herobackgroundThe Delta Research and Educational Foundation (DREF), in collaboration with Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (DST), launched the Delta Teacher Efficacy Campaign (DTEC), a highly impactful educational endeavor in July 2014. The Delta Teacher Efficacy Campaign 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, and, ultimately, create a thriving life and career for themselves. With guidance from the National Advisory Council (DTEC-NAC) (left to right: Sharon Robinson, Carolyn E. Lewis, Dr. Jacqueline Jordan Irvine,  Dr. Bryant Marks, Tomeka Hart, Marietta C. English, Dr. Martha S Lue Stewart, and Dr. Johni L. Cruse Craig) the strategic plan for DTEC was created resulting in over 200 urban teachers receiving professional development through 2016. For more information on DTEC click "Learn More" below or view specific information in each section that follows.

DTEC aims to raise awareness about the relationship between teacher efficacy and student achievement by focusing on a myriad of topics through the lens of personal efficacy and confidence. Fullan and Hargraves (2016), states that professional learning and development (PLD) are deliberate ways to improve the quality of teaching. Building upon this concept, DTEC goal is to equip teachers to shift into teacher leadership and community advocacy and create a critical mass to lead change. The links below provide more details on DTEC history and a gallery of events conducted around the country.

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DTEC Conceptual Framework
The DTEC development approach is firmly rooted in the idea that professional development and learning takes time and should be strategic in nature. Courses offered are connected in such a way that synthesis and application are natural and leads to immediate application. The Delta Teacher Efficacy Campaign’s conceptual framework is the foundation of the DTEC Curriculum™ and offered services. Modules emanate from a culturally relevant pedagogy, encompassing the whole child exploring how culture, race, gender and other attributes may impact the student and the teacher.


DTEC has multiple components, including professional learning for teachers, enhancing conversations among diverse stakeholders to collaboratively improve graduation rates of students in urban communities and free book distribution for children and families in poverty. All components and services emanate from the DTEC Curriculum™. The complete Teacher Efficacy Academy (TEA) course is a twenty-two week blended learning experience. Participants are assigned to a cohort, which is led by a TEA Facilitator. TEA includes pre and post face-to-face institutes. Each week participants are introduced to a new topic that strategically scaffolds from beginning to end. The curriculum leads to enhancing efficacy and developing successful practices in three core areas: classroom management, instructional methods, and student engagement. DTEC also strives to meet specific organizational and topical needs through an abbreviated curriculum, seminars, and engaging the community in assisting student success through community forums. The information below provides an overview of the DTEC Curriculum™ and accompanying components.



DTEC Curriculum

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The DTEC Curriculum is a professional learning and development approach created strategically and intentionally to bring about awareness while providing strategies for educators around teacher efficacy. The curriculum begins with a pre-assessment that elevates self-awareness as it relates to implicit biases, culturally relevant teaching, and teacher efficacy in the areas of classroom management, instructional methods, and student engagement.

The modules that follow the pre-assessment are structured to provide deeper insights and strategies to continue shifting educators’ perspective from external to internal factors that affect student achievement. Each module presents the opportunity for educators to collaborate with other cohort members via a discussion thread. Additionally, participants are able to present their growth through a journal entry. This growth and moments of connection are guided by a Teacher Efficacy Academy Facilitator that provides feedback to assist in connection, reflection, growth, and application.

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  • DTEC Curriculum Overview

Seminars

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DTEC offers several methods to become involved with this DTEC approach. An experience can be created for small groups to large districts. We offer an abbreviated four-week e-course in which 15-30 educators can register and complete as a cohort. Additionally, we have a Speaker’s Bureau comprised of DTEC Change Agents that serve as content experts. These experts can be scheduled as needed upon contact of the DREF office.

Lastly, we offer half-day to several day professional learning and development seminars. Please find some of our conference presentations by clicking the link below. To further discuss how we can be of service to you and accommodate your needs, please contact the national project director, Dr. Johni Cruse Craig at dtec@deltafoundation.net or 202-347-1337.


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DTEC partnered with community-based organizations in 40 target cities to host interactive Town Hall Advocacy Sessions. The goal of Town Hall Forums is to increase open dialogue among educators and community stakeholders about improving teacher effectiveness and bettering at-risk students’ academic accomplishments. These empowering events feature a panel of distinguished educators and community leaders suggesting strategies and discussing ways to 


establish essential teaching practices and how to advocate for teachers. Town hall forums lead to measurable and attainable action plans that build and sustain long-term collaborations with teachers, parents, schools and the community by eradicating barriers to culturally diverse student achievement.

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The impact data and outcomes collected from over 200 participants was statistically significant. Please click the tab below for more information on the results of DTEC's professional learning curriculum - Delta Teacher Efficacy Academy.


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  • Building Change Agents Across the U.S.

 

DTEC has a national leadership team that consists of the national project director, the online administrator, eight regional managers, ten Teacher Efficacy Academy (TEA) facilitators, ten instructional coaches, and several content specialist. Each of the team members serves in various roles throughout the educational arena. All share a passion for education, teachers, student and serve in their respective communities as DTEC Change Agents.

 


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DTEC continues to share the work around the nation and look forward to staying connected with you. Please click the mailing link list below to receive updates from the Delta Research and Educational Foundation. Lastly, please consider supporting this work by making a donation. To make a donation, please click the DONATE NOW link below.

 


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