Rodel Teacher Council

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The Rodel Foundation of Delaware is looking for innovative, talented teacher leaders!

The Rodel Teacher Council is currently accepting applications for the class of 2016-2017. The Council provides a venue for teachers to weigh in on important issues that affect the work of educators, and helps set the course for future statewide education improvements in Delaware. The deadline to apply is May 27, 2016.

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The Experience:

The Rodel Teacher Council will consist of approximately 25-30 members and the opportunity is open to any current Delaware public school teacher, including special educators, early learning teachers, and teachers in all content areas. We are seeking candidates with at least three years of classroom experience and a commitment to excellence.

Responsibilities:

RTC members with state legislators during 2016's Legislative Day in Dover.

RTC members with state legislators during 2016’s Legislative Day in Dover.

Participants will commit to serve on the Council from fall 2016 through spring 2017. While the time commitment may vary depending on the time of year, members can expect to dedicate approximately five hours per month. Most meetings will occur after school hours, in person, or via webinar. There may be opportunities to take part in weekend activities; but we will accommodate teacher schedules whenever possible. Council members will receive a modest stipend for their time, energy, and efforts.

Members of the 2016-2017 Rodel Teacher Council will:

  • Advise the Rodel Foundation on critical education policy initiatives.
  • Meet with and hear from key education policymakers, both locally and nationally.
  • Collaborate with peers to develop and lead a workshop focused on innovative instructional practices for peers statewide.
  • Help to scale innovative, research-based instructional practices throughout the state.

Rodel Teacher Council members may also share their work more broadly with a range of education stakeholders by writing  op-eds and blog posts, presenting at conferences, and/or joining working groups that influence state policy.

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A session from the 2016 Personalized Learning Workshop.

The Results:

Over the past three years, members of the Rodel Teacher Council have contributed to the education conversation in Delaware in many ways, including:

  • The group met with local and national education experts and policymakers, including legislators, the State Board of Education, the governor, DSEA leadership, PTA leadership, and others.
  • They wrote and published the Blueprint for Personalized Learning in Delaware, one of the first examples of teachers developing policy recommendations for personalized learning. So far, the Blueprint site has garnered over 12,500 page views from all over Delaware and the country, and as far away as Russia and Australia.
  • Council members contributed to the education conversation by writing op-eds and blog posts for local and national audiences and serving on statewide working groups and committees to inform and shape the future of education in Delaware.
  • The group planned and executed annual personalized learning workshops for teachers in 2015 and 2016, reaching a total of over 200 educators and school leaders.

To Apply:

If you are currently a Delaware teacher with at least three years of classroom experience and an interest in contributing to the education conversation in Delaware, we encourage you to submit an online application by the May 27 deadline, and/or encourage excellent teachers you know to do so. If you are unable to complete the online application, you may download a hard copy here and email as an attachment to rchan@rodelfoundationde.org. Candidates will receive information about next steps by the end of June, and Rodel Teacher Council members for the class of 2016-2017 will be announced in August.

If you have specific questions about the application process or the Rodel Teacher Council, please contact senior program officer Rachel Chan at rchan@rodelfoundationde.org.

You can also download our Rodel Teacher Council FAQ sheet and join one of our upcoming informational webinars, happening on Thursday May 5, Thursday May 19, and Tuesday, May 24.

 

About The Rodel Teacher Council

The first Rodel Teacher Council was convened by the Rodel Foundation of Delaware in 2013 to elevate the voices of teachers, represent the diversity of the teaching force in Delaware schools, provide a venue for teachers to weigh in on important issues affecting their work, and help set the course for education improvement in Delaware.

The council is a group of teacher leaders dedicated to finding solutions, improving their craft, and leveraging their voices for the benefit of their students. For a complete list of council members, along with photos and bios, click here.

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Blueprint for Personalized Learning in Delaware

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In October 2014, the Rodel Teacher Council published the Blueprint for Personalized Learning in Delaware, which identifies state and local policy improvements that would enable personalized learning. The document is one of the first examples of educators developing policy recommendations for personalized learning in the nation. So far, the Blueprint site has garnered over 3,500 page views from all over Delaware and the country, and as far away as Russia and Australia.

In spring 2016, the council will release policy projects providing further insight and detail into specific policy shifts related to personalized learning and how Delaware can take an innovative approach to scaling this practice across the state.

Council members have also contributed to the education conversation by writing op-eds and blog posts for local and national audiences and serving on statewide working groups and committees to inform and shape the future of education in Delaware.

Personalized Learning Workshop for Teachers

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The Rodel Teacher Council also hosts a workshop on personalized learning for teachers. The workshop is an opportunity for teachers from all across the state to collaborate and learn from each other. In 2015, attendees represented teachers from a cross section of grade levels and schools, with more than 100 educators in attendance sharing best practices, lesson plans, strategies, and tools that tie into the tenets of personalized learning.

 

From our Alumni:

The Rodel Teacher Council was valuable because it was a chance to have important conversations with teacher colleagues from all different backgrounds, grade levels, and content areas. People might have thought we wouldn’t have a lot in common, but it was a really wonderful way to get out of my classroom and connect with like-minded colleagues and contribute to the larger conversations around education in Delaware.

– Tricia Dallas, Early Childhood Special Education Teacher, Richardson Park Learning Center, Red Clay Consolidated School District

 

I really appreciated the work we did around the capstone projects: the Blueprint for Personalized Learning and the teacher workshop. We have something to look back on and say ‘We did this.’ The whole concept of having teacher input on statewide efforts to improve education was very positive and exciting to me.

– Sharon Hardnett, Secondary Mathematics Teacher, Concord High School, Brandywine School District

 

“My experience with the Rodel Teacher Council was unique because of the opportunities to collaborate with teachers outside of my school on a variety of projects—that was the most valuable element of the program for me. I also really appreciated the opportunities to go on field trips and see things that were happening beyond the walls of my own classroom—this gave me lots of ideas for things I could do with my students and helped me to think outside-the-box about my work.”

– Paul Ramirez, Assistant Head of Academics at Freire Charter School Wilmington, and former English Teacher and English Chair at Howard High School of Technology

 

“I really appreciated the opportunity to collaborate with other teachers who were so driven and dedicated to improving their craft, as well as the dedication to improving students’ experiences and outcomes. The Rodel Teacher Council was a great professional development opportunity and I highly recommend it to colleagues.”

– Kacie Versaci, 8th Grade Math and Upper School Chair, Prestige Academy Charter School

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