January 2015 Letter from the Director

Happy New Year school leaders! I hope everyone had a restful holiday and started 2015 with energy and enthusiasm for the important work we need to accomplish before June. I am excited to share some innovative programs taking place in school districts in Delaware in our first newsletter of the year.

The University of Delaware College of Education and Human Development kicked off a new master’s program in teacher leadership in September 2014. I am fortunate to work with wonderful faculty who have developed a program aligned to Learning Forward’s national standards for teacher leaders that provides teachers with opportunities to learn together in a completely online format. There are many teacher leaders working in collaboration with their principals to lead school improvement. I have included a story of one of these teacher leaders who was nominated by her superintendent to be featured in DASL’s newsletter.

The Caesar Rodney School District is investing in their assistant principals by providing them with a professional development program where they work collaboratively on problems of practice in preparation for the responsibility of running a school. DASL’s STEP-UP Program provides the practicing assistant principals with opportunities to work in teams to solve school problems using innovative approaches and district resources.

The Milford School District has a long history of investing in teacher leaders who aspire to be assistant principals. Dr. Steve Godowsky and Dr. Tony Marchio are facilitating DASL’s ASPIRE Program in the Milford School District.

I am very pleased to see districts investing in the professional growth of teacher leaders, assistant principals, and principals. Delaware has a long history of developing policies and practices to support working conditions, training programs, and standards for school leaders. As I travel to other states I am reminded of what we have accomplished and the work we still need to do. DASL staff is eager to work with you as we continue to support the learning of our teacher leaders, assistant principals, principals, district office administrators, and superintendents. Thank you for your support of DASL.

In Partnership,
Jackie O. Wilson, Ed.D.

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