The 2011 Delaware team attends the Intensive Session of the Yale
National Initiative, held each July in New Haven, CT, where admitted
teachers from across the country participate in seminars led by
distinguished Yale University faculty members.
Pictured (L to R) front: Eric Rise, Associate Professor of Sociology
and Criminal Justice; Michael Husni, Spanish and Dramatic Arts
instructor, Middletown High School (Appoquinimink); Raymond Theilacker,
DTI Director; Leslie Reidel, Professor of Theater;Thomas Leitch,
Professor of English.
The 2011 Delaware team attends the Intensive Session
of the Yale National Initiative, held each July in New Haven, CT, where
admitted teachers from across the country participate in seminars led
by distinguished Yale University faculty members.
Back row: Kathleen Gormley, Highlands Elementary School (Red Clay);
Nancy Rudolph, Mathematics instructor, Hodgson Vo-tech High School (New
Castle Co. Vo-tech); Nancy Ventresca, Thurgood Marshall Elementary
School (Christina); Ellen Shackelford, Richey Elementary School (Red
Clay); Kishayla Payne-Miller, Southern Elementary School (Colonial);
Gretchen Wolfe, Brader Elementary School (Christina); Lori Wiley, George
Read Middle School (Colonial); Barbara Prillaman, Social Studies, ELA
and ESL instructor, Conrad Schools of Science (Red Clay).
The Delaware Teachers Institute in
New Castle County (DTI) is
an educational partnership between the University of Delaware and five
New Castle County school districts: Appoquinimink, Christina, Colonial,
New Castle County Vocational-Technical, and Red Clay Consolidated. The
Institute is designed to strengthen teaching and learning in the
community's public schools. DTI is situated in the College of Arts and
Sciences at the University of Delaware, and is led by a University
faculty group and a committee of teacher leaders. The
Institute is coordinated and administered by a director.
DTI offers seminars on subjects that school
teachers request in the humanities and sciences, and which best fit
contemporary needs among the student population.
Following a rigorous application process, K-12
teachers are admitted into small seminar groups organized around the
content topics. In seminars, University faculty members contribute their
knowledge of and expertise in a subject, while teachers apply their
knowledge of elementary and secondary pedagogy, their understanding of
the students they teach, and their grasp of what really works in the
Successful completion of a seminar requires that
teachers, under the personal guidance of University faculty leaders,
each write a curriculum unit to be used in their own classrooms, and to
be shared with others in their home schools, and with other teachers
through both print and electronic publication.
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