Brandywine School District and the Race to the Top Initiative
“Timing is Everything” – that old adage is especially true for the Brandywine School District and Delaware's acceptance into the federal Race to the Top program. For several decades, the United States has slowly lost its position of prominence in terms of student achievement among industrialized nations. Dramatic, comprehensive school reform is needed to ensure that our students have the skills and tools necessary to compete globally and develop the divergent thinking and creative leadership needed to pioneer the scientific and technological innovations that will shape and secure America's economic future.
Perfect timing! Newly appointed Superintendent, Dr. Mark Holodick, with the support of the Brandywine School District Board of Education, began the work of creating a comprehensive reform of educational practices before Delaware was awarded the Race to the Top grant. Due to this foresight, the Brandywine School District's Strategic Plan is strongly aligned to the measures in Race to the Top. The accompanying funds will be used to support the resources necessary to expedite and assist with the District's vision and mission.
The scope of work for the District's plan is extensive and covers all twelve reform areas as required by Race to the Top. Dr. Holodick and the Board of Education have identified the following four areas as Brandywine's top priorities:
* Increase students taking higher level courses and being ready for college upon graduation.
* Examine and modify the academic programming for our highest performing students so that
all students receive relevant, rigorous learning opportunities.
* Design and implement innovated ways to engage parents, community and business support in
the reform process.
* Establish the consistent and pervasive use of these practices as “expectations” defining a
standard of practice and culture that is uniquely Brandywine.
Brandywine– Right on Time!