Red Clay board member pushes transparency for Wilmington Learning Collab.

 Red Clay board member questions Learning Collab’s transparency

Jarek Rutz Education, Headlines

  A Red Clay Consolidated School District board member is pressing the new Wilmington Learning Collaborative to advertise meetings. Cathy Thompson, the former head of the board, asked Superintendent Dorrell Green to ensure that the newly-created board is as transparent as possible during their Nov. 16 meeting. The Learning Collaborative’s memorandum of understanding was signed Nov. 1 by members of …

The Learning Collab needs to fill out the remaining seats of its governing council and conduct a needs assessment of each school. (Pexels)

Here’s what the Learning Collab will do to get started

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Education

The Wilmington Learning Collaborative already is forming the council that will govern it. Once the council is established, it will order a needs assessment, which will help the council decide where to put or share resources. Those are the starting tasks of the new education group that state, city and district officials hope will help raise learning and test scores …

The Wilmington Learning Collaborative will officially be created Tuesday. (Pexels)

Learning Collaborative agreement to be signed Tuesday

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Education

After five years of planning and months of school board debates, stakeholders will gather Tuesday to sign the agreement creating the Wilmington Learning Collaborative. The Learning Collaborative is a voluntary network of schools in Wilmington across three school districts: Brandywine, Christina and Red Clay. Its goal is to create city-wide consistency and improve outcomes for students in Wilmington schools. RELATED: …

All three districts have voted to create and join the Wilmington Learning Collaborative.

3 for 3: Red Clay says yes to Learning Collab

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Education

Red Clay Consolidated School District voted unanimously Wednesday night to create and join the Wilmington Learning Collaborative. That makes them the third and final district to commit. Christina and Brandywine school boards already had agreed to sign the memorandum of understanding to create the agency.  Red Clay Board Member Adriana Bohm for weeks has called for the version of the …

Brandywine School District becomes the second district to join the Wilmington Learning Collaborative.

Brandywine says yes to Wilmington Learning Collab

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Education

The Brandywine School District followed the leader and voted unanimously Monday night to join the Wilmington Learning Collaborative. The vote follows the Christina School District’s unanimous vote last week.  Next up, and last to vote, will be the Red Clay Consolidated School District when it meets Wednesday, Oct. 9,  at 7 p.m. That meeting can be livestreamed here. The Brandywine …

The fifth and final version of Wilmington Learning Collaborative's agreement between its members will have its first signature, as Christina School District approved the agreement Monday.

Here’s what changed in Learning Collab’s final agreement

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Education

Changes in the final version of the agreement to create the Wilmington Learning Collaborative include giving schools hiring power, tasking site-based councils with curricula recommendations, and outlining requirements for individual membership. Those changes were designed to address concerns that board members of the participating districts – Christina, Red Clay and Brandywine – discussed over the past five months, delaying the …

Boost '22 is a five-district, joint effort to help every senior in the city's limits graduate high school.

Boost ‘22 collab results in 88% of city students graduating

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Education

Boost ’22, an initiative to raise graduation rates among seniors in the city of Wilmington, resulted in 88% of those seniors crossing the graduation stage last May, nearly 20% more than 2015. The initiative is a joint effort of five school districts, used one-on-one tutoring and mentoring, college visits, counseling services and more to make sure 435 out of 496 …

Red Clay board member pushes transparency for Wilmington Learning Collab.

Christina first district to agree to join Learning Collab

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Education

After five years of planning and months of discussions around the agreement, Christina School District’s school board voted unanimously Monday night to sign the Wilmington Learning Collaborative agreement.  The vote came just after 9 p.m. Monday, two hours after the meeting started.  “If in some period of time, all of our third graders can read proficiently at grade three, it …

Learning Collab officials are hoping to get all districts to vote on their involvement in their October board meetings.

Learning Collab officials want deal signed before November

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Education

Wilmington Learning Collaborative officials are asking its member districts for a definitive vote by the end of October.  “We have asked for a vote in October because we really need to get the board appointed, get the executive director hired, and that’s going to take some time,” said Jon Sheehan, chief of policy and senior advisor to the governor, during …

Brandywine board member Kristin Pidgeon said that many city children are bused to suburban schools and the Learning Collab should consider providing programs and services to those students. (Courtesy of Harlan Elementary School Facebook group).

A look at Brandywine’s city vs. suburban test scores

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Education

A look at the test scores of Brandywine School District’s elementary schools shows why the state is focusing only on Wilmington children in its proposal for a program to raise student achievement in the city. Brandywine school board member Kristin Pidgeon this week questioned why Brandywine’s other eight elementaries – all in suburban schools – are not included in the …