Who Is The “Delaware Dean” & Why This Is Trouble

Last week, in my Rodel/Markell story, I referenced a contract Relay Graduate School has with the Delaware Department of Education.  In the actual contract bid document, it references a “Delaware Dean”.  Who is this individual?  Thanks to Mr. Mike Matthews for finding out the answer from the DOE.  The Delaware Dean is Christine Rowland.  She is in charge of the whole project.  I wonder how much she will learn about Delaware before she says something in public as brilliant as the DOE’s Accountability guru did at their September board meeting.

From Ms. Rowland’s LinkedIn profile:

Christine Rowland

Dean Fellow at Relay Graduate School of Education

Location
Newark, New Jersey
Industry
Dairy
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  1. KIPP Philadelphia Schools,
  2. Teach For America,
  3. Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools

Experience

Dean Fellow

Relay Graduate School of Education

July 2014 – Present (5 months)Newark, NJ

Managing Director of Academics

KIPP Philadelphia Schools

July 2011 – June 2014 (3 years)Greater Philadelphia Area

Program Director

Teach For America

June 2007 – June 2008 (1 year 1 month)

Math and Science Teacher

As per the contract, Relay Graduate School is getting $505,000 over three years to have their teachers invade our schools.  Ms. Rowland sounds like she has been working for all the right companies…if you are a big fan of the education reform movement.  When I see Kipp, I see the death of public schools in Philadelphia.  When I see Teach For America, I see lots of Race To The Top money going to the Rodel seeded organization that puts sub par teachers in our schools.  When I see Relay Graduate School, I see the Delaware DOE scraping the bottom of education to further their agenda.  If my kid got a Relay teacher, I would demand a change.  Beware parents, beware!

5 thoughts on “Who Is The “Delaware Dean” & Why This Is Trouble

  1. Not everyone updates their LinkedIn religiously. Perhaps you noticed your research is flawed and leaves out her employment from 2008-2011. And perhaps you noticed that you did not research her hometown and current place of residence. Do some fact checking before you slander an experienced educator and Delawarean.

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    • Thanks DD for the comment. I had no idea if she was from Delaware or not. And as for her three year absence on what is essentially a public resume site, I have nothing to do with that. The vast amount of her experience is in other states with companies that I don’t like. I’m entitled to that opinion. How did I slander anyone? I was just hoping she didn’t make a very unfortunate comment like a newer high-up at the DOE did some months back. I’m sure she’s a nice person and all, but that doesn’t mean I can’t have an opinion on education reform companies that are making a fast buck off students.

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