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Contact:  C.R. McLeod, cmcleod@rodelfoundationde.org, 302-504-5247
 
Singapore Expert on Teacher Education Speaks to Delawareans
Delaware is a national leader in the effort to improve public schools
and better prepare and support educators

WILMINGTON, DE.—May 14, 2014—Lee Sing Kong of Singapore, a leading international expert in teacher training and preparation, spoke to a crowd of Delawareans in Wilmington, Delaware on Tuesday, May 13. Professor Lee is the Director of the National Institute of Singapore. The Institute is seen across the world as the gold standard in teacher training and preparation. He also serves on the International Advisory Group (IAG) of the Rodel Foundation of Delaware, the organization that hosted this public event to help inform ways in which Delaware can better attract, develop, and support educators to improve student learning.

Professor Lee discussed the education system in Singapore, centering on the clear alignment around the desired outcomes of education for students–alignment across policymakers, educators, and the educator preparation programs. Following his presentation, Joanne Weiss, former Chief of Staff to Secretary Arne Duncan at the U.S. Department of Education and fellow Rodel Foundation of Delaware IAG member, moderated questions from the audience about ways in which the successful practices in Singapore can be replicated in Delaware.

Delaware can learn from Singapore’s strategies to further build on its efforts to improve student and teacher experiences, including:
  • Reflecting on the rapidly changing needs of the Delaware (and global) economic landscape, and setting goals for our students that reflect the knowledge, skills, and attributes they need in order to have a lifetime of success.
  • Involving individuals at every level of the public education system (including teachers, school leaders, businesses, communities, and families) in developing these goals for our students, so that they understand their role in contributing to them.
  • Positioning these student goals as the focal point of Delaware public education, to which all actions are aligned, including policies at the state-level, practices in schools, and the preparation of the teachers. 
These strategies build on the successes that Delaware has already achieved to improve its public schools as well as students' and teachers' experiences within them. This aligned approach with clear goals for students is fundamental for students to be successful, particularly as technology dramatically changes the skills and knowledge needed for jobs, and with rapid changes to the way students learn.

For more information on the Rodel Foundation of Delaware and to watch the presentation, please visit our website at www.rodelfoundationde.org
 
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The mission of the Rodel Foundation of Delaware is to help Delaware build one of the finest systems of public education in the world by 2020. To achieve this mission, the Rodel Foundation works alongside other stakeholders to make policy changes linked to student achievement; invest in innovative, high-impact programs; and support partnerships among public and private leaders. For more information, visit www.rodelfoundationde.org.