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The Vision Coalition of Delaware Leadership Team would like to
extend a sincere thank you to all who attended the first-ever virtual conference!

Top 5 Highlights from the
First-Ever Virtual Conference

1. “Learning is social and emotional.”

Teri Lawler, Education Associate, DDOE

2. “Early child care needs to be a ‘have to’ expense in the state budget like public education, and not a ‘want to’ expense. We can save later in remediation by investing early.”

– Former State Representative, Quinn Johnson

3. Desere Ndikum’s Performance

View Ms. Ndikum’s moving spoken word performance as part of the K-12 session (starts at 4:35). A senior at Newark Charter School, Ndikum competed and was a finalist in the 2021 MLK VOICE 4 YOUTH, a statewide, spoken word competition that provides high school students a platform to creatively share how Dr. King’s legancy guides their response to today’s challenges.

4. “How do we use some of these future opportunities to help support child care providers directly, and improve quality?”

Yvette Sanchez-Fuentes, Associate Secretary of Early Childhood Support, DDOE

5. How to get involved with postsecondary success:

1) For those that are employers: Look at new models like youth apprenticeships, different ways to hire, and earn-and-learn models
2) Join the IT Industry Council
3) Consider hiring someone from a neuro diverse background
4) As Dr. Shelley Rouser mentioned: Mentor someone. Help another person achieve what you’ve achieved in your career

Patrick Callihan, Executive Director, Tech Impact

Recordings & Resources

Read about and encourage your legislators to support the Vision Coalition Leadership Team’s 2021 legislative priorities.

View the Rodel Blog or legislative monitor for more information about current legislative issues.

  1. View the recording from the Early Learning Session held on Feb. 26
  2. Take action by joining the push for expanded pre-k
  3. Take action by joining the #FundOurFuture campaign to fund child care

  1. View the recording from the K-12 Session held on Mar. 9
  2. And what we heard from attendees during the breakout sessions (PowerPoint will download automatically).
  3. Join the Delaware SEL Collaborative. The Collaborative hosts quarterly public meetings for professional learning and progress reporting. For more information, contact

  1. View the recording from the Postsecondary Success Session on Mar. 30
  2. Connect with the Delaware Office of Work-Based Learning to learn how you can help students and inform the next generation of workforce training

About the Conference

The Vision Coalition of Delaware presented its first-ever virtual conference, New Perspectives in a New Year, as a series of three webinars led and moderated by Vision Coalition Leadership Team chair and Delmarva Power/Atlantic City Electric regional president, Gary Stockbridge.

After 12 consecutive years of an annual conference hosted at the University of Delaware, this marked the Vision Coalition’s first virtual event. The conference serves as an annual check-in among advocates and educators on the priorities ahead, while also celebrating progress and success stories from the field.

A diverse group of local voices facilitated in three panels on early learning, K-12 education and postsecondary success including workforce development. To view the conference conversation, please search using the hashtag #VCCDelaware.

Vision Coalition Leadership

The Vision Coalition of Delaware is one of the nation’s longest running public-private partnerships devoted to education. They are the group responsible for Vision 2015, a ten-year plan released in 2005, and Student Success 2025, which launched in 2015. Based on feedback from 4,000 Delawareans, Student Success 2025 acknowledges that, to truly succeed in the future, students will need more than just core academic knowledge. To tackle tomorrow’s problems and excel in the jobs of the future, students will need “soft” skills and attributes like creativity, flexibility, and curiosity. The Vision Coalition Leadership Team includes:

Tony Allen, Ph.D.
President, Delaware State University

Jeffrey T. Benson, Jr.
Managing Partner, Prominent Insurance

Susan Bunting
Delaware Secretary of Education

Heath Chasanov
Superintendent, Woodbridge School District

Katrina Daniels
Principal, Colonial Early Education Program

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 School District

Paul A. Herdman
President and CEO, Rodel

Logan S. Herring
Chief Executive Officer for the Kingswood Community Center; REACH Riverside; The Warehouse

Mark Holodick
Senior Leadership Specialist, Delaware Academy for School Leadership (DASL) at the University of Delaware

Stephanie Ingram
President, Delaware State Education Association

Rev. Provey Powell Jr.
Member, Delaware State Board of Education

Rob Rescigno, Ed.D.
Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs, Wilmington University

Bettina Tweardy Riveros, Esq.
Chief Health Equity Officer; Senior Vice President, Government Affairs and Community Engagement, ChristianaCare

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

Gary Stockbridge
Regional President, Delmarva Power and Atlantic City Electric

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

Margie López Waite
Chief Executive Officer at Las Américas ASPIRA Academy

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