DDOE, DuPont and Discovery Education Launch First-of-Its-Kind Partnership Supporting STEM, CTE Statewide

 

The Delaware Department of Education (DDOE), DuPont (NYSE: DD) and Discovery Education today announced a new, first-of-its-kind partnership that will increase student access to high-quality STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) instructional resources, as well as instructional materials and other supports to enhance career and technical education programs across the state. The three-year partnership program directly supports the Delaware Pathways initiative — an innovative effort helping students develop the academic, technical, and employability skills needed for successful, in-demand jobs across Delaware.

“Acquiring academic knowledge, technical skills, and meaningful work experience gives students the freedom to choose their life’s path,” said Delaware Secretary of Education Susan Bunting. “This new partnership provides Delaware students an even better opportunity to develop the skills needed for the careers of tomorrow. Thus, I look forward to supporting the progress of this exciting new collaboration.”

“Connecting what is being taught in the classroom to Delaware employers is critical,” said Luke Rhine, Director, Career & Technical Education and STEM Initiatives at the Delaware Department of Education. “The resources provided through this partnership will support middle school and high school teachers as they build bridges between classrooms and careers for all students. We are thankful for partners like DuPont who share our goals related to STEM- and career-focused education.”

DuPont is committed to making a meaningful difference in the lives of people everywhere, inspiring and cultivating the next generation of problem solvers, innovative thinkers, and lifelong learners that fuel discovery. Through this partnership, DuPont is taking a leadership role helping to develop a stronger, more diverse, equitable and inclusive talent pipeline to fill critically needed STEM jobs across the U.S. This partnership also builds on the company’s long-standing support of increasing access to STEM education programs that provide hands-on, inquiry-based learning in elementary to post-doctoral classrooms, and the professional learning needed for educators to make these efforts possible.

“DuPont is proud to fully fund this new initiative benefiting the Delaware communities we call home,” said Jon Kemp, President, DuPont Electronics & Industrial. “Together with the Delaware Department of Education and Discovery Education, we are creating not only more equitable learning environments in which all students have access to the resources and experiences they need to succeed in the classroom and beyond, but also a deeper, more diverse pool of talent that will drive economic prosperity across Delaware. We are excited to get started on this important work!”

Supporting this partnership is Discovery Education’s K-12 daily learning platform. Facilitating engaging instruction in the classroom, remote environment, after school programs or wherever learning is taking place, Discovery Education connects students and teachers to a vast collection of high-quality, standards-aligned content, ready-to-use digital lessons, and more. These resources, sourced from trusted partners are made available to Delaware’s educators and students through Schoology, which is the statewide learning management system, and are aligned to state and national standards to help educators bring the outside world into teaching and learning every day.

As part of this new partnership, Delaware’s educators will also receive ongoing professional learning designed to help them realize the return on this education technology investment and connect them to the broader Discovery Education Community. This global community of education professionals connects members in school systems and around the world through social media, virtual conferences, and in-person events, fostering valuable networking, idea sharing, and inspiration.

DuPont’s support of Delaware Pathways is part of its commitment as the newest member of the STEM Careers Coalition (SCC). The Coalition unites a range of industries around the common goals of empowering educators to teach STEM effectively in the classroom, fostering and promoting quality education, and building the next generation of STEM solution-seekers with an intentional focus on fostering and improving racial and gender equity. The STEM Careers Coalition seeks to prepare 10 million students for the future of work by 2025 through equitable access to digital content and experiences that engage students in instruction, build foundational STEM knowledge, and develop the critical skills students need for college and career success.

“Discovery Education looks forward to collaborating closely with the Delaware Department of Education and DuPont on this exciting new initiative benefiting all middle school and high school students across the state,” said Scott Kinney, Discovery Education’s Chief Executive Officer. “Together, we are providing the resources that Delaware’s teachers need to provide students personalized learning pathways to fulfill their educational goals and career aspirations.”

Delaware educators can find out more about accessing the new resources available through this partnership by emailing deleducators@Discoveryed.com.

