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State Chamber announces 2018 Superstars in Education winners

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The Delaware State Chamber of Commerce and its affiliate, The Partnership, Inc., this week announced the 2018 Superstars in Education award winners.

The Chamber selects the winners from a mix of classroom programs, school collaborations and nonprofit initiatives.

Here are the winners with descriptions from a Chamber press release:

Thomas McKean High Avid Program
Thomas McKean High School, Red Clay Consolidated School District

Thomas McKean High School’s AVID initiative is a systematic program whose mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination and serves not only as a guiding principle for teaching practices that best prepare students for collegiate work, but also for the demands of careers post high school.

The Will to Skill Program
Milford High School, Milford School District

At Milford High School, we tell students every day, “If you have the will, we will provide the skill.” Over the past five years, Milford High School and Milford Central Academy have partnered to establish a system to identify students who have honors, Dual Enrollment, and AP potential. This identification system has created a culture of access that has grown these programs by over three hundred percent in the past five years.

Specialized Transition to Employment Pathway (STEP) Program
Delcastle Technical High School, New Castle County Vocational Technical SD

The STEP Program is a district-wide certificate program that is part of the continuum of special education services within NCCVTSD’s inclusion model, housed at Delcastle Technical High School. The curriculum is based on the extensions of the Common Core Curriculum, individually modified to best meet the academic and vocational learning needs of each student. The STEP Program focuses on providing students tailored instruction that is aligned with the common core standards, expanding academic knowledge across functional and vocational settings, and developing employability and vocational skills.

S3 STEM Summer Scholars
Office of Curriculum Instruction, Red Clay Consolidated School District

The S3 STEM Summer Scholars program is a multi-week summer enrichment program, offered to all students living or attending school in the Red Clay Consolidated School District, following the students’ fourth through eighth grade year. S3 STEM Summer Scholars Program provides participating students with the experience of applying the principles of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) to solving real world problems in a carefully structured environment.

Smyrna Middle School, Smyrna School District

Smyrna Middle School, in collaboration with Smyrna School District, has partnered with the University of Delaware in an exciting, innovative, mobility project. Currently at Smyrna Middle School, approximately 90 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) students are designing and modifying 6- and 12-volt battery-operated cars with adaptable gears, programming, switches and safety supports, specifically tailored for children to meet their mobility potential.

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