May 2019 Newsletter | Vision Coalition Leadership Team Keeps Their Eye On The Future

By on May 05, 2019



May 2019 Newsletter

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We are proud to welcome new Leadership Team members Stephanie Ingram and Rob Rescigno.

The Vision Coalition of Delaware is looking forward to working together on the implementation of Student Success 2025 and preparing Delaware students for a lifetime of success. Learn more about our new Leadership Team members below!


Stephanie Ingram passionately believes being an active member of the union is a critical resource to help educators become better equipped to support their students and each other.

She began teaching in the Colonial School District in 2001, after one year at the St. Jones Behavioral Center teaching children and young adults in residential care. Over the past 17 years, she has taught third and fourth grades in Colonial.

Prior to becoming DSEA President in the fall of 2018, Ms. Ingram served in a variety of union leadership roles at both the state and local levels.



Dr. Rescigno is currently the assistant vice president for academic affairs and an associate professor at Wilmington University.

He leads and supervises the operation of the Colleges of Business, Education and Social and Behavioral Science both academically and financially. He joined Wilmington University in 2011 as an assistant professor in doctoral studies for the College of Education.

He was then promoted to director of the doctor of business administration program in 2013. In 2016 he was promoted to dean of the College of Business. He has taught a wide variety of courses in both programs and serves as both dissertation chair and committee member for a number of students.




Time + Talent + Technology = Success for Delaware Students
By Margie Lopez-Waite
Vision Coalition Leadership Team Member
Personalized and competency-based learning empowers educators to tailor instruction for each student—recognizing strengths, interests, needs, and pace, and structuring each student’s experience accordingly.

And, we at Las Americas ASPIRA Academy are excited to be implementing innovative efforts to personalize learning – and we are seeing the results: increased student engagement and excitement about learning, students empowered to move at their own pace, and greater results.

Our educators use a number of programs such as Schoology and a mastery based reporting system to facilitate personalized and competency-based learning as well as to track our students’ literacy growth. We leverage technology to assess and monitor students’ progress and areas for improvement—and to enable learning through a variety of blended learning models including station rotations, playlists, and flipped classrooms.



It’s Time … for Wilmington’s Schools
By Paul Herdman
Vision Coalition Leadership Team Member
When I was moving here from Bethesda with my family 15 years ago, the not-so-subtle recommendation from my new neighbors was that my three kids would be better off going to private school or perhaps “living across the line” in Pennsylvania.

At the time, about 20 percent of Delaware’s children were attending our private schools, which is roughly twice the national average.

Today, that percentage has been cut in half. That is, one in 10 attend private school, and about 90 percent of Delaware’s children now attend public school, about on par with the nation. The question is, “why?”



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, LLC

Susan Bunting
Delaware Secretary of Education

Heath Chasanov
Superintendent, Woodbridge School District

Katrina Daniels
Principal, Colonial Early Education ProgramErnest 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 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

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
President, Delmarva Power

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

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