Delaware Teachers Institute in New Castle County

New Castle County Team at the Intensive Session, July 2014. (From left to right: April Higgins, Raymond F. Theilacker, Joel G. Best, Barbara A. Prillaman, John A. Bartley, Eric W. Rise, Kristen Leida, Nancy Rudolph, and Meredith Ostheimer.)

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The Delaware Teachers Institute in New Castle County, founded in 2010, brings the resources of the University of Delaware to four school districts enrolling 36 percent of Delaware's students. The districts, two of which are the largest in the state, span rural, suburban, and urban communities. They, include three K-12 local education agencies, as well as a county-wide vocational-technical high school district. The Institute is working in about 40 percent of the districts’ schools, bringing the Institute experience and its benefits to more than 1,300 teachers and about 19,000 students, 38 percent of whom are identified as coming from low-income families. 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.