Steilacoom Historical School District is in the fifth year of implementation of the five-year Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Partnership Grant, Project Safe and Sound. For the 2020-2021 school year, the district will focus on creating universal supports for both remote and in-person learning environments. This includes integrating social emotional learning in staff professional development and student learning environments as well as district standards and practices.
New DoDEA One-Pager Offers Resources to Support Military-Connected Children
Nearly one million K-12 students enrolled in public education are considered military-connected. Often, these students change schools every few years because they are the dependent of an active-duty service member.
While these multiple education transitions offer great opportunities for learning beyond the traditional classroom setting, they also present challenges for student social-emotional wellbeing and educational continuity.
To help support work with and for mobile military-connected students, the Department of Defense Education Activity Partnership Division has released a one-pager outlining key resources available.
Parents/guardians, students and staff participated in an online survey to help us quantify strengths and opportunities for improvement. The Educational Effectiveness Survey (EES) administered by The Center for Educational Effectiveness measures perceptual data based on Nine Characteristics of High Performing Schools:
- Clear and shared focus
- High standards and expectations for all students
- Effective school leadership
- High levels of collaboration and communication
- Curriculum, instruction and assessments aligned with state standards
- Frequent monitoring of learning and teaching
- Focused professional development
- Supportive learning environment
- High levels of family and community involvement
The survey measures two additional areas tied to high performing schools:
- Cultural responsiveness
- District support for improvement
The data gathered is being used to support the development and implementation of school improvement plans and school district priorities for continuous improvement. The surveys will be conducted annually to gauge progress and trends. Below are the district level reports from the 2019 survey.