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

  • Judson ISD, TX
    Judson ISD (JISD) has seen great success with the implementation of technology, robotics, and STEM labs in 5th and 8th grade classrooms. In February 2015, JISD hosted the First Lego League Qualifier Tournament. Twelve JISD teams competed in the tournament as well as 18 teams from other school districts. Four JISD robotics teams advanced to the next level. Campuses participating in the grant have increased their attendance rates, decreased their discipline rates, and increased grades and state assessment scores. Read more about Judson ISD
  • Daleville City Schools, AL
    The 3M (Multimedia Mastery Based Mentoring Project) is a threefold program enhancing technology, enriching core subjects, and providing counseling services, peer mentoring, and transitional support for dependents of active duty military personnel through a Student-to-Student (S2S) program. Daleville City Schools have seen success in the 3M program through increased military dependent student achievement in mathematics, targeted professional development for teachers, and improved social and emotional health of military dependents. Read more about Daleville City Schools.
  • 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. Read more about Anchorage School District.

Grant Information

  • 2015 DoDEA MCASP Grant Competition Now Open
    DoDEA has posted the RFP for the newest MCASP grant competition. Please find the RFP here. ETAC hosted a webinar to assist in completing the application. See the recording and slides here. Applications due May 5th.
  • 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.