Delaware Teacher Council Releases Blueprint on Personalized Learning.  
Rodel Foundation of Delaware.
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October 21, 2014                                                                                           302-504-5247
                                                                                    Delaware Teacher Council Releases Blueprint on Personalized Learning
Rodel Teacher Council has released its Blueprint on Personalized Learning in Delaware
WILMINGTON, Del. - The Rodel Teacher Council, a group of diverse teacher-leaders that was convened by the Rodel Foundation of Delaware, has released the Blueprint for Personalized Learning in Delaware. Personalized learning leverages teaching strategies and tools to address the needs and interests of each student, and it prepares them for success in a changing world.
The blueprint is one of the first examples across the country of educators developing policy recommendations for personalized learning. While the blueprint recommendations are focused on Delaware, they serve as a resource to state and local policymakers interested in adopting personalized learning strategies statewide.  “Through the Rodel Teacher Council, we have had the opportunity to promote the positive work underway in our classrooms and in our state—and to be part of policymaking conversations. Teachers’ perspectives are critical but at times absent in developing and implementing sound policy,” reflected Corryn Nikodemski, Sixth-Grade Teacher at Mariner Middle School in the Cape Henlopen School District.
Personalized learning is an extension of what great teachers already do—creating environments in which students and teachers working together towards students’ individual learning goals. “The Rodel Teacher Council experience has confirmed my digital learning lab classroom experience. Technology has the power to help teachers reach students at all levels and to enable students to have access to equitable resources, including excellent curriculum and teachers,” stated Melissa Tracy, Social Studies Teacher at Conrad Schools of Science in the Red Clay Consolidated School District. 
Kathleen Olenderski, Math Teacher at Alfred G. Waters Middle School in the Appoquinimink School District, shared “My experience with the Rodel Teacher Council has resulted in a renewed commitment to teaching and to my students. I started using tools like Khan Academy in my classroom this year, and it’s been incredible to watch my students take off in so many different directions! They are learning so much and can focus on topics and activities that fit their interests, skills, and abilities.”
On Tuesday, October 21, the Rodel Teacher Council released its Blueprint for Personalized Learning in Delaware through a microsite launch and booklet publication of their recommendations. Following the release, the Rodel Teacher Council will conduct an “Idea Exchange” to discuss their recommendations with state policymakers, school leaders, peers, students and families, and other groups at the state and national level.
“The Rodel Teacher Council has provided a unique opportunity to bring our perspectives to policymaking conversations and elevate our voices on behalf of our students.  We have received great interest in our recommendations, and are optimistic about working together with all stakeholders  in education,” reflected Patricia Dallas, Early Childhood Special Education Teacher at the Richardson Park Learning Center in the Red Clay Consolidated School District.

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About the Rodel Teacher Council
The Rodel Teacher Council was convened in 2013 by the Rodel Foundation of Delaware to elevate the voices of teachers throughout Delaware. They represent the diversity of Delaware teachers and were identified through a selective process that assessed their accomplishments, leadership, and solution-oriented mindset. The goal of the Rodel Teacher Council is to provide a venue for teachers to weigh in on important issues that affect the work of educators and help set the course for future education improvements.
  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.

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