The Delaware State Chamber of Commerce and its affiliate, The Partnership Inc., announced the 2018 Superstars in Education award winners, who will be recognized at a reception and awards ceremony at 4:45 p.m. May 14 at Wilmington University’s Doberstein Admissions Center Auditorium, 320 N. Dupont Highway, New Castle.

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, with other schools or through community partnerships. In its 26th year, the Superstars in Education program welcomes five new Superstars to its roster:

Thomas McKean High School AVID Program at Thomas McKean High School in Red Clay Consolidated School District is a systematic program whose mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination and serves not only as a guiding principle for teaching practices that best prepare students for collegiate work, but also for the demands of careers post high school.

The Will to Skill Program at Milford High School, in Milford School District, has partnered over the past five years with Milford Central Academy to establish a system to identify students who have honors, dual-enrollment and AP potential. This identification system has created a culture of access that has grown these programs by over three hundred percent in the past five years.

The Specialized Transition to Employment Pathway program at Delcastle Technical High School, in New Castle County Vocational Technical School District, is a district-wide certificate program that is part of the continuum of special education services within NCCVTSD's inclusion model, housed at Delcastle Technical High School. The curriculum is based on the extensions of the Common Core Curriculum, individually modified to best meet the academic and vocational learning needs of each student. The STEP Program focuses on providing students tailored instruction that is aligned with the common core standards, expanding academic knowledge across functional and vocational settings and developing employability and vocational skills.

The S3 STEM Summer Scholars program at the Office of Curriculum Instruction, Red Clay Consolidated School District, is a multi-week summer enrichment program, offered to all students living or attending school in the Red Clay Consolidated School District, following the students' fourth through eighth grade year. S3 STEM Summer Scholars Program provides participating students with the experience of applying the principles of STEM to solving real world problems in a carefully structured environment.

GoBabyGo at Smyrna Middle School, Smyrna School District, has partnered with the University of Delaware in an exciting, innovative mobility project. At Smyrna Middle School, approximately 90 STEM students are designing and modifying 6- and 12-volt battery-operated cars with adaptable gears, programming, switches and safety supports, specifically tailored for children to meet their mobility potential.

Leaders from both the education and business worlds will make appearances during the reception and awards ceremony on May 14. The cost is $35 per person. Sponsorship opportunities are available.

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