Madison Schools Get Major DOD Grant

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MADISON, Ala. – Madison City Schools has been awarded a $1.7 million grant from the Department of Defense to help educational and student assistance programs. Madison City is one of just 25 military-connected school districts in the country to share in this year’s DoDEA Educational Partnership program totalling $32 million in grants.

The partnership grants are for school systems throughout the country that serve a good portion of military students. This year’s grant competition focused on programs that:

  • Infuse Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematic (STEM) principals throughout its curriculum such as Madison middle schools expanding STEM programs into Discovery and Liberty middle schools this year.
  • Establish or expand foreign language learning, like the continual phasing in of Spanish instruction in Madison elementary schools.
  • Programs that include ongoing, systemic strategies for parent and family engagement.

“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 DoDEAs’ Educational Partnership Program. Such grants “have the power to transform learning experiences for military children and we are looking forward to working with the Madison City School District to leverage success and learn from their success.”

Madison City Schools Superintendent Dr. Dee Fowler said MCS values its partnership with Redstone Arsenal and with defense-connected families whose children attend Madison schools. Just this week at the Madison City Board of Education program, board members heard a presentation about a Military Child Education Coalition Conference and Madison’s S2S (student-to-student) initiatives that help military-connected students adjust from frequent relocations. “With the DoDEA grant funds, the district is in position to provide excellent professional development for teachers and administrators in effective technology integration, instructional strategies, and college and career ready standards,” Dr. Fowler said. Madison’s grant money will provide extra support for students to receive intensive intervention in mathematics from teachers or para-educators. It will also enhance the district’s social-emotional support for students through additional counselors and the S2S student-to-student initiative.

More than 1 million school-age children from military families attend public schools throughout the year which is why DoD remains committed to assisting these families. To be eligible for participation, the district must have an active military-connected student population of 5 percent or more, with a population of 15 percent 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.

Credit: John Peck, Madison City Schools

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