About the Partnership for Public Education

Vision & Mission


The Partnership for Public Education (PPE) is inspired by a vision of excellence and equity in public education for all Delaware children and families. Its work is grounded in the belief that research, practice, family, and community should all be invested in systematic improvement of educational opportunities and outcomes and that this goal can only be achieved through meaningful collaboration and cooperation.

PPE’s mission is to bring together members of the University of Delaware and the broader Delaware educational community, including educators, families, and leaders of community organizations, to identify shared needs and opportunities and to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and resources for the betterment of Delaware public education. Through its work, PPE will mobilize the University’s research, educational, and public service resources and provide greater and more systematic coordination of diverse efforts in order to leverage the greatest support for partnership work in Delaware.

PPE is a University-wide initiative stemming from the commitment of the College of Education & Human Development and the College of Arts & Sciences to public education in Delaware and affirming the goals of the Wilmington Education Improvement Commission to improve the quality and availability of education for all students. To this end, PPE’s initial work will prioritize schools serving high-poverty communities and with high concentrations of students with special needs.

PPE seeks to improve student opportunities and outcomes, including access to higher education at the University of Delaware and beyond. PPE’s work will draw on the University’s expertise in research, professional development, engagement, and advocacy. PPE will mobilize University of Delaware capacity to address critical issues facing school and community partners in a broad range of areas, including early childhood, instructional improvement, leadership and systems change, and other strategic areas to be developed as PPE evolves.

As the organization and its resources grow, PPE will expand its focus to meet the educational needs of all Delaware communities.


PPE is housed within the larger University of Delaware Community Engagement Initiative. PPE will be organized by an internal steering committee and an external partner coalition, which will provide guidance, support, and approval for PPE initiatives. Management and coordination will be handled through the PPE Directors’ Office.