About DuPont
DuPont (NYSE: DD) is a global innovation leader with technology-based materials and solutions that help transform industries and everyday life. Our employees apply diverse science and expertise to help customers advance their best ideas and deliver essential innovations in key markets including electronics, transportation, construction, water, healthcare and worker safety. More information about the company, its businesses and solutions can be found at www.dupont.com. Investors can access information included on the Investor Relations section of the website at investors.dupont.com.

About Discovery Education
Discovery Education is the worldwide edtech leader whose state-of-the-art digital platform supports learning wherever it takes place. Through its award-winning multimedia content, instructional supports, and innovative classroom tools, Discovery Education helps educators deliver equitable learning experiences engaging all students and supporting higher academic achievement on a global scale. Discovery Education serves approximately 4.5 million educators and 45 million students worldwide, and its resources are accessed in over 140 countries and territories. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and trusted organizations to empower teachers with leading edtech solutions that support the success of all learners. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.

About Delaware Pathways
Delaware Pathways is an education to employment partnership, connecting young people and employers. The program currently serves more than 55 percent of all youth in grades 9 to 12 across the State of Delaware offering young people the opportunity to earn college credit, industry recognized credentials, and relevant work experiences through in-demand career pathways that connect k12, higher education, and the workforce. The initiative is also working to expand the state’s registered apprenticeship system through youth apprenticeship models and is working with higher education partners to expand credential and degree opportunities for youth and adult learners. The program centers student identity and empowerment within the context of a high-quality education system, caring community partners, and dedicated employers. For more information please visit: https://delawarepathways.org/.

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Media Contacts:

Stephen Wakefield
Discovery Education
(202) 316-6615
swakefield@discoveryed.com

Dan Turner
DuPont
(302) 299-7628
daniel.a.turner@dupont.com

Alison May
Delaware Department of Education
(302) 735-4006
alison.may@doe.k12.de.us


Lake Forest technology paraprofessional named Delaware 2022 Educational Support Professional of the Year

A computer lab/technology paraprofessional from Lake Forest School District’s Lake Forest East Elementary School is the state’s 2022 Delaware Educational Support Professional of the Year.

Secretary of Education Susan Bunting surprised David Thomas by presenting him with the award at his school this morning.

“David is praised by his colleagues for his leadership and collaboration. His support of students, families and educators alike has made him an essential member of his school community, and he well represents the critical roles educational support professionals play in schools across our state,” Bunting said.

Former East Principal Douglas W. Brown said students, families and East staff have relied on Thomas throughout the pandemic.

“Dave fulfilled every request or question every teacher, parent or student had about Zoom, Pear Deck, Clever, camera views, etc., without ever complaining,” he said. “If there were ever a year for someone such as Dave to be recognized for their efforts, it is definitely this year of the pandemic because without Dave, East does not make it through with the successes that they had.”

Thomas, an 11-year paraprofessional, said he wants his students to understand the importance of technology as a tool to advance their learning.

“Technology is more than video games, tablets, and phones. Use of a mouse for precision and the ability to type proficiently are essential,” he said. “My students graduate from East Elementary school with confidence in their typing abilities and use of Microsoft Office applications. My third graders even create PowerPoint presentations before they start fourth grade! Often I hear back from their teachers how advanced the students from East are when they move on to their next school.”

Thomas has led several initiatives at the school. In 2014 as schools were looking for more STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) opportunities for students, Thomas led the implementation of MinecraftEDu, the educational version of the popular Minecraft game.

“MinecraftEdu is a specialized modification to the game that creates teacher-controlled virtual worlds through the school’s local network that allows students to work as teams, create code, use geometry principles to create structures, and solve complex problems,” Thomas said. “This pilot program has become a staple of the technology classroom at East Elementary, and it has helped students to develop a love of the inner workings of technology.”

Five years ago, Thomas also launched a live video morning show that is broadcast in each classroom. He and his co-host present school happenings and try to engage students, who have the chance to appear as special guests on the live show and be meteorologists for the day sharing weather reports.

“We build vocabulary with words of the week, dive into social studies with our ‘This Day in History’ segments, expand our minds with weekly Growth Mindset instruction, and read student submitted jokes on ‘Funny  Friday!’ ” he said.

