Grantee Spotlight

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  • Poquoson City PS, VA (2016 Grantee) - Deep Learning for the 21st Century: Project Based Learning and Performance Assessment

    Poquoson High School invited 35 local veterans from World War II, the Korean War, and Vietnam War to share their experiences with students in an advanced placement U.S. history classes.

    For the project, the students documented the veterans’ stories through writing and video, and their work will go to the Friends of the National World War II Memorial or the Poquoson Museum.

    Students came away with a better understanding of the Vietnam War and its impact, getting a deeper experience than learning from a textbook or a typical classroom environment. These types of projects are emphasized throughout Poquoson High School, which adopted a project-based learning (PBL) model this year. Over the summer, teachers underwent project training, funded by a grant from DoDEA, and developed their ideas.

    As the veterans share memories through their stories with students, they also have a healthy venue to relieve the stress of combat.

    The veterans were also invited to be honorary captains for different sports teams, attended a homecoming parade where they were honored and rode in classic Ford cards. Additionally, each went home with Poquoson athletics shirts, each with their name and a number on it.

    Poquoson City PS has received the following DoDEA grants:

    2015 - STEM Success for All

    2016 - Deep Learning for the 21st Century: Project Based Learning and Performance Assessment


  • Hawaii Dept. of Ed Windward Oahu District, HI (2017 Grantee) – Kailua Receives $250,000 to Enhance STEM Opportunities. 

    DoDEA has awarded $250,000 to Kailua Intermediate School for STEM opportunities and college readiness initiatives. The grant will help the school pay for in-class supports, tutoring and extracurricular STEM activities. Kailua Intermediate's principal says the money will also go to programs like the Cyber Security Club, robotics, among others to help put students on the right paths for college and career success.

    These initiatives will be supported by professional development that focuses on evidence-based strategies including universal design for learning, project-based learning and AVID strategies. AVID’s mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. The school district is also featured in the December issue of Superintendent’s Education Update Newsletter.

    To date, HIDOE has received more than $6 million in DoDEA grants.

    2014 - Supporting All Our Students

    2015 - Readying Radford Complex Students for their Future

    2015 - Equipping Students for College and Beyond through Comprehensive STEM Education

    2016 - Malama Pono: Cultivating Reading Achievement for All Students

    2016 - Achieving Excellence Through STEM

    2017 - Readying Students for College and Careers in STEM



  • Fort Sam Houston ISD, TX (2012 Grantee)–FSHISD Teacher Receives Prestigious Award 

    Fort Sam Houston Independent School District (FSHISD) is located entirely on the Fort Sam Houston Army Post in San Antonio, Texas. The district’s 1,546 students are almost 100 percent military-connected and reside on the Army Post and Camp Bullis.

    Michalle McCallister, eighth grade science teacher at Robert G. Cole Middle School in FSHISD, received the 2015 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science (PAEMST). The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science is awarded annually to outstanding science and mathematics teachers in kindergarten through 12th grade. McCallister is one of only 108 teachers from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. territories, and Department of Defense Education Activity schools to receive this honor. McCallister is featured in the July 17th issue of NewsLeader–a weekly newsletter for the Fort Sam Houston area–and July 10th issue of San Antonio Express-News.

    FSHISD is a 2012 DoDEA grantee with “Achieving Academic Excellence Through Real World Rigor and Relevance”. This project focuses on strategies to support the academic achievement of students through the use of STEM principles and systemic transformation. Using a cross-curricular approach, the program focuses on mathematics and science with the integration of technology.

    For more information, contact FSHISD.

    Fort Sam Houston Independent School District (FSHISD) also received a grant in 2009 with Transforming Fort Sam Houston Schools to Engage Students and Ensure Success and 2012, focusing on foreign language, Expanding Foreign Language Learning and Creating a Continuum of Spanish Language Proficiency Among Military Children. See a complete listing of all DoDEA grantees on our DoDEA Grantees page.

  • Escambia County SD, FL - ECSD Celebrates MOMC with Blue Angels and Literature

    On Thursday, April 14, 2016, Blue Angels visited Blue Angels Elementary School in Escambia County School District (ECSD). A team of student interviewers asked questions and the Blue Angel volunteers shared their experience while in the military. 

