Vision Coalition of Delaware’s 10th Annual Conference


October 30, 2017


8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Vision Coalition of Delaware’s 10th Annual Conference, Strengthening Partnerships in Health and Education: Delaware and the Nation, will launch the University of Delaware’s Partnership for Healthy Communities and bring together community members, educators, and policymakers to explore the intersection of education and health.

Special guest former Vice President Joseph R. Biden will provide the keynote speech. Other speakers include: Delaware Secretary of Health and Social Services Dr. Kara Odom Walker, Delaware Secretary of Education and Vision Coalition Leadership Team member Dr. Susan Bunting, University of Delaware President Dennis Assanis, University of Delaware Provost Domenico Grasso, and Chair of the Vision Coalition and President of Delmarva Power Gary Stockbridge, among others.

This year’s conference will cost $30 to attend. This fee includes access to the morning session, luncheon, and afternoon session.

AGENDA (Subject to Change):

Time Program
7:45am Registration, Breakfast & Networking
8:15am Student Presentation
8:30am Conference Welcome: National Overview
10:00am Break
10:15am Delaware Focus & Panel Session
11:30am Healthy Break – Poster Walk
12:00pm Luncheon (Sponsored by the Delaware Health Sciences Alliance)
1:45pm Workshop on Social and Emotional Learning & Idea Exchanges (See more information below)
3:30pm Forum: Planning for the Partnership for Health Communities
4:30pm Conference Wrap-up


Kaamilah Diabate _ Headshot

Kaamilah Diabaté is a senior at Howard High School of Technology. She earned first place recognition at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Communication Contest and the 19th Annual NAACP Essay Oratory Contest. She also spoke at the 2016 TEDxWilmington Annual Conference.

Throughout her high school career, she has maintained a 4.0 GPA while serving as the captain of Howard’s varsity basketball team and pursuing many other endeavors both in and out of school. In 2017, Diabaté competed in SkillsUSA National Conference in Louisville, Kentucky.

Check out the video below to learn more about the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Communication Contest:


During this year’s conference, we will hold Idea Exchanges. These small group, informal conversations will bring up to ten participants together to explore a topic of their choice in health and education. Many of the Idea Exchanges draw connections between these two “siloes” and will bring to life the recommendations of Student Success 2025.

Idea Exchanges provide participants a chance to share and learn collaboratively from others, receive answers to their questions, find ways to get involved, connect work underway and identify opportunities to make progress.

Building Effective Family-School Partnerships
Civic Engagment/Social Capital
Community Solutions to Improve Literacy
Connecting, Creating, Enhancing Economic Opportunity
Coordinating a Multi-Tiered Support System for the Whole Child
Crossing Organizational Boundaries to Strengthen Education
Developing the Future of College and Career Advising
Facilitating Diverse Communities
Food Security and Nutrition
Fostering Student Ownership
Housing as a Determinant of Health
Linking Community Development and Health
Meeting the Needs of At-Risk Students
Neighborhood and Built Environment
Partnerships to Develop Student Employability Skills
Policy, Law, Funding and Structures
Poverty, Financial Well-Being, and Security
Racism and other Forms of Discrimination/Bias
Removing Barriers to College Access
Resiliency and Trauma Informed Practices
Self-care Strategies for Building Resilience
Supporting Early Childhood Professionals
Two-Generation Strategies to Support Families
Valuing Student Diversity through Cultural Competence

CONCURRENT WORKSHOP: Social and Emotional Learning Workshop: Exploring the Delaware Landscape

Social emotional learning (SEL) and trauma-informed support for children are gaining increased attention in Delaware as more research solidifies the correlation to other outcomes for students, including academic and lifelong success. While Delawareans from a variety of perspectives—employers, educators, families, and organizations that support them—agree that children need social emotional skills to thrive in school and in life, there is currently not a comprehensive understanding of the ways existing programs and initiatives work together to support students and educators in developing these skills and addressing these needs.

This large-group workshop will feature a panel discussion comprised of national, state, district, and school-level SEL champions to share promising work underway, followed by an interactive opportunity for attendees to develop solutions to identified challenges and opportunities for progress. Panelist  include:

  • Dorrell Green, Ed.D
    Director of Innovation and Improvement
    Delaware Department of Education
  • Michele Marinucci, Ed.D
    Director of Student Services
    Woodbridge School District
  • Wendy Turner
    2017 Delaware Teacher of the Year
    3rd Grade Teacher, Mt. Pleasant Elementary School, Brandywine School District

PDMS Instructions:

Course Title:  2017 Vision Coalition Conference
Course Number:  26435

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