October 11: Strengthening Collaboration in Delaware Education

The 11th Annual Vision Coalition and University of Delaware Conference

Strengthening Collaboration in Delaware Education: The 11th Annual Vision Coalition and University of Delaware Conference will be held on Thursday, October 11th 2018 at Clayton Hall at the University of Delaware. The conference will focus on the importance of building relationships, having authentic conversations, and forging partnerships that can ultimately improve education outcomes in our state. We welcome members from all communities in Delaware to join us to learn about powerful collaborations that currently exist and to brainstorm future opportunities to work together.

For questions, please contact: Valerie Lane (vallane@udel.edu) or Haley Qaissaunee (hqaissa@udel.edu).

Registration is now open! 

Registration will close on September 30, 2018. 


Arts Education Access

How can we support schools and community organizations to increase student participation in arts education opportunities?
Facilitated by:

  • Sheila Ross
    Program Officer, Arts Education and Accessibility
    Delaware Division of the Arts
  • Lynnette Overby
    Delaware Division of the Arts
    CEI Partnership for Arts and Culture (PAC)


Business and K-12 Partnerships

How can break down silos to ensure mental health services reach children, particularly those birth to age 5?
Facilitated by:

    • Gary Stockbridge
      President of Delmarva Power
      Chair of the Vision Coalition Leadership Team


Child Wellness and Mental Health

How can industry leaders inform and work with K-12 to help prepare students for a career?
Facilitated by:

    • Mary Moor
      Early Childhood Mental Health Administrator,
      Delaware Children’s Department, Division of Prevention and Behavioral Health Services


College and Career Decisions

How can we more effectively use technology to help students make decisions about postsecondary education and career choices?
Facilitated by:

    • Shana Payne
      Director, Higher Education Office
      Delaware Department of Education


College Remediation

How can we reduce the number of students needing remedial education after graduating high school?
Facilitated by:

    • Ryan Buchanan
      Supervisor of Instruction, Smyrna School District


Competency-Based Learning

How can K-12 schools, higher education institutions, and parents utilize competency-based learning to get a clearer picture of students’ academic progress and empower them to take control of their educational experience?
Facilitated by:

  • Robyn Howton
    English Department Chair, Mount Pleasant High School, Brandywine School District
  • Emily Edmonds-Eveland
    Director of Instruction, Las Américas ASPIRA Academy


Design Thinking

How can education and nonprofit organizations use collective impact and design thinking to work with the community to identify needs, test ideas, and achieve education outcomes for students?
Facilitated by:

  • Sarah Moore
    Project Manager, La Colectiva de Delaware
  • Zach Jones
    Director, Dual School


Dual Enrollment

How can we provide opportunities for students to gain access to college experiences and credits while still in high school?
Facilitated by:

  • Marsha’ T. Horton
    Dean, College of Health and Behavioral Sciences
    Delaware State University
  • Evelyn A. Edney, Ed.D
    Principal, Early College High School
    Delaware State University


Early Learning and K-12 Alignment

How can K-12 schools partner with early learning providers and parents to offer shared training, ensure children are screened, and expand services?
Facilitated by:

  • Dawn E. Alexander, M. Ed.
    Preschool Expansion Coordinator, Colonial School District


Early Learning Quality

What factors should be prioritized in improving our Stars Quality Rating and Improvement System, and how can we ensure it helps children and providers?
Facilitated by:

  • John Fisher-Klein
    Education Associate, Office of Early Learning
    Delaware Department of Education


English Learners

How can we provide necessary supports and resources for English learners through mobilization, advocacy, and partnerships?
Facilitated by:

  • Javier Torrijos
    Chair, Delaware Hispanic Commission
    Vision Coalition Leadership Team Member


Equitable Access to Career Pathways

How can we better support all students, such as those with disabilities or English learners, to complete a career pathway and successfully transition to continuing education and meaningful employment?
Facilitated by:

    • Lisa Stoner-Tobert
      Career & Technical Education and STEM Initiatives, Delaware Department of Education

Career and Technical Education Coordinator, Appoquinimink School District


Equity-Oriented Professional Learning

How can collaboration be utilized for program development and implementation of equity oriented professional learning?
Facilitated by:

  • Elizabeth Soslau
    Professor, College of Education and Human Development
    University of Delaware


Funding Student Success

How can we strengthen the revenue base that supports public education at both the state and local levels?
Facilitated by:

  • Joe Pika
    Retired Professor, University of Delaware


Health and Education

How do we provide high-quality education and health supports for children and families?
Facilitated by:

