September 2018 VC Newsletter | 3 Reason You Should Attend the 11th Annual Conference on Education

By on September 09, 2018



11th Annual Conference

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Registration closes on September 30!


Strengthening Collaboration in Delaware Education

Thursday, October 11
8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Join us 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.

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.

This year’s conference will cost $25 to attend. Educators can receive scholarships and can earn four ongoing professional development credit hours. For more information, contact Nancy Millard at



1) Learn More About Innovative Models of Collaboration
Moderated by Leadership Team member Dorrell Green, the morning panel discussion will dive into four unique collaborations occurring in Delaware

Representatives from higher education, school districts, and health care will share lessons learned and offer ideas to jumpstart new or existing collaborations among attendees.

Featured collaborations include:

  • Districts and charters working together to improve student outcomes
  • Higher education institutions and K-12 educators joining forces to strengthen the teacher pipeline
  • Health care and high schools coordinating to give students relevant work experience before graduation


2) Hear A Student’s Perspective
Mount Pleasant High School student, Destiny Cheeks, will present a spoken word poem on the topic of collaboration in education.

Throughout her educational journey, she has been actively involved with the arts by participating in organizations like the Christina Cultural Arts Center and Cathedral Choir School of Delaware. She has also participated in the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Communication Contest since its inception and has made it to the final round each year.



3) Take Advantage of Networking Opportunities
Delaware is small but there’s no substitution for connecting with someone in person. Don’t miss the chance to network with local community and business leaders, educators, policymakers, and subject matter experts.

The 11th Annual Vision Coalition and University of Delaware Conference provides opportunities for attendees to form new relationships, strengthen existing ones, and meet the person you’ve been emailing but never had the chance to shake hands with.

Representatives from the following organizations will be in attendance:


  • DelawareCAN
  • Delaware Readiness Teams
  • Dual School
  • Parent Information Center
  • Nemours
  • SummerCollab

  • Department of Education
  • Division of Public Health
  • Rodel Teacher Council
  • BRINC Consortium
  • Wilmington University
  • Delaware State University



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 University

Jeffrey T. Benson, Jr.
President – One Direction Insurance – Benson Development Group, LLC

Susan Bunting
Delaware Secretary of Education

Heath Chasanov
Superintendent, Woodbridge School District

Ernest J. Dianastasis
CEO, The Precisionists, Inc.

Elizabeth 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
Director of Innovation and Improvement, Delaware Department of Education

Paul A. Herdman
President and CEO, Rodel Foundation of Delaware

Mark Holodick
Superintendent, Brandywine School District

Mike Matthews
President of the Delaware State Education Association

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

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 Lopez Waite
Head of School at Las Americas ASPIRA Academy

Our mailing address is:
Vision Coalition of Delaware
100 West 10th Street
Wilmington, DE 19801

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