Education in the First State
April 28, 2021
Join Governor Carney’s Virtual Town Hall
 
Governor Carney will host a virtual COVID-19 update and Q&A tonight at 6 p.m.
 
You’ll also get updates from:
Dr. Karyl Rattay, Director of the Delaware Division of Public Health
Dr. Susan Bunting, Secretary of the Delaware Department of Education
Dr. David Tam, CEO and President of Beebe Healthcare

Submit questions ahead of the event on Facebook or by email to townhall@delaware.gov
For the latest updates on Delaware's vaccine distribution, visit de.gov/covidvaccine.
Delaware announces accelerated learning plan
Governor John Carney and Secretary of Education Susan Bunting on Tuesday announced their plans for helping schools support students and address unfinished learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Using federal funding from the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, Delaware will focus on key areas to support districts and charter schools in helping students make up for unfinished learning.  The state received roughly $21 million for K-12 education and districts and charter schools received more than $164 million from this bill.

The Delaware Strategy to Accelerate Learning focuses on four core actions:

  • Support the Use of High-Quality Instructional Materials: Provide statewide licenses for access to high quality instructional materials such as Zearn Math for every rising 1st through 8th grader and Summer Booster Literacy for every rising 1st through 5th grader.
  • Support Training and Professional Learning: Provide initial and ongoing professional learning to support learning acceleration, which will also be open to those working in nonprofit programs and other summer and after-school programs.
  • Support Leveraging Data to Diagnose Unfinished Learning: Support schools to implement a balanced assessment system and leverage data that supports educators in diagnosing unfinished learning and providing the necessary scaffolds to ensure all students have access to grade level instruction.
  • Support Structures to Accelerate Learning: Provide high-dosage tutoring beginning this summer, with a focus on students who need the most support.

The Delaware Department of Education (DDOE) will also provide access for every student to an online text repository of roughly 3 million e-books and the Delaware public library collection. Schools will have the ability to track how many texts students have read and how much time is spent reading. These resources and trainings are also available to community organizations, other entities serving students over the summer and after school, and to families at home, to ensure no matter where children are, they are getting high-quality educational services
Help us show appreciation for our great teachers
National Teacher Appreciation Week is May 3 to 7 this year. Now more than ever families are aware of the incredible work and talents of our teachers. Help us show appreciation for the great educators in your lives. Send shoutouts to School.Appreciation@doe.k12.de.us. Include:

  • Name of teacher you want to celebrate
  • Message you would like to share
  • Optional: Short videos, photos or student drawings (NOTE: Only appropriate items will be accepted/included)

Shoutouts will be shared using the hashtag #IloveDEteachers on Facebook (@DEDeptEducation), Twitter (DEDeptofEd) and Instagram (@DEDeptEducation). Thank you again for your shout-outs to Delaware teachers!
I Love DE Schools continues to highlight educators, school staff 
This year more than ever families are aware of the incredible work happening in Delaware schools. Help us show appreciation for these great schools by submitting shoutouts to schools.
 
The I Love DE Schools campaign aims to celebrate the good in our schools and offer the public the opportunity to share their stories about why Delaware public schools are great. Submit stories at de.gov/IloveDEschools

Shoutouts will be shared using the hashtag #IloveDEschools on Facebook (@DEDeptEducation), Twitter (DEDeptofEd) and Instagram (@DEDeptEducation). Check out current shoutouts so far!
DPH opens walk-in hours for COVID-19 vaccine
Beginning today, the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) will offer walk-in hours for anyone 16+ to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The Pfizer vaccine will be offered at these events. Clinics are available throughout the state. Nearly all locations are handicap accessible and close to DART bus lines. See flier for more information, including clinic hours and locations.
Other Good News to Share
Delaware Department of Education | www.doe.k12.de.us