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 439 grants. These grant projects impact over 647,000 children from military families in over 2,900 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


  • Preventing Dropout in Secondary Schools

    This guide provides school educators and administrators with 4 evidence-based recommendations for reducing dropout rates in middle/high schools and improving high school graduation rates. Each recommendation provides specific strategies; examples of how to implement the practices in schools; advice on how to overcome obstacles; and a description of the supporting evidence.


Grantee Spotlight

  • SISD named District of Distinction

    Congrats to the Socorro Independent School District (SISD) being named District of Distintion by the District Administration magazine for math literacy. SISD's Math as a Second Language Academy is honored as leading the way with new ideas that work. Read more here:



  • New Policy Suppporting Military Connected Students

    NASBE explores how state boards of education can support military-connected students as they face unique social-emotional and academic challenges their peers do not. To serve these students, schools, districts, and states must be prepared to consistently and accurately identify and track K-12 students who migrate with extraordinary frequency across state and local databases. The update cites Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), now requiring states that receive federal funds under Title I to include information on the academic achievement of these students in  their state report cards.