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February 2018 Newsletter

By on February 02, 2018


February 2018 Newsletter

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PROGRESS MADE IN THE SIX CORE AREAS
OF STUDENT SUCCESS 2025

EARLY LEARNING

 

Delaware Gov. Carney introduces $4.25 billion ‘sustainable’ budget
Gov. Carney’s second budget proposal plans to increase the budget by 3.49 percent. It includes a two-percent pay raise for public school teachers. In addition to a pay increase for teachers, the budget’s education line calls for continued growth of the early childhood quality rating education program called STARS.

PERSONALIZED LEARNING

 

Delaware announces innovative cybersecurity partnership for young women
Governor John Carney and Delaware’s Chief Information Officer James Collins announced an innovative cybersecurity training partnership between the SANS Institute and the State of Delaware that provides young women in high school interested in a cybersecurity career the opportunity to discover their aptitude and learn basic cybersecurity skills through a no-cost online game of discovery called Girls Go CyberStart.

 

Dual School pilot program seeks to plug into schools statewide
Thirteen students from seven high schools spent their fall semester meeting for one afternoon a week at an incubator space for entrepreneurs in downtown Wilmington, each one working independently to find solutions to a business or social problem that they found intriguing. The pilot project is called Dual School.

 

Spanish immersion keeps growing in Delaware elementary schools
At Lewis Elementary School in Wilmington, fifth graders Rebekah Wright and Makayla Albino can converse in both Spanish and English. The girls are among the growing number of participants in one of Delaware’s biggest education experiments in recent years: intensive learning in two languages, starting in kindergarten. Begun six years ago, today about 4,000 kindergarten through fifth grade students learn in Spanish and English. Another 1,000 do so in Chinese.

EDUCATOR SUPPORT AND DEVELOPMENT

 

Over 90 educators meet to contribute to digital library
More than 90 educators from 10 Smarter Balanced states met in Houston to help build resources for the Digital Library, a free online collection of high-quality instructional and professional learning resources. Twice each year, educators convene to create new resources for the Digital Library. These resources are aligned with state learning standards and help educators implement the formative assessment process in their classrooms.

SYSTEM GOVERNANCE, ALIGNMENT, AND PERFORMANCE

 

19 schools recognized for students’ academic achievement
Schools from all three counties have earned honors for their students’ academic achievements. The Delaware Department of Education named 15 schools 2017 Recognition Schools, two of which also were designated as National Title I Distinguished Schools. Each school will receive an $8,000 award. Funding for the awards comes from the state’s School Improvement funds.

 

89 events and activities in Delaware to raise awareness about school choice
School Choice Week began in Delaware and across America this Sunday, with the goal of raising awareness about the options that parents have for their children’s education. The Week will feature 89 events and activities across the First State, including open house events at schools, school fairs, home school information sessions, and other celebrations.

SAVE THE DATE
4TH ANNUAL PATHWAYS CONFERENCE



The fourth annual Delaware Pathways Conference is a time to come together in reflection, recognition, and recommitment. As Delaware is increasingly recognized as a national leader in the career pathways movement, it’s time to reflect on progress and build momentum for future action.

Join educators, employers, policymakers, and students on March 21 as they work together to equip all young people with the skills they need to compete in a global economy.

This year’s Delaware Pathways Conference will be held in partnership with the National College Access Network (NCAN). NCAN’s member organizations work with students to ensure that they are prepared to succeed in both college and career. Together, Delaware Pathways and NCAN are uniquely positioned to provide a rich professional development opportunity to conference attendees.

Register for the Conference Now!

GIVE YOUR INPUT ON NEW DELAWARE
SCHOOL REPORT CARDS



New Delaware School Report Cards are being developed, as required by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The Delaware Department of Education is collecting feedback on data visuals for the State Report Card through a new online survey.

Data visuals, along with guiding context, business rules, and specific data points, will help provide a more comprehensive, accurate and transparent picture of school and district performance.

We encourage you to complete the survey and share it with friends, family, and colleagues.

Take the Delaware School Report Card Survey Here

NEWS FROM THE LEADERSHIP TEAM

We are proud to welcome new Leadership Team members Tony Allen, Ph.D., Dorrell Green, and Javier Torrijos.

Learn more about our new Leadership Team members below.

 

TONY ALLEN Ph.D.

Tony Allen serves as Delaware State University’s (DSU) provost. He began his career as the co-founder of Public Allies Delaware and spent years as a speechwriter and special assistant to former Vice President Joe Biden. After pursuing his master’s degree, he joined Bank of America as a communications executive (corporate reputation), giving him a multi-sector perspective. Read more.

 

DORRELL GREEN

Governor John Carney recently appointed Dorrell Green to lead the Department of Education’s new Office of Improvement & Innovation. Green is a long-time Delaware educator and assistant superintendent (Title 1 and Elementary Division) of the Brandywine School District. He previously taught for 19 years at Bancroft Elementary, Stubbs Elementary, Bayard Middle, and Harlan Elementary. Read more.

 

JAVIER TORRIJOS

Javier Torrijos is the chair of the Delaware Hispanic Commission and an engineer and assistant director of construction for the Delaware Department of Transportation. He has been a champion for strengthening the civic life of the Latino community, revamping funding for English learners, and improving the access to health care for individuals who are not English-proficient. Read more.

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