Policy and Practice


Introducing the Legislative Hall Pass: Crunching the Numbers on Delaware’s Education Budget

February 15th, 2017


  With elections far off in the rearview mirror, inaugurations wrapped, and cabinet members trickling their way into position, the real work is set to begin in earnest for elected officials, and especially the 149th Delaware General Assembly. Looming over the new session is yet another tough budgetary situation: Projections show that...

The Importance of Employability Skills

February 15th, 2017


Blog post by Jermaine Williams, cooperative employment coordinator at St. Georges Technical High School and Rodel Teacher Council member As the cooperative employment coordinator at St. Georges Technical High School, my job, in conjunction with our career and technical instructors, is to usher our senior students out into the working world as...

How the “Whole Child” Approach is Transforming Education in Delaware

February 13th, 2017


As concerns about over-testing and overemphasizing test scores persist, the “whole child” approach to education is gaining ground. The non-academic attributes that prepare young people for success in the real world—think character, grit, and growth mindset—are beginning to take a more prominent place in the education reform conversation...

Remember ESSA? Work Still Underway on State Plan

February 10th, 2017

Author: Liz Hoyt

The confirmation of Betsy DeVos (and surrounding controversies) as U.S. Secretary of Education dominated news headlines and social media over the last few weeks. However, this national headline may be drowning out what’s happening locally, as Delaware continues to develop its state plan for implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act...