  • Denise Buffin, RN, MEd, MSN, NCSN
    School Nurse, Mt. Pleasant Elementary/Brandywine School District


Home Visiting

How can we support families in the development of their children through two-generation approaches and expanded access to home visiting?
Facilitated by:

    • Crystal Sherman
      Bureau Chief, Maternal and Child Health
      Delaware Department of Health and Social Services
      Division of Public Health

Supervisor, Christina School District
Parents as Teachers – New Castle County


Meeting the Needs of Students in Poverty

How can we identify risk factors early and increase the delivery of evidence-based, integrated services to youth and their families living in high need communities?
Facilitated by:

    • Meredith Griffin
      Senior Pastor, Harvest Christian Fellowship

President & CEO, Communities in Schools


Out-of-School Time

How might schools and community-based organizations collaborative effectively to improve academic success for children during the summer and after school, especially for low-income youth?
Facilitated by:

  • Catherine Lindroth
    Founder & Executive Director, SummerCollab


Parent Engagement

How can schools and parents build effective partnerships to meet students’ needs?
Facilitated by:

  • Equetta Jones
    Assistant Principal, Highlands Elementary School


Personalized Learning

What are the leading edge personalized learning opportunities in Delaware, and how can they lead to greater student learning and efficiencies for schools?
Facilitated by:

  • Dr. LouAnn Hudson
    President of the BRINC Consortium
    Supervisor of Instructional Support for Cape Henlopen School District


Professional Development for Teachers

How can schools and institutions of higher education engage in meaningful partnership work in professional development?
Facilitated by:

  • Amy Trauth-Nare
    Director, Professional Development Center for Educators
    University of Delaware


Promoting Charter District Collaboration

How can we create opportunities for collaboration between district and charter schools?
Facilitated by:

    • Eve Buckley
      Associate Professor, History Department at University of Delaware

Head of School, Las Américas ASPIRA Academy and Delaware Academy of Public Safety
Vision Coalition Leadership Team member


School Attendance

How can communities and schools work together to promote school attendance and reduce chronic absenteeism?
Facilitated by:

    • State Director
      Delaware Valley Government Relations
      Nemours /A.I. duPont Hospital for Children
      Co-Chair, Attendance Committee, Campaign for Grade Level Reading

Director Multi Sector Development
Center for Health Delivery Innovation
Nemours Children’s Health System


School Culture and Climate

How can we provide teachers and leaders with the self-care supports they need to create positive learning environments for students and adults?
Facilitated by:

  • ADorrell Green
    Director Of Innovation and Improvement at Delaware Department of Education
    Vision Coalition Leadership Team Member


Social & Emotional Learning (SEL)

How can Delaware create a statewide common language for SEL?
Facilitated by:

    • LaWanda Burgoyne, M.S. Ed.
      School Improvement Specialist, Capital School District



Special Education

How can we engage families of students with disabilities to access information, knowledge, and resources?
Facilitated by:

    • LDeb Boyer
      Director f K-12 Education
      Center for Disability Studies, University of Delaware



Strengthening Wilmington Education

How can we collaboratively address the needs of and improve the quality of public education for children within the City of Wilmington?/strong>
Facilitated by:

  • Tizzy Lockman
    Director, Parent Advocacy Council for Education


Supporting World-Language and Dual-Language Teachers

How can we better attract and support world-language teachers?/strong>
Facilitated by:

  • Basia Moltchanov
    Spanish Instructor, Department of Languages, Literature, and Culture World Language
    University of Delaware


Teacher Diversity

How can we remove barriers that teachers of color face such as entering and staying in the profession?/strong>
Facilitated by:

  • Aaron Bass
    Chief Executive Officer, Vision Academies


Teacher Mentorship

How can we improve efforts to strengthen the mentorship experience for new teachers?/strong>
Facilitated by:

  • Christine Gorowara
    Interim Director, Delaware Center for Teacher Education
    University of Delaware


Teacher Residencies

How can mutually beneficial partnerships be created to expand, enhance, and sustain teacher candidate residency programs?/strong>
Facilitated by:

  • Tyler Wells
    Professor, Wilmington University


Trauma, Toxic Stress, and Learning

How can schools, caregivers, and the community best support students impacted by trauma and toxic stress?
Facilitated by:

    • Mike Matthews
      President, Delaware State Education Association



Youth Advocacy in Education

How can we incorporate the perspectives of students into education decision-making in and out of school?/strong>
Facilitated by:

  • Daniel Walker
    State Outreach Manager, DelawareCAN


Registration Opens August 27, 2018.