Inspiring a Generation of Little Colonials: Q&A with Dusty Blakey

March 2nd, 2018

Author: Matt Amis

Dusty Blakey, Ed.D. was named the superintendent of the Colonial School District in June of 2014. Since then—and throughout his 13-year tenure with the district—Blakey has made early childhood education a major priority.   We talked to Blakey, who also serves on the Delaware Early Childhood Council, about the importance of early...

Solving for Delaware’s Kindergarten Readiness Equation

February 27th, 2018

Author: Diane Frentzel and Madeleine Bayard

  Whether you’ve seen us or not—chances are there’s a Delaware Readiness Team in your neck of the woods, making sure your community’s youngest citizens are as prepared as they can be for the big world that awaits them.   Delaware Readiness Teams are making a major impact up and down the state. We’re a statewide initiative...

New English Course Could Alleviate Remediation

February 20th, 2018

Author: Shyanne Miller

In 2017, Delaware’s Department of Education revealed that more than 40 percent of high schoolers weren’t graduating with the skills needed to do college-level coursework—including 24 percent who weren’t ready for college-level English.  The fallout? Thousands of students who wind up in remedial courses, which cost money and don't...

What We’re Reading: How a Broken Justice System Harms Children

February 20th, 2018

Author: Jeremy Hidalgo

  What I’m Reading: Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson   While studying as an undergraduate, I interned with the Delaware Center of Justice and became interested in law and public policy. Most of the work focused on the criminal justice system and those most affected by incarceration—disproportionately, African Americans. I put...