Delaware Teachers Institute in New Castle County
New Castle County Team at the Intensive Session, July 2011. (Standing, left to right: National Fellows Kathleen G. Gormley,
Nancy Rudolph, Nancy Ventresca, Ellen Shackelford, Kishayla T. Payne-Miller, Gretchen Wolfe, Lori Wiley, and Barbara A. Prillaman. Seated, left to right: Eric W. Rise, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Legal Studies, University of Delaware; National Fellow Michael Husni; Raymond F. Theilacker, Director, Delaware Teachers Institute in New Castle County; Leslie Reidel, Professor of Theatre, University of Delaware; and Thomas M. Leitch, Professor of English, University of Delaware.)
The Delaware Teachers Institute in New Castle County, founded in 2010, brings the resources of the University of Delaware to five school districts enrolling 45 percent of Delaware's students. The districts, which span rural, suburban, and urban communities, include four K-12 local education agencies, as well as a county-wide vocational-technical high school district. The Institute initially is working in about half of the districts' schools, bringing the Institute experience and its benefits to more than 1,100 teachers and about 15,000 students, 64 percent of whom are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch. Delaware is the first instance of an Institute partnership that involves more than one school district.
The founding director of the Institute is Raymond F. Theilacker.