Supporting Learning Communities in Schools for Military Children


August 14, 2014


Steve Underwood
Strengthening Education Systems Manager Steve Underwood

Under a new contract competitively awarded by the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA), Education Northwest will work to support the academic success for students of military families through the improved implementation of professional learning communities for principals and teachers at U.S. military schools across the globe.

“The children of our military members deserve the best education possible, so we are truly excited to be awarded the contract by DoDEA to meet the needs of all their students,” says Education Northwest’s Steve Underwood who will manage the project.

The Education Northwest team will provide virtual coaching to individual principals, teams of principals, and representative faculty and leadership from multiple Department of Defense schools on best practices for working collaboratively and using data to improve student outcomes. The teachers and leaders will receive coaching in real time and also have access to self-paced e-learning modules to supplement their learning.

“This is a big initiative to do in a virtual format, and we are happy that our leadership in e-learning, school coaching, and facilitating the formation of professional learning communities has been recognized,” says Underwood.

Work under the three-year contract began in July. Schoology, an organization that specializes in social networks for K-12 schools, will host the project’s online learning management system.