This year’s conference theme, "Strength in Numbers," is a celebration of a decade of data-informed progress from across our network and an opportunity to discuss our future direction. Join us for our 10th-anniversary celebration. We will look back at the evidence-informed progress we’ve made as a sector but also look forward to the pressing issues of the day. This year the event will take place at the Charles Hotel in Cambridge, MA from May 20–22, 2019. 

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Wednesday, May 22 • 10:15am - 11:30am
Improving Supports for Novice Educators Breakout Session
Limited Capacity seats available

Supporting Delaware’s newest educators is essential to ensuring all of Delaware’s students receive a quality education and are college and/or career ready. By providing comprehensive support to our newest educators, the Delaware Department of Education, school districts, and charter schools can work together towards increasing educator retention rates; improving professional practices of both new and veteran educators, and most importantly, having positive effects on student achievement.
This discussion will explore the state of Delaware’s approach to improving their mentoring and induction program, supporting district and school leaders in implementing mentoring and induction programs, and using data to drive interventions and decision-making. Furthermore, panelists will share their experiences, challenges that they have faced, early wins, and their approach to measuring outcomes, and continuous system-level improvements over time.

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Shannon Holston

Director, Educator Effectiveness, Delaware Dept.of Education
Shannon Holston is the Director for Educator Effectiveness for the Delaware Department of Education. As a director, her work includes educator preparation programs. 
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Nermin Zubaca

Data Analyst, University of Delaware/Delaware Department of Education
Nermin Zubaca works full-time with the Delaware Department of Education and leads the educator data collection, reporting, statistical analysis, and visualization. His work also focuses on governance projects, federal reporting, project management, technical assistance, and production... Read More →
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Seher Ahmad

Researcher, Delaware Department of Education
Seher Ahmad, Ph.D. works full-time with Delaware Department of Education on projects related to educator evaluation and effectiveness. Her work includes stake holder engagement, district and school monitoring visits, project management, statistical analyses, and providing technical... Read More →

Angela Socorso

Supervisor of Human Resources, Smyrna School District
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Dr. Michael Saylor

Director - Educator Excellence, Delaware Department of Education
Strong and varied skills in the field of education – specifically in the areas of talent development, equity, policy, school innovation, and curriculum/instruction/assessment. Currently leads the Educator Excellence Unit at the Delaware Department of Education. Previous experience... Read More →

Wednesday May 22, 2019 10:15am - 11:30am EDT
Stratton, Third Floor Charles Hotel (1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA, USA)