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ERIC Number: ED558208
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Oct
Pages: 40
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Strategic Reinvention: The Rodel Foundation of Delaware's Journey to Catalyzing a System of World-Class Schools. Principles for Effective Education Grantmaking. Case Study No. 10
Jenkins, Lynn; Wisdom, Michelle
Grantmakers for Education
As the summer of 2014 began, Paul Herdman, President and CEO of the Rodel Charitable Foundation of Delaware, paused to reflect on what Delaware had accomplished over the past decade in the public education realm. Academic standards had been raised across the K-12 system, and a new assessment system aligned to those standards was being implemented. The state's data infrastructure was now one of the best in the country, and principals and teachers were using that information to rethink how they could better support students. There was better alignment in how the adults in the system--teachers as well as principals--were being trained, evaluated, and coached. New, highly selective pipelines for teachers and leaders were growing. The number of seats available in good schools in Delaware's highest need communities was on track to double over the next few years, and stronger bridges to college and careers were being built. With an influx of federal and state funding, and much help from the Rodel Foundation and other private and public sector leaders, Delaware's public education system had moved from "below average" to "good." The new challenge was to move the public education system from good to excellent. This case study discusses the journey that led to a "Vision for Education in Delaware" (ED25)--the state's new 10-year education plan--which embodies the challenge set forth as a result of previous accomplishments attained due to Delaware's Vision 2015 plan, the state's Race To The Top work, and other efforts. Contains 2 exhibits. The following attachments are included: (1) Snapshot of Delaware Public Education Context (2013); (2) Rodel Foundation Strategic Planning Process, 2012 Strategy Overview; (3) A Sampling of Rodel Foundation Dashboard, FY2014; (4) Rodel Foundation Grants by Dashboard Area and Expenses by Category, FY2014; (5) Rodel Foundation Organizational Chart, 2014; (6) Rodel Foundation Core Values, 2014; (7) Vision Coalition & ED25 Leadership; and (8) ED25 Working Group "Ideal State" Vision Statements (Draft). [Additional support for this case study was provided by Sandra Licon.]
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Publication Type: Tests/Questionnaires; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Authoring Institution: Grantmakers for Education
Identifiers - Location: Delaware