I Educate Delaware

April 24th, 2012

Category: News, Policy and Practice

I Educate Delaware.

As a teacher, I worked to directly educate the students in my classroom, challenging them to be thinkers and problem solvers. At Rodel, I work to indirectly educate all of the students in Delaware, helping inform state and local policy with research and analysis. And as an individual, I support the students in my community by everything from voting in school board elections to mentoring to attending student performances.

That’s one of the things I love about the newly launched iEducate Delaware project. It reminds us of the fact that we all have a role to play—indeed, a responsibility—in educating our youth.

If we look across the globe, we see this happening in every way imaginable. In Africa, more than 20 universities in 12 countries are working together to help train teachers across the continent by providing development materials online. Donors Choose, started by a high school teacher in the Bronx, pools individual donations to help fund classroom projects large and small all across the United States. And in New York, to address the gap in background knowledge her students face due to living in poverty, one educator works with teachers to plan “sidewalk trips” to places like the subway, or a parking garage.  

Whether large-scale or small, there is incredible innovation in education happening around the globe, and I’m willing to bet it’s happening in Delaware, too—in fact, I know it is. I’ve seen it. I’ve taught next to it. I’ve experienced it. And you probably have, too.

In the three short years I’ve been in the state, I’ve met countless individuals who have improved education in Delaware, each in their own way and all inspirational in their own right. Inside the classroom and out, our state is full of incredible leaders who all share the same goal—educating our students and ensuring a successful future for our state. 

These stories need to be told so we can inspire one another and honor each other’s success.

And that’s why the iEducate Delaware project is special. It’s not just another award—it’s about sharing people’s stories. It’s about inspiring us to never stop innovating. And it’s about igniting action so more will join this important work.

I educate Delaware. We all do.

It’s time to tell our stories.

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Brian Yin




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