ALEXANDRIA, VA — August 3, 2016 — The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Educational Partnership awarded $55.5 million in grants to highly military impacted school districts through the Fiscal Year 2016 Grants to Military-Connected Local Educational Agencies for Academic and Support Program (MCASP). The 5-year grants were awarded to 48 military-connected public school districts to strengthen family-school-community relationships and enhance student achievement for military connected students.
There are over one million school-aged 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 73,000 students worldwide, DoDEA shares its expertise and resources with public school districts having a high military-connected student population.
"Through outreach and partnerships DoDEA has the opportunity to support efforts to increase student success; provide professional development for teacher; implement practices that minimize the impact of transitions and deployment; and provide access to rigorous educational opportunities," said Kathleen Facon, Chief of DoDEA’ s Educational Partnership and Resources Branch.
Facon noted that DoDEA received many quality proposals for innovative programs and initiatives to support military connected students. This year's grant competition was focused on programs that provide: 1) Academic support for military connected youth (direct services to improve student outcomes in some academic areas e.g., English, including English language learning, math, reading, science, and social studies) and 2) Support for military connected students’ social-emotional well-being.
To be eligible for participation in the grant, all participating schools must have a 15 percent or greater military dependent student enrollment. Although funding levels are related to military student enrollment, the funded grant projects support 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.