Congratulations Future Blue Hens!!

Arpita Making Calls   On Wednesday, March 20th, Arpita, Kevin, Ellie and Kelsey, telephoned  telephone approximately 100 students who received letters this week from UD admissions indicating that they have seats in the fall 2013 freshman class, and that they have been admitted as teacher education majors.  The busy high school seniors who were contacted were excited and eager to learn more about the University of Delaware.  The ASPIRE callers described the school’s climate as active and very busy with TONS of clubs, opportunities to travel, and many, many special interest communities such as ASPIRE to join.  Some parents intercepted the calls, and they seemed equally excited, with many indicating an interest in visiting the campus again during Destination Delaware.  ASPIRE will host a table on Sunday April 7 from 6:00-7:00pm in Trabant to welcome families who attend Destination Delaware. 

Summer 2013 Research Fellowships

Several Research Fellowships are available to work with the On Track for Success: Making Progress Summit.  Undergraduates accepted as fellows will work in teams to support completion of college and scholarship applications with selected rising high school seniors.

 Project Schedule

2013 Summer Program:  June 3 – July 12 (Dates TBC)


  On Track for Success continues work in support of a community of students who face challenges in succeeding in high school and gaining access to post-secondary opportunities.  We will work with a maximum of 20 high school seniors (rising seniors).

Contact:  Melva Ware to receive the fellowship application.  Completed applications must be returned by March 11. 

A Little Like Herding Mice…

This is our latest effort at getting the new ASPIRE officers together…they are a busy crew…pictured are Kevin Nai and Katie Kull, 2013 senior officers, with their crew in training:  Camille Fontenelle, Treasurer, Tatiana Burgess, Vice President, and Gemelle John, Historian….. missing are Lorene McCoy, President, Keri Rojas, Secretary, Conor Small and Kevin Davis, PR…stay tuned we are bound to catch them all in the same room soon :)

We Are Inspired !!

On Monday, February 11, Kevin Nai and Arpita Mandal led a spirited discussion of the mission and activities of ASPIRE.  The organization welcomed six new students.  All the new faces are freshmen!!  Twenty continuing members attended the opening meeting and supported Kevin and Arpita  in describing the ASPIRE work on campus and in local schools, including officers elect Lorene, Tatiana, Kerianne, Camille, Conor, and Gemelle.   The group enjoyed an unscheduled and  inspirational treat, as ASPIRE welcomed Renatae Cuffee, the North East Region’s student representative to the national board of the National Education Association (NEA).  Renatae inspired us with a short video presentation on the work of the national student organization, which she described as very much like what ASPIRE is doing on campus and in our local community.  The one activity featured in the video clip that captured some passion among ASPIRE members was the gathering of student members of NEA to complete a “school makeover” in selected cities around the country…now that is a spring break  worth planning!!

Spring Semester Welcome Meeting on Monday February 11, 2013

Want a Better Grade Point Average? Check Out the Resources at the Academic Enrichment Center


·         Individual Tutoring.  Students can visit our office to check the TutorFind directory of available tutors for one-on-one work.  Undergraduate tutors are available for $11.50/hr; graduate tutors are $14.50/hr.

·         Drop-In Tutoring.  Two hours a day, five days a week, drop-in tutoring is available in math, chemistry and physics.

·         Group Tutoring.  Free group tutoring in a number of courses is offered each semester.  Groups are formed in response to student requests.

·         Nfoshare Online Tutoring.  This new feature (using Facebook) is available for selected classes.



·         Workshops at the OAE.   We appreciate your posting our workshop schedule where it will be visible to students visiting your department; feel free to make as many copies as you wish.

·         Online workshops:  Your Roadmap to Success (  These workshops are designed to help students identify skill areas they need to improve in, to practice new techniques, and to evaluate their progress.

·         Study Skills course (UNIV113).   This one-credit pass/fail course includes comprehensive coverage of strategies for successful studying, which are then put to use in a concurrent “target class” of the student’s choice.  While the course is aimed at freshmen and sophomores, exceptions can be made for other students when needed.

·         Academic Intake appointments.  Any student can meet with one of our staff members to assess his/her current study strategies and develop a plan for strengthening those strategies.  In particular, students in academic difficulty can benefit from this one-on-one academic counseling.

