Delta Research and Educational Foundation – Washington, DC
Delta Teacher Efficacy Campaign (DTEC) Advocacy Town Hall
In 2014, the Delta Research and Educational Foundation (DREF), in collaboration with Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., launched the Delta Teacher Efficacy Campaign (DTEC). The campaign is designed to enhance teacher effectiveness and promote learning among at-risk, urban students with the goal of increasing graduation rates. A component of DTEC includes advocacy through community partnerships, outreach, and town halls.
With the assistance of a competitive grant from DREF, MCDAF previously sponsored a DTEC advocacy town hall, entitled, “Strategies for Improving Teacher Efficacy in Montgomery County through Culturally Responsive Methods.” During the town hall, audience participants (which included parents, students, and other concerned community members) learned ways to support local teachers and to help students graduate from high school. They also had the opportunity to directly engage the event speakers, which included Andrew Platt, Jr., MD State Delegate; Timothy B. Warner, Chief Engagement and Partnership Officer at Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS); Ruby Rubens, former MCPS ombudsman, Wilma Holmes, former school principal; and Stephanie Allen, MCPS teacher.
Overall, the town hall was well received. In large part, participants agreed that the town hall helped them understand which instructional techniques would be most effective for culturally diverse students and that the questions posed during the town hall helped them understand the issues of most concern to the public. MCDAF looks forward to providing similar town halls in the future.
For more information about DTEC, visit http://www.deltafoundation.net/research-education/about-dtec-learn-more.