• House Bill 198 Resource Development Update

    Governor Carney signs House Bill 198 into law at The Bayard School

     

     

    On June 17, 2021, Governor John Carney signed House Bill 198, legislation that requires every Delaware school district and charter school serving K-12 students to provide instruction on Black history as part of all educational programming beginning in the 2022-23 academic year.  

      

     

      


    DDOE's Role and Responsibilities

    The Delaware Department of Education (DDOE) has a process in place for reviewing and assessing all work to be done on every education related bill that passes the General Assembly.  Our DDOE team meets internally to review each bill, and works together towards addressing and implementing all items concerning DDOE, including seeking external assistance and timelines. 

    During the internal meeting, DDOE staff reviewed work already completed by the Department since House Bill 198's passage and the sections under DDOE purview:

    1. Develop and make publicly available a list of resources to assist a school district or charter school in creating Black History curricula (lines 46 – 56),
    2. accept contact name and a report from each LEA (Local Education Agencies) annually (lines 58 – 61),
    3. use that information to submit a written report annually to the GA (General Assembly) (lines 65-66),
    4. and adopt regulations to implement and enforce this section (lines 69-70).

    For numbers 2 and 3, there is no action to be taken until summer 2022.  LEAs will be asked to provide a contact name and submit a report to the DDOE contact.  DDOE will also provide a format for the report so the information recieved is consistent. DDOE’s responsibility is to collate the information received from LEAs and put the data into a singular report. 

    For number 4, DDOE has determined no action is needed to adopt regulations since the purpose of the bill is clearly outlined in code. 

    DDOE has a detailed plan to address number 1.  Although curriculum is determined by the districts and charters, DDOE - in collaboration with the Social Studies Coalition of Delaware (SSCD) made up of district and charter leads - will be working to make available a list of resources to assist LEAs by procuring culturally responsive and inclusive high-quality instructional materials with partners through an RFP (Request for Proposal) process for the following grades/courses aligned to the Delaware State Social Studies Standards:

    • Grades K-3 – Social Studies (all subject areas in each grade)
    • Grade 4 - Civics and U.S. History (1491 – 1783)
    • Grade 5 - Economics and Geography
    • Grade 6 - World Geography
    • Grade 7 - Civics and Economics
    • Grade 8 - U. S. History (1783 – 1877)
    • Grade 11 - U.S. History (1877 – 2002)

    *Please note, since there is no consistency across LEAs in the sequence of courses in HS, grades 9 (Civics and Geography), 10 (Economics), and 12 (World History) are not listed in the RFP scope of this work.


    Status/Scheduled Work

    DDOE has worked to address its role of developing and making publicly available a list of resources to assist a school district or charter school in creating Black History curricula through the lens of Culturally Responsive Education.

    Below is the status of the HB 198 implementation work as of November 2021.

    • For Grades K-3, DOE and SSCD is working collaboratively to research tools for LEAs to use to evaluate culturally responsive curriculum materials.
    • SSCD and DDOE engaged in an RFP process for Geography (Grade 6) and US History (Grades 8, 11) and work is currently underway.
    • SSCD and DDOE contracted with the University of Delaware (UD) for Civics and History (Grade 4) and Economics (Grade 7).

     

    Timeline

    Grade and Content

    Status

    Year 1: 2021-2022 SY

    Grade 4 Civics

    Contract awarded to UD’s Institute for Public Administration (IPA), work to be completed by June 2022

    Grade 4 History

    Contract awarded to UD’s Institute for Public Administration (IPA), work to be completed by June 2022

    Grade 6 Geography

    RFP not awarded; SSCD and DOE are working collaboratively to develop resources

    Grade 7 Economics

    Contract awarded to UD’s Center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship (CEEE), work to be completed by June 2022

    Grade 8 U.S. History

    RFP was awarded to DSU; work to be completed by June 2022 (will be folded into existing lessons)

    Year 2: 2022-2023 SY

    Grade 5 Geography

    RFP not awarded; SSCD and DOE are working collaboratively to develop resources

    Grade 5 Economics

    Contract awarded to UD’s Center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship (CEEE), work to be completed by June 2023

    Grade 7 Civics

    Contract awarded to UD’s Institute for Public Administration (IPA), work to be completed by June 2023

    Grade 11 U.S History

    RFP was awarded to DSU; work to be completed by June 2023

     


    Work with NYU Metro Center

    As an additional support, DDOE has contracted with the Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools (aka NYU Metro Center) to serve as a co-architect on culturally responsive curriculum as well as conduct Listening Sessions from mid-November to mid-December with students, LEAs, and non-governmental organizations to engage with education and community review committees as outlined in HB 198.

    Stakeholder Listening Sessions

    To ensure that all represented voices are heard, NYU Metro Center facilitated a series of sessions to capture diverse perspectives and points of view from communities across the state to inform the curricular resources being developed by the University of Delaware and Delaware State University.  These sessions were conducted virtually with educators, students, and community groups. 

    Culturally Responsive - Sustaining Education (CR-SE) Professional Learning

    NYU Metro Center conducted a series of three, full-day workshops for UD and DSU curriculum writers.

      • Sessions 1, December 13, 2021: What are the principles of CR-SE?
      • Session 2, December 22, 2021: How does culture, implicit bias and racial identity impact our educational practices and policies?
      • Session 3, February 3, 2022: CR-SE & Social Studies Curriculum

    Support for Implementation

    In addition to developing a list of curated resources, DDOE provides ongoing support to districts and charter schools as they develop their plans to implement the requirements of HB 198. Those supports include:

    • Support for the Social Studies Coalition of Delaware (SSCD) - At the SSCD’s monthly meetings, the DDOE shares information, resources, and planning tools that district and charter school members can use in the development of local HB 198 implementation plans. At the SSCD’s bi-weekly PLC meetings, DDOE collaborates with SSCD members as they work through various stages of implementing HB 198 in their district or charter school. 
    • Support for District and Charter School Curriculum Leadership - At monthly Communication and Collaboration Network (CCN) meetings, DDOE shares information, resources, and planning tools that district and charter schools can use in the development of local HB 198 implementation plans.In partnership with educational stakeholders, DDOE also facilitates opportunities for districts and charter school leadership to share best practices, work underway, and lessons learned on their HB 198 implementation journey.  Such opportunities include the HB 198 Sharing Session held on May 4, 2022 provided by DDOE and Delaware Association for School Administrators (DASA).
    • Support for Schools and other Educational Organizations - DDOE provides schools and other organizations involved in public education with guidance, information, and resources related to HB 198. Those supports have included presentations to organizations (e.g. Delaware State Educators Association), school-level teacher PLC and department meetings, and school and district administrative team planning and collaboration sessions.

    Contact Us

    For additional information on Culturally Responsive Resources, please email Michael Feldman.

Last Modified on May 11, 2022