September 8, 2017

September 8th, 2017

Category: News

Delaware News

Coastal Point
IRSD announces more new administrators, fills staff
With the new school year having begun on Tuesday, Sept. 5, the Indian River School District is putting the finishing touches on its administration lineup. Although most of the transition was completed before July, a few new opportunities recently opened up for IR staff.

Sussex County Post
IRHS English teacher vaults to Best Teacher on Delmarva honor
Radio listeners have tabbed Indian River High School English teacher Michelle Peeling the Best Teacher On Delmarva” Contest in a contest sponsored by Midway Chevy Cadillac in Pocomoke, MD and 103.5 & 106.1 The Vault. During the month of August, The Vault encouraged listeners to email in submissions of a teacher on Delmarva who goes above and beyond in the classroom to inspire their students to succeed.

IR Pride next chapter in principal’s educational career
With the first day of school, Michael Williams this week began the next chapter in his educational career. The 46-year-old Berlin, Md. native is the new principal at Indian River High School. He comes to Indian River from Georgetown Middle School where he served as principal for nine years. He replaces Bennett Murray, who has taken other administrative positions in the Indian River School District.

The News Journal
“Dreamers” help make America great
Opinion by Kathleen MacRae, executive director of the ACLU of Delaware, Ken Abraham, founder of Citizen for Criminal Justice, Charito Calvachi-Mateyko, founder of the Delaware Civil Rights Coalition and Jeffrey Lott, co-chair of Peace Week Delaware
Since the Trump administration has decided to eliminate the DACA program in six months, we are compelled to remind all Americans that this nation was not made great by any one group of people. The original native-born members of Indian tribes, waves of various European immigrants, Africans brought here against their will, Spanish speakers annexed to our population with the annexation of Texas, and refugees from too many countries to mention are just a few of the groups that comprise the complex tapestry of our country.

SEED scholarship works for students “in the middle”
Opinion by Samantha Constantine, graduate of Sussex Tech and David Satran, director of UD’s Associate in Arts program
About this time six years ago I sat nervously in a classroom at Delaware Tech’s Owens Campus in Georgetown. That summer I had graduated from Sussex Tech and enrolled in the University of Delaware’s Associate in Arts Program (AAP), a partnership with DTCC. AAP students set out to earn an associate’s degree in Georgetown, Dover or Wilmington before transitioning to UD’s Newark campus.

Education in Wilmington “not a fair fight”
Gov. John Carney and Wilmington mayor Mike Purzycki discuss the challenges facing educating youth in Wilmington.

National News

DeVos says her “heart is with” Dreamers
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos says her “heart is with” Dreamers, many of them students who face an uncertain future after the Trump administration announced it is rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Education Week
Imagining Trump’s big back-to-school address on the importance of education
It’s good to be here to welcome you kindergarteners to your first day of school. First, let me just say that education is so important. It is. Trust me. And so many of our schools are failing; they’re terrible-it’s true, all these other countries, total losers, are beating us. We can do better. Because school helps you be smart and successful. It does.

The Atlantic
Do conversations about race belong in the classroom?
In 1997, Beverly Daniel Tatum, one of the country’s foremost authorities on the psychology of racism, answered a recurring question that surfaced in her work with teachers, administrators, and parent groups: Why are all the black kids sitting together in the cafeteria? The result was a critically acclaimed book of the same name that gave readers—numbering in the hundreds of thousands—a starting point to demystify conversations about race, better understand the concept of racial identity, and communicate across racial and ethnic divides.

The New York Times
Education by the numbers
There are as many American public school educations as there are students. One shared factor that affects a vast number of them, however, is race. Its impact drives the four narrative features in this week’s Education Issue. But numbers can tell their own stories too. The statistics here suggest how much has changed — and not changed — in the more than 60 years since the Supreme Court’s ruling in Brown v. Board of Education was supposed to make education equally accessible to all Americans.

USA Today
5 former education secretaries to Congress: Support DACA
The Obama-era program that shields nearly 800,000 young undocumented immigrants from deportation just got a powerful endorsement: Five former U.S. education secretaries, both Republicans and Democrats, have written to Congress asking lawmakers to keep the program intact. The Trump administration earlier this week said it would phase out Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), giving Congress six months to formulate a permanent legislative fix.


Rodel Foundation of Delaware