Defense Department Taps Partner for Overseas Teacher PD
The United States Department of Defense has chosen a partner for a possible five-year contract to provide
professional development to teachers at its elementary schools on
installations in foreign countries.
which provides professional development to K-12 teachers, will use a
combination of face-to-face instructors and virtual learning tools at
schools in 11 countries and two U.S. territories run by the Department
Defense Education Activity (DoDEA). The contract is for one
base year with the
option of four more following that.
of Catapult Learning's instructors will
spread out to implement system-wide professional learning and literacy
units that the company has developed with the DoDEA's
primary goal in mind: successful adoption of the College and Career
Standards. The 80 instructors began in-person professional development
at all 168 schools in June and will follow up with a virtual support
DoDEA schools employ about 15,000
employees who serve 74,000 children of active-duty military and
with the Department of
Defense to improve the quality of education for the families serving in
military is an honor and a privilege," said Catapult Learning CEO
Cohen. "We are thrilled to have been selected for this important work.
years of experience and a team of experts dedicated to providing
development to school leaders and teachers, we are confident in our
increase student achievement across the DoDEA schools."
Michael Hart is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the former executive editor of THE Journal.