Delaware Teachers Institute in New Castle County
New Castle County Team at the Intensive Session, July 2013. (From left to right:
Raymond F. Theilacker, Director, Delaware Teachers Institute in New Castle County; National Fellows Robert McDowell and Barbara A. Prillaman; John A. Bartley, Associate Professor of Biology, University of Delaware; Cristina Bacuta, Assistant Professor of Mathematical Sciences, University of Delaware; National Fellows Michelle Hilbeck and April Higgins; Eric W. Rise, Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice, University of Delaware; and Lynnette Y. Overby, Professor of Theatre, 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.