MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Educational partnership awarded Manhattan-Ogden USD 383 a grant through the Promoting Student Achievement at Schools Impacted by Military Force Structure Changes FY 2014 Competitive Grant Program. A $1,739,045 grant will fund the district’s “STEMing into College and Career Readiness” proposal that provides targeted support to students in grades 5-8.
From extended day learning, enhanced academic support, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) summer institutes students will find multiple ways to succeed in rigorous STEM coursework. Parents will also have the opportunity to learn more about the district’s college/career guidance and interventions that support their students’ postsecondary goals. Teachers will benefit from professional development and technology that assists them with data management and differentiated instruction as they assure student success.
“Manhattan-Ogden USD 383 is pleased to partner once again with the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) to provide exciting opportunities for our military-connected students, as well as all students to attain a quality education that prepares them for college and career choices,” states Carol Adams, Executive Director of Teaching and Learning.
Sandy Johnson, School Liaison Officer with Fort Riley Child, Youth and School Services adds, “Congratulations Manhattan-Ogden USD 383! The DoDEA 4 grant is a great opportunity to reinforce the partnership of community and military connected students as USD 383 strives for excellence in education for all students in the Manhattan-Ogden community. “
Our partners in this project are the College of Education at Kansas State University, Manhattan Area Technical College, Fort Riley Child, Youth, and School Services, and local associations and businesses who are interested in supporting STEM education in USD 383.
In his grant announcement during the Military Child Education Coalition’s 15th National Training Seminary, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel noted that since 2009, the department has awarded 186 grants totaling more than $220 million and reaching more than 750,000 students. Secretary Hagel stated, “Our goal is to make sure every military-connected school-age child gets a quality education, wherever they are in the world.”
The 2014 DoDEA grant awards in the amount of $20 million were made to 15 school districts nationwide. Manhattan is currently the only Kansas recipient in this cycle of military grants.