School leadership is the working condition that most affects a teacher’s willingness to stay working in their school, according to the more than 4,000 Delaware educators who responded to the 2017 TELL (Teaching, Empowering, Leading and Learning) Delaware survey. The majority of Delaware educators feel their schools’ curricula is aligned to state standards, use assessment data to inform their instruction, have time to collaborate with peers and have school leaders who facilitate using data to improve student learning and encourage trying new things to improve instruction. They also feel they work in a safe environment, are held to high professional standards for delivering instruction and provide families with useful information about student learning. Those are a few of the highlights of the results, available at the school, district and state-level at www.telldelaware.org/results.
In the 2017-18 school year, 75 elementary schools in Delaware will receive funding to participate in the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program. Schools were awarded funding through a competitive application process. Each year Delaware receives a grant from USDA specifically allocated for the program. The Delaware Department of Education then must select schools to participate with priority given to schools with the highest free and reduced price enrollment.
Delaware earned the highest rating possible from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) in its evaluation of the state’s special education services. The top marks come just three years after Delaware had received a “needs intervention” rating, the second-lowest.