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Delaware Academy for School Leadership


DASL has dramatically strengthened educational leadership in Delaware since our founding in 1999.

Key accomplishments include:

  • Collaborating with the DEDOE to facilitate a Community of Practice for Principal Supervisors
  • Developed and received approval to alternative routes to certification program for aspiring assistant principals and principals (UDEL PPP)
  • Co-chair of the 2014 ISLLC Refresh Committee to update the national standards for school leaders
  • Designed a professional development program to prepare for DE administrators for the credentialing assessment for DPAS
  • Member of the committee who finalized the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders 2015
  • Technical assistance partner with the Wallace Foundation on the Principal Pipeline and Principal Supervisor projects
  • Designed a certification program to certify DE’s Jobs for Delaware Graduates teachers
  • Merged Delaware Academy for School Leadership with the Professional Development Center for Educators
  • Participating in a national PLC sponsored by the Wallace Foundation and facilitated by the Education Developed Corporation for redesigning school leadership preparation programs
  • Partnering with the Red Clay, Laurel, and Capital School districts on school improvement strategies in priority schools
  • Providing statewide training to  administrators in Delaware on the process and content of the Delaware Performance Appraisal System ii-r on behalf of the Delaware Department of Education
  • Designing and leading professional development for teacher leaders
  • Collaborating with the Department of Education (DOE) and other state, university and community partners to develop a cohesive leadership system. This nationally acclaimed system ensures that state, district and school policies work together to create high-performing schools.
  • Designing innovative projects that now reach 100 percent of school districts and many charters in Delaware and serve leaders throughout their careers
  • Cultivating future education leaders through funded research assistantships
  • Providing consultation to the National Association for State Boards of Education on state policy related to school leadership
  • Delivering the Executive Leadership Academy for aspiring superintendents
  • Working with stakeholder groups to develop policy recommendations in areas such as teacher recruitment, retention and effectiveness, teacher leadership, and equity
  • Providing training to principal supervisors, principals and assistant principals in preparation for the Annual Professional Performance Review for principals and teachers in the Yonkers, New York School District
  • Participating in the Common Ground for Common Core implementation program sponsored by the DE DOE
  • Facilitating Comprehensive Success Reviews in Delaware schools
  • Awarded three, five-year 21st Century Grants to support extra time programs for Kindergarten and First Grade Students in eight schools in the Laurel, Seaford and Caesar Rodney School Districts totaling $530,000 per year
  • Administering two Race to the Top projects on behalf of the Delaware Department of Education including the Development Coach and School Administration Manager Programs
  • Providing consultation to NASBE, CCSSO, NGA, NCSL, NAESP, and NASSP on state policy related to school leadership
  • Providing professional development to aspiring and practicing principals on behalf of the Hawaii Department of Education
  • Managed Delaware’s state grants from The Wallace Foundation – an investment in public education of nearly $5.6 million over 10 years
  • Extending our reach abroad through an ongoing partnership with Tobago, West Indies. DASL trains all school leaders in Tobago.

200 Academy Street • University of Delaware • Newark, DE 19716 • USA

Phone: 302-831-8642 • Fax: 302-831-3471 • E-mail: ud-dasl@udel.edu • © 2012