Education in the First State
April 24, 2019
State aims to eliminate student opportunity gaps
 
 
Video: Delaware spotlights its Opportunity Funding initiative at this month's Equity Summit.
   
The Delaware Department of Education hosted its first Equity Summit this month to engage Delaware stakeholders to work together to eliminate the opportunity gap for children, schools and communities. During the Dover summit, Governor John Carney discussed his proposed three-year, $60 million Opportunity Funding initiative to target resources toward Delaware's most disadvantaged students. 

Under the Governor's plan, for the first time in Delaware, the state would provide weighted funding for every low-income and English learner student. The Opportunity Funding program would give every Delaware school district a per-pupil appropriation for each English learner and low-income student. 

"Every child, regardless of their background, can learn," Carney said. "And every child deserves every opportunity to succeed. Our Opportunity Funding Initiative will provide new, targeted resources for disadvantaged students across our state."

If approved by the General Assembly, over the next three years, the Delaware Department of Education will work with district and school leaders, community representatives, parents and educators to evaluate how districts and charter schools are using the funding, and to measure student progress. For more information, visit  de.gov/opportunity.

Celebrate Delaware's outstanding teachers May 6-10
 

Delaware students, families, schools and the community are encouraged to recognize educators in early child care facilities, pre-K settings and K-12 schools throughout our state during this year's Teacher Appreciation Week from Monday, May 6 through Friday, May 10. Post your photos of the teachers you love and your appreciation celebrations on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #IloveDEteachers. Posts will be shared throughout the week. Attached are printable signs you can choose to use in photos. Thank you for your support of Delaware educators!
 
Secretary Bunting honors high school seniors
 
  
The Department of Education had the opportunity earlier this month to honor top high school students from across the state at the Secretary of Education Scholars banquet. (More photos are available here.) 
Secretary of Education Susan Bunting honored top public school students from the Class of 2019 at the annual Secretary of Education Scholars banquet on Tuesday, April 2 at Dover Downs Hotel in Dover.

The 87 students' accomplishments were celebrated by Governor John Carney and some of the state's other political and education leaders, as they were joined by their families, district superintendents, heads of charter schools and principals. The number of scholars from each school is based on enrollment, and principals select the students based on both their academic records and community service.

"This is an inspiring group of young people. Each has academically excelled while also making significant contributions to his or her school and community through volunteer service, school leadership and athletic achievement," Bunting said.

The state has named Secretary of Education Scholars every year since 1984.

The 2019 Secretary's Scholars are listed by district/charter and school here .
Delaware celebrates month of the military child
  
 
Video: Dover Air Base Middle School's chorus performed the United States Armed Forces Medley at Legislative Hall last week as part of the April 2018 Month of the Military Child celebration. (See more photos here.)
     
Delaware honored its military children this month in a celebration at Legislative Hall in Dover. On Thursday, April 18, Governor John Carney signed a proclamation declaring April the "Month of the Military Child" during a ceremony inside his Legislative Hall office. Students representing National Guard families as well as students from Caesar Rodney School District's Air Force Base Middle School and Major George S. Welch Elementary School were on hand for the signing,  singing military songs in celebration of the event. The community also was encouraged to wear purple in the students' honor.     

The state's political and educational leaders recognized students for their sacrifices and their strengths as members of military families. Major General Carol Timmons, adjutant general of the Delaware National Guard, noted that military children often have to deal with parents regularly coming and going. Military children also can change schools often, leaving friends behind in the process.

The April 18 celebration  was a joint effort between the Delaware Department of Education, the Delaware House and Senate, Governor John Carney, Lt. Governor Bethany Hall-Long, Dover Air Force Base, the Delaware National Guard, and Caesar Rodney School District.   

Indian River H.S. celebrates educator signing day
 
 
Indian River High School seniors announce their plans to major in education during the school's first educator signing day. 
Indian River School District's Indian River High School held its first signing day for education majors earlier this month. On Thursday, April 11, eight seniors from the school's Class of 2019 announced their plans to major in education when they attend college this fall. Nearly all of the students are part of Delaware's Teacher Academy and Educators Rising groups.
 
Indian River High is in its second year of the Delaware Teacher Academy - a Delaware Pathways program designed to provide area students with hands-on experience and early college credit in the high-skilled, in-demand career field of education. Students are provided an opportunity to determine if a career in education is the right fit prior to them selecting a college major. Additionally, the program is building a pipeline of high-quality, local students who want to transition into the teaching profession throughout Delaware.
 
"We anticipate that as more students join the Teacher Academy and pursue a career in education, many will return back home to teach," said Megan Hines, the Indian River Teacher Academy teacher. "By preparing our students now for what they will encounter in their college classes, we hope to increase the number of highly qualified teachers in our area and, ultimately, provide future students with exceptional teachers and educational leaders."
 
Delaware's Teaching Academy goes hand-in-hand with Educators Rising, the student organization for Delaware students interested in becoming teachers. Educators Rising members participate in community service projects, compete against teams from other states and also access a virtual campus where students can meet other future teachers.
 
A number of Indian River Teaching A cademy students are planning to attend Delaware colleges, including Delaware State University, the University of Delaware and Delaware Technical Community College (DTCC), which students can attend tuition-free through the Delaware SEED program. Part of this year's signing day event included a visit from DTCC to help future students register for classes.
 
Delaware K12 Teacher Academy is in 19 high schools across the state. The academy offers three years of courses. Once a student successfully completes each they will be eligible for certain dual enrollment courses. For more information on the Delaware Teacher Academy, visit delawarepathways.org.

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