    Author and illustrator, Jill Hernandez, also visited Blue Angels Elementary School to read her newly released book "Home is Where the Navy Sends You: Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida". The book was written to encourage children stationed at NAS Pensacola and discuss the things they will be able to do around their new home. The book spotlights places like Fort Pickens, the Pensacola Lighthouse, and the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park. Superintendent Malcolm Thomas plans to place copies of the book in all ECSD school libraries. 

    Escambia County School District has received the following DoDEA grants: 

    2010 - Reaching Higher Achievement with Branches of Service
    2012 - Anchor Away! Moving Military Students Forward
    2014 - Tracking the Troops with Military Precision: Shipshape Students Marching Forward with STEM
    2015 - Flying Diamond in Formation: Students Transitioning and Soaring Together

  • San Deigo Unified SD, CA - Provides a Summer Robotics Program

    During the summer of 2016, Operation Aim High provided nearly 80 San Diego Unified students with the opportunity to attend a Summer Robotics Program. For over 30 hours, high school, middle school and elementary students received hands-on instruction in designing and coding robots - each day was a different design and programming challenge!

    Students who benefited from the Summer Robotics Program are better prepared to meet the demands of the STEM curriculum implemented at their schools through an additional goal of Operation Aim High. Summer Robotics is enrichment, designed to excite and engage students in engineering pathways for school success and in their chosen career.

    San Deigo Unified School District has received the following DoDEA grants: 

    ​2013 - Operation Thrive and Learn (OTL) Project

    ​2014 - Operation Special

    ​2015 - SDUSD Project: Operation Aim High


  • Escambia County SD, FL - Starts New Military After School Program

    Escambia County SD's military after school program uses technology and physical fitness to increase military-connected student's interest in math and science.

    Helen Caro Elementary School provides highlights to parents and students to generate interest in hopes of expanding enrollment in future after school programs provided by their Tracking the Troops with Military Precision: Shipshape Students Marching Foward with STEM grant. The program integrates math, technology science, arts, and engineering (STEAM) to emphasize interconnectedness and foster innovative thinking. The program offers the following classes: IXL Math, Fairy-STEM-Tales, Adventure to Fitness, Yoga/Human Physiology, Discover Science, Art with a STEM Twist, and LEGO Tech.

    Escambia County School District has recieved the following DoDEA grants:

    2010 – Reaching Higher Achievement with Branches of Service
    2012 – Anchor Away! Moving Military Students Forward
    2014 – Tracking the Troops with Military Precision: Shipshape Students Marching Forward with STEM
    2015 – Flying Diamond in Formation: Students Transitioning and Soaring Together

    2016 – The Smooth Sailing Project

  • Yuma ESD One, AZ - AVID Programs Certified Among Top Two Percent in Nation

    Yuma Elementary School District One is located in Arizona. It is the largest elementary school district in Yuma County with over 8,000 kindergarten through eighth grade students and more than 1,300 employees. YESD operates 12 elementary, three junior high, two middle schools, and an online school.

    Three DoDEA funded middle school AVID programs have been awarded AVID Schoolwide Site of Distinction top certification. Only two percent of AVID programs nation-wide achieved this certification level this year.

    AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a college-readiness program designed to increase the number of students who enroll in four-year colleges. The goal of the AVID College Readiness Program is to promote academic success among students K-12.

    Yuma Elementary School District One has recieved the following DoDEA grants:

    2012 - Operation Brainstorn

    2013 - Operation Brainstorm at Otondo

    2015 - Operation BrainSTEM Presonalized

  • Okaloosa SD, FL (2014 grantee) - Okaloosa S.C.I.E.N.C.E

    The E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center welcomes students from an average of 41 schools per year, which equates to over 6,000 students visiting for either two or four days. The E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center provides over 700 pages of curriculum to the teachers and students which is used, not just in their science classrooms, but in several capacities of cross-curricular activities. Okaloosa SD wants science to be used throughout the student's day. This curriculum concentrates on the longleaf pine ecosystem with sections that cover land, water, ecosystems, wildlife and people. This curriculum can be used for cold-reads, in-depth analysis of Florida's history and many more cross-curricular programs. Okaloosa SD wants to bring out every student’s “biophilia”, or love all living things. 


