Picture of DoDEA and Grantee teams from 2019 Community of Practice Meeting


Dear Partners:

To advance the lives of our military-connected students, the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) relies on one true vision: “Excellence in Education for Every Student, Every Day, Everywhere.” The DoDEA Education Partnership Grant Program beautifully showcases this vision. Since 2009, DoDEA has awarded over 475 grants in 36 states reaching over 3,000 military-connected public schools nationwide. 

Through our grant program we are building partnerships that help military connected students be college and career ready. By sharing resources, we can empower students to work toward clear, consistent and high-reaching goals and exceed learning expectations in order to achieve a rich, rigorous and well-rounded education. This website is yet another way we share our resources with our partners. This website provides a centralized location for military-connected school districts who have been awarded DoDEA grants and those who are grant seekers to find information about our grant tools and resources. 

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Harvard School of Public Health Releases Advice for Schools on Mitigating COVID-19 Transmission When In-Person Instruction Resumes
Most American public schools will be bringing students back in the fall, and districts should employ a broad risk-reduction strategy proven effective in places like hospitals—where maintaining appropriate distancing isn’t always possible—to keep them safe. The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health has released a report about how re-opening schools can keep the risk of COVID-19 transmission relatively low as long as schools foster a culture of healthy compliance among students, employ an array of strategies designed to keep students, teachers, and staff safe, and isolate outbreaks when they occur. Read the full report and guidance here.
DoDEA Partners with Penn State Clearinghouse to Provide Military-Connected Student Resources
DoDEA has partnered with the Penn State University to develop materials for school support staff and personnel that includes resources to use within the school setting or to share with families. Resources include brochures, directories, handouts/ printables, and information on informal strategies or formal programs that may assist school personnel and service providers working with military-connected students and families. To view or download these resources, please visit this link.

Grantee Spotlight

High school students in Kittery School District are part of a unique program that has supported social-emotional learning and STEM efforts during the COVID environment. The Wood Island Life Saving Station Association (WILSSA) in Kittery, Maine, strives to preserve the century-old Kittery site previously manned by predecessors of our modern-day Coast Guard. As part of educational efforts to raise awareness of the heroic surfmen of the old US Life Saving Service, WILSSA is partnering with Traip Academy, the town’s public high school, to create a unique boatbuilding class. More than a dozen Traip students are not only learning new skills in wooden boat building, but local maritime history as well. The program encourages students to research and construct dories, supported by partnerships with the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and Lowell's Boat Shop—the oldest boat shop in the country. Students are building two, 19-foot-long replicas of US Coast Guard dories that were used by the surfmen who staffed the Life Saving Station before it became a Coast Guard station in Kittery. Learn more about the WILSSA program here.


High School Essay Contest with Cash Prize! 
Naval Horizons is running an essay contest for students in grades 9-12. The goal is to introduce students to cutting-edge Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) topics that impact the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps – to include autonomy, oceanography, cybersecurity, undersea medicine, and more. This essay contest challenges students to picture themselves in a STEM career by designing the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps of the future.

Judges will select up to 5,000 winners. All winners will receive a $200 cash prize. Exceptional essays will be highlighted on a Naval STEM web page and will be designated Naval Horizons Highest Honors. Submissions are being accepted May 3 – July 30, 2021. Learn more and submit essays here: https://navalhorizons.us/ 

DoDEA Grantees

Click on a state to view information about current grantees in that state and their grant projects. For more information about any of the grant projects, please contact us.