Policy and Practice


“Baby Race to the Top” Application Released

August 23rd, 2011

Author: Madeleine Bayard

Today the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services released the Application for Initial Funding for the $500 million Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) Grant, of which Delaware is eligible for up to $50 million.  The Early Learning Challenge is organized around five selection criteria:           A...

Teacher Preparation Expanding, Policies Improving

August 11th, 2011

Author: Brett Turner

Nearly one-third of new teacher hires throughout America (compared to 15% in Delaware) are trained by alternative certification programs, according to a recently released report by the National Center for Alternative Certification.  These programs, which bypass traditional higher education preparation routes, recruit and select talented...

Introducing Brian Yin, Research Associate

August 5th, 2011

Author: Brian Yin

"Good." That was the response one of my students—we’ll call him Jeremiah (not his real name)—gave me on the last day of school when I asked him how his year had been. This one word described one of the most incredible and difficult years of my life. As an educator, I tend to let my students' stories speak for me, because those are the...

The State of Student Teaching: Programs and Accountability Limited

July 27th, 2011

Author: Dan Hay

A controversial report released by the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) last week describes the state of student teaching programs nationwide as strained, inconsistent, and ineffective.  The report, which evaluated student teaching program on five standards covering program structure and mentor credentials, has been hailed by many...