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Shannon Holston
Education Associate, Educator Preparation
Phone: (302) 735-4023

Research data conveys that the presence of a highly skilled teacher is the strongest in-school predictor of a student’s academic success, with high quality school leaders being the second most important factor.

To ensure excellence in teaching and learning, Delaware must ensure that all of the educators working in our schools are well prepared to take on the critical job of ensuring their students’ academic success.

As the approver of all educator preparation programs operating in Delaware, the state has the authority to oversee and set the standards for educator preparation, foster innovation, and hold programs accountable.

Strong educator preparation is a strategy that Delaware has been investing in for several years. Delaware is committed to the preparation of teachers in well-designed and competitive programs and to supporting those educators in their early years in the classroom. Senate Bill 51 is one of the vehicles through which Delaware is working to improve teacher and leader preparation.

To date, most of the state’s educator preparation work has focused on the following policy levers articulated in Senate Bill 51and other policy platforms:

  • Expanding options for training and creating a competitive marketplace for high-quality training programs (traditional and alternative)
  • Raising standards for becoming an educator (entry and graduation)
  • Setting standards for what and how aspiring educators learn (content, residency, etc.)
  • Increasing accountability in approval and renewal, including outcomes data
  • Targeting funding in each of these areas to seed innovation and high-quality programs

Educator Preparation Partnership Grants

The Delaware Department of Education is proud to announce a Request for Application (RFA) focused on strengthening partnerships between schools and districts and educator preparation providers. The Educator Preparation Partnership Grant will focus on addressing three statewide priorities –

  • Clinically Oriented Teacher Preparation
  • Program Design to Meet Workforce Needs
  • Recruitment Strategies and Partnerships

Listed below are the forms required for the RFA.

Educator Preparation Partnership Grant Application

Educator Preparation Partnership Grant Budget Form

Please contact Shannon Holston at any questions.