From closing reading achievement gaps to fostering social emotion learning to readying high school students to enter the workforce, Delaware is home to innovative approaches to education that are worth celebrating. The Delaware State Chamber of Commerce and its affiliate, The Partnership, Inc., are pleased to announce the 2020 Superstars in Education award winners, all of which exemplify creativity and efficacy in education. These winners will be recognized at a reception and awards ceremony on Monday, May 11, 2020. The event will be held at 4:45 p.m. in Wilmington University’s Doberstein Admissions Center Auditorium. While many go through the rigorous application process, only a handful of winners are selected each year. Programs range from single classroom programs to collaborations between classes and other schools, or through community partnerships. The Superstars in Education program welcomes three new Superstars to its roster: W.O.L.V.E.S Reading Program Las Américas ASPIRA Academy, Charter School The W.O.L.V.E.S. Reading Program is aligned to Las Américas ASPIRA Academy’s (LAAA) mascot, mission, and vision by fostering a culturally inclusive community that honors and helps all students realize their full potential in English and Spanish content area classrooms and beyond. The program enhances the balanced literacy framework at LAAA by embedding language acquisition scaffolds so that all students, English Language Learners (ELLs) included, improve their literacy achievement and ultimately close the reading achievement gap. Student Advisory Program Talley Middle School, Brandywine School District At Talley Middle School, teaching and fostering positive social behaviors is important to academic success and creating responsible citizens in the local community. The program was created with the goal of providing a systematic way to teach social emotional lessons and engage students in important age-appropriate conversations that help them grow as individuals. Sussex Tech Health Professions Program Sussex Technical High School, Sussex Technical School District Of the school’s 17 career-technical areas, the Health Professions Program is the most popular. Through classroom and clinical instruction, students gain hands-on experience and training for a range of careers in medical or healthcare fields. The four-year program prepares students to ultimately achieve certified nurse assistant (CNA) status, which allows graduates to enter the job market immediately upon graduation or to work in their field and earn an income while pursuing higher education. Since 1989, Superstars in Education has been charged with recognizing outstanding educational programs and individual achievements. This program 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 11. The cost to attend is $35 per person. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information about the event, or to register, click here. The Partnership, Inc. is the 501c3 education affiliate of the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce. It was created to promote charitable and educational activities by developing and fostering programs that encourage private sector involvement in workforce development and education. Superstars in Education and Delaware Principal for a Day are the organization’s flagship programs.