How to thank a teacher in Delaware during National Teacher Appreciation Week

COMPRESSED - One on one high 5As Delaware celebrates National Teacher Appreciation Week, the Delaware Department of Education – in partnership with the Delaware State Education Association, Delaware Parent Teacher Association and Rodel Foundation of Delaware – encourages the public to thank our state’s great educators for their dedication and hard work to help our students succeed every week of the year.

“This is an opportunity for parents, students and community members throughout the state to say ‘thank you’ for what our teachers do day in and day out, too often unnoticed and unheralded,” Secretary of Education Mark Murphy said.

The partners are encouraging Delawareans to …

5 simple ideas to keep kids’ brains active over the summer!

2 Marianne and liitle boy compressedKeeping kids’ brains active over the summer months can be a challenge. Understandably, parents want summer to be a fun time, full of late mornings, days spent outdoors, swimming, biking and making happy memories.

Too much fun, and too little mental stimulation, however, is a dangerous combination for a student when he returns back to school in the fall.

According to the most recent data from the National Summer Learning Association, “Most students lose about two months of grade level equivalency in mathematical computation skills over the summer months. Low-income students lose more than two months in reading achievement.” All …

Graduation rate rises above 80% in the US for the first time in history!

America's Promise Alliance logoFor the first time in U.S. history, the nation’s high school graduation rate rose above 80 percent, according to the 2014 Building a GradNation report released at the Building a GradNation Summit this week in Washington, DC!

The Building a GradNation Summit is the annual focal point of the GradNation Campaign, a large and growing movement of dedicated individuals, organizations and communities pulling together to empower more young Americans to graduate from high school on time and ready for college, careers, and thriving adulthood. The Summit’s mission is to assess progress toward the goals, celebrate successes, and refocus on the …