Defense Dept. awards grant
September 29, 2014
September 12, 2014
Contact: Natalia Thaniel
Voice: (571) 372-0604
DoDEA Educational Partnership Awards grant to the Anchorage School District
ALEXANDRIA, VA - The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Educational Partnership awarded a $1.7 million grant to the Anchorage School District for the 2014-15 school year. The Anchorage School District serves military students from Fort Richardson, Elmendorf AFB.
There are over a million school age children from military families, with the majority attending public schools throughout our nation. DoDEA is committed to supporting educational outcomes for ALL children of military families. As the largest geographically dispersed school system in the nation, serving more than 78,000 students worldwide, DoDEA shares its experience and resources with military-connected public school districts.
"The Department of Defense is committed to ensuring that all children of military families have access to quality educational opportunities,” said Kathleen Facon, Chief of the DoDEA's Educational Partnership Program. “DoDEA Educational Partnership grants have the power to transform learning experiences for military children and we are looking forward to working with the Anchorage School District to leverage success and learn from their expertise."
Facon noted that DoDEA received many high-quality proposals for innovative programs and initiatives to support military connected students. This year's grant competition was focused on programs that: 1) infuse Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematic (STEM) principles throughout the curriculum; 2) establish or expand foreign language learning; and/or 3) programs that include ongoing, systemic strategies for parent and family engagement.
“I am pleased we have the opportunity to continue our work to support military students and their families,” said ASD Superintendent, Ed Graff. “Military dependents make up 10 percent of our student population and it is important that we are able to address their academic, social and emotional needs. This DoDEA grant allows us to provide additional counselors for military students, newly created curriculum to ease military student transitions and high-quality professional development to staff.”
DoDEA awarded nearly $32 million in grants this year. The grants were awarded to 25 military-connected public school districts to strengthen family-school-community relationships and enhance student achievement for military connected students.
To be eligible for participation in the grant, the district must have an active military-connected student population of 5% or more, with a population of 15% or more military-connected students at the school level. Although funding levels are related to military student enrollment, the proposed programs will serve all students at the target schools.
DoDEA plans, directs, coordinates, and manages pre-kindergarten through 12th grade education programs for school-aged children of Department of Defense personnel who would otherwise not have access to high-quality public education. DoDEA schools are located in Europe, the Pacific, Western Asia, the Middle East, Cuba, the United States, Guam, and Puerto Rico. DoDEA also provides support and resources to Local Educational Activities throughout the United States that serve children of military families.