  • Judson ISD, TX (2013 Grantee) - Judson ISD Selected as 2016 Program Excellence Award School

    Judson Independent School District (JISD) is a public school system located in the San Antonio, TX metropolitan area. JISD encompasses 55.87 square miles and currently serves the incorporated cities of Converse, Kirby, and Selma as well as portions of Live Oak, Universal City, San Antonio, and Schertz. The district is the fourth largest school district in Bexar County and serves a population of almost 23,000 students.

    Judson Independent School District (TX) selected as 2016 Program Excellence Award School. The award presentation will be on March 2, 2016.

    Sponsored by ITEEA and Paxton/Patterson, The Program Excellence Award is one of the highest honors given to technology and engineering education programs at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. The Program Excellence Award is presented in recognition of outstanding contributions to the profession and students. Awards are given to one program from each category from every state.

    Judson ISD is a 2013 DoDEA grantee with "STEM Integrations and Parent, Family, and Community Engagement Initiatives". This project aims to increase student achievement in math and science all students at six target schools. The project serves over 1,200 military connected students. 

    For more information, contact Judson ISD.  

    Judson ISD also received a grant in 2009 for Judson High School Mathematics Initiative. 

  • Central Kitsap SD, WA (2015 Grantee) - Submariners Bring STEM Learners to Life

    Central Kitsap School District (CKSD), located in Kitsap County, Washington, has 11,000 students with 43 percent tied to active duty military or Department of Defense. CKSD is a 2015 DoDEA grantee with their project "Transforming Instruction to Prepare Future Ready Students". This project supports students and staff in grades three through eight and focuses on developing Future Ready students. The primary goal is to increase academic achievement in both English language arts and science/engineering using integrated digital resources. 

    Submariners from Henry M. Jackson visited third and fourth graders at Brownsville Elementary School as part of a project bringing STEM learning to life.  This project will focus on engineering design process, Next Generation Science Standards, and linking English language arts with STEM. Students will work with the Engineering is Elementary kit called "Taking the Plunge: Designing Submersibles". At the end of the module, students will visit their submarine (USS Henry M. Jackson) during a field trip. 

    Central Kitsap School District (CKSD) also received DoDEA grants in the following years: 
    2014 "Central Kitsap Special Education Project: 
    2012 "Increasing Math and Science Achievement Through High Quality STEM Teaching and Learning"
    2011 "Increasing Literacy Achievement through High Quality Teaching and Learning"

  • Judson ISD, TX (2013 Grantee) - ITEEA Recognizes Judson ISD

    At the March 2, 2016 annual conference for the International Technology and Engineering Educator Association (ITEEA), the DoDEA STEM Grant Program at Judson ISD was recognized as one of only 24 programs worldwide to earn the prestigious PROGRAM EXCELLENCE AWARD.

    Sponsored by the ITEEA and Paxton/Patterson, the Program Excellence Award is one of the highest honors given to STEM Education programs on the elementary, middle or high school levels.  It is presented in recognition of outstanding contributions to the profession and students.  Programs from all over the United States and around the world compete for this honor. Each year the Program Excellence winners are recognized at the largest conference for Technology & Engineering Educators in the world.  This year the Judson ISD DoDEA STEM Grant program was recognized at the first general session of the conference where the award plaques and pins were presented.

    For more information, contact Judson ISD.

    Judson ISD also received a grant in 2009 for Judson High School Mathematics Initiative. 

  • Socorro ISD, TX (2013 Grantee)–Project SMART Enhances Academic Skills in Military-Connected Students 

    Socorro Independent School District (SISD) is located in El Paso, Texas. The district covers over 130 square miles and serves more than 44,500 students at 46 schools in East El Paso, the city of Socorro, and Horizon City. SISD is a 2013 DoDEA grantee with “Project SMART.” This project serves a total of 12,038 students, including 1,371 military-connected students, across 6 elementary schools, 2 middle schools, 2 high schools, and 2 combined schools (elementary and middle school).

    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. Project SMART also aims to improve teacher effectiveness through professional development which includes STEM teacher education kits and planning guides, workshops for project-based learning, and STEM courses from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) faculty with an emphasis on grade-appropriate content knowledge.

    Project SMART schools also used the grant to fund their robotics programs. With these funds, schools were able to send teachers to LEGO robotics trainings and buy robotics kits for their students. In February 2015, SISD held their first district-wide Robocom Competition. Two Project SMART schools, Lujan-Chavez Elementary and Sun Ridge Middle School, won the top prizes. Schools are now preparing for the next SISD Robocom Competition in 2016.

    For more information, contact SISD.

    Socorro Independent School District (SISD) also received a DoDEA grant in 2014 for their program, “Project SPEED: SPED Programs for Educational Enhancement and Development”. This program focuses on (1) including students with disabilities in grade level instructional programs, (2) providing professional development to staff on relevant topics such as differentiated instruction, and (3) supporting parents of students with disabilities through various services.

  • Clarksville-Montgomery CSS, TN (2013 Grantee)–Family School Connection (Video)

    Clarksville-Montgomery County School System (CMCSS) is located in Clarksville, TN serving a population of over 31,000 students. CMCSS is the eighth largest school system in Tennessee with a total of 38 schools and is the largest employer in Montgomery County, outside of Fort Campbell. Approximately 28 percent of the system’s student population are military-connected.

    CMCSS’s “Partnering with Families for Student Success” provides highly mobile families an effective and meaningful process for connecting to the schools and community. Esperanza Soriano-McCrary, Parent Engagement Specialist for CMSS, shares important components of a successful parent engagement initiative. The below video explains the branding, marketing, and school and district level activities of Family School Connection, the parent engagement initiative for CMSS.

    For more information, contact CMCSS.


  • Virginia Beach City PS, VA - VBCPS Celebrates Month of the Military Child with Art

    Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) celebrated Month of the Military Child with a collaboration between VBCPS, Military School Liaison Officers, and Lynnhaven Mall. "The Art of Being a Military Child" showcases student's artistic interpretations of what it's like to be a military dependent. The student's work will also become eligible for submission to the Military Child Education Coalition's (MCEC's) "Call for the Arts" program. 

    Virginia Beach City Public Schools have received the following DoDEA grants: 

    2012 - Virginia Beach MCASP Grant
    2012 - Virginia Beach City Public School: From STARTALK and Beyond (S-FLEP Grantee)
    2013 - Operation PRIDE (Positive, Resourceful, Innovative, Diverse, Engaging)
    2014 - Transitioning Exceptional Students Together (TEST) (SpED grantee)


  • Madison City Schools, AL - District Hosts Celebrations for MOMC

    Madison City Schools is located in Madison, Alabama and serves the communities of Madison and Triana. The system was established in 1998 after separating from the Madison County School System and consists of two high schools, two middle schools, and seven elementary schools. The 2015 DoDEA grant, Supporting Opportunities for Achievement and Relationships (S.O.A.R.) serves 5,173 military-connected students across the district's middle and high schools. 

    On April 13, 2016, Madison City Schools held an Official Flag Ceremony. Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jason Denny, also a Mill Creek Elementary school parent, led the ceremony.  On April 15th, the district also held a breakfast at Mill Creek Elementary School. Military-connected students received a certificate of appreciation and military support bracelets. Additionally, Bob Jones High School held a special ceremony honoring military-connected students and their families. 

    Madison City Schools have received the following DoDEA grants:

    2010 - Strategies of Success: The Madison Math Initiative
    2011 - Strategies of Success (SOS)
    2014 - Strategies of Success - Mathematics: College and Career Ready
    2015 - Supporting Opportunities for Achievement and Relationships (S.O.A.R.)

  • Yuma ESD, AZ (2012 Grantee) – Military Family Nights Build Home-School Relationships

    Yuma Elementary School District One (YESD) is located in Yuma, Arizona and is the largest elementary school district in Yuma County. This area has a rich cultural heritage of Hispanic and Native American influences and a large number of military families. YESD is a 2012 DoDEA grantee with “Project Brainstorm.” This project serves a total of 3,883 students including 814 military-connected students across five elementary schools and two middle schools.

