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Promising Signs Ahead for Early Learning Workforce

May 18th, 2021

Author: Kelsey Mensch

Over the past year, the early childhood industry and workforce has plunged into crisis from the COVID-19 pandemic. As we wrote in March, the child care industry faced crisis conditions even before COVID-19 due to the poor compensation of early learning professionals and the negative impact it has on both educator wellbeing and the quality...

Next Steps for Federal Stimulus Dollars and Delaware Schools

May 12th, 2021

Author: Kelsey Mensch

Back in March, we wrote about how the federal stimulus dollars, specifically those provided through the American Rescue Plan Act, would impact Delaware’s schools. Since then, there have been updates at both the state and federal level regarding required plans and timing of allocations. The federal government has provided three...

“Science of Reading” Early Literacy Gains Steam in Legislature

May 11th, 2021

Author: Kelsey Mensch

The science of reading, or the body of science-backed research that explains how the human mind acquires reading skills, continues to reverberate in Dover and beyond. We covered the topic in March, when the Senate Education Committee hosted a panel of experts who discussed why the science of reading is important for classrooms...

Teacher Residencies Get a Legislative Push

May 10th, 2021

Author: Kelsey Mensch

Teacher residencies continue to build major momentum in Delaware. Teacher residencies—a teacher preparation model where a district or school partners with a university to provide coursework and real-life teaching experience to pre-service teachers—now have an official bill in Legislative Hall. The bill looks to more heavily...
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