When Delaware Gov. John Carney created the Delaware Department of Education’s new Office of Improvement and Innovation, he appointed WilmU doctoral candidate Dorrell Green to run it.
Green and his team will focus their efforts on supporting Delaware’s most vulnerable and low-performing schools.
“We must provide our schools most in need with the resources and support necessary so that every child has that chance,” Carney said in a statement. “Dorrell is a proven leader who knows from first-hand experience how to overcome challenges to improve academic outcomes for Delaware children.”
Green, who has served as an assistant superintendent at the Brandywine School District, has also worked as a teacher and school leader during his 19-year career in Delaware. He is passionate about urban education, which he attributes to his experiences growing up in Washington D.C. He sees his new role as a unique opportunity that could bridge the cultural, economic and educational divides that affect children and families in low-performing school areas.
Currently earning his Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership at WilmU’s College of Education, Green says he’s looking forward to applying his doctoral coursework to his new position. He believes his studies are applicable to building teams, identifying underlying issues, bringing together stakeholders and forming partnerships.
“Working in my cohort has expanded my perspective on leadership,” he says. “I’m working alongside people in the private sector, law enforcement, clergy, and more. Their input gives more depth to my idea of leadership beyond the lens of an educator.” WU