA Partnership and Resources Division Awards $38 Million in Grants
The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Education Partnership and Resource Branch awarded 37 grants to support 221 schools across the United States with a significant military-connected student population in Fiscal Year (FY) 2018.
This includes a grant to the National Math Science Initiative in the amount of $8.8 million.
The projects represent nearly $38 million supporting DoDEA’s top priority of college and career readiness. Through these grants, DoDEA collaborates with military-focused local educational agencies to ensure students are prepared to transition into a postsecondary institution offering a degree, certification program, or pathway to a sustainable career.
Central Kitsap School District (CKSD), located in Kitsap County, Washington, has 11,000 students with 43 percent tied to active duty military or Department of Defense. CKSD is a 2015 DoDEA grantee with their project "Transforming Instruction to Prepare Future Ready Students". This project supports students and staff in grades three through eight and focuses on developing Future Ready students. The primary goal is to increase academic achievement in both English language arts and science/engineering using integrated digital resources.
Submariners from Henry M. Jackson visited third and fourth graders at Brownsville Elementary School as part of a project bringing STEM learning to life. This project will focus on engineering design process, Next Generation Science Standards, and linking English language arts with STEM. Students will work with the Engineering is Elementary kit called "Taking the Plunge: Designing Submersibles". At the end of the module, students will visit their submarine (USS Henry M. Jackson) during a field trip.
Central Kitsap School District (CKSD) also received DoDEA grants in the following years:
Madison City Schools is located in Madison, Alabama and serves the communities of Madison and Triana. The system was established in 1998 after separating from the Madison County School System and consists of two high schools, two middle schools, and seven elementary schools. The 2015 DoDEA grant, Supporting Opportunities for Achievement and Relationships (S.O.A.R.) serves 5,173 military-connected students across the district's middle and high schools.
On April 13, 2016, Madison City Schools held an Official Flag Ceremony. Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jason Denny, also a Mill Creek Elementary school parent, led the ceremony. On April 15th, the district also held a breakfast at Mill Creek Elementary School. Military-connected students received a certificate of appreciation and military support bracelets. Additionally, Bob Jones High School held a special ceremony honoring military-connected students and their families.
Madison City Schools have received the following DoDEA grants: