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The mission of the Education Subcommittee is to identify and address the educational needs of the Hispanic students in Delaware.

Please join the Education Subcommittee as a non-commission member by attending subcommittee meetings to voice your ideas, concerns and volunteer your services!

Sandra Spangler
Assistant Superintendent, Capital School District


  • Raise awareness of educational issues facing Delaware Hispanic students.
  • Advocate and promote educational opportunities for Delaware Hispanic students.
  • Promote, extend, and develop initiatives that will assist in closing the Hispanic achievement gap.

Primary Focus

Inform,engage, and collaborate with community stakeholders to support the educational success of Delaware Hispanic students.

Goal 1 - Advocate for state policy changes in an effort to establish an ELL unit count.

Goal 2 - Advocate for and raise awareness of educational out of school and school-based opportunities for Delaware Hispanic students, which empower, educate and provide leadership training.


1. Eliminating achievement gaps for Latino Students from Pre-School to 12th grade and college levels by meeting the following targets:

a. Pre-school and ELL (Early Language Learning)

  • i. State funded preschools with bi-lingual programs for 3-4 year olds.
  • ii. Recruit bilingual teachers to Delaware.
  • iii. Legislate equitable state funding for all ELL students by establishing an ELL unit count.
  • iv. Establish pre-service ELL coursework to obtain DE teacher certification.
  • v. Accurate data that displays discrepancies in instructional and assessment methods for ELL student.

2. Support the academic achievement of K-12 Latino students to ensure college and career readiness:

  • i. Promote early literacy and/or bi-literacy with goal of students reading on grade level by 3rd grade.
  • ii. Support STEM coursework, Career Tech preparation and certification for Latino students.
  • iii. Use college ready measures (i.e. SAT) as benchmarks for college readiness.
  • iv. Widely disseminate information to Latino students regarding the college application process, scholarship and funding opportunities (i.e. SEEDS, ASPIRE).
  • v. Explore funding possibilities of WIOA legislation.
  • vi. Advocate for legal reform to provide instate tuition or other financial resources to enable undocumented students to pay for college.

3. Support English Language Acquisition of Latino Adults

  • i. Promote Adult ESL classes to increase communication skills enabling parents to support their children as students.
  • ii. Promote Adult Basic Education (ABE) classes in English and Spanish to acquire GED


Established connections with:

Facilitated Presentations on:

  • Annual Report of Delaware's English Language Learners
  • Early Learning Challenge - Early Childhood Race To The Top Grant
  • State of the State for Delaware English Language Learners (to Hispanic Commission & Delaware School Chief's Association on September 5, 2013)
  • ASPIRA Programs - "ASPIRA: An Investment in Latino Youth"/Las Americas ASPIRA Academy (to Delaware School Chief's Association on November 7, 2013)

Sent a letter to Governor Markell (PDF) requesting educational support for Delaware English Language Learners (October 16, 2013).


  • Healthy Start for all children
  • High-Quality Early Childhood Programs and Professionals
  • An Aligned and Effective Early Learning System, birth through Third grade
  • Sustained System Improvement
  • Quality/Certified ELL instructors
  • Widening of achievement gap
  • Lack of state funding for Delaware English Language Learners (ELLs)

Scholarships & Financial Resources for Hispanic Students

English Literacy and Education Support for Delaware Adult Hispanics

New Castle

Christina Adult Education
Daphne Mathews, Director
Eden Support Services Center
925 Bear Corbitt Road
Bear, DE19702

GED Adult Basic Ed. class at Glasgow High School. Call 302-454-2101

New Castle

Latin American Community Center
Adult Basic Education and ESL Center
Amy Ackerman, Director
Colin Marshall, ESL Administrator
701 S. Maryland Avenue
Wilmington, DE 19804

Adult Education serves adults (16 and over) with limited English proficiency. ESL classes, GED preparation, computer and citizenship classes. Day and evening classes.

New Castle

Literacy Volunteers Serving Adults
Cynthia Shermeyer, Executive Director

Concurrent with Wilmington Head Start Program at two locations.

New Castle

New Castle County Vo-Tech Adult Division
Annemarie Linden, Director
1703 School Lane
Wilmington, DE19808

Adult Education serves adults (16 and over) with ESL classes, GED preparation and Adult High School Diploma classes. Day and evening classes in multiple locations.

New Castle

Hahallenes wohwoh is oNew Start
Susan Menei, Director
P.O. Box 128
Odessa, DE19730

Adult Basic Education, ESL clases, and GED tutoring in multiple sites.


Polytech Adult Education
Betsy Jones, Director
823 Walnut Shade Rd.
P.O. Box 102
Woodside, DE19980

Adult Education ESL/Family Literacy Program (ESL with concurrent early childhood program). Three levels of ESL. Evening classes at 4 Dover-area locations. Also provide GED Prep and Adult High School Diploma classes in Dover, Milford, and Smyrna.


La Esperanza Community Center
Claudia Porretti, Executive Director
Stephanie Sharp, Education Coordinator
216 N Race Street
Georgetown, DE 19947
(302) 854-9262

Basic level adult ESL classes offered mornings and evenings. Citizenship class (taught in English) in the evenings.


Lutheran Church of Our Savior
LaNell Schultheis, Director

Family ESL with concurrent age-appropriate children's learning program. Includes a variety of health, civics and financial literacy components in programs and GED preparation in 4 levels of instruction. College scholarships awarded to top graduate(s). Day and Evening Programs that serve Eastern Sussex County including north to Milford.


Sussex Tech Adult Division
17099 County Seat Hwy., P.O. Box 351
Georgetown, DE19947
Terry Corder, information contact

Sussex Tech Adult Family Literacy Program (ESL with Early Childhood Education (7 age-appropriate classes for children), monthly Parent Education workshops, and monthly PACT meeting for families to guide parents through literacy-based activity with their children. Serves Bridgeville and surrounding areas. Evening classes.