Delaware and MACC@WestEd
In 2009, Delaware finalized a strategic plan based on extensive input from all interested parties to serve as a blueprint for actions to ensure that every student would graduate from high school ready to succeed in postsecondary education or a career. The plan laid the groundwork for actions by state legislators and administrators as well as local officials, going forward. It was also the basis for the state’s Race to the Top program funded in 2011 and its ESEA waiver granted in 2012.
Secretary of Education Mark Murphy took office on June 1, 2012 and met with MACC@WestEd leadership for the first time that December. He and his senior staff defined priorities for attention by the partnership between Delaware’s Department of Education and MACC@WestEd addressing education workforce needs and data needs around their 44 Race to the Top initiatives.
Current Areas of Work
Increase the state’s capacity to help local districts recruit and select strong educators
- Background: Drawing on research about recruitment and selection practices effective in charter schools nationwide, the Center compiled instruments and scoring guides last year to guide charter school leaders in defining competencies desired of new teachers, preparing procedures for attracting them, assessing them through written materials, interviews, and demonstration lessons—and structuring the process around the state’s human capital model and components of their education evaluation system (Delaware Performance Appraisal System, DPAS II). The “toolkit” was introduced to charter educators in spring of 2014. It is a product now of Delaware’s Department of Education and is featured on charter school national websites such as
- Current Work: Based on the popularity and reported usefulness of the recruitment and selection toolkit for charter school educators, the Center is modifying modules to reflect processes and procedures in public school districts, and is highlighting examples from districts that used competency-based models, such as Chicago. Human Resource Directors from Delaware’s districts will be introduced to the toolkit in spring of 2015 and will provide periodic feedback about its usefulness and needs for further development.
Assist with the design and implementation of a new approach to strengthen persistently low performing schools
- Background: After review of outcomes of the state’s approach to assisting low-performing schools, senior state staff examined results attributable to use of other models in other sites and decided to modify Delaware’s approach to emphasize district and school decision-making and accountability.
- Current Work: In concert with staff from the national Center on School Turnaround, MACC@WestEd assisted Delaware staff with definition and documentation of the new model based on approaches in other states that also emphasize local decision making and accountability. The state and affected districts have negotiated and agreed on the Memoranda of Understanding and assistance will proceed to capacity building around new monitoring and feedback strategies appropriate for the new approach.
For more information about MACC@WestEd’s work with Delaware, contact us at email@example.com or call 202.471.2469.
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