Lake Forest Superintendent Steven V. Lucas congratulated Thomas on his honor: “We are so proud that Mr. Thomas has been named the Delaware Education Support Professional of the Year. Mr. Thomas brings to Lake Forest East Elementary School a blend of knowledge and enthusiasm for learning which is unmatched. He is a tireless worker, a selfless leader, and a superlative representative for Lake Forest and our great state”.

Thomas is one of 19 educational support professionals honored this year. Each was chosen to represent their districts or the Delaware Charter School Network in the state’s Delaware Educational Support Professional of the Year Program.

The Delaware State Educational Support Professional of the Year (ESPY) program recognizes outstanding service by school employees who provide direct or indirect services to students and their families. The Delaware Charter School Network also is invited to participate. Employees considered for the award include:

  • Paraprofessionals
  • Custodial staff
  • Secretaries
  • Nutritional staff
  • School- and district-employed bus drivers
  • School- and district-employed bus aides

From those nominated at a building level, one educational support professional of the year moves forward to represent each district or the charter school community in the state program. Each district/charter network winner receives a $1,000 personal award from the winner’s district or charter school. The state program then chooses one person annually to serve as Delaware’s Educational Support Professional of the Year. State winners receive an additional $1,500 personal award from DDOE as well as $2,500 to be used for the educational benefit of his or her students.

A selection committee reviewed the local winners’ state applications to select the 2022 Delaware Educational Support Professional of the Year. This year’s selection committee members were: Chaneya Edwards (Delaware Department of Education), Stephanie Ingram (Delaware State Education Association), John Marinucci (Delaware School Boards Association), Wendy Turner (State Board of Education), and Alice Williams (2021 Delaware Educational Support Professional of the Year).

DDOE is excited to recognize Thomas and all of these outstanding professionals whose work is vital to students’ success.

The 19 nominees are:

  • Appoquinimink: Wendy Schweiker, paraprofessional, Appoquinimink High School
  • Brandywine: Angela Hamilton, paraprofessional, Concord High School
  • Caesar Rodney: Alma Bartolomeo, paraprofessional, W.B. Simpson Elementary
  • Cape Henlopen: Bryant Hazzard, paraprofessional, Mariner Middle School
  • Capital: Darien “Stretch” Robinson, paraprofessional, William Henry Middle School
  • Charter Network: Rachael Dallas, systems administrator, MOT Charter School
  • Christina: Clara Doyle, ESL paraprofessional, Leasure Elementary School
  • Colonial: Jennifer Dunford, child nutrition worker, Colwyck Center
  • Delmar: Danielle Youngblood, administrative assistant/eSchool coordinator, Delmar Middle and Senior High School
  • Indian River: Gwendolyn Gillespie, paraprofessional, Georgetown Elementary School
  • Lake Forest: David Thomas, computer lab/technology paraprofessional, Lake Forest East Elementary School
  • Milford: Patrick Seibel, technology specialist, secondary campus
  • New Castle County Vo-Tech: Lindsay Gliniak, senior secretary, St. Georges Technical High School
  • POLYTECH: Sandra S. Henning, information technology help desk technician, POLYTECH High School
  • Red Clay Consolidated: Christopher ChuJoy, autism instructional support paraprofessional, Anna P. Mote Elementary School
  • Seaford: Mark Murphy, custodian, Seaford Middle School
  • Smyrna: Donella Berryman, financial administrative assistant, North Smyrna Elementary School
  • Sussex Tech: Jacques O. Bowe, Jr., paraprofessional, Sussex Technical High School
  • Woodbridge: Virginia Martinez, ESL paraprofessional, Phillis Wheatley Elementary School

Find photos of the nominees and learn more about the program here.

Find photos and videos from today’s surprise announcement here.

 

Media contact: Alison May, alison.may@doe.k12.de.us, 302-735-4006


District/charter Educational Support Professionals of the Year honored; one to be named state winner

The Delaware Department of Education is honoring 19 educational support professionals for their outstanding work supporting their students and school communities.

 

“Whether they are providing individual instructional support, preparing nutritious meals, keeping our buildings safe and clean, safely transporting our students to and from school, providing the technical support our educators and students need or supporting our educators and families through their administrative office support, these individuals are vital to the daily operations of our schools and our students’ academic success,” Secretary of Education Susan Bunting said. “I laud each of these nominees for his or her outstanding work and thank them and all the colleagues whom they represent.”

