• Grants: Reimagining Professional Learning

     
    Core Concept
    The Reimagining Professional Learning Grants support the work of schools committed to improving the quality and efficacy of professional learning for teachers in Delaware in order to increase opportunities and outcomes for our students.  Reimagining professional learning is imperative. It will not happen overnight, but will start with the bold thinking of school leaders and be realized with longer-term efforts and the replication of successful practices seeded through this grant. Schools that are committed to this vision are encouraged to apply to receive a Reimagining Professional Learning Grant.  
  • Award Abstracts

    In spring of 2016, the Delaware Department of Education awarded 21 elementary, middle, and high schools across the state a collective total of $413,068 to aid in their efforts to redesign professional learning around improved student achievement. Awards were based on each school’s integration of Delaware’s new professional learning standards, also called the Learning Forward Standards. Grants incorporated innovative, rigorous models of professional development in English/language arts, mathematics, and literacy instructional strategies to strengthen teaching and student learning through leadership and educator effectiveness.

    Awards will be used to sustain continuous improvement in teacher practice and student outcomes over time. We are proud to highlight the strategic planning, expertise, and dedication of each school below by tracking their success overtime in hopes that other schools may gather ideas about how to redesign professional learning in their schools.

     

    Elementary Mathematics

     

    District/Charter School/Agency/Organization Project Title Total Award
    Milford/Lulu Ross Elementary Making Math Matter $22,500
    Milford/Banneker Elementary Let’s Get Talking: Increasing Students’ Number Sense Through Number Talks $22,500
    Milford/Morris Early Childhood Center C3-Conquering Common Core Math $22,500
    Milford/Mispillion Elementary Talk the Talk with Number Talks $22,500

     

    Elementary English Language Arts

     

    District/Charter School/Agency/Organization Project Title Total Award
    Caesar Rodney/W. Reily Brown Lesson Study $10,000
    Caesar Rodney/Nellie Stokes Elementary Improving Student Learning through Targeted Intervention $10,000
    Caesar Rodney/Allen Frear Elementary Improving Student Learning through Targeted Intervention $10,000
    Caesar Rodney/McIlvaine Early Childhood Center Improving Student Learning through Targeted Intervention $10,000
    Colonial/Eisenberg Elementary Increasing Rigor through Writing $15,068.31
    Colonial/Wilmington Manor Elementary Creating a Community of Writers at Wilmington Manor $7,241.18

     

    Secondary Mathematics

     

    District/Charter School/Agency/Organization Project Title Total Award
    Colonial/Gunning Bedford MS Colonial Mathematics Teachers: Re-engaging in the Common Core $16,094.14
    Colonial/George Read MS Colonial Mathematics Teachers: Re-engaging in the Common Core $12,160.10
    Colonial/McCullough MS Colonial Mathematics Teachers: Re-engaging in the Common Core $13,143.61
    Capital/William Henry MS William Henry Middle Reimagining Middle School Mathematics $30,000
    Capital/Central MS Central Middle School Reimagining Middle School Mathematics $30,000
    Capital/Dover HS Dover High School Reimagining High School Mathematics $30,000

     

    Literacy

     

    District/Charter School/Agency/Organization Project Title Total Award
    Caesar Rodney/W.B. Simpson Elementary CCSS and Conferencing $9,372.57
    Appoquinimink/Bunker Hill Elementary Empowering Innovative Minds Through Inquiry $32,767.25
    Smyrna/Smyrna HS Interdisciplinary, Evidence Based Writing Project $18,146.12
    NCCVT/St. Georges HS Lessons in Literacy at St. Georges Technical High School $30,049.40
    Colonial/William Penn HS Content Literacy Leads to Learning (CL³) $39,025.31
     

    Self-Paced Courses

    Offer in-depth, interactive learning that will support schools and districts in redesigning professional development. You'll explore the standards, learning designs, and tools for implementing change in team collaboration, teacher practice, and student outcomes.

    Register in IMS for the following:

      • Professional Learning: Standards for Professional Learning

        Provides an overview of Learning Forward's Standards for Professional Learning in order to create learning experiences teachers need to improve instruction. Delve into the rationales behind the standards, the elements of quality learning and the steps needed to support teachers and yield improved student results.

    Professional Learning: Learning Designs

    Focuses on helping educators recognize the array of learning designs that can lead to improved teaching and learning and develop the knowledge and skills teachers need to reach every student.

    • Professional Learning: Managing Change

      Focuses on how and why individuals change their practice. Understand the concept and process of change and help others understand to better support adult learners in improving instruction to elevate student achievement.

    • Professional Learning: Facilitating Learning Teams

      Focuses on the structures and supports teams need to accomplish goals. Learn more about the stages of team development and team roles, contribute more meaningfully to the team's success, and gain facilitation skills to support the group's work.

    Early Evidence

    Data provided by awardee schools includes patterns and trends across schools and toward their teacher and student outcome goals. Bright spots are also included in picture and video formats to celebrate the successes they have achieved during the implementation phase of their professional learning plans.

    Preliminary Results – FY 2016-2017 Grantees Count
    Number of Students Grades K-12 Impacted by Schools Receiving the Reimagining Professional Learning Grant 16,749
    Number of Students Grades K-12 Impacted by Professional Learning in Elementary Math 2,074
    Number of Students Grades K-12 Impacted by Professional Learning in Elementary ELA 3,018
    Number of Students Grades K-12 Impacted by Professional Learning in Secondary Math 6,002
    Number of Students Grades K-12 Impacted by Professional Learning in Literacy 5,655

    First Round of Evidence

    Application Materials

    Reimaging PL Grant Materials

    Provides resources to apply for the Reimagining Professional Learning Innovation Grant.