Delaware teachers, mark your calendars! Eighth Annual Conference on Education slated for October 28, 2015

reading helpThe Eighth Annual Conference on Education, Moving Education in Delaware Forward, will take place on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at Clayton Hall in Newark, Delaware.

With the recent release of the Student Success 2025 plan, this year’s conference will be a critical opportunity to dig deeper into the recommendations in the plan, and discuss how we can work together to make these recommendations a reality. The conference will focus on building on what works in each of the six core areas and collaboratively discussing how to continue progress.

Educators can receive scholarships and can earn 5 ongoing professional development credit

What do the new Smarter Balanced State Assessment results mean for Delaware students?

delaware educationThe statewide assessment results recently released provide a snapshot of how Delaware students are performing in English language arts and mathematics. The results are the first ever scores for the Smarter Balanced Assessment test, which is aligned with the Common Core standards.

Statewide, only  slightly more than half of students in third through eighth grades and in grade 11 were “proficient’ or better in English. In math, just under 39 percent were statewide.

More than four million students took the field test that was used to set expectations for how students would perform when Smarter Balanced was first offered last …

Eats, shoots, and leaves? National Punctuation Day is September 24!

1-on-1 tutoring, young girlNational Punctuation Day is a day set aside to honor the proper use of punctuation marks. Founded by Jeff Rubin in 2004, National Punctuation Day promotes the correct usage of punctuation and is sure to make Language Arts teachers happy!

Take a look at how punctuation makes a huge difference in meaning here:

  • Woman, without her man, is nothing. VERSUS Woman: without her, man is nothing.
  • Eats shoots and leaves. VERSUS Eats, shoots, and leaves.
  • Most of the time, travellers worry about their luggage. VERSUS Most of the time travellers worry about their luggage.
  • Let’s eat, grandpa. VERSUS Let’s eat

Experience the 10 benefits of reading on Read a Book Day, September 6!

books for children's readingThis Sunday, it is time to turn off the television and other electronics and enjoy the relaxation of reading — celebrate National Read A Book Day on September 6! Simply find a book you would enjoy, find a nice, quiet and relaxing spot and read for a while.

Or, you may have young children or elderly in your home, if so, then you can spend quality time together by reading them a book or two.

Need more convincing? Here are 10 reasons why reading is not just important, it’s crucial! In a recent article, these 10 benefits to reading …

Mark your calendars for Museum Day Live! September 26. FREE admission nationwide!

MDL_LogoWhere can you dig for prehistoric dinosaur bones, take a whirlwind trip through the solar system, or measure yourself against a brave medieval knight? At your local museum, of course!

Museums – whether science, space, natural history, decorative arts, or history – are an integral part of the learning process for students of all ages. Particularly for a child with a predominately visual learning style, a museum can take a subject from the dusty pages of a book and make it simply come alive!

In the spirit of the Smithsonian Museums, which offer free admission every day, Museum Day Live!