    Project Brainstorm’s goal is to increase math and science achievement for YESD students in grades three through eight through extensive professional development, a teacher cadre to model interdisciplinary lessons, interdisciplinary planning time, Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) tutors, and technology-based scientific inquiry for students. Additionally, this project uses two full-time counselors to increase family and student engagement for military dependents.

    YESD school-based military dependent counselors organize annual Military Family Nights to build home-school relationships for active-duty families. Each evening event features a VIP guest reader and family activities. Winter 2015 activities included star-gazing, cookie decorating, constructing “shooting stars,” and making wishing stars. At these events, military parents, network with each other, get to know the military counselors, and interact with the base commanders and school administrators. Students and families treasure this demonstration of the value our schools place on their contributions to our nation.

    For more information, contact YESD.

    Yuma Elementary School District One also received a DoDEA grant in 2013 for “Project Brainstorm at Otondo”. This program, hosted at Otondo Elementary School, focuses on increasing science achievement in grades three and four through: (1) extensive professional development, (2) teacher cadre to model interdisciplinary lessons, (3) updated science-based informational text (Engineering is Elementary), and (4) technology-based scientific inquiry for students.

  • Northside ISD, TX - Hoffmann Elementary Celebrates Month of the Military Child

    Hoffmann Elementary School celebrates Month of the Military Child with a specially designed Fiesta Medal to represent their school and honor military families. Fiesta is a tradition in San Antonio, also referred to as "Military City, U.S.A", and is a celebration of the cultures and history that make the city great. People create Fiesta Medals to sell and trade as part of the celebration. 

    Northside Independent School District (NISD) has more than 7,000 children with parents who are connected to the military. Led by efforts of school counselors, NISD school communities work diligently to support military faimlies and address their unique educational challenges. 

    Northside Independent School District has received the following DoDEA grants: 

    2011 - Beyond High School: Creating K-12 College Competencies
    2012 - Beyond State Assessment: Creating Learning Communities
    2014 - Successful Collaboration at Northside (SpEd)

  • Indian River Central SD, NY (2013 Grantee) - LEGO Warriors Compete in Robotics Competition

    Indian River Central School District (IRCSD) is located in rural upstate New York, where the main industry is agriculture. The district is mostly located in Jefferson County with portions extending into St. Lawrence County. Currently, 66 percent of students are from a military background or are connected to Fort Drum. IRCSD received a 2013 DoDEA grant for “Excellence in STEM Project” focusing on improving student achievement in STEM and enhancing parent engagement in their child's education through science instruction. This grant serves 3,507 students and 2,502 military-connected students within seven schools, six elementary and one middle. As part of the STEM project, IRCSD also partnered with Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Jefferson County, Syracuse University, and Clarkson University.

    In December 2014, the district sent two teams to the First LEGO League Robotics competition at Clarkson University. A short video is available showcasing the LEGO Warriors team which is comprised of five middle school students. The video highlights the brainstorming, programming, and LEGO building processes of this event. Several IRCSD staff were on hand to assist the students in their progress. The video also showcases the LEGO EV3 Warrior in both practice and in the Robot Field Mission Competition.

    The district has seen an increasing interest in robotics instruction from students and parents. In response, the district plans to examine existing science curricula and instructional practices to incorporate robotics. IRCSD also plans to hold magnitude district-wide robotics competition for primary students to compete in the spring.

    For more information, contact IRCSD.

    Indian River Central School District also received a DoDEA grant in 2014 for “Indian River Students with Disabilities Programming and Supports” and in 2009 for “Promoting Student Achievement in Mathematics”. See a complete listing of all DoDEA grantees on our DoDEA Grantees page.

  • Judson ISD, TX (2013 Grantee) – District makes strides with robotics teams

    Judson ISD (JISD) is the fourth largest school district in Bexar County, TX. JISD has 4,497 students and 903 military-connected students within their elementary and middle schools. Six schools, five elementary and one middle, are participating in the 2013 DoDEA grant which focuses on increasing student achievement in mathematics with the integration of technology in science and math courses for grades 5 and 8.

