CVESD Awarded Grant by DoD

CVESD Awarded Nearly $900,000 Grant by Department of Defense Program for Military Dependents
Posted on 10/13/2020
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The Chula Vista Elementary School District is excited to announce its recent award of a nearly $900,000 grant from the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA).

The Military-Connected Student Academic and Support Program grant is a five-year commitment to enhancing Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs. The first year is a planning year, where the District will focus on logistics and professional development to help build capacity.

“We are honored and appreciative of this opportunity to provide our military-connected families with critical support for their children’s career interests and exploration,” said Matthew R. Tessier, Ed.D., Assistant Superintendent for Innovation and Instruction. “With these programs, military-connected students will have the opportunity to take on the role of scientists and engineers in STEM fields, particularly in the health sciences.”

Kids learning about bandagesThe District’s project is called STEAMing into the Health Sciences. The project will be implemented at five CVESD schools to increase student exposure to careers in health sciences, improve awareness and knowledge of health science careers and how it aligns with the strengths and interests for military-connected students. The five schools are: Enrique S. Camarena Elementary, Corky McMillin Elementary, Saburo Muraoka Elementary, Olympic View Elementary, and Wolf Canyon Elementary.

Below are a few highlights of what this grant will help to provide for our students over time:

  • Participating schools will have the opportunity to attend the District’s “Health Station,” (virtually at first, and then in person once it is safe to do so)
  • Participating schools will have access to an online platform to introduce students to industry professionals
  • Participating schools will be able to host a weekly after-school STEM program for select 4th grade military-connected students
  • Select 4th grade military-connected students will have the opportunity to attend a 1-week long summer camp at the Health Station

Health Station is a career exploration and physical education experience located at the Elite Athlete Training Center. CVESD students have the opportunity to participate in virtual work-based learning activities that align with a career development framework. This helps students make connections to specific careers related to health, wellness, sports and fitness.

“We want students to have the competence and confidence to be physically active throughout life and to have initial information about pursuing careers in these fields if interested,” Dr. Tessier said.

Health Station is the latest in a series of hands-on learning stations created with community partners. CVESD created Innovation Station in 2016, a makerspace in the Chula Vista Public Library inspired by technology giant Qualcomm. Its success led to Energy Station, Hydro Station, and now Health Station. Combined with 12 makerspaces at campuses across the District, CVESD provides students with inspirational opportunities to see practical applications of STEM concepts through hands-on activities, project-based and problem-based learning, guided instruction, and personal reflection. With the onset of the pandemic, these programs have pivoted to a virtual format.

The DoDEA awarded $22 million across 21 grants as part of its 2020 Cohort. These grants will serve more than 100,000 students across 13 states.


About Chula Vista Elementary School District

Located between the city of San Diego and the United States/Mexico border, the Chula Vista Elementary School District (CVESD) serves more than 29,600 students at 46 schools across 103 square miles, making it the largest grades TK-6 district in California. With 52% of its student population qualifying for the free/reduced meal program and 34% English Learners, CVESD embraces the belief that “Each Child is an Individual of Great Worth.” Focusing on the whole child has resulted in innovative programs and services that have earned the District’s schools and staff multiple awards for student achievement and positive school climates. CVESD students experience a rigorous 21st century learning environment that is rooted in effective teaching practices and high-quality instruction.

About DoDEA

The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) is a field activity of the Office of the Secretary of Defense. DoDEA's mission is to plan, direct, coordinate, and manage the education programs for eligible dependents of U.S. military personnel and civilian personnel of the Department of Defense. The DoDEA has congressional authority to provide resources to public schools to support the continuity of education for military-connected students through a competitive grant program. DoDEA’s vision of “Excellence in education for every student, everyday, everywhere” is realized through this partnership with public school districts.

DoDEA's Education Partnership and Resources division strives to ensure all military-connected K-12 students have access to quality educational opportunities through engagement in partnerships with school districts and professional organizations. The division provides school personnel and stakeholders with evidence-based resources and supports to increase understanding and awareness related to the unique challenges faced by military-connected students and families.

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