Here are several stories in today’s news about Delaware education and from across the nation:
Delaware Department of Education
State launches Delaware Future Ed leaders summer program
The Delaware Department of Education is accepting applications for a six-week summer program for promising future leaders who have a passion for education and want to gain hands-on exposure to policy work. The program has been developed specifically for current students, recent graduates and junior teachers as they explore career paths in education and seek exposure to careers in state government. Individuals from all programs of study are welcome to apply. Although teaching experience is not required, preference will be given to outstanding teachers currently working in Delaware public schools.
The News Journal
More children living in poverty
As the director of a preschool in downtown Wilmington, Helen Riley knows many of Delaware’s children struggle with poverty. “I would say the most discouraging problem is the number of children living in poverty,” said Riley, director of St. Michael’s School and Nursery. “This is one we’ve always struggled with and something we as educators have always felt bad about.”
Milford resident named Sussex Tech’s teacher of the year
Milford resident Deborah Long, a social studies teacher, has been named the 2013-14 Sussex Technical High School Teacher of the Year. This is the second time Long has received this honor, having been named teacher of the year in 2008-09. Long has been teaching at Sussex Tech for eight years. She teaches world history and psychology and has been an assistant varsity softball coach for the Lady Ravens.
Ed. schools lag behind digital content trends
Casey Wardynski knew his district had to make a change when he glanced at its crop of history textbooks and spotted one glaring omission. “They didn’t even have 9/11 in them,” said Mr. Wardynski, the superintendent of the Huntsville city schools, an Alabama district of about 24,000 students.
Gates Foundation MET Report: Teacher observation less reliable than test scores
A few years ago, Bill Gates decided to learn more about whether a teacher’s effect on student learning could be measured. Three years, 3,000 teachers and about $50 million later, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation thinks it has the answers. On Tuesday afternoon in Phoenix, the Gates Foundation released the third and final component of the Measuring Effective Teachers project, a gargantuan effort spearheaded by Harvard economist Thomas Kane.