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


  • Enhancing Program Performance with Logic Models

    Designed for program practitioners, this free course from the University of Wisconsin provides a holistic approach to planning and evaluating education and outreach programs through the use of a logic model.

  • 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.

  • 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. 


Grantee Spotlight

  • Clarksville-Montgomery County School System, TN

    Esperanza Soriano-McCrary, Parent Engagement Specialist for Clarksville-Montgomery County School System (CMCSS) highlights Family School Connection, the parent engagement initiative for CMCSS and shares important components of a successful parent engagement initiative. Read more about CMCSS

  • 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.



  • Next Generation Science Standards aim to make students problem solvers

    A curriculum specialist and STEM coordinator at Central Kitsap School District (CKSD, WA) aim to make students problem solvers, instead of only memorizing science facts. Secondary schools in CKSD have added additional STEM courses and offer after-school clubs and activities, including bridge-building, Lego robotics and 3-D printing. Federal grants from DoDEA and Office of Naval Research worth $4.9 million have helped provide CKSD with the resources and training for some of its science programs. 

  • Duncan talks ESSA

    According to Politico, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) will help open the door for better tracking of military-connected children by creating a military service identifier. Military family advocates say the change will allow educators and policy leaders to see how well the students are doing and make changes, if needed, to better serve them.