The ASPIRE COMMUNITY IS BUSY!
ASPIRE welcomes 6 new high school interns and 2 returning interns for the 2011 Summer Aspiring Teacher Program. The interns, supported by ASPIRE undergraduates, are assisting with instructional activities in three middle/secondary schools and the University of Delaware Early Learning Center.
The work in the middle and high schools represents a partnership between ASPIRE and the Learning Link of Delaware, a nonprofit organization that supports parent involvement in schools. We have already experienced a significant benefit of this partnership. Our student enrollment at Bayard Middle School, in the city of Wilmington, is at 30 students, compared to only 14 students who enrolled last year. Learning Link staff went door-to-door meeting with families of the recommended middle school students to get parents to complete the enrollment process and join the Learning Link’s college planning community.
Students Arriving at Bayard for the Summer Enrichment Program
ASPIRE members, alumni, supporters and Delaware Center for Teacher Education staff celebrated the 20th Anniversary of the ASPIRE Program during the 2011 Alumni Weekend events held on the University of Delaware campus June 3-5.
The ASPIRE gathering was small and it provided an opportunity for 2011 graduates, Khalid Bilal and Denise Arreola, to be recognized and applauded for their success. Khalid will teach English at Howard High School in Wilmington in the fall, and Denise is headed to Virginia Commonwealth University for graduate study in sociology.