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


documents papers


  • Military-Connected Students in Charter Schools
    This brief provides an overview of three DoDEA funded charter schools, highlights successful grant strategies, and offers advice to other schools and charter programs that support military-connected students.
  • The Role of Digital Technologies in Deeper Learning
    To compete in today’s global, knowledge-based, innovation-centered economy, young people must go beyond a high school diploma and acquire not just academic knowledge, but interpersonal and interpersonal capacities. This report explores how partnering deeper learning strategies with effective technology designs allows for greater educational success.
  • Deeper Learning for Students with Disabilities
    The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs now requires states to fully disclose the precise steps they will take to ensure better outcomes for students with disabilities. This report provides evidence-based instructional practices for providing deeper learning opportunities for all students, with and without disabilities.
  • 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. The districts with virtual learning programs highlighted are Alamogordo PS (NM), Travis USD (CA), San Diego USD (CA), Hawaii Dept of Ed., and Anchorage SD (AK).

Grantee Spotlight

  • Fort Sam Houston ISD, TX
    Michalle McCallister, eighth grade science teacher at Robert G. Cole Middle School in Fort Sam Houston Independent School District (FSHISD), is a recipient of the 2015 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science (PAEMST). FSHISD is a 2012 DoDEA grantee with “Achieving Academic Excellence Through Real World Rigor and Relevance”. This project focuses on strategies to support academic achievement through STEM and systemic transformation. Read more about FSHISD.
  • Socorro ISD, TX
    Socorro Independent School District’s (SISD’s) Project SMART (Socorro Military Academic Readiness Team) provides extended learning opportunities for military-connected students incorporating real-life science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) experiences through daytime school enrichment classes, after-school programs, clubs, camps, and competitions, while providing high school mentorship opportunities and family/student nights. Read more about SISD.
    Clarksville-Montgomery County School System’s (CMCSS’s) online portal makes enrollment easier for military families. The online enrollment portal is part of their 2013 DoDEA grant: “Partnering with Families for Student Success”. The portal supports the project’s primary goal of building a Parent Community Engagement model to provide highly mobile families with effective and meaningful ways to connect to the schools and community. Read more about CMCSS.


  • NCER and NCSER Grant Program Competitions for FY16
    Institute of Education Services (IES) requests applications for Low-Cost, Short Duration Evaluation of Education Interventions (84.305L) and Special Education Interventions (84.324L) grant programs. The programs are designed to support rigorous evaluations of education/special education interventions that will produce meaningful improvements in student education outcomes within a single academic year. Applications are due January 12, 2016.
  • Department of State Scholarships for High School Study Abroad
    Applications are now being accepted for three Department of State sponsored study abroad programs for U.S. high school students for 2016-17. Visit their website for specific information and application deadlines.
  • White House to Host Astronomy Night on October 19, 2015
    The White House will host an Astronomy Night on October 19, 2015. Students and educators are invited to the South Lawn of the White House to stargaze and participate in hands-on activities. The event will be an opportunity to recognize progress in expanding STEM education and highlight inspiring technology and innovation within the space exploration industry. Scientists and amateur astronomers are also encouraged to host their own events or watch parties in conjunction with the White House Astronomy Night.
  • DoDEA Announces Winners of 2015 MCASP Grants
    The DoDEA Educational Partnership awarded $62 million in grants to 56 military-connected public school districts to enhance academic and transition support programs. The grant projects will impact more than 81,000 military students in 333 public schools. Please see this map for a list of the winners.