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Delaware Educators Speak Up

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June 2017 Teacher Newsletter

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Delaware Teachers Stress the Importance of Social and Emotional Learning

Continuing in its tradition of impacting local and national education conversations, the Rodel Teacher Council released Educators Speak Up: Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) in Delaware, a brief that reveals findings from a survey of more than 200 educators, representing pre-k through 12th grade, novice and veteran educators, from every school district in Delaware, including vo-tech and charter schools. The survey results include:

  • Educators believe SEL improves students’ academic success, engagement, and behavior
  • 97 percent of educators want more training on best practices in SEL, with 51 percent indicating they were “very interested”
  • More than 40 SEL initiatives are happening in Delaware schools, without strong coordination or an understanding of what’s working

Read The Full Brief Here








Read The Full Brief Here

Thank you to those who participated in the survey at the beginning of the year. Click here to dive into more SEL resources or share your experiences on social media using the hashtag #SELinDE.

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15th Annual Policy and Practice Institute: Delaware’s Conference on Public Education (Dover, June 21)
Presented by the Delaware Academy for School Leadership and the Delaware Association of School Administrators, this conference brings together educators throughout the state for a day of dynamic keynote speakers and engaging breakout sessions.

 

EdcampldrDE (New Castle, June 30)
Participate in the largest single day of free learning across the country. Each of the 50 states and over 11 countries will be represented on this day of learning. The focus is on leadership from the individual, classroom, school, or district level.

 

2017 Delaware Estuary Watershed Teacher Workshop (Various locations, July 17-20)
Join Partnership for the Delaware Estuary for four days of exciting workshops. Come and learn interdisciplinary ways to translate the environmental experience to your classroom.

 

Fundamental not Ornamental 3 (Various locations, multiple dates)
These workshops will allow educators to learn about the Delaware standards for performing and visual arts as well as learn how to incorporate “I Can” statements. To register, please log on to PDMS and select course #25725.

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Award Opportunities

Butler-Cooley Excellence in Teaching Award (Deadline: June 12)
Established in 2004 with a grant from the John Wm. Butler Foundation, Inc., the Butler-Cooley Excellence in Teaching Awards Program honors teachers who have demonstrated their capacity to change the outcome of students’ lives and communities where they teach. Two teachers each receive a $5,000 cash prize.
Teacher Awards for Literacy (Deadline: September 15)
The Penguin Random House Teacher Awards for Literacy program recognizes the nation’s most dynamic and resourceful teachers who use their creativity to inspire and successfully instill a love of reading in students. Winners are awarded cash grants and book donations to help further their innovative reading programs and to disseminate them to other teachers around the country.NEA Learning & Leadership Grants (Deadline: October 15)

These grants support National Education Association members who are public school teachers, public education support professionals, and/or faculty and staff in public institutions of higher education for one of the following two purposes: Grants to individuals fund participation in high-quality professional development experiences and grants to groups fund collegial study.

Personalized Learning Tip of the Month

Six Ways to Avoid Those Social Media Landmines

By Gwyneth Jones

 

Sharing on social media, be it professionally or personally, can be tricky. There is a goldmine of information out there for teachers, but also landmines that can be quite treacherous if not deftly avoided.

Educators can use social media to push the positive, celebrate student successes, share resources with colleagues, and connect with parents and the community.

But how can we professionally use these tools without torturing ourselves over every Tweet, update, or Instagram pic? Easy! Try these six tips to share sensibly online.

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Happy National Teacher Appreciation Week!

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May 2017 Teacher Newsletter

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Happy National Teacher Appreciation Week!

Great educators like you are at the core of a world-class education. The future of humanity lies in the hands of ambitious and dedicated educators like yourself.

The Rodel team thanks you for your commitment to Delaware students and for creating an environment of enthusiasm for learning, appreciation for growing, and room for making mistakes along the way.

We look forward to working with you as we strive to help Delaware build one of the finest education systems in the world.

Follow the hashtag #IloveDEteachers to see how grateful the state of Delaware is for your dedication. The Department of Education will compile the posts to share out and help spread the love.

Award Opportunities

NCSS Outstanding Social Studies Teacher of the Year (Deadline: May 15)
The annual NCSS Outstanding Teacher of the Year Awards recognize exceptional classroom social studies teachers for grades K-6, 5-8, and 7-12 who teach social studies regularly and systematically in elementary school settings, and at least half-time in middle or junior high and high school settings. Award winners receive $2,500, complimentary one-year membership in NCSS, and present a session on their work at the NCSS Annual Conference, and up to $500 in transportation/lodging reimbursement to attend the Annual Conference.
Butler-Cooley Excellence in Teaching Award (Deadline: June 12)
Established in 2004 with a grant from the John Wm. Butler Foundation, Inc., the Butler-Cooley Excellence in Teaching Awards Program honors teachers who have demonstrated their capacity to change the outcome of students’ lives and communities where they teach. Two teachers each receive a $5,000 cash prize.Teacher Awards for Literacy (Deadline: September 15)
The Penguin Random House Teacher Awards for Literacy program recognizes the nation’s most dynamic and resourceful teachers who use their creativity to inspire and successfully instill a love of reading in students. Winners are awarded cash grants and book donations to help further their innovative reading programs and to disseminate them to other teachers around the country.

