Dear Partners:

The quality of K-12 education is an important criterion for retention of the military family. The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) is charged with the critical responsibility and privilege of educating the children of our Nation's military. Recognizing that over 1.1M military-connected students attend public schools, leveraging partnerships with school districts is paramount in influencing successful educational outcomes for military-connected students.

Consequently, the National Defense Authorization Act of 2008 provided DoDEA the authority to share resources with public schools that educate military-connected students. One aspect of resources is the authority to administer a grant program that supports research-based strategies that enhance student achievement and ease the challenges that military children face due their parents military service.

Since then, DoDEA's Educational Partnership has provided 250 grants. These grant projects impact 365,000 children from military families in over 1200 public schools across the country. Data indicate that there is significant improvement in student achievement, increased professional development for teachers, enhanced social and emotional support.

Your expertise and dedication has made this possible! DoDEA thanks you; military families thank you. We look forward to sustaining this valuable partnership through grants and other outreach efforts.


Kathy Facon, Chief, Educational Partnership and Non-DoD School Program, DoDEA


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  • Special Education Resources
    Check out our new resource page for Special Education. We have posted guides, education services, and best practices for working with military families with children in special education.
  • College and Career Readiness
    This brief provides guidance for other schools or districts implementing strategies to help military-connected students with College and Career Readiness programs. District successes and challenges are shared.
  • Promising Practices in Virtual Learning
    This brief highlights strategies that proved effective in practice to provide dedicated virtual learning counselors/coaches for student support and build systematic capacity through district and program systems.

Grantee Spotlight

  • Anchorage School District, AK
    Anchorage School District’s iSchool began in 2010 and has offered original credit to approximately 2,200 high school students and 200 advanced 6th graders taking Pre-Algebra. iSchool offers 37 core and elective classes, most of which are aligned to the Common Core State Standards and are NCAA approved, and provides flexible scheduling for military, traditional, and transitional students in the district.
  • Clarksville-Montgomery County Schools, TN
    Clarksville-Montgomery Director of Schools, B.J. Worthington, has been chosen as an Education Week 2014 Leader to Learn From, in STEM Learning. See this article highlighting his work.
  • Northside Independent School District, TX
    Northside ISD runs a Lego Robotics program at several of their schools. Watch the news coverage of this STEM program.

Grant Information

  • 2015 Grant Announcement
    We are excited to announce DoDEA will be awarding a new cohort of grantees this year! Stay tuned for more details in late February/early March (RFP forthcoming).
  • The 2015 Joint Science Technology Institute (JSTI) Accepting Student Applications
    The Joint Science Technology Institute (JSTI) will be held July 18-31, 2015 in Aberdeen, Md. JSTI invites students from across the country to work on leading-edge science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) projects with Department of Defense scientists and engineers. Students should apply here. Application deadline is March 15, 2015.
  • Tiger Woods Summer Academy Golf Academy
    The Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, CA is hosting a week-long overnight camp for children of active duty military and underserved youth from the Southern California area. The Summer Academy is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for children ages 11 - 13 to participate in our unique S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering and math) and golf programs. For more information and the application, see here
  • Pete Taylor Partnership of Excellence 2014 Awards
    The Pete Taylor Partnership of Excellence Award encourages and applauds the outstanding partnerships that exist between military installations and school districts. The Military Child Education Coalition has announced the 2014 awards here. Apply now for the 2015 awards. Click here for more information.