Over the last 25 years, schools across the state have displayed their Superstars in Education banner. There are many who have applied for this award, but there can only be a few winners. Programs range from single classroom programs to collaborative partnerships. This award is not just designed to point out what is working, it is dedicated to those programs that are special. The debate about educational programs includes terms such as ‘Race to the Top’, STEM, Common Core, standardized testing, college and employment ready, and the list goes on.
In the end, the bottom line is that success comes from the teacher in the classroom and the leaders in our schools. That is to whom the Superstars in Education Award is dedicated.
Superstars in Education is charged with recognizing outstanding educational programs and individual achievements. This event highlights excellence in science teaching, integrated classroom technology practices, and school-to-career partnerships. It also serves the business community and its investment in the future. Delaware’s future depends on the foundation we build in our schools today. It is imperative that today’s students have tangible skills when they are ready to enter the workforce. Whether college bound, preparing for a trade job or working in the manufacturing world, students need to be equipped with the knowledge and skills to be productive employees and citizens.
Today’s students are tomorrow’s workforce.
Please join us on Monday, May 8 in celebrating excellence in education and our commitment to forging strong business partnerships with schools in Delaware.
Tickets are $35
Sponsorship opportunities are available. Click here to download more information or contact Cheryl Corn at (302) 576-6572.
2017 John H. Taylor Jr. Education Leadership Award:
Daniel Rich, University of Delaware
2017 Superstars in Education winners:
Farm to School
William Penn High School, Colonial School District
The Farm to School program encompasses three career and technical education areas: Environmental Science, Culinary and Agriculture. The objective is to provide students with hands-on skills while learning real-world applicable knowledge in a unique and supportive learning environment.
Exceptional Cognitive Enrichment Learning Program (ExCEL)
Georgetown Elementary School, Indian River School District
Indian River’s district wide program, ExCEL, is a STEM-based enrichment program that challenges elementary age gifted and talented students’ critical and creative thinking skills so they can develop into better problem solvers for tomorrow. Created over 30 years ago, the program has adapted to the changing educational needs of students.
Growing the Pipeline for STEM Education in the Brandywine School District
Brandywine, Concord and Mount Pleasant High Schools, Brandywine School District
Brandywine School District has reimagined their high school STEM course offerings to focus particularly on Engineering. These STEM classes were designed to engage students in creative, rigorous learning experiences that were complementary to the current science and math programs in the district. As a result, they have increased the number of underrepresented groups and pathway completion rates and raised achievement scores for students enrolled in these STEM courses.
War on Waste
Clayton Intermediate School, Smyrna School District
Clayton Intermediate School, in collaboration with the Smyrna School District, has partnered with the Delaware Waste Industries to implement a district-wide recycling program. The program has grown into a more in-depth, more comprehensive program that has allowed the school district to collectively learn about, participate in, and be aware of our personal responsibility for a cleaner, greener environment. As a result, the program has created district-wide financial savings.
Take Two, Own Two: Teacher to Student Mentoring
Shue-Medill Middle School, Christina School District
This program is designed to target those students identified as “high-risk” behaviorally and academically. Every teacher/faculty member in the building mentors two students throughout the school year, creating a connection that adds to a students’ sense of belonging and increasing the desire to be in school and achieve success.
Thomas McKean High School, Red Clay Consolidated School District
The McKean Highlander Café is an entrepreneurial opportunity for students enrolled in the Culinary Arts pathway. The Culinary Arts students operate a restaurant where they create menus, take orders, prepare and serve food, deliver orders and manage the logistics of the Café.
Project SEARCH at Bayhealth
Kent County Community School, Capital School District
Project SEARCH is a high school transition program for students ages 18-21 with moderate to severe cognitive or physical disabilities who possess the desire to gain transferable, marketable skills and learn independent living skills. The critical component of the success of Project SEARCH is the host business, Bayhealth. Bayhealth offers 21 department opportunities in which students rotate through three ten week internships.