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Today is Election Day: Don’t forget to vote!

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Today is a special day for Delaware public education…it’s school board election day. Voting for school board members is an important opportunity to impact decisions that benefit students.

School board members play a significant role in shaping students’ educational experiences, by:

  • Hiring, evaluating, and dismissing superintendents;
  • Developing and stewarding the district budget;
  • Managing collective bargaining agreements for teachers, principals, and other school leaders; and
  • Setting policies in our public schools like curriculum, length of school day and year, and distribution of teachers.

This year, across our 16 school districts, there are 24 open seats up for election.

Don’t forget to vote, and encourage your neighbors, friends, and colleagues to vote as well! The polls open at 10 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.  To vote in school board elections, you do not need to be a registered voter, just a resident in that particular school district and at least 18 years old.

For more information about these elections, read The News Journal‘s coverage. For polling place information, visit the following websites.

Congratulations to the 15 iEducate Delaware Finalists!

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We’re proud and excited to announce the finalists for iEducate Delaware 2014-15!

This is the third year of iEducate Delaware, an initiative we created to recognize a range of Delawareans who are thinking outside-of-the-box to help students.

These finalists were selected from over 200 public nominations and represent a diverse cross section of Delawareans from towns across our state. We believe that these finalists are truly inspiring, and hope their contributions inspire you, too.

They need your support! From these 15 finalists, five Honorees will be selected to receive a financial award and have their work promoted statewide and nationally. Learn more and submit your votes for your favorite finalists! Visit www.ieducatedelaware.org.

The finalists are:

  • Erika Brown (Teacher of Dance and Fitness Education at Brandywine High School) encourages the benefits of the arts for student learning and personal growth.
  • Cheryl Clendaniel (Early Childhood Administrator for The Learning Center) advocates for the importance of early learning in her community and statewide.
  • Kathy Dulis (School Librarian and Media Specialist at Seaford Middle School) collaborates with other educators in her school and across the state on Common Core.
  • Karen Eller (Teacher at Bancroft Elementary School) utilizes technology to improve instruction, teacher collaboration, and student outcomes.
  • Shebra Hall (Community Initiatives Coordinator at Nemours BrightStart!) advocates for early learning and early literacy, emphasizing the need to focus on the whole child.
  • Equetta Jones (Teacher of Exceptional Children at Warner Elementary School) promotes family and community engagement, empowering parents to better support their children’s education.
  • Chandlee Kuhn (Chief Judge of the Family Court of Delaware) advocates and supports equitable educational opportunities for students in the juvenile justice system.
  • Lisa Mims (Fifth-Grade Teacher at Pleasantville Elementary School) utilizes technology and personalized instruction to encourage student ownership of learning.
  • Jesse Parsley (Special Education Math Teacher at Milford Central Academy) serves as a teacher-leader focused on Common Core.
  • Stan Spoor (Principal at Howard High School of Technology) promotes a school culture focused on preparing students for college and career experiences through initiatives such as piloting SPARC.
  • Rachael Staab (Director of Early Learning at EastSide Charter School) implements innovative teaching and family engagement practices, including Expeditionary Learning.
  • Gary Tabor (Sergeant and Street Supervisor for the Wilmington Department of Police) encourages early literacy in households, schools, and community centers.
  • Rachel Wagner (Student at Appoquinimink High School) exhibits student-leadership for the importance of career and technical education and experiences.
  • Sandra Williamson (Professor and the Chair of Instruction and Applied Technology at Wilmington University) connects educators and teachers-in-training to 21st century innovation and technology to personalize learning.
  • Orrin White (Youth Engagement Coordinator at United Way of Delaware) engages hundreds of youth in the City of Wilmington in a youth empowerment program.

Seeking Solutions for Wilmington Schools

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We’re pleased to join United Way of Delaware and “The News Journal” to co-sponsor the upcoming Imagine Delaware education expo and open forum, which will focus on City of Wilmington education. Other partner organizations for this event are Brooks Fellowship, Christina Cultural Arts Center, Delaware Grantmakers Association, Interdenominational Ministers Action Council, Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League, and Teach For America-Delaware.

Held on Monday, March 9 at The Chase Center on the Riverfront, the event kicks off at 4:00 with an education expo featuring 50 public charter and district schools and community organizations. The expo is a great opportunity for parents to learn new ways to support their children, and also to learn about and apply to public schools this fall. The expo concludes at 6:00, just prior to the 6:30 open forum.

The open forum’s opening remarks will be made by Governor Jack Markell, and David Ledford, Executive Editor of “The News Journal,” will moderate a panel discussion. Panelists include: Tony Allen, Chair of the Wilmington Education Advisory Council and Senior Bank of America executive; Lamont Browne, Head of School at EastSide and Family Foundations charter schools; Merv Daughtery, Superintendent of the Red Clay Consolidated School District; Mike Matthews, Warner Elementary School teacher and President of the Red Clay Education Association; Tizzy Lockman, Wilmington mother and UD public policy graduate student; and David Sokola, State Senator and Chair of the Senate Education Committee. In addition to the panel discussion, attendees will be encouraged to engage with each other to collectively support and develop solutions for Wilmington public schools.

This event is free and open to the public. Open forum attendees are encourage to bring their smartphones and tablets to participate in live polls throughout the event.

To register, visit delawareonline.com/imagine, or call 302-324-2632.

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