We Were There: ASPIRE Members Serve During Winter Break

On January 17, days ahead of the National Day of Service, ASPIRE members traveled to A.I. duPont Middle School to interact with a group of about 50 middle and high school families.  Sharing wisdom about what their parents did when they were in middle and high school that helped them secure a seat at UD, Kevin Nai, Kerrianne Rojas, Lorene McCoy, SaiSri Gajjala, Arpita Mandel, Quindara Lazenbury, Anh Nguyen, and Stanley Anderson held the audience rapt.  According to Redclay’s Director of Title 1 programs, this kind of interaction brings reality to the day-to-day decisions that parents often make in supervising homework and planning for how their students will remain engaged in academic preparatory activities during the summers.  Engagement was a key theme of the presentation, as noted by Melva Ware, ASPIRE Director, college planning begins with conversations between students and their parents.



Preparing today’s teachers for tomorrow’s classrooms

Success begins with effective test preparation — that’s why ETS is offering free Praxis™ Study Plan Development Webinars to help your teacher candidates prepare.

These free webinars deliver in-depth information about the Praxis I® and Praxis II® tests, and offer your students the opportunity to ask questions. Prospective test takers are also presented with a plan to help guide their preparation for their Praxis tests.

Webinar topics include:

  • An overview of the Praxis tests
  • An overview of the Tests at a Glance (TAAG)
  • Available resources for test preparation

The next Praxis I Webinar will take place on Friday, January 11, 2013, at 1 p.m. (ET).

Learn more about how to register.

Please pass this message on to your teacher candidates and help us continue to nurture the goal of bringing great teachers to every classroom. Registration opens approximately two weeks in advance of the listed date.

Praxis I Webinar Dates

  • Friday, January 11, at 1 p.m. ET
  • Monday, March 25, at 1 p.m. ET
  • Monday, May 13, at 1 p.m. ET

Praxis II Webinar Dates

  • Wednesday, February 13, at 1 p.m. ET
  • Wednesday, April 10, at 1 p.m. ET
  • Wednesday, June 19, at 1 p.m. ET

For more information, visit

ASA Students Join End of Semester Celebration

On November 30, Newark and Cab Calloway high school students celebrated with their ASPIRE mentors to close a successful fall semester.  The party was held in one of the Trabant Center meeting rooms.  The high school students were very proud to share poster sized copy of the handouts that they used in introducing their learning skills workshops to their peers at Newark High School.   Kayla Griffin, pictured third from left,  joined the Newark students during the summer to help them develop messaging and images to launch the ASA club.  Kayla is a sophomore at Cab Calloway, a local high school for the arts.   The ASPIRE mentors were especially pleased to have the opportunity to introduce the high school students to the next group of ASPIRE leaders.  UD teacher education majors, Tatiana Burgess and Gemelle John, joined the ASA support team at the beginning of the fall semester, and both are assuming leadership roles in ASPIRE and will serve as officers-elect in spring 2013.Lorene McCoy and Camille Fontenelle have also accepted spring 2013 leadership roles in ASPIRE.  Stay tuned in January for a full introduction of the 2013-14 leadership team.

Good luck with exams, and HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL!!!!!!

ASPIRE Service Event: On Track for Success

On Saturday December 1 2012, the ASPIRE community joined forces with McNair, SSSP, and NSBE to host a college and career planning event for high school families.  Undergraduates stepped up, by taking responsibility to coach individual students in writing their college essays and developing personal resumes.  The students will interact again by email in mid-January when the high school students will mail drafts of their essays to their undergraduate coaches.  There will be opportunities for additional face-t0-face interactions in June 2013 when the campus student community will support this group of students in a week-long college application and scholarship application completion “boot camp.”  Undergraduates who enroll for the first summer session in Public Policy and Leadership in Education UAPP 467 will have opportunities to engage with the On Track for Success students in a course that focuses on policies and practices guiding national concerns for increasing college access and completion rates in the U.S.

  The On Track for Success students are 11th graders at Newark High School.  Several of them participated in summer 2012 in an academic leadership camp led by ASPIRE officers.  The high school students developed workshops that they are now sharing with their peers at Newark HS.  On Saturday, ASPIRE leaders beamed as their mentees gave an impromptu presentation on their summer 2012 work.   The group ended their presentation by sharing their mantra :  Good Better Best, Never Let It Rest, Until Your Good is Your Better and Your Better is Your Best!!!!!!!