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Superstars in Education (New Castle, May 8)
Superstars in Education recognizes outstanding educational programs and individual achievements. This event highlights excellence in science teaching, integrated classroom technology practices, and school-to-career partnerships.

 

Family Empowerment Conference (Dover, May 29)
The 2017 Family Empowerment Conference will be held at Delaware State University and is free to all youth and families. Enjoy information sessions, food, fun activities, and prizes throughout the day.

 

2017 Delaware Estuary Watershed Teacher Workshop (Various locations, June 17-20)
Join Partnership for the Delaware Estuary for four days of exciting workshops. Come and learn interdisciplinary ways to translate the environmental experience to your classroom.

 

2017 International Society for Technology in Education Conference (San Antonio, June 25-28)
ISTE 2017 is your destination for educator-tested strategies and extraordinary resources for transforming learning and teaching. It’s also the place to get connected to the brightest minds in ed tech, then network with them all year long.

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Did You Know?

Did you know that Delaware teachers and principals are less diverse than the student populations they serve?

Find out more facts and statistics on teacher leader quality
on our 2017-18 Delaware Public Education At A Glance microsite.

 

 

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Latest Delaware Public Education Data Now Available

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April 2017 Teacher Newsletter

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The 2017-2018 Delaware Public Education
At A Glance Is Here!



See the latest data and trends on student enrollment, student achievement, college and career readiness, teacher and leader quality, school finances as well as early learning students and programs.

We encourage you to scroll through, share, and join the conversation about the current state of public education in Delaware.

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Award Opportunities

NEA Awards for Teaching Excellence (Application Deadline: May 1)
Each year, the NEA invites all state, federal, and direct affiliates to nominate one outstanding educator for the NEA Foundation Awards for Teaching Excellence. All current members of an NEA local affiliate or bargaining unit are eligible, including teachers, education support professionals, and higher education faculty and staff. These prestigious awards recognize, reward, and promote excellence in both teaching and advocacy for the profession.
Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (Application Deadline: May 1)
The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching are the nation’s highest honors for teachers of mathematics and science. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education. If you know great teachers, nominate them to join this prestigious network of professionals.

Butler-Cooley Excellence in Teaching Award (Application Deadline: Jun. 12)
Established in 2004 with a grant from the John Wm. Butler Foundation, Inc., the Butler-Cooley Excellence in Teaching Awards Program honors teachers who have demonstrated their capacity to change the outcome of students’ lives and communities where they teach. Two teachers each receive a $5,000 cash prize.

Teacher Awards for Literacy (Application Deadline: Sept. 1)
The Penguin Random House Teacher Awards for Literacy program recognizes the nation’s most dynamic and resourceful teachers who use their creativity to inspire and successfully instill a love of reading in students. Winners are awarded cash grants and book donations to help further their innovative reading programs and to disseminate them to other teachers around the country.

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Silver Lake Elementary School’s Annual Leadership Day (Middletown, Apr. 5)
Silver Lake Elementary School’s work with The Leader in Me has enabled them to create a culture of leadership and student empowerment that embraces and celebrates the greatness in everyone. Let the students of Silver Lake Elementary show you how they are putting their leadership skills to work. Skills such as initiative and self direction, productivity and accountability, communication, and collaboration are just some of what attendees will see.

Capital School District Educational Technology Conference (Dover, Apr. 11)
The 2017 Capital School District Educational Technology Conference is an opportunity for Delaware educators take a deeper dive into learning. Attendees will hear from keynote speaker and ed-tech coach, Chris Aviles, and take part in various breakout sessions. This event is free to Capital School District employees and $20 for BRINC members.

Stewards of Children Training (Wilmington, Apr. 12)
The Rodel Foundation of Delaware, Beau Biden Foundation for the Protection of Children, and Prevent Child Abuse Delaware will be hosting a Stewards of Children Training in the Community Services Building. Child sexual abuse is likely the most prevalent health problem children face, with the most serious array of consequences. At this training, attendees will learn what can be done to protect the most vulnerable children. This event is free and open to public but limited seats are available.

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Personalized Learning Tip of the Month

ECET2 Delaware: Connecting Innovative Educators Padlet

ECET2 Delaware: Connecting Innovative Educators brought together teachers from across the state for an empowering day of teacher-led, teacher-focused programming. Keynotes and sessions covered topics relevant to elementary, middle, and high school educators, as well as those in early childhood, CTE, and special education.

You can access all the resources and materials from ECET2 Delaware here.

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