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Delaware is renewing its commitment to putting the most effective teachers in front of the students who need them most, and we are backing this commitment with support for educators and schools through the Delaware Talent Cooperative.

The Co-Op, which includes educator awards, school grants, and other supports, is about:

  • Keeping all of us focused on student learning.
  • Working together to increase the academic success of our students, particularly those who have traditionally been under served.
  • Treating educators like the professionals they are.
  • Highlighting outstanding work at our schools.

Benefits for Educators

  • Retention awards: Between $2,500 and $10,000 over two years for eligible educators already working in participating schools. Educators can earn this award annually, for a total of up to $20,000.
  • Attraction awards: Up to $20,000 in the first year for eligible teachers who transfer to participating schools.
  • Formal recognition by the Delaware Department of Education (DDOE) for their practice.
  • Initial training and ongoing professional development at no cost to the educator.
  • Leadership opportunities as well as opportunities to learn from others in the Co-Op.
Educators include eligible teachers, specialists, and school leaders.

Benefits for Participating Schools

  • Incentives to help participating schools retain their most effective educators and recruit others.
  • Grants of up to $10,000 for school improvement efforts. A school is eligible for a grant if (a) it has at least two educators participating in the Co-Op (any combination of educators receiving attraction and/or retention awards); and (b) it has met at least 50 percent of student growth targets in the 2013–14 or 2014–15 school year.
  • Decisions about how to use school grants will be made by educators at the building level.

Participating schools all have high populations of traditionally under served students.

What are educators saying about the Co-Op?