State awards almost $2.6 million to support high-quality professional learning
The Delaware Department of Education (DDOE) announced today the award of almost $2.6 million to school districts as part of the state’s Reimaging Professional Learning Grants (RPL) program. Eight school districts were awarded a total of 17 grants to support professional learning that will impact 57 schools and more than 50,064 students statewide.
The 2021-2022 RPL grants funded professional learning plans grounded in the use of high quality instructional materials (HQIM) and that created the conditions and structures that enable the state’s academic vision of every student leaving school ready for success in college, career, and life. The DDOE recognizes that to achieve this vision, teachers must provide students with high-quality, standards-aligned instruction every day. For teachers to be fully prepared for every lesson, school leaders must then provide teachers with HQIM and the support needed to use those materials well. RPL grants are one of the state’s many initiatives to support educators in this work.
The RPL grant program started in 2016 and has awarded $9,121,085.89 in funds to a total of 24 districts/charters over the past six years. The focus of the grant awards has shifted over the past two years to support the state’s efforts to scale the adoption and use of HQIM. To further support school systems in the design and execution of high-quality professional learning plans aligned to HQIM, the DDOE has also released the Delaware Professional Learning Partners Guide and annually hosts the Delaware Professional Learning Sumit that is open to all districts/charters.