February 2 2017
Rodel is a nonprofit foundation helping Delaware become a global leader in educating each of its students to contribute and thrive. At the Rodel Foundation of Delaware, we are passionate about Delaware children getting what they need to be successful. We believe everyone has a role to play when it comes to educating our students, and we work with a broad array of partners in preparing our young people for life after graduation. Everything from health to housing to nutrition impacts a child reaching developmental milestones, their academic success, and their eventual quality of life.
Our state’s common vision to achieving this goal is Student Success 2025, a statewide, collaborative blueprint to build a holistic education system that prepares every Delaware child for success in 2025. The plan, which was released in September 2015, was created and published by the Vision Coalition of Delaware with input from 4,000 Delawareans and some of the world’s leading thinkers. The Rodel Foundation provides staff support to the Coalition. The plan can be found at visioncoalitionde.org/student-success-2025
We’re proud of the tremendous progress over the past year across a number of policies and initiatives that are outlined in Student Success 2025. We believe strongly in the power of early childhood education, and we’ve advocated for investments to strengthen high-quality programming for Delaware’s families. Today, 72 percent of local early learning centers participate in the Delaware Stars quality rating system, and 70 percent of the state’s low-income early learners are attending a Stars program, up from just 5 percent just five years ago.
We’ve aligned district leaders and classroom teachers around the notion of personalized learning and supported their work to redesign schools to meet students’ needs. Members of the Rodel Teacher Council—a cross-section of 27 outstanding teachers from around the state—continue to inspire the future of Delaware classrooms via personalized learning. Find their policy recommendations at rodelfoundationde.org/who-we-are/teachercouncil
Rodel has actively supported of Delaware Pathways to Prosperity since its inception (and I am a member of its Steering Committee), which provides postsecondary opportunities for high school graduates. Model state pathways grew from 27 students in 2014 to more than 5,000 enrolled during the 2016-17 school year. In these Pathways, they gained academic and technical skills, college credits, and industry-recognized credentials in emerging industries like IT and healthcare.
Still, there’s much work to be done to achieve our collective goals. We will continue work toward excellence and equity for all students in Delaware, and we welcome those who want to join our work to give voice to Delaware’s students.