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

  • Clarksville-Montgomery County Schools, TN
    Clarksville-Montgomery Director of Schools, B.J. Worthington, has been chosen as an Education Week 2014 Leader to Learn From, in STEM Learning. See this article highlighting his work.
  • Northside Independent School District, TX
    Northside ISD runs a Lego Robotics program at several of their schools. Watch the news coverage of this STEM program.
  • Lyme Central School District, NY
    Lyme Central School works to improve student interest and achievement in STEM. The district emphasizes STEM learning in after school programs. In December, Lyme Central School hosted a STEM night for students and their families. Also, Cornell University provides hands-on learning opportunities for students. See Lyme Central's latest newsletter for details.

Grant Information

  • Let's Make Sure All Schools Celebrate Veterans Day!
    "In the weeks before Veterans Day, one of the assignments I give my USC graduate students who are preparing to become school social workers is to organize an activity that involves schools in honoring those who have served our country."
    See the rest of the article 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.
  • 2014 Grant Update
    Congratulations to the 2014 DoDEA Partnership Grantees. Visit the grantee information page here for information about the 2014 grantees including project descriptions, locations, and military installations served.