September 26, 2017
Town Square Delaware
The dream of Martin Luther King coming to Delaware
In 2015 on an episode of Oprah Winfrey’s “SuperSoul Sunday,” the talk show host asked featured guest Sister Joan Chittister, a leading advocate for justice and peace, what we should do to end global suffering and injustice. Her one word response was “Something.” That powerful call to action resonated all the way to Wilmington, Delaware, with the inception of the Martin Luther King Communication Contest, which launched that same year.
Thomas Edison Charter School principal will be back on the job Tuesday; accepts apology from school board
Principal Salome Thomas-EL will resume his duties at the Wilmington school on Tuesday, September 26, 2017, when school re-opens. Principal EL was put on administrative leave by the board last week. President Ronald Pinkett offered an apology to EL, the parents and the community at a rally in support of EL held by parents outside of the school on Monday, September 25, 2017.
“Teach Us All” documentary explores education inequality
Sixty years ago today, nine black students entered an all-white high school in Little Rock, Arkansas. The new documentary “Teach Us All” honors the Little Rock Nine. It explores how educational inequality still plagues the U.S. six decades later. Bianna Golodryga spoke to director Sonia Lowman and backer Ava DuVernay about the film.
Want students to embrace STEM? Use real-world scenarios
We can all probably remember the student in a high-school math class who flippantly remarked that they didn’t know why they needed to know how to do, say, pre-calculus because they didn’t plan on becoming a rocket scientist. While that sentiment can be disappointing to educators — and while it might even be chuckled at in retrospect — it does point to a genuine issue of the career relevance of many subjects not being explicitly detailed for students.
Can minority-serving colleges help create a more-diverse teaching force?
A disproportionate percentage of nonwhite teachers are prepared at schools that make up just 13 percent of all the teacher-preparation programs in the United States: minority-serving institutions. That statistic should make the schools of education at minority-serving institutions, or MSIs—a term that encompasses historically black colleges and universities and other schools that serve predominately-nonwhite populations—a major player in efforts to increase teacher diversity, educators say.
Student voices: Kids bring into school what they’re dealing with at home. Teachers don’t get that
What do you plan to do after you graduate from high school? I want to be the president. No, but seriously, 2045, I’m running. In the future, I want to get a master’s in architecture and focus on urban planning, just because I feel like many of the problems we see today are based off of where people live and the policies of residential segregation mainly in cities like Baltimore, Chicago, etcetera.
Tennessee Promise students more likely to succeed in college, less likely to drop out, new data shows
Students using Tennessee’s free community college scholarship are significantly more likely to succeed in college than their peers outside the program, according to data released Thursday. Fifty-six percent of Tennessee Promise students who entered college in 2015, the program’s first year, had graduated, transferred to a four-year university, or remained in school two years later.