Educator Support and Development


“This is going to really support teachers.” Talking Affinity Groups with Local Teacher Alena Warner-Chisolm

May 31st, 2023

Author: Matt Amis

Alena Warner-Chisolm, a 14-year veteran of Delaware schools (with stops in Christina, Red Clay, and Lake Forest districts) is an English language arts teacher at Stanton Middle School—and one of the first participants in the district’s affinity group for teachers of color. The groups—which Rodel helped catalyze in Red Clay and...

A Coherent Vision for Supporting Teachers Emerging in Delaware

May 24th, 2023

Author: Mark Baxter

National headlines over the last few years echoed what education insiders have known for a while: states like Delaware need to better support its teachers, who, even post-pandemic, are increasingly overburdened and scarce.   One persistent wrinkle among the set of challenges: our teacher workforce doesn’t reflect the diversity of our...

Teacher Apprenticeships Coming to Delaware

May 11th, 2023

Author: Madeleine Bayard

Delaware has a strong, multifaceted strategy in place when it comes to strengthening its educator pipeline. Like other states, Delaware continues to face educator shortages—prompting  the Delaware Workforce Development Board to name teaching “a priority, in-demand occupation.” The state has in place some short-term strategies...

Can Leadership Opportunities Help Teacher Retention?

March 29th, 2023

Author: Mark Baxter

As most teachers will tell you, they are often asked to do more than just teach students. Teachers often take on more roles in their schools, many times without additional compensation. This is particularly true for teachers of color, who often get asked to take on additional responsibilities, serve on committees, or be default leaders...