DEDOE’s Jack-booted ideo-thugs come a poachin’… @DEStateBoardED @DEDeptofED #”Talent”Co-OP #netDE #eduDE #deedchat

Well, here’s some fun.

The Delaware DOE, in an attempt to prop up the fledgling and failing Delaware Talent Cooperative, based on a finely tuned show of smoke and mirrors, fueled by a 50/50 mix of ideology and bullshit, and preying upon NON-PARTICIPATING districts sent the following missive off, in an attempt to recruit teachers to give up their hard earned rights and switch districts.

From: Stefun Hawkins <<>>
Date: May 12, 2014 at 11:14:36 PM EDT
Subject: DE Talent Co-op Reception and Info Session

Dear Red Clay Teacher,

Two weeks ago The Delaware Talent Cooperative mailed you a letter acknowledging your outstanding classroom achievements at XXXXXX XXXXXXX Elementary School and your eligibility for an exclusive teaching opportunity.

Research indicates that students from low-income communities tend to be taught by less experienced and less effective educators, even though they are typically in most need of our nation’s best educators. Delaware is committed to ensuring this need is met.

The Delaware Talent Cooperative invites you to take the next step in continuing to help Delaware students thrive by attending a reception Saturday May 17, 2014, recognizing your teaching excellence and learn more about the co-op opportunity.  Please go to this RSVP link and let us know if you will be in attendance by the close of business Wednesday, May 14th, 2014.

Click Here to RSVP to DE Talent Co-Op Reception.<>

As you have been an invaluable help in the lives of your students, please let me know if I can help answer any questions you may have.


Stefun Hawkins

Stefun Hawkins

Marketing/Outreach Chair

DE Talent Cooperative<><>

Sensing the major bullshit storm that was  brewing as RCCSD had politely declined last year, albeit without the same “punitive” withholding of $2.4MM that the DOE levied “against” CSD, RCEA President Mike Matthews responded (e-mail provided via a dedicated RCCSD teacher)!

From: Matthews Michael
Date: May 13, 2014 at 2:37:27 PM EDT
Subject: Delaware Talent Cooperative Email

RCEA Members:

Last year at a monthly meeting of our Representative Council, the body voted unanimously to send a message to the Department of Education when it came to the idea of rewarding teachers with bonuses if they would either move to or stay at a high-needs school: NO. We shared the results of that vote on the “bonus” program with District leadership and, thankfully, they agreed that Red Clay should not participate in this program and they informed DoE of as much.

In the discussion at that Representative Council, it was made clear the strings attached to participate in this program: The teacher would have to commit to working in a high-needs school for two years. The teacher would receive a bonus of between $2,500-$20,000 over the two-year period. The teacher would have no right of return to the building he or she previously worked before taking the two-year assignment. Most troubling for the Rep Council was that NOT ALL CLASSIFICATIONS of teacher would be eligible to partake in this bonus opportunity. For instance, a great third-grade teacher who teaches reading and math would be eligible for the bonus, while the kindergarten teacher at the same school who may have had a huge impact on those students three years ago wouldn’t be eligible because he or she doesn’t teach a DCAS-tested grade or subject. Early on, RCEA realized the deficits in this Cooperative and we were out front to join the District in working against it.

Red Clay and RCEA sent a clear message to the state Department of Education: We do not want your divisive bonuses that little-to-no research shows will increase student achievement at our highest-needs schools.

I was shocked to come into school today and get approached by a colleague who asked me “Mike, what is the Delaware Talent Cooperative?” She showed me a copy of an email she received from urging her to apply to the Cooperative. I did a little more research and followed-up with some more members: It seems a good portion of teachers in Red Clay received this email. I do not know the method DoE used to identify these educators, though I’m guessing it’s based on the effectiveness rating you received on DPAS at the end of last school year.

Let me be clear: My email isn’t meant to sway you one way or another, but to provide you some perspective in how RCEA approached this program, which is a component of the soon-to-expire Race to the Top plan. It should also be noted that because Red Clay opted out of the Cooperative, none of our schools have been identified as participating in the program. So, if you are interested in applying, then not only will your right of return be denied, but you would no longer be working in the Red Clay School District, as we are not a participating District (and neither are a majority of the rest of the school districts in the state.)

