Focus on Delaware classrooms: Vision 2015 Update

Held earlier this month, the sixth annual Vision 2015 conference on public education was more focused on Delaware classrooms than ever before. It was also one of the best attended conferences, with close to 400 attendees.

The conference was an opportunity to hear from those who are doing the challenging work to help Delaware students learn and achieve more, especially from the 2013 iEducate Delaware Honorees who were celebrated during lunch. To learn the Honorees’ inspiring stories, watch their video profiles: Tara Amsterdam, teacher at Wilbur Elementary; Tameca Beckett, youth services librarian at Laurel Public Library; Matt Farina, teacher at Mount Pleasant Elementary; Samuel Heed, Senior Historian and Director of Education; and Jacqueline Lee, Principal of Gallaher Elementary.

At the conference, this year’s Vision 2015 annual progress report was also released, which shows where Delaware is in meeting the original Vision 2015 plan recommendations.

Vision 2015 is a bold and coherent plan designed to provide a world-class education to all public school students in Delaware, developed by a coalition of education, government, business and civic leaders. The Vision 2015 Implementation Team includes leadership from a broad range of public, private, and civic groups. The Team meets regularly to align efforts, evaluate progress, and sustain momentum.

The Implementation Team includes:

•             Ernest Dianastasis, Managing Director, CAI, Chair

•             H. Raye Jones Avery, Executive Director, Christina Cultural Arts Center

•             Susan Bunting, Superintendent, Indian River School District

•             Mark Holodick, Superintendent, Brandywine School District

•             Paul A. Herdman, President and CEO, Rodel Foundation of Delaware

•             Frederika Jenner, Executive Director, Delaware State Education Association

•             Mark Murphy, Secretary, Delaware Department of Education

•             Daniel Rich, Chair, Delaware Early Childhood Council

•             John H. Taylor, Jr., Executive Director, Delaware Public Policy Institute

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