Grades

Appoquinimink: No plans to drop letter grades

Jarek Rutz Education, Headlines

A flyer for an Appoquinimink School District professional development workshop left some people thinking that the district was ditching a grade-scale system for next year. They are not. “The workshop, originally titled, ‘Ungrading & Portfolio Lens Crash Course’ was an attempt at a catchy title that we now regret,” said Lilian Miles, Appoquinimink’s public information officer, in an email to …

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Rosa Trotter retires after 48 years of teaching kindergarten

Jarek Rutz Education, Headlines

  After spending four decades working in a room full of frogs and children, Dr. Rosa Trotter is hopping into the next phase of her life. Thursday, she taught her last kindergarten class at Carrie Downie Elementary School in New Castle, after teaching for 48 years, with 39 of them in that room. The nearly 3,000 students she taught will …

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Wilmington Learning Collaborative releases draft agreement

Jarek Rutz Education, Headlines

A draft of the agreement formalizing the Wilmington Learning Collaborative says parents, students and teachers will be included in the governing council, which will hire a small team to run the organization. The draft, announced Wednesday during a community engagement event, is a major step forward the five-year process that will see Wilmington elementary and middle schools carved out of …

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Jimmie Allen to appear on literacy program with new book

Jarek Rutz Education, Headlines

Country music sensation and Delaware native Jimmie Allen will join Read Aloud Delaware Wednesday for a Q+A session about his children’s book, “My Voice Is a Trumpet.” The book will then be read by his kindergarten teacher, Mary Beth Alexander. “He took my hand and held my arms and said, ‘I want the world to hear you read to them …

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Founder’s Folio: On education, virtue and civic engagement

Chris L. Kenny Education, Headlines

As the Great American experiment continues to explore what works in education for communities, parents and their children across the 50 states, one fact is certain: Education is a critical component of our society. Knowledge through education creates an enlightened people, and an enlightened people are most equipped with the necessary tools to govern collectively.  The Founding Fathers agreed on …

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Red Clay students lead charge on dress code changes 

Jarek Rutz Education, Headlines

Red Clay Consolidated School District seems on track to adopt a new dress code this summer after months of student-led discussions criticizing the current rules as outdated, racist and objectifying, especially because they are largely enforced by male administrators. “Students feel like the dress code was only used as a way to get kids in trouble,” said Eileena Mathews, an …

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Meet Delaware’s Teacher of the Year, Brandywine’s Jahsha Tabron

Jarek Rutz Education, Headlines

  Jahsha Tabron’s passion for English and literature exploded after reading Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” and “Macbeth” in her 11th grade honors English class in the Bronx.  Thirty years later, Tabron – who is Delaware’s Teacher of the Year for 2022 – leads her own English class at Brandywine High School. Tabron, whose lively and passionate attitude explodes off the screen in …

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Padua’s graduation traditions start with painted skirts

Jarek Rutz Education, Headlines

  The uniforms worn by the senior Pandas of Padua Academy were a little more colorful than usual this week.  The soon-to-be graduates kicked off their end-of-year traditions by painting their skirts with the logos and colors of the universities they’ll attend in the fall.  “This tradition is really important to everyone at Padua because it’s a culmination of our …

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Meet Padua Academy’s 4 valedictorians. Yes. 4

Jarek Rutz Education, Headlines

For the first time in school history, Padua Academy will honor not two, not three, but four valedictorians to top their class of 2022. Arundhati Dole, Mary Katherine (Katie) Dorsey, Esosa Ediae and Emily Malone are this year’s Padua valedictorians. The young women all say that the honor reflects the sisterhood of Padua, which is an all-girls Catholic school in …

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Highlands Elementary to be named for civil rights, education champion

Jarek Rutz Education, Headlines

  Highlands Elementary School in Wilmington will officially be known as Joseph E. Johnson Jr. Elementary school after a Monday ceremony that will honor a Delaware barrier breaker, civil rights champion and superintendent. Johnson, a lifelong educator and Wilmington native, was a civil rights champion who made Delaware history in 1968 by becoming the state’s first Black principal of a …