12th Annual Conference Recap

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The Vision Coalition of Delaware would like to extend a sincere thank you to all who attended the 12th Annual Conference. 

It’s been four years since the release of Student Success 2025 and on the brink of a new decade, Delaware is well into its journey.

Last week, more than 250 Delawareans rallied at Clayton Hall in Newark to check in on the progress of Student Success 2025. Read on for the top five highlights of the day!

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Top 5 Highlights from the
12th Annual Vision
Coalition Conference 


1) The Official Release of the 2019 Vision Coalition of Delaware Annual Report

This report provides a glimpse into the programs and initiatives that are bringing Delaware one step closer to making Student Success 2025 a reality. 


2) The Debut of “The Future Is Now” Video
Created by Pure Edge Inc., this video explores the intersection of social emotional learning and career pathways in Delaware schools. 


Author and Harvard Graduate School of Education Professor, Robert Schwartz, led a breakout session on the state of the career pathways movement and gave all session attendees a free copy of the book. Delaware’s career pathways efforts are captured in the lead chapter of this new book.Read Schwartz’s opinion in The News Journal, ”

No state builds pathways from high school to jobs as well as Delaware does.”


4) The Delaware Pathways Experience

Students from various Delaware schools impressed conference attendees with their knowledge and passion for career pathways. 

From bearded dragons carried by Animal Science students to robots controlled by Technology Association club members, Clayton Hall buzzed with excitement and brought much of Schwartz’s insights to life.  


5) Powerful Remarks from Delaware Students Neha Das and Sana Nangia

Charter School of Wilmington Students and MLK VOICE 4 YOUTH second place winners, Neha Das and Sana Nangia, opened the conference and immediately set the tone for the remainder of the morning. 

Their candid and moving remarks explored the disparities in Delaware education and offered solutions for all to consider. Read more from Das and Nangia here. 

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Lessons Learned from the October 8th
Education Funding Convening

Last month, The Vision Coalition Leadership Team held a half-day convening on the state’s education funding system so that school leaders, policymakers, and nonprofit/advocacy organizations could learn about the current education funding system and identify common priorities. 

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The Vision Coalition of Delaware is a coalition of public, private, and civic leaders committed to moving education forward for Delaware’s students. The Vision Coalition Leadership Team includes:Tony Allen, Ph.D.
Provost, Delaware State UniversityJeffrey T. Benson, Jr.
President – One Direction Insurance – Benson Development Group, LLCSusan Bunting
Delaware Secretary of Education

Heath Chasanov
Superintendent, Woodbridge School District

Katrina Daniels
Principal, Colonial Early Education Program

Ernest J. Dianastasis
CEO, The Precisionists, Inc.

Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Farley-Ripple, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Education and Public Policy in the School of Education and an Affiliate of the Institute for Public Administration at the University of Delaware

Dorrell Green
Superintendent, Red Clay Consolidated School District

Paul A. Herdman
President and CEO, Rodel

Logan S. Herring
Executive Director for the Kingswood Community Center

Mark Holodick
Superintendent, Brandywine School District

Stephanie Ingram
President, Delaware State Education Association

Leslie Newman
Chief Executive Officer, Children & Families First of Delaware

Provey Powell
Member, Delaware State Board of Education

Rob Rescigno
Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs, Wilmington University

Justina M. Sapna
Vice President for Academic Affairs at Delaware Technical Community College

Gary Stockbridge
Regional President, Delmarva and Atlantic City Electric

Javier G. Torrijos
Chair, Delaware Hispanic Commission and Assistant Director of Construction at Delaware Department of Transportation

Margie López Waite
Head of School at Las Américas ASPIRA Academy