Digging Deeper: The Dangers of Falling Behind Before Kindergarten

Shyanne Miller

  Another year, another urgent message to be found in state-level data about kindergarten readiness. This year marks the second annual release of the Delaware Early Learning Survey (DE-ELS), which measures how well prepared preschoolers are for kindergarten. Kindergarten teachers observe and record their students to determine what they know and can do in areas […]


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10 Education Stories to Watch in 2018

Rodel Foundation of Delaware

Every new year brings with it a sense of transition and opportunity—a chance for a fresh start or reinvention. Between midterm elections, nail-biting budget negotiations, and big issues unfolding in Wilmington and beyond—2018 could shake up the world of public education. The team at Rodel has examined the tea leaves and compiled its 10 Delaware […]


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10 Things We Heard from Gov. Carney’s State of the State Address

Matt Amis

  As Gov. John C. Carney delivered his (technically first-ever) State of the State address last week, the Rodel team listened intently for any mentions of public education.   Here’s what we heard:   Not surprisingly, Gov. Carney led off with the economy. He mentioned some positive steps in tackling the state’s mountainous budgetary issues, […]


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What We’re Reading: Does SEL Work for Students of Color?

Shyanne Miller

    What I’m Reading:  Is Social and Emotional Learning Really Going to Work for Students of Color? (Dena Simmons, EdWeek) I’ve read a lot about social and emotional learning lately: SEL research, SEL policy, SEL best practices, SEL webinars—you name it. Much of what I come across re-hashes some version of familiar talking points—what […]


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A Reminder from MLK

Paul Herdman

Every year on this weekend, I try to read Martin Luther King Jr’s letter from Birmingham jail.  It’s a fairly long letter that he wrote while sitting in his jail cell to the Christian and Jewish clergy that opposed his approach to civil disobedience.   The whole letter, written in 1963, nine years after Brown […]


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