Pre-Dependents Education Council (DEC):

The Pre-DEC will be conducted Wednesday, May 8, 2024, 1000 (Eastern Standard Time).

The Pre-DEC is hosted by the DoDEA Chief of Staff

The Pre-DEC is an information sharing forum designed to shape the topics and presentations for the DEC. Pre-DEC topics are submitted by DEC subject matter experts and representatives as documented by the DEC Membership List.

Pre-DEC topics should meet the following criteria:

  • Topics should be endorsed by the DEC Representative (GO/Flag Officer) as documented by the DEC Membership List.
  • Education issues should be vetted by the region school advisory group (or equivalent) before being presented at the Pre-DEC.
  • Topics should be of general interest to the council at large and not narrowly focused on a distinct local issue.
  • Topics may include requests for information or updates.

During the Pre-DEC, members should be prepared to explain the rationale for their proposed subject.

Final disposition of the proposed topics will be presented in one of the following formats:

  • In person brief at the DEC.
  • Information Paper.
  • The topic will be addressed during the DEC by the Director or respective DoDEA process owner.
  • The topic will be addressed in an email response from DoDEA Headquarters.

DEC Members who have not received a Microsoft Teams invite to the PRE-DEC should contact Mr. Darryl Dean NLT April 25, 2024.

Proposed Topics should be sent to Mr. Darryl Dean NLT April 30, 2024, using the Topics Template

Topics previously briefed during the January 11, 2024, DEC included:

  • Student Achievement
  • Universal Prekindergarten
  • Military Spouse Hiring
  • DoDEA Regional Updates
  • Emergency Management Training
  • The impact of Force Structure changes, and
  • Update on MILCON projects.

Upcoming Event


The next DEC (Spring DEC) is scheduled for June 20, 2024, 1000 Eastern Daylight Savings Time. The DEC host is Mr. Ronald T. Keohane, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manpower & Reserve Affairs.  The DoDEA Director, Dr. Beth Narvaez, is the DEC Executive Secretary.

The session will be conducted over Microsoft Teams, however there is limited seating (DEC Representative +1) for those participating in person, at the Mark Center, (located at 4800 Mark Center Drive, Alexandria, VA.)  If you are on the DEC Membership List as a representative or subject matter expert and did not receive a Microsoft Teams invite, or if you intend to participate in person, please contact Mr. Darryl Dean NLT May 20, 2024.

The DEC Agenda and presentations will be posted to the DEC Website NLT 10 days before the DEC.


Please send corrections/updates to the Membership as they occur.

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