    JISD has seen great success with the implementation of technology, robotics, and STEM labs in 5th and 8th grade classrooms. In February 2015, JISD hosted the First Lego League Qualifier Tournament. Twelve JISD teams competed in the tournament as well as 18 teams from other school districts. Four JISD robotics teams advanced to the next level. See photos

    Campuses participating in the grant have increased their attendance rates, decreased their discipline rates, and increased grades and state assessment scores. Students who participated in robotics have qualified and earned awards at tournaments. The military-connected students and families have been actively involved in the STEM program and community events since the award of the DoDEA grant in 2013.

    Judson ISD also holds several events which support the needs of the military-connected students:

    May 23, 2015 – STEM Day (in conjunction with the Congressman Henry Cuellear’s office and Northeast Lakeview College)

    April 7, 2015 – Month of the Military Child Extravaganza

    February 7, 2015 – First Lego League Robotics Qualifier Tournament

    November 10, 2014 – Military Family Appreciation Day

    April 30, 2014 – Month of the Military Child Extravaganza

    For more information, contact JISD.

    Judson Independent School District also received a DoDEA grant in 2009 for their program, “Judson High School Mathematics Initiative”. This program focused on enhancing student learning opportunities and student achievement in mathematics across all grade levels, as well as increase educator professional development and parental involvement at the military-connected Judson High School. See a complete listing of all DoDEA grantees on our DoDEA Grantees page.

  • Daleville City Schools, AL (2011 Grantee) - 3M program provides wrap-around support for military-connected students

    Daleville City Schools is located in Daleville, AL and has 2 schools that serve 1,269 students, including 429 military-connected students, in grades K-12. This district is a member of the Military Child Education Coalition and selected as one of the top four programs of 164 Student-to-Student (S2S) programs from around the word.

    The 3M (Multimedia Mastery Based Mentoring Project) is a threefold program enhancing technology, enriching core subjects, and providing counseling services, peer mentoring, and transitional support for dependents of active duty military personnel through a Student-to-Student (S2S) program. Daleville City Schools have seen success in the 3M program through increased military dependent student achievement in mathematics, targeted professional development for teachers, and improved social and emotional health of military dependents.

    Student Highlights: A member of the S2S program was a 2014 scholarship recipient at the Frances Hesselbien Student Leadership Program at the United States Air Force Academy. The Frances Hesselbein Student Leadership Program was established by the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) in 2006 to identify exemplary young people through their participation in the MCEC Student 2 Student (S2S) program. And, last summer, a Daleville student was among 50 students nationwide selected to participate in the Four Star Leadership program in Oklahoma City, Kansas. The Four Star Leadership program offers leadership training, policy debate, speech competitions, and scholarships. Read the full story here.

    For more information, contact Daleville City Schools.

    Daleville City Schools also received a 2014 DoDEA grant to continue the 3M Project. The 2014 project focuses on improving military dependent student mathematic achievement in grades 3-6, grades 7-8, and grade 10, and improving social emotional health in grades 7-12. The project offers targeted professional development for teachers, expanded tutoring and counseling/mentoring opportunities, and improved technology available to students. See a complete listing of all DoDEA grantees on our DoDEA Grantees page.

  • Anchorage School District, AK (2010 Grantee) - iSchool offers military-connected students flexibility in academic courses

    Anchorage School District (ASD) educates over 48,000 students, encompasses almost 2,000 square miles, is ranked 97th in size among U.S. school districts, and has more than 130 schools and programs. ASD students speak 99 different languages at home and minority students comprise more than 50 percent of the student population.

    Anchorage School District’s (ASD) iSchool began in 2010 and has offered online classes for original credit to approximately 2,200 high school students and 200 advanced 6th graders taking Pre-Algebra.

    ASD iSchool has demonstrated success not only through high passing rates, but in its ability to provide flexible scheduling to accommodate both military and transitional students coming to and from the district. For traditional students, online options eliminate scheduling conflicts and, in turn, allow students to pursue face to face passions such as specialized school programs, music, and (Career and Technical Education (CTE) classes.

