Education

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  The 2016 TransformSC Spring Conference, Think Forward!, inspired attendees to think past conventional reforms and reach for transformational change in the public education system. This year’s conference featured a nationally acclaimed keynote speaker and a variety of breakout sessions for educators, business leaders and policymakers.

  One of several outreach programs through Clemson's College of Engineering and Science, EMAG!NE assists in cultivating young engineers through STEM and STEAM activities. Events have been held across the state this spring and additional opportunities to get information about the program are forthcoming in April and May. Dr. Brad Putman, the program's director is our guest for this week's podcast.


  Since 1994 the Job Corps has been the U.S. Department of Labor's largest residential career training and education program, and the National Director has some strong South Carolina ties. Meet Lenita Jacobs-Simmons, and learn more about this nation-wide program that serves over 60,000 young people and adults each year.


  March is Women's History Month, and to help celebrate the occasion, Speaking of Schools will replay addresses given by lawyers and other jurists, including South Carolina Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Jean Toal, to high school students as a part of the Constitution Day, "James Otis Lecture." This program is sponsored annually by the SC Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates.


   Audio from the 29th Annual Benedict College Black History Teleconference is this week's Speaking of Schools feature.  "The Struggle Continues: Hallowed Grounds, Sites of African-American Memory," is the teleconference title and the program is moderated by Dr. Bobby Donaldson, Associate Professor of History Studies at USC, and he is joined by a panel of distinguished guests.


Adult Education Update

Feb 29, 2016

  The Department of Education's Director of the Office of Adult Education joins us for the podcast. Dr David Stout will be discussing additional recognition available for test takers now available depending on the GED score earned, an alternative high school equivalency test, and other important items, such as how vocational rehabilitation is served through Adult Education.

Adult Education Update

Feb 29, 2016

  The Department of Education's Director of the Office of Adult Education joins us for the podcast. Dr David Stout will be discussing additional recognition available for test takers now available depending on the GED score earned, an alternative high school equivalency test, and other important items, such as how vocational rehabilitation is served through Adult Education.

100K in 10 Includes USC

Feb 22, 2016

  The University of South Carolina has been selected to join the 100K in 10 network, a national initiative to realize President Obama’s goal of developing 100,000 new STEM teachers by 2021. South Carolina is pleased to have been selected along with the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Penn State, Purdue, Texas A&M, Universities of Illinois, Missouri, and Virginia to network and collaborate on increasing the quality and quantity of teachers in science, mathematics, engineering and technology areas for our state and the nation. Join us for our podcast featuring key USC officials involved in planning and implementing the initiative.


Making College Affordable

Feb 15, 2016

This week's podcast features the audio from the most recent Carolina Classrooms, where a group of experts joined host Dawn Samples in a panel discussion revealing various sources to assist parents and students with the high costs of higher education.


  If you'd like to hear the key points once again, this audio presentation of the Statewide Faculty Meeting will meet your needs. The video and audio of the meeting are available at ed.sc.gov, which provided important updates on the New Assessment in Grades 3 - 8 "SC Ready" and changes for the immediate and long-term future for educator evaluation.


The audio portion of Molly Spearman's January message to educators is a part of the upcoming Speaking of Schools podcast, along with STEM competition featuring about 700 students as they "Storm The Citadel." Listeners also will learn about voting for the top prize winner in this year's "This School's Got Talent" competition.


  On Wednesday of this week, SCETV will present it's annual production, Making College Affordable. It's a part of the Carolina Classrooms series and offers timely information about financial assistance for higher education to high school juniors and seniors, as well as their parents. We'll also be previewing Think Forward, the theme of the third annual TransformSC spring conference coming in March. TransformSC is an arm of the SC Council on Competitiveness; Dr. Peggy Torey will be describing the agenda for the March 17, 2016, meeting.


  The deadline for winter course registration with SCETV for winter term courses is approaching; Bette Jamison with SCETV provides information on that timely subject and brief sketches of award winners, Reach Out and Read, Parents as Teachers and CERRA's Teacher Cadet program are featured on this week's podcast.


  Leadership changing at the SC Public Charter School District and another Science P.L.U.S. coming this summer. Description - Dr. Wayne Brazell served as Superintendent of the SCPCSD and has retired. In his latest Speaking of Schools interview, he details some of the growth that has occurred within the district and looks to what lies ahead.

Also, Amy St. John, Coordinator of the Science P.L.U.S. Institute at the Roper Mountain Science Center tells science teachers in grades K - 12 about the upcoming summer session and provides registration information.


  In this second presentation our annual "gift" to listeners of the podcast, selections from ensembles made up of some of the state's finest young musicians. On this final holiday offering, you'll hear selections by Percy Grainger, John Williams, Samuel Barber and Johannes Brahms. The selections were recorded at the All State Orchestras annual concert at River Bluff High School in Lexington.


  It's our annual "gift" to listeners of the podcast, selections from ensembles made up of some of the state's finest young musicians. On this first of two holiday offerings, you'll hear selections by Respighi, Glinka, Aaron Copland and Newbold. The selections were recorded at the annual concert at River Bluff High School in Lexington.


