Gov. John Carney recently announced Dorrell Green, a Delaware educator, will lead the Delaware Department of Education’s Office of Improvement and Innovation.
The Wilmington-based team will support Delaware’s neediest schools with a focus on schools in the city of Wilmington.
“All Delaware students deserve a quality education and an equal opportunity to succeed,” Carney said. “We must provide our schools most in need with the resources and supports necessary so that every child has that chance. Dorrell is a proven leader who knows from first-hand experience how to overcome challenges to improve academic outcomes for Delaware children.”
Green, who is currently an assistant superintendent in the Brandywine School District, will start Aug. 1. His new office will include staff members reassigned from other work in the Department of Education, with experience supporting students and schools in need. The team will support educators on the ground, particularly in needy schools in Wilmington.
Creation of the Office of Improvement and Innovation is one of the first steps being taken in a broader reorganization of the Department of Education. The reorganization also includes the elimination of 10 vacant positions and a pledge to review additional positions for elimination as they become vacant — with the goal of creating a leaner, more support-driven agency. Impending changes will reflect a department better suited to support student achievement across the state.
During his almost 19-year career in education in Delaware, Green served as a teacher at Christina School District’s Bancroft Elementary and Stubbs Elementary schools; and a school leader at Stubbs, Christina’s Bayard Middle School and Brandywine School District’s Harlan Elementary School before leading Brandywine’s Title I and Elementary Division.
Green spent eight years working as a teacher and school administrator in the Christina School District before joining the Brandywine School District, where he worked as a principal then district director before taking over as assistant superintendent in 2012. In that role, he oversees district operations, including the elementary school division, school climate, safety/security, crisis management, facilities, transportation, school nurses, school social workers and alternative education programming.
Green earned a Bachelor of Science in elementary teaching education and a Master of Education in educational leadership from the University of Delaware. He is completing a Doctor of Education in organizational leadership from Wilmington University.
Green volunteers as a board member of United Way of Delaware and is a Prevent Child Abuse of Delaware ambassador. He also is a youth basketball and leadership development coach with the William T. McLaughlin Foundation DreamChasers Youth Basketball program and previously served as a board member of the Rose Hill Community Center.
Green also is a member of the CDC Community Advisory Council, which has produced recommendations for reducing youth violence in the city of Wilmington.