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

  • Indian River Central SD, NY
    Indian River Central School District (IRCSD)’s Excellence in STEM project aims to improve student achievement in science and increase parental engagement in their child's education through science instruction. In December 2014, the district sent two teams to the First LEGO League Robotics competition at Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York. A short video is available showcasing one of the teams. Read more about IRCSD
  • 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. Four JISD robotics teams advanced to the next level. 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. Read more about Daleville City Schools.


  • Supporting the Mission at Home
    Congress designated May as National Military Appreciation Month to publically recognize the sacrifices of American service members, past and present. National Math + Science Initiative (NMSI) extends the recognition to military families by providing their children with enhanced educational opportunities. NMSI has partnered with DoDEA for STEM education and NMSI’s College Readiness Program for Military Families. Since the program’s deployment, it has reached 30,000 military-connected students in 10 partner schools and increased AP math and science exams scores in those schools by 82 percent.
  • The 2015 DoDEA Grant Competition
    The competition is now closed and applications are under review. Please check here for updates. For additional information, please refer to Grant Applicant Materials. A list of past and current grantees is also available.
  • 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.