  It's our annual "gift" to listeners of the podcast, selections from ensembles made up of some of the state's finest young musicians. On this first of two holiday offerings, you'll hear selections by Respighi, Glinka, Aaron Copland and Newbold. The selections were recorded at the annual concert at River Bluff High School in Lexington.

  Kindred Kids is an initiative coming out of the WINGS program in Charleston designed to bring together fourth grade students from Mason Preparatory Academy and North Charleston Elementary. These students with diverse backgrounds recently met together to learn more about the similarities all fourth grade kids share. Also, Provost Academy, a virtual charter school with a bricks-and-mortar site in Columbia is featured, and listeners will gain an understanding of the many opportunities afforded my this member of the SC Public Charter School District. Join us for this week's edition of the Speaking of Schools podcast.


  On November 9, a statewide town hall faculty meeting was held with staff members from the South Carolina Department of Education hosting over 2,000 educators who had gathered at more than 700 sites across the state for this first statewide virtual faculty meeting. For those who may have missed the meeting, or who would like to hear information once again, the audio from this meeting is being replayed on this week's Speaking of Schools.


  StudentsFirstSC is an organization devoted to improving education in SC, and on this edition of Speaking of Schools, learn why the organization supports the establishment of an Achievement School District here in the state. The model has shown success in Tennessee and Louisiana and will likely be one of the ideas our Legislature wrestles with as it deals with the Abbeville County School District vs. State of South Carolina Supreme Court ruling in the coming months.


  Teach for America is in its 25th year nationally and year number 5 in SC. The organization's Executive Director for SC, Josh Bell, and a second-year corps member teaching in Marion County discuss the impact Teach for America has had, and is projected to have on our state in the next few years.


Equity In Education

Nov 9, 2015

  The latest Carolina Classrooms program focused on Equity in Education, which was the topic of a recent Town Hall Meeting program featuring our State Superintendent of Education, Molly Spearman, State Senator Gerald Malloy, several district superintendents, and other Palmetto State educators. They discuss the challenges school districts face in educating children of poverty as they seek solutions and feature initiatives finding success. This week's Speaking of Schools podcast offers listeners the audio portion of this discussion which aired on SCETV on October 28th.


  Our annual visit with the school's President, Dr. Murray Brockman, reveals the name and provides background information about the new SCGSSM President who will come to Hartsville as his successor in 2016. Dr. Brockman will also review the admissions process and expand on some of the various programs at this public, residential high school, which attracts some of the state's brightest and best students


Molly Spearman, SC Superintendent of Education
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  A highlight of the WhatWorksSC Award luncheon in mid-October was this conversation which dealt with the impact of the recent storms and floods effecting schools, communities and bus transportation. Mrs. Spearman also commented on equity in funding, youth apprenticeship programs and much more during this interesting exchange with Mrs. O'Byron. Also, Amy Schumaker of SCETV previews a special Town Hall meeting that will air Wednesday, October 28th.


  Drs. Keith Whitescarver and Jacqueline Cossentino, Associates in the National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector, delivered the keynote address at Lander University's "Summit on Montessori Education in South Carolina's Public Schools." The event, held on September 11, was designed to explore the current topics and trends in Montessori Classrooms in SC public schools and was recorded by Lander University. The keynote is made available to listeners on this edition of Speaking of Schools.

  On this week's podcast, learn what Adult Education means in South Carolina, who it benefits, and what future students needs to know. If you missed the SCETV telecast on September 30, you can hear the entire program on this week's show. Host Dawn Samples talks with Dr. David Stout, Director of the Office of Adult Education at the SC Department of Education, and Dr. Kathi Greer, Adult Education Director at Lexington-Richland School District Five.


The recent celebration of Constitution Day by the SC Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates featured State Supreme Court Chief Justice speaking to high school seniors at the annual James Otis Lecture held at the State House. Justice Toal's remarks as well as her introduction to the group by the SC Court of Appeals Judge Aphrodite Konduros is featured on this week's podcast.


  Farm To School is a national program run by the US Department of Agriculture, and in our state, the SC Department of Agriculture, State Department of Education and Clemson Cooperative Extension Service each play key roles in our state's farm products being served in school cafeterias. Learn the roles of each agency and much more about the Farm to School program on this week's podcast.


  The Director of Operations at Furman University's Riley Institute joins us to discuss the Institute's Clearinghouse, a web-based service highlighting innovative education programs. She'll also preview the October 14th luncheon where the Dick and Tunky Riley WhatWorksSC Award for Excellence will be presented to one of the three finalists that will be announced on the podcast. We'll also salute two SC teachers who are recipients of the 2013-14 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Math Teaching, and eight finalists for the award when it's presented next year. 


  The South Carolina Council on Competitiveness advances the long-term economic competitiveness of our state emphasizing Industrial Development, Research and, of course, Education. This week on the podcast, the President and CEO of the Council joins us for an overview of its efforts, and the Field Director of TransformSC updates listeners as to schools and districts participating in the initiative which features numerous innovative programs.


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