Education in the First State
February 27, 2019

Department of Education seeks summer fellows
A previous DDOE class of summer fellows stands outside the Townsend Building in Dover. 
The Delaware Department of Education is accepting applications for summer fellowships for promising future leaders and current educators who have a passion for education and want to gain hands-on exposure to policy work.
There are two opportunities, one developed specifically for current college students and recent graduates and a second for current Delaware public school teachers and specialists.
Participants in both programs will own tightly-defined projects critical to Delaware's policy agenda. They also will participate in weekly sessions with Delaware leaders in state government, district and school leadership and community partners.  These sessions are intended to develop them as leaders and provide context on education issues of national importance. The fellowships will culminate in a presentation of their work and policy recommendations to department staff and leadership.
State Board releases student member application
Applications for the State Board's new student member are due Friday, March 8. 
Delaware high school students in grades 11 or 12 during the 2019-20 school year can apply to become a Delaware State Board of Education student board member. 

T he State Board is seeking a student member to serve as a non-voting member during the 2019-20 school year. The new member must attend the board's monthly meetings, devote considerable time to reviewing policies and programs scheduled for State Board action, and participate in trainings and strategic planning sessions. 

Student board member applications are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 8. Governor Carney will appoint the student to the board in April. 
Applicants must be a Delaware resident, attend a Delaware public school and meet additional requirements outlined in the application. For questions, email

Hodgson senior wins Delaware Poetry Out Loud 

First Lady Tracey Quillen Carney, Sarah Stevenson, Chelsea Anokye-Agyei, Samuel McGarvey, and Division of the Arts Director Paul Weagraff celebrate last night's Poetry Out Loud winners. (P hoto Credit: Joe del Tufo) 

From an initial field of 20 Delaware high school students and then 12 state finalists, Chelsea Anokye-Agyei , a senior from Hodgson Vo-Tech High School, earned the title of 2019 Poetry Out Loud Delaware State Champion at the state finals held in Smyrna last night. The first runner-up was Samuel McGarvey from Tall Oaks Classical School, and the second runner-up was Sarah Stevenson from Milford Senior High School.

Anokye-Agyei's final recitation, "The Albatross" by Kate Bass, earned her high marks with the judges. The full poem can be found on the Poetry Foundation's website.

For her winning presentation, Anokye-Agyei will receive $200 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., with a chaperone to compete at the national championship on April 29 - May 1. Hodgson Vo-Tech High School will receive a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry materials. Samuel McGarvey, the first runner-up will receive $100, and Tall Oaks Classical School will receive $200 for its school library.

The Poetry Out Loud state competition, sponsored by the Delaware Division of the Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, is part of a national program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition.

March for the Arts Exhibition underway in Dover

A second grade student from Red Clay's Anna P. Mote Elementary School shows off her talent in this month's March for the Arts Exhibition in Dover (more pics). 

In celebration of Youth Art Month in March, the first all-state March for the Arts Exhibition is currently underway at the Townsend Building and the Biggs Museum of American Art in Dover. Sponsored by the Delaware Art Education Association (DAEA), visitors can view student art from throughout the state in both buildings. Student art will be on display throughout the month.

The March for the Arts Exhibition asks students to showcase their amazing talents by creating works of art for this event. Sargent Art is offering free art supplies to the best student art displays this year.

Townsend students share Chinese New Year traditions

Students at Appoquinimink School District's Spring Meadow Early Childhood Center are celebrating the Lunar New Year with a student performance later this month
2019 is the Year of the Pig, and students in the Chinese Immersion program at Appoquinimink School District's Spring Meadow Early Childhood Center are ringing it in properly.

"This is the year of the pig, the twelfth sign of the Chinese zodiac," teacher Bunny Chang reminded her students. "Pigs are said to be lucky animals, and represent fun, good fortune and wealth." 

A Chinese Immersion teacher at the Spring Meadow Early Childhood Center, Chang has been busy teaching, watching and listening as five dozen kindergarteners rehearse for their big performance. On Friday, March 22, they'll offer greetings, songs, skits, music and dances - in Mandarin & English - to celebrate the Lunar New Year with their classmates and parents.

"They're doing very well," Chang observed. "I'm proud of how quickly the children have learned to incorporate the proper body language and inflections in their performances. Families will have a wonderful experience this year!" 

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