October 11, 2016

October 11th, 2016

Category: News

Delaware News

Delaware Business Times
Delaware Principal for a Day slated for Oct. 24
The Delaware State Chamber of Commerce’s (DSCC) Delaware Principal for a Day program will begin its 22nd year on Monday, October 24, with all 19 Delaware school districts participating. Open to all Delaware public, private, parochial and charter schools, the program is coordinated by DSCC’s education affiliate, The Partnership, Inc. and will run until October 28.

Delaware State News
Coons visit puts focus on Polytech High School’s lab
“This is a prime example of working together working,” said Michael Scuse, U.S. Undersecretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services. The official noted the collaboration between the Delaware Department of Economic Development, the USDA and several affiliated business partners to fund, operate and support a training lab at Polytech High School in Woodside.

Delmarva Now
Event aims to hook kids on science and tech
Surrounded by farms in Sussex County, Wednesday was about science for a group of middle schoolers. Middle school students and their parents gathered at Millsboro Middle School on Oct. 5 to be introduced to the world of science at the Sussex County Science Night, hosted by the Delaware Biotechnology Institute and the Sussex County Science Fair.

The News Journal
What it’s like to be a DREAMer at DSU
Generations often have a touchstone story – like where you were when JFK was shot or when the twin towers fell. For this generation of Hispanic immigrants, the common story is how they got here. Those tales are what a group of new students at Delaware State University told each other when they met at the start of the semester.

Teacher turnover stymies school progress in Delaware
Bayard Middle School had to replace 21 of 34 teachers this year. That’s nearly two-thirds of its teaching staff. The school annually struggles with turnover, but this year was much worse than usual. Bayard is one of Delaware’s high-needs schools where many students live at or below the poverty line, have little educational support outside of school and attend class in older buildings with limited technology.

Educational choice does not make a child worth less
Opinion by Kendall Massett, executive director of the Delaware Charter Schools Network
Last week, 15 charter schools and four parents filed a lawsuit against the Christina School District and the Department of Education (DOE) claiming that for years, millions of local dollars meant to follow a child to the school of their parents’ choice has been withheld.

Town Square Delaware
20 nominated for 2017 Delaware Teacher of the Year
One of 20 local teachers will be named Delaware’s Teacher of the Year for 2017. Selected from among the 9,000 public school teachers in the state, the nominees each represent one of the state’s 19 school districts and network of charter schools.

National News

California poll shows strong support for Common Core standards
The Common Core State Standards have faced strong opposition in many states, but in California, more than three out of five registered voters support them, according to a poll commissioned by the Oakland-based nonprofit advocacy group Children Now.

Education Dive
Dyslexia Awareness Month offers schools opportunity to reflect on quality of services
There are kids in every elementary classroom who don’t like to read. It’s easy to say they don’t like to learn or they’re lazy. But Jonathan Green, director of The Hamilton School at Wheeler, a school-within-a-school for students with language-based learning differences, says those assumptions are unlikely to be accurate.

Study finds students of all races prefer teachers of color
“Do you speak English?” When Hua-Yu Sebastian Cherng walked into his summer school classroom for the first time as a brand-new teacher, a student greeted him with this question. Nothing in his training had prepared him to address race and identity. But he was game, answering the student lightly, “Yes, I do, but this is a math class, so you don’t have to worry about it.”

St. Louis Post – Dispatch
St. Louis teachers may soon find affordable housing by living in a school
For 80 years, teachers educated St. Louis’ children at Wilkinson School. But amid declining enrollment, the handsome multistory brick school building suffered in 2008 the same fate as so many schools in St. Louis: It closed.

Rodel Foundation of Delaware