Education Supports and Innovative Practices
Dr. Susan Haberstroh
Education Supports and Innovative Practices Branch provides a variety of services to the community and to schools.
Adult Education and Prison Education Resources
Phone: (302) 857-3340
Fax: (302) 739-1770
Adult Education provides academic instruction to adults (16 years of age and older) who are out of school. Students who attend want to increase their skills in order to obtain a job or job promotion; access vocational training; enter college; support their children in school; and/or become more active in their communities. Through Adult Education, students can upgrade their Reading, Math, and Writing skills; increase their English language proficiency; prepare for the GED®; or complete their credits to obtain a State of Delaware high school diploma. Technical assistance is given to programs that develop basic skills and provide instruction to allow adults to earn a high school diploma. Programs include Adult Basic Education, English as a Second Language, GED® and OPT instruction and testing centers, GED® Information and Transcripts, GED Age Waiver, the James H. Groves Adult High School, Even Start Family Literacy, and Prison Education. More than 5,500 adult learners are served annually in community instructional programs;approximately 750 individuals take and pass the GED® test; and 1,100 inmates participate in prison-based education programs.Even Start and state funded family literacy programs emphasize parents helping children with school work, building a solid literacy base by reading to their children,and/or applying more effective parenting strategies.
The Career, Technical and Title I Resources workgroup is responsible for processing LEA Consolidated Applications and School Improvement grants and technical assistance, approval, and monitoring for Title l and secondary Career and Technical programs including the training of Delaware's 1,700 registered apprentices, and oversight of instruction to upgrade the skills of incumbent trades persons. This group also administers federal funds for postsecondary vocational education programs and School to Work transition initiatives. School to Work funding creates local school, business and community partnerships to develop K-14 career guidance systems and career pathways that aid the transition from school to work. The group is also responsible for oversight of driver education programs for 16 to 18 year olds
Delaware Center for Educational Technology (DCET)
Wayne Hartschuh, Ph.D.
Phone: (302) 857-3305
Fax: (302) 739-1775
The Delaware Center for Educational Technology is intended to create a modern educational technology infrastructure in Delaware's public schools for the purpose of enabling students through the use of information technology, to meet the academic standards set by the State Board of Education and to develop the skills needed by a world-class work force.
Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association (DIAA)
Phone: (302) 857-3365
Fax: (302) 739-1769
The Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association (DIAA) is responsible for administering interscholastic athletics at the high school and middle school levels for 89 member schools.DIAA sponsors and manages state championship tournaments for eleven girls and twelve boys; sports for the benefit of all student-athletes statewide. Management of these events is accomplished through the work of 23 committees representing more than 230 volunteers. DIAA also recognizes 17 sports officials organizations representing over 1,200 certified officials. In addition to the Secretary of Education, a Governor-appointed 18 member Board of Directors provides administrative oversight to DIAA.Our mission is to promote the educational value of interscholastic athletics and assure interscholastic athletics remains compatible with the educational mission of our member schools.
The group focuses its work on the development and implementation of policies for licensure and certification, induction programs, educator evaluation and assessment, curriculum & professional development, federal requirements, and initiatives to support Delaware's ongoing education reform initiatives.
The work of this group includes:
- implement standards for teachers and administrators;
- evaluate credentials for certification and issuance of licenses and certificates;
- evaluate qualifications and issue permits for paraeducators;
- recruit and support candidates for National Board Certification;
- manage and approve applications for salary increments for clusters, graduate degrees, and courses of study;
- enhance the automated certification system to provide linkages with the State personnel database and local school districts;
- implement the teacher quality requirements under No Child Left Behind (NCLB);
- administer the mentoring program for teachers, specialists and administrators;
- provide training and leadership for the Delaware Performance Appraisal System (DPAS I & II);
- monitor, report on, and support the recruitment and retention of educators;
- complete evaluations of higher education institutions that provide educator preparation programs;
- approve programs for the education and training of veterans at institutions of higher education services under contract with the Department of Veteran Affairs;
- approve private business and trade schools and public adult education sites;
- develop and implement programs for school leaders, such as State Action for Education Leadership Project II (SAELP II) and the Delaware Principals' Academy; and
- communicate with school districts, individuals, organizations, and the public to provide information and to respond to inquiries about issues related to the activities listed above.
School Support Services
Linda C. Wolfe, RN, MEd
Phone: (302) 735-4060
Fax: (302) 739-6397
The School Support Services workgroup includes programs and support services necessary to assure a supportive and healthy environment that nurtures academic growth and development. The group is responsible for the development of programs and services in the areas of:
- Nutrition Programs
- School Climate and Discipline
- School Health Services
- Student Services and Special Populations
The Group operates, oversees and monitors programs made possible by both federal and state funds.
The goals of the workgroup are to:
- Provide School Support Services programs that support DOE's mission of leadership and superior service.
- Partner with Department of Education, school districts, school and/or the community to enhance overall services delivery and effectiveness.
- Contribute to a positive School Support Services Workgroup work environment using DOE's core values of collaboration, diversity, equity, integrity, quality, respect, service and trust.