• Special Education Strategic Plan Advisory Council

    The goal of the Special Education Strategic Plan Advisory Council is to develop a statewide plan that addresses the delivery of special education within Delaware through a review of existing evidence and within the context of a representative stakeholder process.

    All children with disabilities can reach their full potential through a student-centered, individualized education system using a collaborative and supportive model. By asking stakeholders to lead collaboration between schools, families, and communities, Delaware will create inclusive education to ensure student success and growth, and equity of special education and related services across Delaware.

    October 2017: Strategic Plan


    All meetings will be posted on the Delaware Public Calendar.

    • Full Committee:
      • Friday, Nov. 16, 2018 - 9am - 12pm
      • Friday, Dec. 14, 2018 - 9am - 12pm
      • Friday, April 12, 2019 - 9am - 12pm
      • Friday, Feb. 15, 2019 - 9am - 12pm

      The full committee meets at the Marion E. Proffitt Training Center
      Appoquinimink Board Room
      118 South Sixth Street
      Odessa, DE 19730

    • Policy and Regulations Subcommittee
      • Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018 - 9am - 11am
      • Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 9am - 11am
      • Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 9am - 10:30am

      The subcommittee meets at Legislative Hall
      411 Legislative Ave.
      Dover, DE 19901


    • Co-chair - Dr. Michele Marinucci, Academy of Dover
    • Co-chair - Bill Doolittle, Parent Advocate
    • Dafne Carnright, Autism Delaware
    • Katheryn Herel, PIC of Delaware
    • Jon Cooper, Colonial School District
    • Kendall Massett, Delaware Charter School Rep.
    • Rep. Kim Williams, Legislator
    • Kristin Dwyer, DSEA
    • Kristin Pidgeon, Down Syndrome Association
    • Dr. Lisa Lawson, Brandywine School District
    • Mary Ann Mieczkowski, Department of Education
    • Dr. Sarah Celestin, Red Clay Consolidated School District
    • Wendy Strauss, GACEC
    • Annalisa Ekbladh, Autism Delaware
    • Dr. John Marinucci, DASB
    • Sonya Lawrence, Parent Advocate
    • Laurie Kettle-Rivera, Delaware School for the Deaf
    • Mark Campano, Delaware Statewide Programs
    • Dr. Josette McCullough, Appoquinimink School District
    • Mondaria Batchelor, Appoquinimink School District
    • Deb Boyer, UD PBS Project
    • Elisha Jenkins, Department of Visually Impaired
    • Antonnikka Owens, Parent Advocate
    • Sybil Baker, GACEC
    • Meedra Surratte, PIC
    • Debbie Harrington
    • Dawn Alexander, Colonial School District Early Childhood Rep
    • Tika Hartsock, Parent Advocate

    Special Education Strategic Plan Goals

    Goal Area Goals Sub-Group Members
    Students To increase the success of students with disabilities by improving their ability to become active, valued, and participating members of their community, today and in the future Ed Emmett-Lead
    Lisa Lawson
    Bill Doolittle
    Sonya Lawrence
    Wendy Strauss

    Staff/ Partners

    To have a highly engaged and effective workforce with appropriate values, skills, and knowledge for today - and tomorrow's - work. Elisha Jenkins-Lead
    Mark Campano
    Annalisa Ekbach
    Josette McCullough
    Kristin Dwyer
    Kathie Herel

    Delivery Structure/ Systems

    1) To make available the same array of evidence based practices and models of service deliveries regardless of a student's placement. 2) To modify delivery system to facilitate the achievement of other goals.

    Mark Campano-Lead
    Vince Winterling
    Dafne Carnright
    Sarah Celestin
    Jon Cooper
    Kristin Pidgeon
    Sonya Lawrence
    Parents / Families To increase the engagement with parents and families as partners in collaboration to support their children at home and at school with access and knowledge of the resources they need. Josette McCullough-Lead
    Annalisa Ekbach
    Kristin Pidgeon
    Kathie Herel
    Resources To acquire more resources as needed and maximize the efficiency in use of our existing resources Kristin Dwyer-Lead
    Michele Marinucci
    Teresa Avery
    Laurie Kettle-Rivera
    Mary Ann Mieczkowski

    Policy/ Regulations

    To add, delete, and modify policies and regulations to support our current and future goals and objectives.

    Dafne Carnright-Lead
    John Marinucci
    Mondaria Batchelor
    Michele Marinucci
    Kim Williams
    Bill Doolittle
    Mary Ann Mieczkowski
    Community To increase the levels of support and collaboration through engagement and education. Kendall Massett-Lead
    John Marinucci
    Teresa Avery
    Lisa Lawson
    Elisha Jenkins
Last Modified on May 18, 2020