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Delaware Sets a Higher Bar for Professional Development

May 6th, 2011

Author: Brett Turner

The Secretary of Education recently proposed regulatory changes, to be approved at the May 19 State Board of Education meeting, that would create new standards for professional development statewide– fulfilling one of our Race to the Top commitments. The standards, which are based on the National Staff Development Council’s Standards for Staff...

Illinois Takes Giant Leap Forward

April 19th, 2011

Author: Brett Turner

The Illinois Senate unanimously passed sweeping legislation that would use teacher performance as the primary metric in decisions impacting teachers – with the support of all stakeholders, including teachers’ unions and school management groups.     The legislation is a friendly reminder that Delaware has come a long way in our teacher...

Tennessee Provides Hope (and Guidance) to Delaware

April 6th, 2011

Author: Brett Turner

Tennessee has made tremendous progress implementing its education reform agenda - but still has a long way to go towards achieving their goal of building the top education system in the southeast by 2015 - according to Tennessee SCORE’s 2010 Annual Report: The State of Education in Tennessee. The report is a vivid reminder that Delaware is well...