    Currently ASD iSchool offers 37 core and elective classes, most of which are aligned to common core and are NCAA approved. ASD iSchool employs Anchorage School District teachers who are highly qualified in a core subject area, and, in the past year, has hired two Student Support Specialist to help monitor and track students to ensure online student success. In addition to online teachers, ASD iSchool employs two iSchool Support Specialists who not only monitor to our two target military high schools, but provide support to the ten other high schools who channel students into the online program.

    On a weekly basis the ASD iSchool Support Specialists do site visits to meet with students to provide support, help and encouragement as they work on their online classes. They also report student progress to counselors and parents and act as liaisons between students and their online instructors. Currently the pass rate for ASD iSchool classes is over 90%

    Project MORE has allowed the iSchool program to offer more flexibility to military families who move in and out of our district throughout the year as we can start transitioning students in classes at any time and for those families who PCS out during the school year, the program allows those students to continue with their class to earn the credit. While it takes much more administrative effort to make this happen, ASD knows it is absolutely the right thing to do for their kids! See more about ASD’s iSchool and with their web site and video.

    Anchorage School District also received a 2010 DoDEA grant for “Project Connect”, an initiative with 4,467 military students affiliated with Fort Richardson and Elmendorf Air Force Base. Secondary military students facing challenges due to transitions and deployments are supported through counseling, peer leadership and mentoring classes, challenging courses, after school activities, academic support and family outreach. In 2014, ASD was offered another DoDEA grant to continue “Project Connect” and offer military students adventure-based education programs during and after school that build leadership and social emotional learning (SEL), counseling, and academic support to help them succeed in school and stay on track to graduate. See a complete listing of all DoDEA grantees on our DoDEA Grantees page.

  • Clarksville-Montgomery County Schools, TN - CMCSS Director of Schools named one of Education Week’s Leaders to Learn From

    Clarksville-Montgomery School System (CMCSS) is located in Clarksville, TN serving a population of over 31,000 students. CMCSS is the eighth largest school district in Tennessee with a total of 38 schools and is the largest employer in Montgomery County, outside of Fort Campbell.

    In 2014, CMCSS Director of Schools, B.J. Worthington, was chosen as one of the 16 Leaders to Learn From by Education Week. The leaders profiled in the report were recognized at an exclusive event on April 1, 2014. Worthington was recognized for the districts STEM focus spurred by a 2012 federal Race to the Top grant and piloted the externship program with a small cohort of high school teachers. Since he took over the district, it has received an additional $10 million in competitive grants from groups including the U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA).

    For more information, contact CMCSS.

    Clarksville-Montgomery County School System has received several DoDEA Grants:


    2009–Project Eagle Wings

    2012–Project CMSS STEM

    2013–Partnering with Families for Student Success

    2014–Transition to Success Project (Special Education)


    See a complete listing of all DoDEA grantees on our DoDEA Grantees page.

  • Lyme Central School District, NY (2012 Grantee) - District program expands interest and achievement in STEM

     Lyme Central School District (LCSD) is located on the northeast shore of Lake Ontario in the Town of Lyme, NY. This predominantly rural township includes the villages of Chaumont and Three Mile Bay. Lyme’s 2012 DoDEA grant serves approximately 357 students in grades PK-12 at Lyme Central School.

    LCSD’s project, “Bridging the Gap and Expanding Opportunities,” expands student interest an achievement in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). Strategies include support from a part-time STEM integration specialist, enacting “Engineering-by-Design”, hosting quarterly STEM family nights, engaging faculty from nearby universities to provide professional development, and aligning Extended Day Services (EDS) with STEM priorities.

    On December 16, 2012, Lyme Central School hosted a holiday themed family STEM night. Families enjoyed a variety of games, puzzles, and hands on activities, providing great fun and entertainment for attendees while supporting and encouraging STEM learning.

    For more information, contact LCSD.

    Lyme Central School District also received a 2013 DoDEA consortium grant for Fort Drum Rural Initiative for STEM Excellence (RISE). Partners include Alexandria School District, Belleville Henderson School District, Copenhagen Central School District, LaFargeville Central School District, and Sackets Harbor Central School District. See a complete listing of all DoDEA grantees on our DoDEA Grantees page.

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