Mission - To effectively develop, consolidate, coordinate and deliver Delaware Department of Education services to all public schools, which leads to safe, caring, and healthy learning environments for all students.
Vision - To promote safe, caring and healthy learning environments that maximize student and child growth and development through education and the participation of the family and community at large.
Overarching Enduring Understandings
- All children can learn.
- The ability to learn is enhanced by a child's overall well-being, including physical, emotional and social health.
- A safe, caring and healthy environment fosters a child's ability to learn.
- Developing health and social competencies increases a child's ability to make appropriate choices in life and to be healthy.
- A child's life and the school environment are enriched by diversity.
- Meaningful peer and caregiver relationships in preschool better prepare children for school and academic success.
- Families and communities are essential participants in all aspects of a child's life.
- Coordinated services and programs promote life-long learning and a healthy lifestyle.
- Children need out-of-school supports and opportunities that complement learning in school.
- Children learn best when they feel they are in caring, safe environments.
- A welcoming environment must be created for students, staff, families, and community.
- These environments support a culture for learning.
- Social-emotional development and academic achievement represent a continuum of development that is needed for all children to grow up healthy and succeed in school and life.
- Children’s excitement for learning, self concept, relationship with peers and adults, capacity to cooperate and manage themselves are components that lead to academic success.
- As educators, we have the responsibility to support the intentional development of positive child-adult relationships and provide environments that allow all children to succeed.
- Intensive interventions are paramount for vulnerable children (those with language, economic, and other hardships that place obstacles to social development and academic success).
- Good health, proper nutrition and physical activity are obtainable goals for students, staff and administrators who desire to maximize educational opportunities and promote lifelong healthy behaviors.
- Academic achievement is linked to these areas and the links are growing stronger.
- Effective delivery of health services, proper nutrition and physical activity remove barriers to learning, reduce the loss of instructional time and enhance student readiness to learn.
- Creative planning and interventions will assist all stakeholders in our efforts to ensure that no child is left behind.
- To create an effective learning environment we must take into account the makeup of that environment.
- We must recognize the vast array of strengths, abilities, experiences, and cultures of the adults and children in that environment.
- We must then use this information to create a safe, caring, learning environment for all.
- Theodore Roosevelt said, “To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.”
- We must ensure we are developing good citizens.
- These same traits which make good citizens are also essential in creating a safe caring learning environment.
Family and Community Collaboration
- Children learn and develop within the context of their families and their communities.
- We must develop strategies and practices that promote family and community collaboration.
- These strategies must include meaningful opportunities for families and the community to participate in our schools.
- These relationships will be built on trust, respect and an understanding that we have a mutual responsibility for student success.
- These collaborative relationships strengthen and support all connections to learning.
Additional Connections to Learning Resources and Information
- Tool Kit Training