DoDEA Launches Interactive Educational Resource

ARLINGTON, Va., April 13, 2010 – The Department of Defense Education Activity’s educational partnership has launched an interactive educational resource for military families, military leaders and school leaders.

The resource, “Students at the Center,” provides information on important policies, procedures, and best practices that are critical to supporting the needs of military families’ education.

“Our military families have high expectations and unique needs regarding the education of their children, and we saw a need to develop a tool to assist everyone who has a stake in the educational process,” said Kathy Facon, chief of the educational partnership.

Available online at, the guide offers information focused on specific stakeholder needs, Facon said.

“This guide provides military parents, military leaders and school leaders information on relevant educational issues affecting each group,” she explained. “When local education agencies, military commands and DoDEA partner to share information and resources, children benefit.”

For educators serving children from military families in a public school system, the guide offers information on the different military service branches, ranks, and protocols. It outlines current Defense Department initiatives to support schools and the Education Department’s impact aid program. It also offers insights regarding the issues military families face, including frequent transitions and parents deploying.

For families, the guide offers information on navigating the U.S. education system, choosing a school and being an effective advocate for a child.

Military leaders visiting “Students at the Center” will find suggestions on supporting military families, forming and strengthening installation-school partnerships and ways to enhance communication between local education activities, the military services and families.

“The educational partnership is dedicated to every military child’s right to a quality education regardless of their location or how often their family moves,” Facon said. “We know that there are a lot of great resources already available regarding education issues for military families, but we wanted to develop a tool that would bring those resources together in one place.”

The guide will be available in May and can be ordered in print format and on CD through the Military OneSource Web site. is a portal of all things military.  We appreciate your service and patronage and continuously work to be your “go-to” site for employment and education information.  We work to connect members of military and veteran communities as well as their families with outstanding jobs.  We handle all occupational areas including healthcare, transportation, law enforcement, trades, security, high tech and much more.  You will find excellent jobs for military and veterans in both the civilian and government sectors on our site. is proud to present a multitude of resources for those seeking employment opportunities including a variety of articles and job tips aimed to help you find work.  We also have many valuable resources including our Virtual Job Fair, Directory of Employers and the Military Connection Job Board with thousands of nationwide jobs. recognizes the wonderful contributions of Transition Officers and Veteran Service Officers.  We value their hard work and are proud to work with and for them.  When the next tour is back home, it’s on