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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  • 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).
  • REL Tools for Collecting Data
    The Regional Educational Laboratories (REL) work in partnership with LEAs, SEAs, and others to use data and research to improve academic outcomes for students. REL has released tools and reports to provide survey questions, interview protocols, checklists and rating guides, and other tools that can be used or adapted to collect and analyze data.
  • 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.

Grantee Spotlight

  • 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.
  • Yuma ESD, AZ
    Yuma Elementary School District One’s (YESD’s) Project Brainstorm increases math and science achievement for students in grades three through eight as well as family and student engagement for military dependents. As part of family and student engagement, YESD counselors organize annual Military Family Nights to build home-school relationships for active-duty families. The Winter 2015 event featured VIP guest reader, Col. Ricardo Martinez, Commanding Officer of the Marine Corps Air Station Yuma and various family activities. Read more about YESD.
  • 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.


  • 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.