Tag: teacher pathways

Singapore: A North Star in the Great Teacher Debate

News, Policy and Practice

December 19th, 2011

As Delaware policymakers and teachers struggle with the complexities of introducing student growth measures into the state's revised teacher evaluation system, DPAS II, I hope we don't lose sight of the larger goal.  As a state, we are on a journey to create a great teaching profession so that every child in Delaware has an inspired teacher in...


Delaware Has the Data Capacity – Now the Tough Work Begins


December 12th, 2011

Delaware, like many states, has built the necessary data infrastructure to track students throughout their academic careers; however, tough work remains for all stakeholders, from policymakers to teachers, to successfully understand and act upon the information, according to Data Quality Campaign’s Data for Action 2011. The report highlights...


Our Schools: Balancing Urgency with the Long View


August 15th, 2011

This blog post was originally published on "Town Square Delaware" as part of its August education series. My career in public education began in the classroom, teaching special needs students and working with a lot of students who didn’t see much of a future for themselves.  I think of those years often and about the impact I had, hoping that...


Teacher Preparation Expanding, Policies Improving

Policy and Practice

August 11th, 2011

Nearly one-third of new teacher hires throughout America (compared to 15% in Delaware) are trained by alternative certification programs, according to a recently released report by the National Center for Alternative Certification.  These programs, which bypass traditional higher education preparation routes, recruit and select talented...