Dear Parents, Students, Staff and Members of Our Community,
I am pleased to present to you our Community Strategic Plan (CSP) for school years 2013/14–2017/18. This five-year plan is our roadmap for advancing the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) on a unique path to new levels of excellence. It is our commitment to go to extraordinary lengths to continue to improve the educational opportunities for each of the Nation’s 1.2 million school-age, military-connected children.
The plan is a product of a community-wide effort. We assembled a leadership team of DoDEA and community senior leaders to serve as the primary architects of the plan’s framework. Through a deliberate and thoughtful process, the leadership team developed a comprehensive planning approach that focused on establishing long-term direction, solutions and tangible results. The leadership team’s work culminated with the establishment of the plan’s foundational elements—the vision, mission, core values, goals and performance measures. The plan, therefore, is a fitting triumph of the entire DoDEA community, demonstrating that improvement in a school system is best achieved through a collaborative, shared commitment to doing what is best for our students.
The community strategic planning process is a driving force for our organization, motivating us to scrutinize and refine our programs and practices to achieve better outcomes for our students. By adopting this plan, we enter into a performance contract with our students, parents, staff and community, where our success is measured by the progress we make towards the achievement of our goals. It is through this process that we commit to becoming one of the Nation’s most respected and recognized education systems. We are meant to be and aim to be an accountable activity. Ensuring accountability and trust means we must be open and answerable to those we serve. Therefore, each year, we will review and report the progress made towards achieving our goals to remain transparent and demonstrate we are doing all we can to provide our students a high-quality education.
It is our honor and privilege to contribute to the education of the children of all of our Nation’s heroes. Their children’s education must not be among the sacrifices our country asks of them. The school environment must be a special place for our children to learn and grow to achieve their full academic, social and emotional potential, and I ask all members of our community—students, parents, members of our military community and DoDEA staff and faculty—to passionately commit to this end. It is only through our collective efforts that we will achieve our new, ambitious vision “to be among the world’s leaders in education, enriching the lives of military-connected students and the communities in which they live.”
In the interest of all children,
DoDEA has the honor and privilege of educating over 84,000 children of our Nation’s Service members and the civilians who support them in twelve nations, seven states and two territories. We also provide support to more than one million military-connected students who attend public schools throughout the United States.
DoDEA operates 194 schools in the United States, Europe and the Pacific. In the United States, DoDEA schools operate under the Domestic Dependents Elementary and Secondary Schools system. In Europe and the Pacific, DoDEA schools are organized under the Department of Defense Dependents Schools.
The educational experience of military-connected students is unique. As a school system, we are committed to meeting not only the academic needs of our students but also their social and emotional needs as well. Through close coordination with the United States Department of Education, the Military Services, and other agencies and organizations focused on the needs of military-connected children, we seek ways to alleviate the challenges students may face as a result of frequent transitions and parental deployments.
Through legislative authority, DoDEA’s Educational Partnership Program enables the sharing of knowledge, resources and expertise with public school systems across the Nation to improve educational opportunities for all military-connected, school-age children. Understanding that a significant element of military family readiness is the availability of quality schools, DoDEA’s partnership program capitalizes on our vast portfolio of resources to improve the ability of public school systems to also meet the unique academic, social and emotional needs of military-connected children.
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As of April 1, 2013.