Catapult Learning Awarded Department of Defense Contract for Systemwide K−12 Literacy Professional Learning
Contract will support teachers in 168 schools on 60+ U.S. military bases throughout the Americas, Europe, and the Pacific.
August 2, 2016, Camden, New Jersey – Catapult Learning, Inc. today announced that the company has been awarded a contract for a base year and 4 option years by the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) to provide Systemwide Literacy Professional Learning for K−12 staff in its schools throughout the world. A team of more than 80 Catapult Learning educators will lead the in-person professional learning implementations in 168 schools across 11 countries and 2 U.S. territories.
As part of this contract Catapult Learning, the largest provider of K–12 contracted instructional services in the U.S., will implement systemwide professional learning and literacy model units that focus on the DoDEA’s two priorities: addressing the adoption of the College and Career Ready Standards (CCRS); and establishing an organizational structure that will effectively sustain a high-quality, worldwide pre-K−12 school system to ensure that students meet the CCRS for Literacy and achieve at increasingly higher levels. The company will deliver face-to-face and virtual professional learning to ensure that DoDEA teachers have the skills, strategies, and structure to increase students’ academic performance, motivation, and preparation for college and careers.
The implementation of professional development and accompanying literacy model units began in June 2016. In addition to the 80+ Catapult Learning educators leading the in-person professional learning implementations in the DoDEA schools, a virtual support network will be available for DoDEA teachers to contact on an as-needed basis.
“Partnering with the Department of Defense to improve the quality of education for the families serving in our military is an honor and a privilege, and we are thrilled to have been selected for this important work,” said Jeffrey Cohen, CEO of Catapult Learning. “With forty years of experience and a team of experts dedicated to providing professional development to school leaders and teachers, we are confident in our ability to increase student achievement across the DoDEA schools.”
The Department of Defense Education Activity, a federally operated school system, is responsible for managing education programs for grades pre-K through 12 on behalf of the Department of Defense (DoD). DoDEA employs approximately 15,000 employees who serve more than 74,000 children of active-duty military and DoD civilian families. DoDEA’s vision is “to be among the world’s leaders in education, enriching the lives of military‐connected students and the communities in which they live.” The agency is committed to ensuring that all school-aged children of military families receive an education that prepares them for postsecondary education and/or career success.
About Catapult Learning
Catapult Learning, Inc. has dedicated the past four decades to improving academic performance for all students, especially those who may be at-risk, including potential dropouts and those with learning and emotional disabilities. The company’s team of 5,600 educators works to achieve sustained academic gains and build teacher and leadership capacity through research-based programs that include intervention, alternative school education, special education, assessment, school improvement, and professional development solutions. Founded in 1976 and headquartered in Camden, New Jersey, Catapult Learning partners with over 500 school districts, including 18 of the 20 largest districts in the United States.