In short, I have concerns with how this has been handled by DoE. When I first saw the email this morning, my immediate and almost comedic reaction was: “They are trying to poach our teachers!” Make no mistake about it: The idea of rewarding teachers with bonuses who go to high-needs schools is not one borne out of research or best practices; it’s one of ideology. As society continues to turn a blind eye to the rampant impact of poverty in our communities, many in the education reform movement are reaching for something — ANYTHING — that they can to rationalize the achievement gaps between our most affluent and our least affluent schools. While RCEA recognizes that quality teachers are an integral piece of a student’s success, we also realize that the factors outside our schools generally have a greater impact on that student’s success when they do enter our buildings every day.

Should you have any questions regarding the Delaware Talent Cooperative, I certainly urge you to use the contact information on the email you received. I would also be available to discuss with you the process by which RCEA reached its decision to reject the idea of this program early last year.

Wishing you all the best,


The DOE desperately responded, not by addressing the chain of command, but by another direct appeal to teachers they don’t employ, to encourage them to switch to a participating district!

From: Stefun Hawkins []

Sent: Tuesday, May 13, 2014 11:34 PM


Subject: Delaware Talent Co-op Reception Information

Greetings Red Clay Teacher,

Below are a few points of clarification and general information about the Delaware Talent Co-op Reception.

•        You have received this email and other DE Talent Co-op communications because you have been a highly effective teacher.  Educators are identified for consideration based upon minimum qualifications for eligibility, which include a strong performance evaluation at their schools in the previous year.  This year Co-op is open to ALL subject/content areas

•        The event is being held on Saturday, May 17th, 2014 at Delaware State University in the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Center.  The event begins at 12:00pm and should last no later than 3:00pm.

•        During the reception, lunch will be provided and invited educators will be appreciated for their high performance in the classroom.  Attendees will then be presented with information on the Delaware Talent Cooperative including:  eligibility, participating schools, cash incentives, and application process.  The information portion will be led by the Director of the Talent Co-op and will conclude with a Q&A session in order to make sure all questions, comments, and concerns are addressed.  The event will close with a “career fair” setup, during which teachers will be free to walk around to meet and talk with the administrative teams from all participating schools.

•         For more information i.e. application, event info, participating schools, incentives, and more please visit the DE Talent Co-op website at<>.

•        Please let us know whether or not you plan to attend the event by the close of business Wednesday, May 14th, 2014 via the RSVP link below or on the event page at the Co-op website.

Click Here to RSVP to DE Talent Co-Op Reception.<>

If you have any questions that need to be addressed before the event feel free to contact me at<>.  Thanks again for your time and dedication.  I hope to see you Saturday!!


PS. I apologize if this message has reached you in error.

Stefun Hawkins

Marketing/Outreach Chair

DE Talent Cooperative<><>

Folks, this is literally spinning out of control. Talk about no control. Our Delaware Chief for Change is now spitting on supers and local BOE’s and trying to undermine staffing and stability in some of our most challenged schools just to move teachers, with incentive money, to schools that participate in his little petri dish experiment. An experiment with ZERO evidence of efficacy, and that has moved exactly 2 of 168 teachers thus far while handing out taxpayer monies to teachers already doing the work just for staying. Insanity continues in the Townsend Bldg.

Mark Murphy’s team is 100% out of control.

P.S. Since when have the taxpayers of Delaware empowered a “marketing/outreach chair” as a funded position in the DOE, are they serious with this shit?


6 thoughts on “DEDOE’s Jack-booted ideo-thugs come a poachin’… @DEStateBoardED @DEDeptofED #”Talent”Co-OP #netDE #eduDE #deedchat

  1. not me

    I love that if you attend this event, you can go to the job fair and attempt to get a job at Reach Academy, Moyer Academy, and Delaware College Prep Academy. Why would they be paying people bonuses to move to schools that are in the process of getting shut down (or should be)? Is that a responsible use of taxpayer dollars?

  2. Mike Matthews

    I love that all DoE could muster up was a free account for that Talent Coop website.

    1. John Young

      and here’s their massive commitment to the PZ schools:

      at least the results matched the intensity, so that’s good.

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