Educator Support and Development

Great school teachers and leaders are at the core of a world-class education. Research demonstrates that teachers and leaders are the most important in-school factors impacting student learning. This makes educator support and development one of the highest leverage policy areas impacting student learning.

Rodel has supported the state in learning from the highest performing school systems in the world and their intense focus on educator support and development. We have supported raising standards to enter the teaching profession in Delaware, and data reporting requirements for educator preparation programs.

We have invested in programs that recruit and prepare teachers and leaders with a specific commitment to serving the highest need students, such as Teach For America, RELAY Graduate School of Education, and Delaware Leadership Project.

Check out our latest report: Delaware’s Pathway to Teach

This research project charts the pathway to becoming a teacher in Delaware – beginning in middle school through hiring – and recommends how to improve it.

It’s part of a larger collaboration among Delaware state, districts, teacher preparation programs, and funders. The project aims to catalyze action in 2020-22 to achieve goals such as: dramatically increase the teachers of color in the pipeline and their retention in the profession, and catalyze statewide change in Delaware that can inform national conversation

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