Twenty Delaware teachers are finalists to be named Delaware’s 2018 Teacher of the Year. Selected from among the 9,000 public school teachers in the state, the candidates were nominated by their districts or the Delaware Charter School Network because of their ability to inspire students with a love of learning, demonstration of professional traits and devotion to teaching. Already leaders among the colleagues in their buildings, each now has assumed a role representing educators in their districts or the charter network. In October, one will take over the state title from 2017 Delaware Teacher of the Year Wendy Turner, a Mount Pleasant Elementary School teacher in the Brandywine School District.
As Delaware students embark on their summer break, educators hope reading and math practice will be part of their vacation plans. Research from the National Summer Learning Association shows that most students who do not consistently read over the summer can lose momentum in maintaining the progress they make during the school year. On average, students also lose about 2.6 months of grade-level math skills over the summer months. This phenomenon, known as "summer loss" or "summer slide," is one of the most significant causes of the achievement gap between lower- and higher-income students and one of the strongest contributors to the high school dropout rate, researchers say.
The Delaware Department of Education announces the U.S. Department of Agriculture policy for free and reduced price meals for children unable to pay the full price for meals served under the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, and After School Snack Program. Each participating school and its administrative office have a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by any interested party.