Department of Defense Education Activity

Media Advisory: October 15, 2010
, DoDEA Educational Communications Officer: 703-588-3260
, DoDEA, Public Affairs Officer: 703-588-3272

ARLINGTON, VA — Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Educational Partnership is hosting the 2010 Grant Kickoff Event October 18th and 19th at the Westin Alexandria, in Alexandria, VA. The Honorable Mr. Robert L. Gordon III, Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy will provide opening remarks for the conference at 8:30 on October 18.
In 2010, DoDEA’s Educational Partnership awarded more than $38 million in grants to public schools serving military children throughout the nation. The grants were awarded to 32 military-connected Local Education Agencies (LEAs) to increase student achievement and ease the challenges military students face due to transitions and deployment.
These schools, located throughout the U.S., serve communities near more than 30 military installations. There are more than 37,000 students from military families within these schools, and more than 190,000 total students.
The Grant project director and evaluator from the LEA will convene for two-days to receive technical assistance on implementing and evaluating their projects in order to achieve the intended outcomes. While the primary purpose of the conference is to provide technical assistance to LEAs on evaluation, there are several other purposes:

  • To introduce grantees to DoDEA and the Evaluation Technical Assistance Center (ETAC) staffs
  • To provide an opportunity for grantees to network and share ideas
  • To provide guidance to grantees on reporting and other grant administration tasks
  • To deliver key messages to grantees on the importance of serving military students

The DoDEA Grant Program includes a rigorous evaluation process that focuses on accountability of funds and performance outcomes. The Grant Kick-Off Conference is a major component of the evaluation process.
Anyone interested in covering the conference should contact Connie Gillette at 703-588-3272 or 571-432-0969. The address for the conference is The Westin Alexandria, 400 Courthouse Square, Alexandria, VA 22314.
DoDEA plans, directs, coordinates, and manages pre-kindergarten – 12th grade education programs for Department of Defense (DoD) dependents who would otherwise not have access to a high-quality public education. DoDEA schools are located in Europe, the Pacific, the United States, Cuba, Guam, and Puerto Rico. DoDEA also provides support and resources to Local Education Activities throughout the U.S. that serve children of military families.