Policy and Practice


Delaware Raises the Bar for Instructional Leadership

July 7th, 2011

Author: Brett Turner

When we look back forty years from now, the Delaware Leadership Project will be one of the key programs that helped move Delaware forward,” according to Governor Markell, who met with the seven aspiring principals last week as part of the program’s guest visitation day. At the event, visitors were able to see the program’s innovative...

Teacher Quality Takes Center Stage

July 1st, 2011

Author: Brett Turner

Five United States Senators recently introduced the “Growing Excellent Achievement Training Academies for Teachers and Principals Act” – which would require teachers demonstrate the ability to lift student achievement before being allowed to graduate from their preparation program. The legislation, if we decided to apply, would move...

Delaware Raising the Bar for Educators

June 21st, 2011

Author: Brett Turner

House Bill 107, which is out of Committee but not on the House agenda, would require all educators to pass Praxis I or an equivalent test before being able to teach in a Delaware school. This requirement for earning an initial license will raise the standards for teaching professionals, which should yield benefits for students, as teachers are the...

In Case You Missed It….June State Board Meeting Update

June 20th, 2011


This month at the State Board meeting, the main items of interest were the impending legislative agenda, the delay of the announcement of funding for districts’ Race to the Top plans, and the rollout of DPAS II (the teacher and leader evaluation system). Secretary of Education Lillian Lowery announced forthcoming legislation in regards to the...