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20th Annual Institute on Public Education Celebrates Founders, Focuses on Future

On June 28, 2022, the energy within the walls of Dover High School was electrifying when more than 500 teachers, principals, superintendents and other education professionals from across Delaware and the Mid-Atlantic region gathered in person for the first time. . His three years at the University of Delaware’s 20th Annual Policy and Practice Institute.

With the goal of providing educators with the tools and information they need to be successful in their careers, the conference will provide local guidance on best practices for providing superior classroom instruction and school leadership to all students. of experts gathered.

Hosted annually by the Delaware School Leadership Academy (DASL) at the University of Education for Human Development (CEHD), the event welcomes new partners such as the UD Partnership for Public Education (PPE) and the Delaware Department of Education (DDOE). rice field. ) and the Delaware Association of School Administrators.

“By co-hosting and collaborating with organizations that share many of the same opportunities and challenges, we can work together to integrate today’s learning into the state of Delaware’s diverse public education system.” Associate Professor, UD School of Education She moderated panel discussions and led breakout sessions during the event.

The conference opened with keynote speaker Alan Blankstein, founder of professional development firm Solution Tree and author of best-selling books. No room for error: 6 principles that will guide your success in a good school, and Marcus Newsom, director of the Virginia Superintendent’s Leadership Academy. Delaware’s Mark He Hollodik, Secretary of Education, also made remarks praising the conference’s longevity and the value it has brought to teachers and educational leaders statewide over the past two decades.

“The response to this year’s conference has been unprecedented,” said Farley-Ripple. “State-wide and system-wide leaders have emerged to reconnect and re-engage with others about their professional learning. Classroom teachers, principals, district leaders, superintendents and even retirees. , and the leaders of the state were all in one place.It’s been a lot for everyone in the past year, but I see almost 500 people prioritizing learning, collaborating and growing. It is amazing that I and my colleagues at UD had the opportunity to participate in this event.”

Jackie Wilson, DASL Director and founder of the Policy and Practice Institute, also shared her enthusiasm. “It’s hard to believe it’s been 20 years since her first Policy and Practice Institute was held,” she said. “It started when I was at DDOE, but when I came to DASL, I was able to partner with the faculty and expand our reach to benefit educators across the state. We expanded the conference to include faculty, practitioners, and policy leaders who could share best practices across the country and state.It has not been an easy journey, but it has been a lot of fun.

Under this year’s theme, Celebrating Resilience and Envisioning the Future, attendees looked to the bright future of education in Delaware while discussing the challenges and successes they experienced during the shutdown of the pandemic. They also participated in a selection of research-based professional learning sessions on subjects that span the current educational environment. For example, Jon Kittle, his UD PhD student specializing in Literacy, facilitated sessions on Literacy Development and Teaching Multilingual Learners, and in other presentations, talked about the School with his counselors and district administrators. focused on the cooperation of

Casey Montigny, Education Coach and Improvement Leader for Christina School District, said: During the conference, Montigney presented Equity Quad Text Sets. This is a research-based framework that uses different but related texts (books, videos, music, etc.) to teach social justice concepts. “rear [my session], we were able to discuss the connections across learning. That’s what this meeting is all about. ”

A particular highlight of the event was Wilson’s recognition of his retirement from UD in the fall of 2023. A passionate advocate for excellence in teacher education and school leader development, Wilson has spent more than 40 years in the field as a teacher, administrator and educator. Advocate for public schools throughout Delaware.

During her decades-long career, she has developed state policies that support educator training and national standards, and has helped improve working conditions for school leaders. In addition to his current UD role as an Assistant Professor at SOE, Wilson also served as Director of Professional Accountability for DDOE. In 2001 she was elected president of the U.S. Department of Education’s National Blue Ribbon School and in 2002 she was elected president of the National Distinguished Elementary School of Delaware. rice field.

“Many have contributed to its organization and success over the years, but without the creativity and leadership of Jackie Wilson, this event would not exist,” CEHD Dean Gary T. Henry said during the conference. to commend Wilson. “Her energy and passion helped shape DASL into the nationally recognized, award-winning professional development, research, and policy center it is today. We have worked tirelessly to develop relationships and implement effective strategies with school districts and the Department of Education for continuous improvement.”

Wilson thanked Henry and colleagues for their continued support in her research.

“Working with the faculty at the University of Delaware has been a highlight of my career,” Wilson said. “I have had the opportunity to teach and advise graduate students in excellent academic programs. What a wonderful place for