letter to chiefs by HC121107225222


									January 18, 2005

Dear Superintendent _________,

As a result of recommendations that came from several task force committees that
convened to discuss issues around recruitment, retention and working conditions of
school leaders in Delaware, the second round of funding from Delaware’s State Action
for Education Leadership Project will focus on succession planning in Delaware’s local
school districts. Succession planning for this particular project includes the identification
of teacher leaders and the development of a succession plan that will include internships,
clinical experiences, and professional development activities that will increase the pool of
aspiring school leaders for Delaware schools.

The Delaware Department of Education will be sponsoring a conference on Friday,
February 18, 2005 from 8:30-4:00 in the Conference Room at Delaware Technical and
Community College in Dover. This one-day event will provide districts the opportunity
to learn more about the issue of succession planning and explore this important concept
with school leadership teams.

Each school district will be invited to bring a leadership team of up to five members.
Suggested district team membership may include the superintendent, human resource
director, school board members, business leaders or parent(s), and other key leaders
selected by the superintendent. Registration will begin at 7:30 AM with a continental
breakfast available for all participants. There will be several sessions available for school
teams to learn more about this topic.

During the conference districts will be provided information regarding opportunities to
obtain funds to develop succession planning specific to the individual district. Districts
that choose to participate in succession planning will be eligible to receive up to $10,000
in funding and have the opportunity to participate in regular professional development
opportunities over the life of the project.

Please register your District Succession Team for this important conference. With the
shortage of good candidates to fill critical leadership positions in our schools, it is critical
that we begin to develop a deeper, more diverse pool of school leaders. This conference
will be the start of addressing the critical problem faced by Delaware schools.

Best wishes for continued success in 2005. I look forward to seeing you and your team
on February 18.


Jacquelyn O. Wilson, Ed.D.
Project Director,
State Action for Education Leadership Project

Cc: Valerie Woodruff

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