August 2017 Newsletter

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News From the leadership team

We thank Frederika Jenner for her service to the coalition, leadership in the creation of Student Success 2025, and dedication to helping prepare Delaware students for a lifetime of success. Frederika Jenner recently retired from the Delaware State Education Association (DSEA).

A Delaware teacher for 39 years, Jenner taught sixth grade science at H.B. du Pont Middle School in Hockessin in the Red Clay Consolidated School District. Since 1972, she served in many capacities within her local DSEA affiliate, the Red Clay Education Association (RCEA). In 2007, she began a three-year term as president of RCEA, DSEA’s second-largest local affiliate, with 1,200 members.


Monday, October 30
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
University of Delaware’s Clayton Hall
Newark, Delaware

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.In the morning, participants will hear from keynote speaker former Vice President Joseph R. Biden. The afternoon will consist of Idea Exchanges, which are informal small group conversations designed that give participants a chance to share and learn collaboratively from others.

Registration Opens in September.




Gov. John Carney announced that Delaware schools would be able to apply for a shared $1 million in funding to offer additional support to low-income students, students chronically exposed to stress and trauma, and English learners.


Survey gives educators voice on workplace strengths, needs
The results of the Teaching, Empowering, Leading, and Learning (TELL) Delaware Survey revealed strong progress made when compared to the responses to the same questions in 2013. For example, more educators said new teacher supports and professional learning are meeting their needs, indications that state investments in Delaware’s novice teacher mentoring and induction program and professional learning are paying off.



Delaware receives final approval on ESSA state plan
Delaware has received final approval from the U.S. Department of Education (USED) for its Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) state plan. The ESSA plan approval comes just days after the Delaware Department of Education submitted an updated version of the plan to reflect changes based on federal guidance, public feedback, and feedback received from the Governor’s Office.The state ESSA plan is well-aligned with Student Success 2025. Leadership Team members, Ernie Dianastasis and Dr. Susan Bunting, shared some implications of the new law relative to the Vision Coalition of Delaware’s six priorities. Read more here.

Governor Carney directs DDOE to create regulation, model policy to prevent discrimination in schools
Gov. Carney announced that he has directed the Delaware Department of Education to develop specific guidelines
by regulationfor school districts and charter schools to use in developing policies that prohibit discrimination against students. The guidelines will help districts and charters create consistent policies statewide that prohibit discrimination based on gender, race, and/or ethnicity, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, or any other protected characteristic.


Governor Carney announces selection to lead DOE’s new office of improvement and innovation
Gov. Carney announced that Dorrell Green
a long-time Delaware educator with a proven track record in school improvementwould lead the Delaware Department of Education’s new Office of Improvement & Innovation. The Wilmington-based team will support Delaware’s schools most in need with a focus on struggling schools in the City of Wilmington.


Postsecondary Success
TeenSHARP launching free college prep program

Personalized Learning
75 schools selected for fresh fruit and veggies program

System Governance, Alignment, And Performance
Cape district assists families with before- and after-school care


A third-party perspective on education
Opinion by Jack Markell, former governor of Delaware


Former Delaware governor Jack Markell discusses the importance of third-party perspectives from community members, businesses, and education experts while states develop their ESSA state plans.


Time to Act 2017: Put Data in the Hands of People summarizes states’ efforts to act on Data Quality Campaign’s previously released Four Policy Priorities and provides a clear set of actions that must be taken to fully realize the power of data to support all students. Delaware received kudos for putting actionable data about whether students are on track for college in the hands of teachers and school leaders.


Have state engagement efforts under ESSA been meaningful? Check out how Delaware compares in Process and Protest, a report exploring how thoughtful, meaningful, structured, and ongoing engagement among a variety of stakeholders is essential to unlocking the promise of ESSA and advancing excellence with equity in our schools.