For Immediate Release — July 12, 2012 | HQ
Connie Gillette: DoDEA Educational Communications Officer | (703) 588-3272
ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA — July 12, 2012 — The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Educational Partnership awarded a $1.2 million grant to the Yuma School District One through the 2012 Fiscal Year (FY12) Grant Program.
There are over a million school age children from military families, with the majority attending public schools throughout our nation. DoDEA is committed to supporting educational outcomes for ALL children of military families. As the largest geographically dispersed school system in the nation, serving approximately 86,000 students worldwide, DoDEA shares its experience and resources with military-connected public school districts.
"Through outreach and partnerships DoDEA has the opportunity to support efforts to increase student success, provide professional development for teachers, implement practices that minimize the impact of transitions and deployment, and provide access to rigorous educational opportunities," said Kathleen Facon, Chief of the DoDEA's Educational Partnership Program.
Facon noted that DoDEA received many high-quality proposals for innovative programs and initiatives to support military connected students. This year's grant competition was focused on programs that:
1) infuse Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematic (STEM) principles throughout the curriculum;
2) establish or expand foreign language learning; and/or
3) programs that include ongoing, systemic strategies for parent and family engagement.
"I believe there are great things happening in our Yuma schools. "Ready Now Yuma" is one, and a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) in the K-8 grades is another," said. Col. Robert Kuckuk, Commander, Marine Corps Air Station Yuma.
"This grant confirms that DOD leadership is seeing the same thing," Kuckuk said. "This is confirmation we are willing to invest in education for our children. Everyone wins and I couldn't be happier."
For the FY12 grant program, competitive priority points were awarded if the school district had not previously received a DoDEA grant award, and if one or more of the eligible schools has a military student enrollment of 50 percent or more.
The grant will fund increasing science and math achievement in grades three through eight through extensive professional development, a teacher cadre to model interdisciplinary lessons, interdisciplinary planning time, Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) tutors, and technology-based scientific inquiry for students. Two full-time counselors will increase family and student engagement for military dependents.
"Wow! A perfect partnership: the Army, the Marines, and District One!" saidDr. Darwin Stiffler, Superintendent, Yuma School District One. "We are grateful for the ability to better serve the children of those who serve us."
DoDEA awarded more than $35 million in grants this year. The grants were awarded to 26 military-connected public school districts to strengthen family-school-community relationships and enhance student achievement for military connected students.
To be eligible for participation in the grant, the district must have an active military-connected student population of 5% or more, with a population of 15% or more military-connected students at the school level. Although funding levels are related to military student enrollment, the proposed programs will serve all students at the target schools.
DoDEA consists of the Department of Defense Dependents Schools located overseas, and the Department of Defense Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools located in the U.S. and its territories and possessions. DoDEA provides education to eligible DoD military and civilian dependents from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. DoDEA also provides support and resources to Local Education Activities throughout the U.S. that serve children of military families.