Education funding has been one of the most discussed issues in Legislative Hall, the courthouse, community meetings, schools, and newspapers this year. Momentum is building to update Delaware’s 80-year-old funding system.
The Education Funding Organizer program is designed for advocates to converge and build their knowledge of education funding and advocate for excellent and equitable opportunities for all Delaware students by working collaboratively with the coalition to engage and educate their communities.
MEET THE ORGANIZERS
Akilah Alleyne is a PhD student in the department of Sociology & Criminology at the University of Delaware. She studies how state-level school policies related to school choice may affect students’ home-to-school commute, particularly when examining youths’ stratified experiences by race, class, income, and social identity. She uses multiple methods including participatory-action approaches, survey administration, semi-structured interviews, and policy analyses to study all levels of social and political policy systems that influence students’ final destination from home-to-school during the academic year.
Much of her work has focused on promoting education policy reform by illuminating the macro-level, structural factors that may influence investments toward strategic school funding models and school locations. In her work, Akilah continues to brand herself as an interdisciplinary scholar through her work drawing on the intersections between criminology, social policy, and education.
Chantalle Ashford is a 2014 alumna of the College of William & Mary as well as a former Teach For America corps member. Receiving her master’s degree in teaching from the Relay Graduate School of Education in 2017, she is currently in her sixth year of service as an educator at Indian River High School. Over the course of her career she has led in choral, special education, and English classrooms.
Chantalle is also committed to pursuing educational leadership beyond the classroom, participating in both the national Rural School Leaders Academy (2016-2018) as well as the Delaware Department of Education’s Educators as Catalyst Fellowship (2016).Through these opportunities, Chantalle explored her ability to be an educational change agent which led her to her current service as the vice board chair of the Bryan Allen Stevenson School of Excellence. She is committed to promoting educational equity for all students.
Rony Baltazar-Lopez is a current graduate student at the University of Delaware where he is studying a Masters of Public Administration. Rony currently works for NAMI Delaware, the National Alliance on Mental Illness as their Hispanic Outreach Coordinator. He is also a school board member for the Milford School District.
Rony has gotten involved in education because he has two younger brothers in the public school system and because he believes that Latinos are not adequately represented in the schools. Rony also serves as a member of the Hispanic Student Parent Mentor Association, a small group of Latino parents in Sussex County who wish to make the public education system more inclusive towards the non-English speaking population.
Dianne Bogle is an ambitious leader with a passion for enriching the lives of youths in her community and the diverse populations therein. She craves opportunities to use her creativity and enjoys helping students find their own passions as an Academic Advisor and Retention Specialist at her undergraduate alma mater, Delaware State University (DSU).
She holds a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) and a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership (MSOL). In addition to her educational background, Ms. Bogle worked as an Education Director and Teen Coordinator with the Boys and Girls Club. She also as a Senior Program Director with the YMCA Resource Center of Delaware. These experiences fueled Ms. Bogle’s drive to create unique and meaningful experiences for recent high school graduates with DSU’s Summer Bridge Programs: Project Success and Jumpstart.
During her time at DSU, Ms. Bogle has also served as a parent volunteer with the Capital School District and is a graduate of DPLI (Delaware Parents Leadership Institute). Ms. Bogle then became a Family and Community Engagement Coordinator under “Race to the Top.” In this capacity she managed parent and community programs and oversaw mentoring initiatives for the district’s twelve schools. As a mother, Ms. Bogle understands the value of parent involvement in a child’s education. She subsequently worked with Delaware Department of Education in a concerted effort to engage families on the topic of equity in education. She was later appointed to the Dover Human Relations Commission, where she served a one-year term.
While serving the community and youth are her first loves, Ms. Bogle also enjoys writing poetry and growing her entrepreneurial venture, Bogle by Nature. She strives to bring a bit of creativity into each new day and to empower students and families to reach their highest potential.
Shane Cannon is originally from Delaware and has had the unique of experience of living in all three counties in his life. Shane has lived a life of service starting with leading volunteer projects in high school. Shane has been working in the Social Work field for over ten years, and currently supervises Social Workers in the Division of Social Services for the state of Delaware.
Shane also serves on the board of the non-profit Pacem In Terris, the Howard High Alumni Association along with being the Civic Engagement Chair for Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League Young Professionals. Shane loves music and spending time with family.
Casey Cashdollar is currently in her 9th year of teaching. Her experience includes working in charter, private and public schools, serving as an English Learner teacher. She has also developed curriculum for an international company and provided professional development related to English Language acquisition in various capacities.
She earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Delaware in History, International Relations, and Foreign Language and Literature (Spanish). She obtained her master's degree from Arizona State University in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in English for Speakers of Other Languages. While she has worked with students ranging in ages 5 to 85, she currently serves as an English Learner (EL) teacher at Ross Elementary school in the Milford School District.
Danielle K. Craig, MBA, is a devoted educator with an extensive background in secondary and postsecondary admissions/administration, coaching and working with families and youth. She is a Dover, Delaware native with a heart for volunteering and serving her community.
Danielle works at Delaware State University with the Office of Career Services as the Internship Coordinator, and an Adjunct Instruction Danielle is also an entrepreneur and the founder of Look Up Enterprise LLC. and What’s in Your Future an organization that is dedicated to empowering future generations. Danielle is the President of the Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League's Young Professionals the oldest civil rights organization. With her experience and expertise,
Danielle hopes to do her part to help young men and women find their own passion, navigate the complexities of adulthood, and walk confidently into their future.