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Applications available for summer fellowships

The Delaware Department of Education is accepting applications for summer fellowships for promising future leaders and current educators who have a passion for education and want to gain hands-on exposure to policy work.


There are two opportunities, one developed specifically for current college students and recent graduates and a second for current Delaware public school teachers and specialists.


Participants in both programs will own tightly-defined projects critical to Delaware’s policy agenda. They also will participate in weekly sessions with Delaware leaders in state government, district and school leadership, the business community and non-profit organizations.  These sessions are intended to develop them as leaders and provide context on education issues of national importance.  The fellowships will culminate in a presentation of their work and policy recommendations to department staff and leadership.


Delaware Future Education Leaders Program


The Delaware Future Education Leaders Program has been developed specifically for current students and recent graduates as they explore careers in education and seek exposure to state government.  Individuals from all programs of study are welcome to apply.  Past fellows have worked on a variety of projects including educator compensation reform, data analysis, and information systems design.


The program begins on Wednesday, June 1st and ends on Thursday, August 11th.  There is a $3,000 payment for this fellowship.  Program fellows will work full days Monday-Thursday.


“I look forwarding to welcoming these top students and recent graduates to our department. Their experiences and ideas will contribute to a broader perspective as we tackle important policy issues together,” Secretary of Education Steve Godowsky said. “These future leaders will end their summers having gained new insights from hands-on work and the mentorship of senior department leaders.”


Educators as Catalysts Program


Educators as Catalysts Program has been developed specifically for current Delaware teachers and specialists (of any experience level) who seek exposure to the education policy processes that impact their schools and classrooms.   The program begins on Monday, June 20th and ends on Thursday, August 4th.  There is a $2,000 stipend for this fellowship.  Program fellows will work full days Monday-Thursday. 


“We are excited about the opportunity to bring educators from the field into the department this summer to help shape policy at the state level,” Godowsky said. “For our teachers and specialists, this is a chance to gain first-hand experience and deepen their knowledge in the policy field. For us, this is a chance to learn from their perspectives to shape policies that work best for our students, educators, and community.”


Maria Knieste, a music teacher at Mote Elementary in the Red Clay Consolidated School District, participated in last year’s program. She worked on the creation of goal-setting tools for educators to be used in the Student Improvement Component of the state’s educator evaluation system.  She also had the opportunity to learn about and share her input on other policy work underway in the department’s Teacher & Leader Effectiveness branch.


“It was fascinating to observe and assist with each of these important policy pieces,” she said. “ … I started my new school year more informed about policy at the state level and more driven to be the best teacher I can be.”


The application deadline for both fellowships is Monday, April 4.


More information, including details on how to apply, is available here.


Alison May
(302) 735-4006