Friday, June 18, 2010

NEWS RELEASE -- DoDEA Educational Partnership Awards Grant to San Diego Unified School District

Reporters and editors: Below is a news release from the Department of
Defense announcing a major grant to San Diego Unified. Contact information
is below.


Jack Brandais
Communications Department
San Diego Unified School District
(619) 725-5570 (Desk)
(619) 607-0477 (Cell)

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June 18, 2010
Contact: Connie Gillette or Elaine Kanellis
Voice: (703) 588-3272 or (703) 588-3265

DoDEA Educational Partnership Awards Grant to San Diego Unified School
ARLINGTON, VA ­The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA)
Educational Partnership awarded a $2.5 million grant to the San Diego
Unified School District through the Promoting Student Achievement at Schools
Impacted by Military Force Structure Changes FY 10 Competitive Grant

The School District serves students from Naval Air Station San Diego and
Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in the San Diego area.

³Our grant program provides needed funding for schools serving the children
of our military service members,² said Dr. Shirley Miles, Director, DoDEA.
³These students face unique challenges being in a military family and we are
proud to be able to help the school districts that support them.²

Operation Student Achievement, which will be funded by the grant, is a
comprehensive approach to improve student achievement and teacher
effectiveness in math, science, and technology at nine elementary schools.
Program strategies include student instruction using evidence-based math and
science curricula and student interventions using research based support and
tutoring programs, parent engagement, and sustained professional

³San Diego Unified is deeply appreciative of the Department of Defense (DoD)
for the grant funding that will allow us to participate in the Operation
Student Achievement program,² said Bill Kowba, Interim Superintendent.


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³As the Navy¹s largest homeport, several thousand military dependent and
other high needs children will benefit from the funding of highly valued
math, science, and technology interventions and supporting parental
engagement and teacher professional development. This is win-win-win for
the school district, the city, and our families,² Kowba said.

The amount of the grant awards range from $100,000 to $2,500,000 based on
military student enrollment at the target schools. While the aim of the
program is to enhance the education of military students, funds may be used
to raise student achievement for all students at the schools.

All grants focus on enhancing student learning opportunities, student
achievement, and educator professional development at military-connected
schools. Some grants also have a counseling component that focuses on
easing the challenges that military students face due to transitions and

While some active duty military families are stationed in overseas
locations, the majority live on or near a military installation in the U.S.
Approximately 60% of the children of military families in the U.S. are
school age and the majority of them attend public schools throughout the

DoDEA¹s Partnership program provides information and support to increase
understanding of the unique needs of military children as well as academic
support to improve educational opportunities and outcomes for military

DoDEA's aim is to enhance the education of military students, but funds may
be used to raise student achievement for all students.

DoDEA consists of the Department of Defense Dependents Schools located
overseas, and the Department of Defense Domestic Dependent Elementary and
Secondary Schools located in the U.S. and its territories and possessions.
DoDEA provides education to eligible DoD military and civilian dependents
from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. DoDEA also provides support and
resources to Local Education Activities throughout the U.S. that serve
children of military families.


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