While another school year is coming to a close, the Rodel Foundation of Delaware has launched two initiatives that will be underway during the summer months.
In May, we launched the second year of iEducate Delaware, an initiative inspired by and created for the community to recognize education champions in our state. In its inaugural year, iEducate Delaware spotlighted inspirational stories of fifteen finalists who are making a positive impact in their communities to improve public education. Five honorees were chosen, each of whom received investments of $2,000 to support and broaden the impact of their work. Their stories are featured at www.ieducatedelaware.org.
Building on the momentum of its first year, iEducate Delaware will continue its promotion and recognition of the dedication, collaboration, and creativity of those working to improve student success. Ideal candidates include individuals who demonstrate leadership, innovation, and commitment to the highest standards of excellence in Delaware public education. Nominations can be made until June 30, on www.ieducatedelaware.org and are encouraged from all sectors, including teachers, principals, students, support staff, legislators, school board members, educators, parents, business leaders, and community leaders. Self-nominations are encouraged and anonymous nominations will also be accepted.
In addition, Rodel is currently recruiting highly motivated and accomplished teachers to join the Rodel Teacher Council, which will launch in September 2013. The goal of the Rodel Teacher Council is to provide a venue for teachers to weigh-in on important issues that affect the work of educators and help set the course for future education reforms throughout the state of Delaware.
The Council members will lend their voices and expertise to improve the education landscape in Delaware. Council members will advise the Rodel Foundation on critical education reform initiatives, meet with key education stakeholders, visit exemplary schools where innovation is transforming instruction, and help to scale these best practices on instruction and innovation throughout the state.
The Rodel Teacher Council will consist of approximately 15 members and is open to any current Delaware public school teacher. Candidate teachers will have at least three years of classroom experience and demonstrate a commitment to teaching excellence. Participants will commit to serve on the Council for 18 months. Each Council member will receive $1,500 for their time, energy, and efforts. Applications will be accepted until July 15, 2013, and can be accessed at www.rodelfoundationde.org/teachercouncil.
We hope you will take a few minutes to nominate an education hero and recommend a great teacher to join the founding of the Rodel Teacher Council!
The mission of the Rodel Foundation of Delaware is to help Delaware build one of the finest systems of public education in the world by 2020.