Leading Efforts

PPE’s capacity building has led to increased UD investments in partnerships that impact our highest-need schools and communities and the facilitation of a statewide, stakeholder-driven effort to strengthen Delaware’s teacher workforce—TeachDE. PPE has also used its broad network to gather expert recommendations for the state regarding the design and development of Delaware’s new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) implementation plan.


PPE facilitates TeachDE, a new statewide initiative charged with supporting the quantity and quality of Delaware’s teacher pipeline. TeachDE is made up of teachers, parents, school leaders, district leaders, as well as representation from the University of Delaware, Delaware State University, Wesley College, Wilmington University, Delaware Technical Community College, Alternative Routes to Certification: ARTC, Teach for America, Relay Graduate School, and other critical stakeholders. Learn more about TeachDE.

ESSA Commentary

To engage in the development of Delaware’s new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Plan, PPE gathered feedback from a range of contributors across multiple colleges, departments, and centers and then submitted these recommendations to the state Department of Education. Read the recommendations.

Shue Medill Middle School

PPE has initiated a partnership with Shue Medill Middle School to support and advance the principal’s equity agenda. PPE has convened UD faculty and staff engaged in equity driven professional development to partner with the school’s administration and teacher leadership to plan and implement equity-based work. UD’s Elizabeth Soslau, Nick Bell, and Roderick Carey are leading the way!

Wilmington Education Improvement Commission

The Commission is a 23-person group, mandated by law, to propose recommendations for an improved education system in Delaware with a primary focus on Wilmington. PPE provides data and evaluation support to the Commission. Learn more.

Policy and Practice Briefs

PPE writes and circulates different types of briefs in order to bring awareness critical education issues and to educate the issue’s relationship to policy, practice, or research. Check out our briefs.