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A Reminder from MLK

January 16th, 2018

Author: Paul Herdman

Every year on this weekend, I try to read Martin Luther King Jr’s letter from Birmingham jail.  It’s a fairly long letter that he wrote while sitting in his jail cell to the Christian and Jewish clergy that opposed his approach to civil disobedience.   The whole letter, written in 1963, nine years after Brown v. Board of Education...

What’s the Lay of Delaware’s Postsecondary Prep Landscape?

December 14th, 2017

Author: Shyanne Miller

How well is Delaware really preparing students for life after graduation? We know there are many outstanding in-school and out-of-school programs and support services up and down the state, but what are our strongest assets? Our biggest opportunities to improve? Rodel is just one of several partners dedicated to finding answers to these...

Raising the Bar: Q&A with John Hollis

December 12th, 2017

Author: Matt Amis

  From its humble beginnings as a science-club offshoot of the long-shuttered Seaford Dupont nylon plant, the Minority Engineering Regional Incentive Training (MERIT) program has since blossomed into one of the state’s most successful postsecondary prep programs.   Its founder John Hollis—a former teacher and counselor—is...

Digging Deeper: Are Students Finding Value in College and Career Supports?

December 12th, 2017

Author: Shyanne Miller

We've heard a lot in the news about expanding career training opportunities and rising participation rates in rigorous Advanced Placement courses. However, much of these celebrations (and sometimes lamentations) are often made by those people providing or supporting the service. Rarely, however, do advocates hear directly from students...