October 31, 2012

Early Childhood Education, News, Policy and Practice

October 31st, 2012

Local News DDOE 28 top educators earn $10,000 incentives to continue driving student achievement in state's highest-need schools The Delaware Department of Education has named 28 educators who each have earned formal recognition and a $10,000 "retention incentive" as part of the first cohort of the state's Talent Retention initiative. The...


August 3, 2012

News, Policy and Practice

August 3rd, 2012

Local News DFM News Delaware teacher evaluation plan in place for new school year Delaware’s Department of Education has finalized how teachers and professional staff across the state will be evaluated in the coming school year. This past school year Component 5 was only considered when it raised the rating of a teacher in DCAS-tested grades and...


It’s Time to Follow the Doctor’s Orders: The Work of Atul Gawande

Policy and Practice

March 30th, 2012

As a graduate student, my education practicum professor highly recommended Atul Gawande’s work, highlighting its relevance to the reforms currently underway, particularly through Race to the Top. While initially skeptical, it was quickly apparent that my professor was on to something – and it looks like the education world is starting to see...


Teachers Support Common Core and Other Reform Policies

Policy and Practice

March 21st, 2012

Scholastic and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation released the 2012 “Primary Sources” report (PDF), an annual survey of teachers’ views on their profession.  I was particularly interested to see how my colleagues across the country viewed the ongoing implementation of Common Core State Standards (CCSS).  The report’s findings...