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DREF Presents New Educational Program and Research Projects 20 • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. By Deborah Peaks Coleman National Teacher Efficacy Campaign Gets Underway The Delta Research and Educational Foundation, in collaboration with Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., continues to implement its national edu-cation initiative, the Delta Teacher Efficacy Campaign, which aims to enhance student academic achievement by focusing on improving teacher effectiveness. DTEC emanates from the Foundation and the Sorority’s joint commitment to ensuring that all students are educated in a manner that prepares them to enter and excel in college. Dr. Alison J. Harmon, president of DREF’s Board of Directors, stated: “Our position on teacher efficacy is aligned with the Gates Foundation’s focus on ensuring that 80 percent of students graduate from high school with the knowledge and academic preparedness needed to complete college by 2025.” “Realizing that the constant variable in the equation of student achievement is the teacher, our program focuses on empowering educators to be most effective,” said Harmon. DREF has received a matching grant of $450,000 from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support the Delta Teacher Efficacy Campaign which will focus on addressing the needs of the teachers. Leading the DTEC initiative is Dr. Johni Cruse Craig, an educator from Georgia, who was hired last fall as the project director. A former middle school science teach-er, Dr. Cruse Craig has extensive experience in leadership development, particularly teacher efficacy. Throughout her 18-year career as an educator, she has held various roles in education: classroom teacher, Race to the Top Teacher Ef-fectiveness facilitator, curriculum and instruction specialist, assessment and data analysis leader, and process improve-ment and performance management leader. “Dr. Cruse Craig brings a wealth of vital experience, theoretical and tactical expertise to the teacher efficacy project,” said Patricia Lattimore, DREF CEO. “She has the capability to direct our program to successfully achieve its goal of realizing effective teaching and student academic access.” Dr. Cruse Craig has also performed duties related to professional learning and development, relationship and organizational development at the local and district levels. Lattimore also stress that the DTEC project direc-tor has strong leadership skills in operations and change management. Soror Cruse Craig earned a doctorate degree in educational leadership and instruction from the Argosy University in Atlanta in 2011 and an education specialist degree in 2006 from the same institution. She earned a master’s degree in middle grades mathematics and science from Brenau University in Gainesville, Ga. in 2004 and a certification for educational leadership from the University of West Georgia in Carrollton, Ga. in 2005. She complet-ed undergraduate studies at Shaw University, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education in 1997. There, she was initiated in the Sorority’s Alpha Rho Chapter in 1996. Dr. Cruse Craig, DTEC project director PHOTO BY ANGELA HOLMES The Delta Teacher Efficacy Campaign has established a National Teacher Efficacy Advisory Council comprised of professionals with diverse experience in education. Joining Dr. Harmon and Dr. Cruse Craig as members of the Council are Soror Marietta English, president of the Balti-more Teachers Union and president-elect of the National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE); Soror Tome-ka Hart, vice president of programs, Southern Education Foundation; Kaya Henderson, chancellor of Washington, DC Public Schools; Soror Jacqueline Jordan Irvine, Ph.D., professor emeritus at Emory University; Arthur McKee, managing director for the National Council on Teach-er Quality; Bryant Marks, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology for Morehouse College; Soror Mabel Lake Murray, Ed.D., assistant professor of education at Coppin State University; Sharon Robinson, president and CEO, Association for American Certification for Teacher Educa-tion; and Soror Martha S. Lue Stewart, Ph.D., professor of Exceptional, Urban, and Multicultural Education, Uni-versity of Central Florida. Also joining the DTEC team this spring are eight volunteers serving as project managers and 12 volunteers who will serves as facilitators for the Delta Teacher Efficacy Academy (TEA). Serving as external program evaluators for the project are Dr. Janeula Burt of Washington, D.C. Alumnae Chapter and Dr. E. Camille Floyd of Tuskegee (AL) Alumnae Chapter. Tatiana Smith, a student at Howard University, is the DTEC intern. Embracing the theme: “Teachers Believing = Stu-dents Achieving,” DTEC issued an RFP last fall seeking 40 organizations to host Town Hall meetings to have a dialogue on increasing student achievement through en-hanced teacher efficacy. Additionally, DREF will conduct a six-week Teacher Efficacy Academy for teachers in the 40 communities where the Town Hall Advocacy Sessions will Sister Scholars attending October 2014 meeting in Washington, D.C. PICTURED (LEFT TO RIGHT): Drs. Tindall, Neverdon-Morton, Stevens, Stewart, Harmon, and Richardson. PHOTO BY ANGELA HOLMES


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