All of Delaware’s students deserve a safe, equitable, and proficient education. Addressing inequity in education at the roots of the issues can help us make that vision a reality.
Violations of students’ rights, historic underfunding of public schools, systemic racism, and harsh disciplinary practices are all-too-common occurrences behind school walls.
Delaware schools should foster an environment where all students belong by including students in academic and enrichment experiences that prepare them for life after grade school – both academically and personally.
All students are valued.
Inclusive schools embrace elements of safety and health by reducing school discipline rates, engaging students in enrichment activities, and increasing access to accelerated classes.
Delaware's students are our future.
Increasing student engagement is possible through a focus on student participation in academic leadership, civic engagement, peer-to-peer mentoring, and relationship building.
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Scholars Engaged for Action (SEFA)
Students who are involved in their larger communities through school programs often feel a sense of inclusion and belonging in their own school communities, leading to better education outcomes and a path of civic engagement that can last far beyond their grade school years.
Every student deserves an equitable and accommodating education. But throughout our history, Delaware has fallen short on giving students equitable and accommodating opportunities. We're organizing parents, students, and community members to make educational equity a reality.
Children should be educated, not incarcerated. We challenge policies and practices within public school systems and the juvenile justice system that contribute to the school-to-prison pipeline.
Fair Discipline Online Toolkit
By replacing out-of-school suspensions with more effective non-punitive interventions, schools will consciously create more inclusive cultures. Comprehensive studies indicate that inclusive school cultures reduce sources of stress in the lives of children and families. Non-punitive, restorative discipline practices support the development of responsive relationships for young people with adults.