Educator Support and Development


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...

Staff Turnover Disappeared at New Castle Elementary. Their Secret? Teacher Residencies.

December 16th, 2022

Author: Matt Amis

In her first year as principal of New Castle Elementary School, TeRay Ross wasn’t the only newcomer. In fact, on that first day in 2017, 12 of the 22 homeroom classes inside her cavernous school—a circa 1929 former high school nicknamed “the castle”—were helmed by teachers who were also new to the building. She later learned the...

A “Grow Your Own” Dream Job: Q&A with Teacher Melodie Miller

November 14th, 2022

Author: Matt Amis

Philly native Melodie Miller knew since kindergarten that she wanted to be a teacher one day. “I had a phenomenal kindergarten teacher named Miss Ross,” she says. “She really inspired me because when I was in kindergarten I couldn't necessarily read yet, but she read ‘Chicka Chicka Boom Boom’ almost every day.”  Melodie...

Best Way to Solve a Teacher Shortage? Better Pay and Supports Could Be Considered Under New Bill

June 8th, 2022

Author: Mark Baxter

Introduced during Teacher Appreciation Week, Senate Bill 100 with Senate Amendment 1 looks to evaluate and review current teacher salaries in Delaware. Sponsored by Sen. Bryan Townsend and supported by a wide array of legislators, the bill proposes the establishment of the Public Education Compensation Committee to review Delaware’s...