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.
All meetings will be in Rm 210, 200 Academy Street, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm.
Delaware Teachers of the Year
Christine Carrino Gorowara, Interim Director, DCTE, and Bonnie Yurkanin, Brandywine School District Teacher of the Year
On October 16, the Delaware Department of Education celebrated the 20 district and charter Teachers of the Year. Among these inspirational educators were Bonnie Yurkanin from the Brandywine School District, who works as the librarian at Claymont Elementary School. Bonnie earned her elementary education degree from UD and her library/media specialist certification from our ARTC program. Congratulations to all of the Teachers of the Year!
Spotlight on Teacher Education Research
Deb Bieler’s new book, The Power of Teacher Talk: Promoting Equity and Retention Through Student Interactions, published by Teachers College Press, comes out on November 9. Deb is Associate Professor of English affiliated with the Sociocultural and Community-Based Approaches PhD program, and a Secondary English Education faculty member. Her book investigates the connections between two persistent educational challenges: high numbers both of students who drop out and of teachers who leave the profession. Based on a study of thousands of daily interactions between new justice-oriented English teachers and their students, this book proposes that teachers who show a commitment to equity in their communications can positively affect student retention and are more likely to remain in the profession. Blending vivid descriptions of classroom life with equity and language research, Deb urges teachers to be aware of and intentional about the power of their interactions with students—in everything from their classroom décor and informal hallway chats to their responses to challenging moments during class and in after-class discussions. Deb’s book shifts the narrative on what kinds of teaching practices matter and how teachers can and do work toward equity.
The book is currently available for purchase at amazon.com/author/deborahbieler. You can contact Deb at email@example.com for more information about her work or to arrange for speaking engagements or professional development.
The Delaware Association of Colleges for Teacher Education held its first public program for 2018-19 on October 4, featuring Delaware Department of Education and district guests to help DACTE members better understand how the DPAS-II educator evaluation is implemented. This is significant to all Delaware teacher preparation programs in that we report on the DPAS results for our graduates for our CAEP accreditation. If you are interested in a summary of this meeting, please contact Christine Carrino Gorowara (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The next DACTE meeting will be on November 1 from 9:00 to 10:00 at the Wilmington University Dover site, and will feature DDOE and district representatives speaking about Teacher Academies and Educators Rising.
DCTE helps “Delaware Go to College”
Three of our DCTE team members—Frank Livoy, Marie Peters, and Sue Gooden—volunteered their time to Delaware Goes to College during College Application Month, helping high school students fill out college applications. The Delaware Department of Education reports that students have commented that they would not have applied to college if not for the assistance and encouragement they received from volunteers during their school’s College Application Week, so a special thanks to Frank, Marie, and Sue!
CCSSO Diverse and Learner-Ready Teachers
DCTE Interim Director Christine Carrino Gorowara joined the Delaware state team for a meeting of the Council of Chief State School Officers Diverse and Learner-Ready Teachers (DLRT) initiative in Chicago at the end of October. The DLRT initiative supports statewide efforts to diversify the teacher workforce and increase cultural responsiveness among all teachers. The Delaware DLRT plan, which will include an Equity Summit in the spring as well as the co-creation of coursework on culturally responsive practice, will incorporate and amplify similar efforts here at UD. For more information about this initiative, contact Christine at email@example.com.
Do2Learn Makerspace Session
Friday, April 29
1:00 – 3:00 pm
Education Resource Center