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Rodel Teacher Council releases Educators Speak Up: Social and Emotional Learning in Delaware

Nine out of 10 Delaware educators agree that social and emotional learning (SEL) is critical to student success and should be emphasized more in school, according to the results of a survey conducted by members of the Rodel Teacher Council.

This week the council released Educators Speak Up: Social and Emotional Learning 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 improve 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

Click here to read Educators Speak Up: Social and Emotional Learning in Delaware. And click here to dive into more SEL resources from Delaware and beyond.

Six Teacher Council Members Launch ESSA Principles

Continuing in their tradition of impacting local and national education policy conversations, six members of the Rodel Teacher Council has released the Every Student Succeeds Act Recommendations and Guiding Principles for Policymakers.

Rodel Teacher Council Policy Briefs Released

rodelbrief_student-centered-lsf-1Members of the Rodel Teacher Council released a series of education policy briefs and recommendations they hope will inform our state’s policymakers and elected officials.

The four policy briefs delve into a variety of topics relating to personalized learning—an approach that utilizes technology and other strategies to address students’ individual needs and maximize their strengths.

They include:


The 2016-17 Rodel Teacher Council Members are:

Jenna Argo, Millsboro Middle School, Indian River School District
Sherlynn Aurelio, Harry O. Eisenberg Elementary School, Colonial School District
Shani Benson,* South Dover Elementary School, Capital School District
Kate Bowski, Milton Elementary School, Cape Henlopen School District
Tim Brewer,* Hodgson Vocational Technical High School, New Castle County Vo-Tech School District
Wendee Bull, Georgetown Middle School, Indian River School District
Lyndsey Cook, Kent County Community School
Luke Crossan, Alfred G Waters Middle School, Appoquinimink School District
Elizabeth Washam, Freire Charter School
Karen Eller,* Stubbs Elementary School, Christina School District
Joseph Evans, Delcastle Technical High School, New Castle County Vo-Tech School District
Mary Grace Flowers, New Castle Elementary School, Colonial School District
Melissa Grunewald,* Phillip C. Showell Elementary School, Indian River School District
Robyn Howton,* Mount Pleasant High school, Brandywine School District
Jessica Inskeep, Forest Oak Elementary School, Red Clay Consolidated School District
Michele Johnson,* Towne Point Elementary School, Capital School District
Cheryl Jones, First State Montessori Academy
Jared Lelito,* Fred Fifer III Middle School, Caesar Rodney School District
Joyce Lester, Bayard Middle School, Christina School District
Lisa Mims,* Pleasantville Elementary School, Colonial School District
Kimberly Neal, Brandywine High School, Brandywine School District
Lori Nichols, Brandywine Springs School, Red Clay Consolidated School District
Lori Roe, Cape Henlopen School District
Tara Saladyga,* Delcastle Technical High School, New Castle County Vo-Tech School District
Jermaine Williams,* St. Georges Technical High School, New Castle County Vo-Tech School District
Michelle Wilson,* Booker T Washington Elementary School, Capital School District

*- Returning member

Read the members full biographies here.


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.

 

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.


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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