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Students from military families in the DC area respond to a fellow student's story about the ups and downs of being in a military family and the challenges that come from frequent moves.
"Top 10 Reasons I Admire Military Kids"
"In honor of April's Month of the Military Child, I created a Top 10 list of the qualities I most appreciate about children from military families."
National Women's History Month 2012
March is Women's History Month. During this month, DoDEA celebrates the accomplishments and contributions women have made in the field of education and in the education of women. Visit our DoDEA Celebrates page at for more information.
2012 Black History Month
DoDEA is proud to recognize and celebrate the contributions of African Americans to our nation's culture and identity during Black History Month. Visit our DoDEA celebrates page for more information.
DoDEA "MyData Button" Initiative
This initiative provides parents with a web-based "button" linked to the Aspen Student Information System Parent Portal by School Year (SY) 2012-2013.
Building Capacity in Military-connected Schools project
Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, recently participated in a roundtable discussion with educators, students and military family members at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.
The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching are the Nation's highest honors for teachers of mathematics and science. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education.
DoDEA Teacher of the Year Named as a Finalist for the 2012 National Teacher of the Year
Angela Wilson, the 2012 Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Teacher of the Year, was selected today by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) as one of the four finalists for the 2012 National Teacher of the Year.
Happy Holidays!
It is with great joy that I send you my warmest greetings during this holiday season.
West Point Middle School Receives Award
Earlier this month, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan honored 315 schools as the 2011 National Blue Ribbon Schools at an awards luncheon in Washington, D.C. Among those distinguished schools was West Point Middle School.
DoDEA Director Participates in NASA/ISS Event
Marilee Fitzgerald, Acting Director of DoDEA, participated in a live video chat with the Mission Commander of the International Space Station on November, 9, 2011.
American Education Week
From November 13-19, DoDEA will join school districts across the nation in celebrating American Education Week. This year's theme is, "Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility." This celebration highlights the importance of providing every child in America with a quality public education, and the need for everyone to participate in making public schools great.
Dr. Bloom to serve as acting Director for the Pacific
I have selected Dr. Steven R. Bloom for a temporary assignment as the Acting Director of DoDEA Pacific schools. During the 120-day career broadening assignment, Bloom will be responsible for management of DoDEA schools located in Guam, Japan, Okinawa, and South Korea.
A Veteran's Day Message from the DoDEA Director
Few have been asked to do more for their country than veterans. Veterans are the guardians and defenders of our freedom. They make incalculable sacrifices on behalf of this nation.
2012 DoDEA Teacher of the Year, Angela Wilson
Last week, I had the honor of announcing the choice of Angela Wilson as the 2012 DoDEA Teacher of the Year.
Suicide and DoDEA Schools
According to the Centers for Disease Control, suicide is the third-leading cause of death for 11 to 18-year-olds in the United States. A nationwide survey of youth in public and private schools in the United States found that 15% of students reported seriously considering suicide and 7% reported trying to take their own life in the 12 months preceding the survey.
Reinventing the CSP
The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) has begun the process of developing a new Community Strategic Plan (CSP) for 2012-2016, which will be critical in refining the mission, vision, guiding principles, goals, and initiatives that DoDEA will undertake to deliver a high quality, student-centered education.
Travel Warning
The Department of State has issued a travel alert for US citizens of the potential for anti-US actions following the disruption of a plot, linked to Iran, to commit a significant terrorist act in the United States - assassinate the Saudi Arabian Ambassador to the United States.
Red Ribbon Week 2011
Red Ribbon Week, sponsored by the National Family Partnership, will be observed from October 23-31. The Red Ribbon Campaign is now the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation, reaching millions of young people each year.

Documents of Interest

Red Ribbon Campaign Guide
The Red Ribbon Campaign is now the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation reaching millions of young people during Red Ribbon Week, October 23rd -October 31st each year.
DoDEA Annual Report 2010
The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) 2010 Annual Report provides a snapshot of student performance, budget and resource management expenditures, and system operations during the 2009-2010 School Year.