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Delaware: Working in Education in Delaware

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Curriculum and Instruction

The Delaware Content Standards and Recommended Curriculum includes 13 content areas. While each content area has its own standards for learning and for student assessment, they are not meant to be taught in isolation from one another.

Educational Management

Delaware was one of 15 states to receive funding from the Wallace Foundation to focus on school leadership. Delaware received $300,000 in funding in 2001 and $600,000 in 2004. With the Wallace Foundation and other partners, Delaware has been working to develop a consistent leadership system in order to improve K-12 teaching and learning. A cohesive leadership system would include well-coordinated policies and practices, standards, training, and working conditions that are more supportive of principals as leaders of learning institutions. The Wallace Foundation gave Delaware a 1.5 million dollar grant for 2007-2008 to continue its work on strengthening the statewide school leadership system.

Delaware has a state-funded mentoring program for all educators (including school administrators) and a requirement for 90 clock hours of professional development to maintain licensure. In recent years the state streamlined its certification for school leaders from thirty-seven to three administrative certificates and made it easier for school leaders from other states to become licensed and certified in Delaware.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual wage for Delaware's 560 elementary and secondary educational administrators was $103,750 in May 2008. Because of shortages for the 2010-2011 school year, new secondary school administrators may be eligible for federal loan cancellation or deferment options if they work in eligible schools in Delaware.

Teacher's Aides

Postsecondary institutions in Delaware offer associate's degrees in applied paraprofessional technologies. Programs prepare students for careers as paraeducators in K-12 schools by providing a foundation in academic skills, child development theory, literacy, and mathematics instructional support strategies. Completion of such programs satisfies the Title I Federal Regulation of professional development requirements for practicing paraeducators. The Delaware Department of Education offers a Paraeducator Permit that confirms an employee's qualifications to work as a Title I service or instructional paraeducator.

Delaware is one of eleven states that have paraprofessional professional development programs and one of ten states that require certification for instructional paraprofessionals.

The mean annual wage for teacher assistants in Delaware was $28,600 in May 2008, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Educational Technology

The Delaware Center for Educational Technology aims to create a state-of-the-art infrastructure for educational technology in Delaware's public schools in order to enable students to use information technology to meet academic standards to develop the skills they need to participate in the modern workforce.

The Instructional Technology Users Group or ITUG focuses on instructional technology and its uses in education. It offers help with IT questions and information on instructional technology for Delaware educators.

ELearning Delaware provides web-based professional development to help teachers improve their teaching practices. Another technology program offers free summer courses on technology educator for Delaware educators. Through interactive lessons, the i-SAFE Safe Schools Education initiative teaches students about online safety and responsibility.

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