The Delaware Leadership Project (DLP) has accepted and placed six outstanding educators for its second cohort. These aspiring principals will be rigorously trained for the challenges of heading a high-need school in Delaware. Each has made a personal commitment to Delaware's traditionally underserved students and is eager to continue the training that will prepare him or her for this work.
Recently the state Professional Standards Board and State Board of Education approved DLP's extension to allow for the preparation of a third cohort of aspiring leaders. Recruitment for the third cohort begins Nov. 1.
DLP is an intensive, full-time, 14-month training program for aspiring school leaders, and is a key part of Delaware's Race to the Top plan. The six graduates of the first cohort have obtained positions in Delaware since completing their program in June. Five are servings as deans or assistant principals across the state. Reshid Walker, for example, was selected in August to join the staff of Brandywine School District's Mt. Pleasant Elementary as an assistant principal. All six will continue to receive coaching and support for the next two years as part of the project.
Like the first DLP class, the second cohort was selected through a competitive application process. This second cohort of DLP aspiring principals represents the top 5 percent of applicants -- more than 100 applications were received for the second cohort. They were chosen using a multi-stage process that involved a written application, group interview and individual interview, with a rigorous scoring and selection process at each stage.
The exemplary educators who joined the Delaware Leadership Project this year are:
- Amy Cantymagli, a Pittsburgh native who earned her bachelor's degree in secondary education from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and her master's degree in technology education from Grand Canyon University. Before entering the program she was a teacher-leader at the middle-school level in Savannah, Ga. Her residency placement is Dickinson High School in the Red Clay Consolidated School District.
- Sarah Carr Green, who earned her bachelor's degree in special education from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania and her master's in teaching and leadership as well as a post-graduate certificate in administration and supervision from Notre Dame University of Maryland. She worked until now in Maryland as a special education teacher and a mentor to new teachers. Her residency placement is Seaford High School in the Seaford School District.
- Julie Giangiulio, an eight-year veteran kindergarten teacher and district lead math team member in the Appoquinimink School District who earned both her bachelor's degree in early childhood education and her master's degree in reading from Wilmington University. Her residency placement is Brookside Elementary School in the Christina School District.
- Shan Green, who holds a bachelor's degree in sociology from Florida Atlantic University and a master's in special education from Delaware State University. Green most recently served as a special education teacher and building-level special education case manager in the Capital School District. Green's residency placement is at Central Middle School in Capital.
- Laura Jennice, who earned a bachelor's degree in English secondary education and a master's degree in secondary education from Indiana University. She taught English language arts at the middle school and high school levels before coming to Delaware, where she has served as a facilitator at the Delaware New Tech Academy charter school. Her residency placement is Shue-Medill Middle School in the Christina School District.
- Jesús Urdiales, who is originally from Monterrey, Mexico, obtained his master’s degree in education administration and supervision from the University of Houston after coming to the United States to serve as a bilingual and dual-language educator in Houston, Texas, where he taught for 12 years. His residency placement is Eisenberg Elementary School in the Colonial School District.
More about Delaware Leadership Project
This program is run by Wilmington-based Innovative Schools, a non-profit public school resource center, under the oversight of the Delaware Department of Education. Innovative Schools has modeled the Delaware Leadership Project after the NYC Leadership Academy's Aspiring Principal Program. According to an independent study conducted by the Institute for Education and Social Policy at New York University, that program has demonstrated the capacity to reverse the decline of low-performing schools and narrow the gaps with higher-performing peer schools in elementary and middle-school English language arts and math.
To learn more or to apply for the program, visit:
Delaware Department of Education
401 Federal Street, Suite #2
Dover, Delaware 19901
Phone: (302) 735-4035
Fax: (302) 739-4654
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