133,369. This is the number of students who attended a public school in Delaware in the 2013-14 school year, and we have more than 8,500 teachers working hard to help each student fulfill their potential so they are prepared for a lifetime of success. Achieving that goal is the driving force behind the Vision Coalition of Delaware, and since the beginning of the year, hundreds of Delawareans — led by the Coalition — have worked to create a draft plan, A Vision for Education in Delaware in 2025 (ED25). This summer, the Coalition has been sharing its vision and seeking Delawareans’ input through six community conversations across the state, targeted meetings, and online engagement.
The Vision Coalition is inviting Delawareans to visit http://ED25.MindMixer.com, a comprehensive community engagement website, developed by MindMixer, where Delawareans can engage, communicate, and collaborate with leaders, decision makers, and other residents on the future of public education in our state.
I am providing staff support for this effort as Rodel Foundation President and CEO, Paul Herdman, serves on the Coalition Leadership Team. I join the organizations represented on the Leadership Team to provide loaned capacity to help staff meetings and take notes, share information with their stakeholders, and host meetings.
We know that time is valuable, and in order to hear from as many people as possible on the development of the ED25 plan, ED25.MindMixer.com is an easy-to-use online tool to generate new ideas and feedback from Delawareans, which will be used by the Vision Coalition in crafting the final ED25 plan, which will be released in early 2015.
ED25.MindMixer.com gives contributors a chance to share their opinions, expand upon existing ideas, and give feedback on initiatives, working with community leaders on a variety of topics online anytime, anywhere.
For those who participate on the site, there are “rewards” that have been donated from Delaware organizations and individuals including the Delaware Children’s Museum and U.S. Senator Tom Carper.
As a new school year gets underway, our schools are once again filled with excitement and optimism about the year ahead. We hope you will take a few minutes to offer your thoughts on how we can continue to build a public education system that is truly world-class.