State offers alternative methods to teacher certification

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As public school districts continue to face teaching shortages, the State of Delaware has created an Alternative Routes to Certification (ARTC) program. The program is a non-traditional method to become a licensed and certified teacher in Delaware. “Simply put, participants are a full-time teacher of record while taking courses from an approved Delaware ARTC program,” Alison May, Public Information Officer …

School board seat to remain vacant until May 2023

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Milford School District Board of Education voted to keep a seat for Area B, recently vacated by Kris Thompson, open until the election in May 2023. This will allow the public the opportunity to select who will sit on the board and represent Area B. The decision was made after the board once again split votes between the two candidates, …

2022-23 Delaware Board of Education student representative, Nathan Cho.

Meet new student rep on state Board of Education

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Columbia University hopeful Nathan Cho is not going to miss his shot. He’s been eyeing a spot on the Delaware Board of Education for years and now  Gov. John Carney has appointed the Conrad Schools of Science senior to the board. His first meeting was last week. Cho said he hopes to emphasize college readiness, especially for immigrant and first-generation …

Odessa High School's marching band members have said extracurricular activities have prepared them for adulthood. (Courtesy of Odessa High Facebook page.)

Appo’s band show underscores value of extracurricular activity 

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Saturday’s Sounds of Champions marching band competition at Odessa High Stadium shines a light not only on the bands, but on the importance of extracurricular involvement for high school students. “Band has become a huge part of my life,” said Emma Sipes, pit section leader in Odessa High’s marching band. “It’s always the highlight of my day because I can …

The $3.8 million awarded will help schools adopt professional learning plans using high-quality instructional materials.

$3.8 million awarded to 9 Delaware school districts

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Nine Delaware school districts have been awarded millions from the Department of Education to buy instruction materials for 99 schools with more than 60,720 students statewide. Districts and charter schools apply for the competitive grants, and not all applications were accepted. “Since 2016 we have seen how our districts and charters have used these grants to build their teams’ capacity …

Delaware schools have hundreds of openings as students return for the 2022-23 year.

Delaware schools need 500 teachers. Here’s where

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As the academic year gears up, Delaware schools still have more than 500 teacher vacancies to fill.  “We think about it as a perfect storm of conditions,” said Stephanie Ingram, president of the Delaware State Education Association.  Schools expected to have a higher than normal number of retirements, partly because of the stresses of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.  This …

Milford 11 plaque to be preserved during MMS renovations

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Inside the lobby of the former Milford Middle School is a plaque dedicated to the Milford 11, the first African American students to attempt integration of Milford High School in 1954. With the interior of the building scheduled for a complete overhaul, some have asked the school district what will happen with the plaque. “We have reached out to members …

Insight Education continues working on MSD Strategic Plan

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At a recent school board meeting, Dr. Bridget Amory, Director of Student Learning, provided the Milford School District Board of Education with an update on the strategic planning process. Earlier this year, the district awarded Insight Education with the contract to update the district’s strategic plan. “We are currently working with an individual by the name of Pete Leida who …

Spanish Immersion students move to Milford Central Academy

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This year, the first cohort of students to participate in Milford School District’s Spanish Immersion program will attend Milford Central Academy. Some of the students have been in the program since attending Evelyn I. Morris Early Childhood Center. “We currently have 63 children heading into the sixth grade,” Dr. Bridget Amory, Director of Student Learning, said. “These are students who …

Because the state ended its COVID leave mandate, Delaware teachers will now have to tap into their 10 sick days if they have COVID.

Teachers no longer granted 10-day COVID leave

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For the first time since fall 2020, Delaware teachers will not be granted paid COVID-19 leave.  That means they have to use their normal sick leave if they or a family member gets sick. “The argument can be made that we’re further away from the craziness of COVID, so I get it,” said Jennifer Saunders, who’s taught in Red Clay …