Strengthening Collaboration in Delaware Education


October 11, 2018


8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

The 11th Annual Vision Coalition and University of Delaware Conference

Collaboration helped guide the creation of Student Success 2025. Students, parents, educators, and national and international education leaders, lent their ideas and collectively wrestled with tough issues to establish a shared vision for students―one that prepares each one for a lifetime of success.

The Vision Coalition of Delaware will continue promoting collaboration and celebrating progress made in education at the 11th Annual Vision Coalition and University of Delaware Conference, Strengthening Collaboration in Delaware Education, on October 11 from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at University of Delaware’s Clayton Hall. This year’s conference will cost $25 to attend.

Hear from diverse voices from around the state during an engaging and interactive day focusing on successful collaborations underway in Delaware education, opportunities for future collaborations, and progress made toward achieving the goals in Student Success 2025.

AGENDA (Subject to Change):

Time Program
8:00 a.m. Registration, Continental Breakfast & Networking
8:30 a.m. Morning Plenary Session

  • Student Presentation
    Introduction by Paul Herdman, President and CEO of the Rodel Foundation of Delaware
    Destiny Cheeks, Senior at Mount Pleasant High School, Brandywine School District
  • Conference Welcome
    Elizabeth Farley-Ripple, Director, Partnership for Public Education, University of Delaware
    Tracey Quillen Carney, First Lady, Delaware
  • Remarks from the Vision Coalition
    Gary Stockbridge, Chair of the Vision Coalition of Delaware; President and CEO of Delmarva Power
9:00 a.m. Keynote Panel – Models of Collaboration

  • Introduction
    Susan Bunting, Secretary of Education, Delaware Department of Education
    Moderated by Dorrell Green, Director, Office of Innovation and Improvement, Delaware Department of Education
  • Panelist
    • Charter and District Collaboration
      Dusty Blakey, Superintendent, Colonial School District
      Margie López Waite, Head of School, Las Américas ASPIRA Academy; Head of School, Delaware Academy of Public Safety and Security; Member, Wilmington Education Improvement Commission (WEIC)
    • Teacher Pipeline
      Robyn Howton, English Department Chair, Mount Pleasant High School, Brandywine School District
      John Pelesko, Interim Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Delaware
    • Delaware Pathways
      Dana Beckton, Director, Diversity and Inclusion, Christiana Care Health System
      Paul Morris, Associate Vice President, Workforce Development and Community Education Programs, Delaware Technical Community College
    • Delaware Readiness Teams
      Aimee F. Beam, Education Associate, Nutrition Programs, Delaware Department of Education
      Diane Frentzel, Program Manager, Delaware Readiness Teams
10:15 a.m. Networking Break
10:30 a.m.

Idea Exchange (See more information below)
Closing Remarks by Tony Allen, Provost and Executive Vice President, Delaware State University; Chair, WEIC

11:50 a.m. Networking Break & Refreshments


Destiny Cheeks is a senior at Mount Pleasant High School. Throughout her educational journey, she has been actively involved with the Delaware community and in the arts by participating in organizations like the Christina Cultural Arts Center, Cathedral Choir School of Delaware, and Delaware Futures. She has also participated in the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Communication Contest, now called MLK VOICE 4 YOUTH, since its inception and has made it to the final round each year.

After high school, Cheeks plans to attend college in the Philadelphia area to become a nurse practitioner midwife. She also plans on pursuing her passion for entrepreneurship and motivational speaking. One of her biggest dreams is to help and inspire others whether it is in a big way or small, directly or indirectly.

Learn more about the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Communication Contest here.

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IDEA EXCHANGES ARE BACK! These small group, informal conversations will bring up to ten participants together to explore a topic of their choice. Many of the Idea Exchanges contain examples of collaboration 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.

Arts Education Access
Business and K-12 Partnerships
Child Wellness and Mental Health
College and Career Decisions
College Remediation
Competency-Based Learning
Design Thinking
Dual Enrollment
Early Learning and K-12 Alignment
Early Learning Quality
English Learners
Equitable Access to Career Pathways
Equity-Oriented Professional Learning
Funding Student Success
Health and Education
Home Visiting
Meeting the Needs of Students in Poverty
Out-Of-School Time
Parent Engagement
Personalized Learning
Professional Development for Teachers
Promoting Charter and District Collaboration
School Attendance
School Culture and Climate
Social & Emotional Learning (SEL)
Special Education
Strengthening Wilmington Education
Supporting World-Language and Dual-Language Teachers
Teacher Diversity
Teacher Mentorship
Teacher Residencies
Trauma, Toxic Stress, and Learning
Youth Advocacy in Education

PDMS Instructions:

Educators can receive scholarships and can earn four ongoing professional development credit hours. For more information, contact Nancy Millard at

Course Title: Vision Coalition of Delaware’s 11th Annual Conference
Course Number: 27338

  1. Log into IMS at
  2. Click the PDMS icon
  3. Search for course number 27338
  4. Click the Register button on the right-hand side of the screen
  5. Click the Next button on the lower right-hand side of the following screen

Please register on PDMS and through the conference registration webpage.













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