 

Now in its second year, the Delaware State Educational Support Professional of the Year (ESPY) program recognizes outstanding service by school employees who provide direct or indirect services to students and their families. The Delaware Charter School Network also is invited to participate. Employees considered for the award include:

  • Paraprofessionals
  • Custodial staff
  • Secretaries
  • Nutritional staff
  • School- and district-employed bus drivers
  • School- and district-employed bus aides

 

From those nominated at a building level, one educational support professional of the year moves forward to represent each district or the charter school community in the state program. Each district/charter network winner receives a $1,000 personal award from the winner’s district or charter school. The state program then chooses one person annually to serve as Delaware’s Educational Support Professional of the Year. State winners receive an additional $1,500 personal award from DDOE as well as $2,500 to be used for the educational benefit of his or her students.

 

The 2022 state winner will take over the title from 2021 Delaware Educational Support Professional of the Year Alice Williams, senior administrative secretary at Christina School District’s Jennie E. Smith Elementary.

 

A selection committee made up of DOE and non-DOE judges is reviewing the local winners’ state applications, and Bunting will announce the state winner later this month.

 

DDOE is excited to recognize these outstanding professionals whose work is vital to students’ success.

 

The 19 2022 nominees are:

 

  • Appoquinimink: Wendy Schweiker, paraprofessional, Appoquinimink High School
  • Brandywine: Angela Hamilton, paraprofessional, Concord High School
  • Caesar Rodney: Alma Bartolomeo, paraprofessional, W.B. Simpson Elementary
  • Cape Henlopen: Bryant Hazzard, paraprofessional, Mariner Middle School
  • Capital: Darien “Stretch” Robinson, paraprofessional, William Henry Middle School
  • Charter Network: Rachael Dallas, systems administrator, MOT Charter School
  • Christina: Clara Doyle, ESL paraprofessional, Leasure Elementary School
  • Colonial: Jennifer Dunford, child nutrition worker, Colwyck Center
  • Delmar: Danielle Youngblood, administrative assistant/eSchool coordinator, Delmar Middle and Senior High School
  • Indian River: Gwendolyn Gillespie, paraprofessional, Georgetown Elementary School
  • Lake Forest: David Thomas, computer lab/technology paraprofessional, Lake Forest East Elementary School
  • Milford: Patrick Seibel, technology specialist, secondary campus
  • New Castle County Vo-Tech: Lindsay Gliniak, senior secretary, St. Georges Technical High School
  • POLYTECH: Sandra S. Henning, information technology help desk technician, POLYTECH High School
  • Red Clay Consolidated: Christopher ChuJoy, autism instructional support paraprofessional, Anna P. Mote Elementary School
  • Seaford: Mark Murphy, custodian, Seaford Middle School
  • Smyrna: Donella Berryman, financial administrative assistant, North Smyrna Elementary School
  • Sussex Tech: Jacques O. Bowe, Jr., paraprofessional, Sussex Technical High School
  • Woodbridge: Virginia Martinez, ESL paraprofessional, Phillis Wheatley Elementary School

 

Find photos of the nominees and learn more about the program here.

 

Media contact: Alison May, alison.may@doe.k12.de.us, 302-735-4006


South Dover Elementary Wins State School Counseling Award

Capital School District’s South Dover Elementary School has earned Delaware’s Sapphire Award for Excellence in School Counseling.

This state recognition, now in its second year, recognizes school counseling programs that are comprehensive, data-informed and designed to serve all students.

“South Dover Elementary School’s counseling program exemplifies the valuable use of data to strategically design services and interventions to improve student outcomes,” Secretary of Education Susan Bunting said, noting a highlight of the program is the implementation of a multi-tiered system of support to decrease behavior referrals.

Under the school’s program, all students participate in classroom lessons on “Bucket Filling, Zones of Regulation and Kelso’s Choices,” a conflict management curriculum. Students in need of additional support participate in the school counseling check-in/check-out program to continue to work toward improving their behavior. Some students are connected to additional resources to support their success. School officials said their monitoring of the interventions and students showed a significant decrease in overall behavior referrals.

