The Vision Coalition of Delaware is a public-private partnership composed of a broad range of Delawareans who work together to improve Delaware public education.
The Coalition’s leadership developed the Vision 2015 plan in 2006. Ten years later, with Delaware moving on more than 75 percent of the recommendations from that plan, the Vision Coalition collaborated with Delawareans to develop a new 10-year plan.
Starting in January 2014, 4,000 Delawareans shared their ideas, perspectives, and opinions during the plan development process. The result is Student Success 2025, which will be released September 16.
The goal of Student Success 2025 is to prepare every Delaware student for a lifetime of success. Please join us at an event celebrating the release of the plan. To learn more and to register, click here.
collaborated and shared their views and opinions to guide the Student Success 2025 plan
in 7th through 12th grade shared their experiences and ideas
and community conversations held in New Castle, Kent, and Sussex counties
The Coalition brought together a broad Steering Committee and six Working Groups that focused on key policy areas, and engaged students, parents, teachers, and national and international leaders who lent their ideas and insights for improving student success.
Delawareans contributed through:
- A public online survey for sharing about education
- Six community conversations held in Sussex, Kent, and New Castle counties. Twenty-five targeted presentations and meetings.
- A survey and conversations with more than 1,300 Delaware seventh through 12th graders
- An online discussion forum
- Discussions at the 7th Annual Vision Coalition Conference on Education attended by more than 400 people
Six Core Areas of The Plan
The window between birth and age five represents a brief but critical period for building early literacy, language, and math skills. When children arrive in kindergarten ready to learn, they are more likely to thrive in school and in future endeavors.
While all students are required to reach the same high academic standards, personalized or student-centered learning empowers educators to tailor instruction for each unique student—recognizing strengths, interests, needs, and pace.
While we know that an increasing number of jobs will require a four-year degree, we also know that there are many good jobs in Delaware that do not. Today’s measures indicate that too few students are ready for challenges beyond high school.
Teachers and school leaders are the two most important in-school factors contributing to student achievement. Preparing all students for the future begins with providing every educator with the preparation, development, and support to excel.
Delaware is one of only a few states where education funding doesn’t reflect the needs of individual students like those who receive special education services or are English learners. This model is an impediment to innovation such as distance learning opportunities.
Advancements in instruction and learning beg for system-wide changes that must be reflected across school types and from birth to K-12 to higher education and career.
The Vision Coalition is composed of education, policymaker, business, community, and foundation stakeholders. It is an informal organization governed by the Leadership Team.
The Steering Committee was established to guide the development of a new 10-year vision for Delaware public education, resulting in the Student Success 2025 plan.
During the plan development process, six Working Groups were established to draft recommendations in six core areas.
With an eye on the future, the Leadership Team of the Vision Coalition has established an even broader Steering Committee to assess the current state of public education and identify potential opportunities to build on the state’s successes.
Meet the members
About 100 Delawareans who are engaged in the state’s public schools were recruited to serve across six Working Groups. The members of these Working Groups met over the spring of 2014 to discuss and collaboratively develop recommendations to inform the draft vision for the next decade of public education in Delaware.
Meet the members