Here are the winners, with descriptions from the State Chamber:
Thomas McKean High School’s AVID Program in the Red Clay Consolidated School District. AVID
(Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a systematic program which aims to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. AVID serves as a guiding principle for teaching practices that best prepare students for collegiate work, and for the demands of careers post high school.
The Will to Skill Program at Milford High School of the Milford School District. Milford High School says, “If
you have the will, we will provide the skill.” Milford High School and Milford Central Academy have partnered
to establish a system to identify students who have honors, Dual Enrollment, and AP potential, creating a culture of access that has grown these programs by over 300 percent in five years.
Specialized Transition to Employment Pathway (STEP) Program at Delcastle Technical High School of the New Castle County Vocational Technical School District. STEP is a district-wide certificate program that is part of the continuum of special education services within NCCVTSD’s inclusion model. The curriculum is based on the extensions of the Common Core Curriculum, individually modified to best meet the academic and vocational learning needs of each student.
S3 STEM Summer Scholars through the Office of Curriculum Instruction of the Red Clay Consolidated School District. S3 is a multi-week summer enrichment program, offered to all students living or attending school in the Red Clay Consolidated School District, in fourth through eighth grade. S3 allows students to apply STEM principles to real world problems in a carefully structured environment.
GoBabyGo! at Smyrna Middle School of the Smyrna School District. Smyrna Middle School, in collaboration with Smyrna School District, has partnered with the University of Delaware in an exciting, innovative, mobility project. Approximately 90 STEM students design and modify battery-operated cars to help children meet their mobility potential.
John Hollis, founder and director of Minority Educational Regional Incentive Training (MERIT), also received the John H. Taylor, Jr. Education Leadership Award for “sustained leadership” in Delaware education.