Research shows that school counseling programs that are aligned to the American School Counselor Association’s (ASCA) National Model improve student outcomes. These comprehensive programs:

· are based on data-informed decision-making;
· are delivered to all students systematically;
· include developmentally appropriate curriculum focused on the mindsets and behaviors all students need for postsecondary readiness and success;
· close achievement and opportunity gaps; and
· result in improved student achievement, attendance and discipline.

Through the Delaware Department of Education’s partnership with the Delaware School Counselor Association (DSCA) and the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), South Dover Elementary School now is eligible to also receive ASCA’s Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP) award.

South Dover Elementary will be recognized formally for the honor during DSCA’s National School Counseling Week celebrations February 7-11, 2022.

Smyrna High School won the award in the state award program’s inaugural year last year.

The Sapphire Award is open to all Delaware public school districts and charter schools. School counseling programs must be implemented by a state-certified school counselor.

Media contact: Alison May, alison.may@doe.k12.de.us, (302) 735-4006


Schools Recognized for Outstanding Language Proficiency Growth of English Learner Students

Fourteen schools across the state are being recognized for their English learner students’ proficiency growth.

 

“In a school year when our schools faced extraordinary challenges, including remote and hybrid learning, these students still made extraordinary progress. I am so proud of these school communities for how they rallied to support student needs. This recognition is well deserved,” Secretary of Education Susan Bunting said.

 

Seaford School District’s Blades Elementary School is among a host of U.S. schools that have been named a 2021 National ESEA Distinguished School for the extraordinary success of their students. The National Association of ESEA State Program Administrators (NAESPA), formerly the National Title I Association, has been selecting examples of superior, federally funded school programs for national recognition through the National ESEA Distinguished Schools program (formerly the National Title I Distinguished Schools program) since 1996.

 

Blades is being recognized as a Recognition School for Excellence in Serving Special Populations for the growth and progress toward English language proficiency that the school’s English learners made during the 2020-2021 school year.  Kirsten Jennette is Blades Elementary School’s principal.

 

The honor comes with a $10,500 award.

 

The 2021 National ESEA Distinguished Schools will be honored February 16-19, 2022, at the 2022 National ESEA Hybrid Conference both online and in person in New Orleans, Louisiana.

 

Bunting also is pleased to commend and recognize 13 other schools from across the state for their growth and progress towards English language proficiency.  The English learners showed exceptional growth toward meeting proficiency on ACCESS tests.

 

Each of the 12 schools named a 2021 Recognition School will receive an $8,000 award, a certificate and a banner to hang at the building.  One school is also recognized as a School of Continued Excellence and will receive a certificate and a banner. This school, which continued to show impressive growth, was honored last year as a Recognition School; the award cannot be won in consecutive years.

 

2021 Recognition School Award Winners:

  • Academia Antonia Alonso Charter School (Charter)
    • School Leader – Mercedes Alonso
  • Eisenberg Elementary School (Colonial School District)
    • Principal – David Distler
  • Forest Oak Elementary School (Red Clay Consolidated School District)
    • Principal – Ann Marie Swift
  • Las Americas Aspira Academy (Charter)
    • School Leader – Margie Lopez-Waite
  • Long Neck Elementary School (Indian River School District)
    • Principal – Kathleen Wilson
  • Mispillion Elementary School (Milford School District)
    • Principal – Teresa Wallace
  • Anna P. Mote Elementary School (Red Clay Consolidated School District)
    • Principal – Lauren Young
  • North Georgetown Elementary School (Indian River School District)
    • Principal – Samantha Lougheed
  • Phillis Wheatley Elementary School (Woodbridge School District)
    • Principal – Brandon Snyder
  • Lulu Ross Elementary School (Milford School District)
    • Principal – Cynthia McKenzie
  • West Seaford Elementary School (Seaford School District)
    • Principal – Laura Schneider
  • Woodbridge Early Childhood Education Center (Woodbridge School District)
    • Principal – Kim Benton

 

2021 School of Continued Excellence:

  • Frederick Douglass Elementary School (Seaford School District)
    • Principal – Carol Leveillee

 

More information about all National ESEA Distinguished Schools is available on the NAESPA website: www.ESEAnetwork.org

 

Media contact: Alison May, alison.may@doe.k12.de.us, 302-735-4006