Tuesday, July 31, 2012
FCPS Receives $405,000 Grant From DoDEA Educational Partnership
Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has been awarded a $405,000 grant from the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Educational Partnership to support the implementation of Operation Patriotic STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) at Woodlawn Elementary School. The program will include unique mathematics and engineering curricula and opportunities plus extended learning time for students as well as teacher training.
This is the third grant given to FCPS by the DoDEA Educational Partnership. In 2010, the district received a $1.5 million grant as part of the Promoting Student Achievement at Schools Impacted by Military Force Structure Changes FY 10 competitive grant program to support Operation Patriotic STEM at Fort Belvoir Elementary School. Operation Patriotic STEM is a program designed to reduce the achievement gaps in math and science by providing extended day learning sessions after school and over the summer, a parent and community business partner outreach component, professional development in math and science for teachers, speakers and special programs for students, and field.
In 2011, FCPS received a $1.2 million grant to support STEM education at Mount Vernon High School and Whitman Middle School. This grant included funding for a counselor to support military families at the two schools along with after-school and summer STEM programs, a professional development component for teachers, and technology equipment for students.
While funding levels are related to military-connected student populations, the proposed programs will serve all students at schools receiving the grant.
Note: For more information, contact the FCPS Department of Communications and Community Outreach at 571-423-1200.