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The Delaware Center for Teacher Education (DCTE) provides support services for students, faculty, and staff in the educator preparation programs at the University of Delaware.

UCTE Meetings

All meetings will be in Rm 210, 200 Academy Street

Spring 2019 Meetings

Monday, February 18, 2:30-4:00
Monday, March 18, 2:30-4:30
Monday, April 15, 2:30-4:30
Monday, May 13, 2:30-4:30

Archived Meeting Minutes

Second Annual Teacher of the Year Event

7 women and 3 men

On Monday, February 18, UD hosted 10 of the Delaware district teachers of the year, including State Teacher of the Year Dana Bowe from West Seaford Elementary (Seaford School District).  Several UD graduates were among these stellar educators, including Bonnie Yurkanin from Claymont Elementary (Brandywine School District), Ashlee Upp from Allen Frear Elementary (Caesar Rodney School District), Mark McKenzie from William Penn High (Colonial School District), and Anthony Natoli from Sussex Technical High (Sussex Tech School District).  Other participating teachers were Sara Anderson from Cedar Lane Elementary (Appoquinimink School District), Jennifer Montanez from Etta J. Wilson Elementary (Christina School District), Courtney White from North Georgetown Elementary (Indian River School District), Heather Kerrick from Woodbridge Early Childhood Education Center (Woodbridge School District), and Thomas Becker from MOT Charter High (Charter Network).  About 100 students and faculty members attended a panel discussion during which the teachers shared their experiences and wisdom, and answered questions from the audience.

The Delaware Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (DACTE) hosted 13 district representatives from around the state at the December 6 meeting to talk about issues of mutual importance and how districts and teacher preparation programs can work in partnership to address them.  Topics included the affordability and accessibility of teacher preparation programs, public relations for the teaching profession, and the teacher pipeline.  With respect to the pipeline, district representatives expressed a great interest in developing more residency programs.

On January 17 from 9:00 am to 10:00 am, DACTE will host Delaware Secretary of Education Susan Bunting and Associate Secretary of Education Jon Neubauer at the Wilmington University Dover site.  For more information, or to RSVP, please contact Christine Carrino Gorowara (

Welcome Ameerah Stafford!

African-American woman

On February 1, Ameerah Stafford began as Associate Director of the Education Resource Center.  As the brand-new Associate Director, she will be responsible for not only running the ERC, but also for transitioning the ERC from DCTE to the Morris Library system.  She will be determining during this time ways to stay connected to DCTE to ensure that the ERC continues to serve our education students well.

Ameerah holds a BA in History from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and a Master’s in Library and Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh.  She has 10 years of experience in public service.  Ameerah served as a public librarian specializing in youth services at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, and worked as a teacher librarian in the Baltimore City public school system where she worked in under-performing schools to establish school libraries, promote literacy initiatives, and prepare youth for 21st century skills.  Please drop by the ERC and say hello to Ameerah sometime soon if you haven’t already done so!

Farewell to Alyssa!

Asian-American womanAs we welcome Ameerah, we say farewell to our DCTE colleague Alyssa Truszkowski, who has served as UD’s certification officer since 2016.  During her time at UD, Alyssa streamlined the program verification process, helped establish and administer scholarships to pay certification exam fees, advised Kappa Delta Pi, participated in recruitment activities, and guided many of our graduates and soon-to-be graduates through the certification process.  We will all miss her, but we wish her the best on her next adventure!


Under Discussion: Residency Program and Teacher Academy 4+4 Program

The University Council on Teacher Education (UCTE) is forming task force groups to discuss possibilities for establishing one or both of the following:

  • Residency Program Districts are very interested in residency programs because they provide a recruiting advantage as well as increased opportunity assess the quality of the teacher candidates.Governor Carney has proposed $1,000,000 in his 2020 budget  ( to support teacher residencies.
  • Teacher Academy 4+4 Program Creating partnerships with the high-school based Teacher Academies would open up a wider and more diverse pipeline of candidates into our teacher preparation programs.A 4+4 program that integrated the four-year Teacher Academy experience with four years at the University of Delaware could be a key element of these partnerships.


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