Race to the Top “Teacher and Leader” Planning Enters Final Stretch

January 7th, 2011

Category: News

On January 17th, school districts and charter schools will submit their revised “Teacher and Leader” section of their Race to the Top plans to the Delaware Department of Education.  These plans will outline their strategy for increasing the quality and effectiveness of teachers and leaders within their respective campuses.    

Initially, all districts would have been required to implement the plans in a similar fashion throughout the state (i.e. every school gets one data coach to work with cohorts of teachers).  However, the Delaware DOE, recognizing that each district and school has different needs, is working with districts to assess their strengths and weaknesses in order to help districts craft innovative and bold plans that address these areas.  This is a dramatic shift within the DOE from the traditional compliance driven role towards a more holistic customer service organization.

In response to this shift, the DOE has created a “menu” of options for districts to choose from based on their needs assessment along with organizing site visits to see these best practices in action.  This menu of items includes:

We know the onus is on districts to craft bold plans to increase the effectiveness of their teachers and leaders – and hope that they use this once in a lifetime opportunity to challenge the status quo and push the envelope for all our students. 

Brett Turner