Superstars in Education winners announced


The Delaware State Chamber of Commerce and its affiliate, The Partnership, Inc., announced the 2018 Superstars in Education awards. Winners will be honored at a reception and awards ceremony on Monday, May 14, 2018. The event will be held at 4:45 p.m. at Wilmington University’s Doberstein Admissions Center Auditorium.

Programs range from single classroom programs to collaborations between classes, or with other schools, or through community partnerships. In its 26th year, the Superstars in Education program welcomes five new Superstars to its roster:

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.

Superstars in Education is charged with recognizing outstanding educational programs and individual achievements. This event highlights excellence in innovative teaching, integrated classroom technology practices, and school-to-career pathways. It also serves to leverage the business community’s investment in the future workforce. Delaware’s economic outlook is dependent upon the foundation we build in our schools. Whether it is ensuring our children are globally competitive, are ready to hit the ground running at a trade job, or are prepared to excel in institutions of higher education, The Partnership, Inc. is committed to educational progress.

The Superstars in Education Selection Committee considered nominations from public, private, magnet, charter and parochial schools from around the state. Leaders from both the education and business worlds will make appearances during the reception and awards ceremony on May 14. The cost to attend is $35 per person. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information about the event, or to register, visit

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