Mentoring Program Nominated for IDEA Award

By: Delaware Charter School Network


October 10, 2013

Delaware Charter Schools Network recognizes standout performance at city charter

WILMINGTON, DE—Four EastSide teachers and Head of School Lamont Browne and Communities in Schools have been nominated for Delaware Charter Schools Network IDEA (Innovation, Dedication, Education & Admiration) Awards.

The IDEA Award program, now in its second year, recognizes the exemplary dedication and hard work of teachers, leaders, legislators, parents and community members across Delaware’s charter school community.

Dr. Browne is nominated for the Impact Award, recognizing a school leader who has made a significant impact on Delaware’s education community. Since assuming the role of Head of School at EastSide in 2011, Dr. Browne has made an enormous impact on the school serving some of the state’s most economically disadvantaged student population, by raising student achievement and empowering staff and parents. Student proficiency has risen from 37% to 58% in math and from 27% to 54% during Dr. Browne’s tenure. He is also credited for very low staff turnover and parent engagement: only two teachers have left to pursue principal positions, and two have relocated to other states; parent attendance at quarterly report card conferences is 90%.

Brynn Dixon is nominated for the Community Ties Award, recognizing a school, teacher, group of students, or organization that has worked toward effective and rewarding community alliances/partnerships, as well as the Dedication in a Middle School Award. Ms. Dixon teaches special education at EastSide, where she is known for her self-sacrifice and creative teaching methods. Ms. Dixon makes herself available to students and parents during off-hours to help with homework and also works hard to build strong relationships with her students. Additionally, she continually strives to make curriculum more teachable to her special education students, using different tactics, hands-on projects and other fun ways to make information stick with each child.

Brianne Kennely and Cynthia Kreal are nominated for the Innovation in an Elementary School Award, recognizing an individual teacher or group of teachers that have introduced a new or creative method into their classroom(s) that has positively impacted their students. Ms. Kennelly and Mrs. Kreal are credited with improving lesson planning and student engagement by rotating their 3rd grade classes. They also are known for their focus on students’ individual learning needs.

Emily Pettit is nominated for the Innovation in an Elementary Award. Mrs. Pettit was nominated by a fellow teacher who praises her work ethic and smart teaching methods. In a classroom with a broad range of special needs among students, Mrs. Pettit organized classroom instruction so that all of the students IEP goals were met while working toward grade-level material.

East Side, in partnership with Communities in Schools, has been nominated for the Community Ties Award. Communities in Schools is recognized for its work with the school’s families. The organization partnered with local businesses to start a mentorship program with students. They have also organized family events, provided food and supplies during the holidays, as well as instituting a counseling program for students.

What: Delaware Charter Schools Network IDEA Awards

Where: The Grand Opera House, 818 North Market St. Wilmington, DE 19801

When: October 10, 2013 at 5:30 p.m.

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