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Betty Bagley, a former school superintendent and now a Field Director with TransformSC, describes the organization's efforts and previews the upcoming March conference. Also joining us for the podcast is Linda Powers of the Media Women of South Carolina who, along with the National Federation of Press Women, sponsor the 2014-15 High School Communications Contest. Join us beginning Monday, February 2nd.

In early February, SC Future Minds Facebook page will have the finalists in this year's "This School's Got Talent" posted for votes. The winner performs at the 2015 Teacher of the Year banquet and receives a $500 prize. Toward the end of the month, "This School's Got STEM" (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics finalists will vie for mention at the banquet and the same $500 prize. Learn about both great contests on this week's Speaking of Schools.

The story of women who lived through the Trojan War is told by the women at Converse in a graphic novel style featuring digital technology. The opera employs several 21st century twists and has its world premiere at the college next week. "Troiades" is written and produced by Converse faculty member and composer Dr. David Berry.

The Palmetto College at USC

Jan 12, 2015

Want to complete that degree you started but haven't had the time? Palmetto College offers seven bachelor's degree programs with 100% of the major requirements online. This provides South Carolina residents with an affordable, convenient way to take advantage of new jobs, promotions or salary increases that require a four-year bachelor's degree. On this week's podcast, we'll learn about the Palmetto College opportunities from the school's Chancellor, Dr. Susan Elkins.

Two Wofford professors describe the impact the Rosalind S. Richardson Center for the Arts will  have on the College and upstate S.C.  And news of the January registration period plus an experiment with classroom "robot teachers" is featured in this week's podcast.

Each year during the holiday season, Speaking of Schools features South Carolina's All State Orchestras; Junior Orchestra, Senior Full Orchestra and All State Honors Orchestra. This week's podcast features the All-State Senior Honors Orchestra with selections from their concert recorded last spring at McCalister Auditorium on the Furman Campus.

A Holiday Celebration With All State Musicians

Dec 22, 2014

Each year during the holiday season, Speaking of Schools features South Carolina's All State Orchestras; Junior Orchestra, Senior Full Orchestra and All State Honors Orchestra. This week's podcast is the first of two programs replaying selections from the orchestral concerts recorded last spring at McCalister Auditorium on the Furman Campus.

For years we've known that a good teacher can make all the difference in a student's world. Recruiting and retaining good teachers is especially important, and in this episode, six excellent principals have come together to discuss how this issue is impacting education in South Carolina. Join us for Speaking of Schools!

This week on the podcast we're joined by Jack Kosakowski, President of Junior Achievement. The staff at JA has developed a free app allowing students and parents to examine college majors, costs and return on investment. Plus, Converse President Dr. Betsy Fleming discusses the college's mission and how the 46% reduction in tuition has created such a positive impact in many areas. 

This week on the podcast we revisit the 2014 SC Conference of Public Education Partners October meeting where two runners up were recognized and the Riley Award was presented to this year's winner. The Conference closed with a conversation between SCETV President Linda O'Byron and former Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley. Learn about each of the three finalists and hear comments by Secretary Riley on this week's podcast.

This week's podcast features the Superintendent of the South Carolina Public Charter School District, Dr. Wayne Brazell, as he addresses the present and future of one of the state's fastest growing school districts.

The Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention and Advancement (CERRA) has sponsored programs over the years that have been emulated elsewhere. Pro Team and Teacher Cadet programs have spread to states across the country, and this week's podcast serves as a testimonial as to how Pro Team and Teacher Cadets serve South Carolina.

This week's podcast features a conversation with the President of SCGSSM, Dr. Murray Brockman, who gives in-depth descriptions of the many varied programs that are offered through this outstanding public high school located in Hartsville.

You may have heard about a well known small college in Upstate South Carolina that slashed tuition costs last year by over 40%.  As a result, our next guest has been selected for a national steering committee whose goal is to encourage all independent colleges to reexamine their business models.

Mike Switzer interviews Betsy Fleming, President of Converse College in Spartanburg, a member of the Council of Independent Colleges.

This week's podcast features a conversation with the President of SCGSAH, Dr. Bruce Halverson, who gives in-depth descriptions of the programs in the visual arts, art, music, creative writing and dance that are offered through this outstanding public high school located in Greenville.

In case you missed the televised event on South Carolina ETV or the simulcast on South Carolina ETV Radio, Speaking of Schools features an audio replay of the debate featuring the Democratic and Republican candidates for the Constitutional office.

- Thu, Oct 20, 7 pm on ETV and ETV Radio - 

The candidates for Superintendent of Education, Molly Spearman and Tom Thompson, will debate on ETV and ETV Radio. The debate is produced by South Carolina ETV, in collaboration with The Greenville News, Hilton Head Island Packet, The Beaufort Gazette, Rock Hill Herald, Sun News of Myrtle Beach, The Item in Sumter, Florence Morning News, and The State newspaper in Columbia.

Their motto is: "District Five - Where Every Choice is a Great Choice." The podcast this week features personnel from the District who will familiarize listeners with these, among other choice programs:The STEM program at Irmo High, Spring Hill High School, an all magnet school with five focus academies,Irmo Middle School's International Academic Magnet and  Seven Oaks Elementary MEDIA (Mass Communications, Engagement, Digital Media, Interactive Learning, Academics) Magnet. The choice programs have been boosted by a substantial Federal grant augmenting District support. 

Recently, Speaking of Schools has featured information about the upcoming registration and selection for the next cohort of SC Teaching Fellows. This week, we have "the rest of the story," all you need to know about this wonderful program funded by the General Assembly, administered by the Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention and Advancement (CERRA), and offered for up to 200 students annually. Todd Scholl with CERRA is this week's guest and a former Teaching Fellow, Sally Ortman, a veteran teacher, talks about her experiences as a Teaching Fellow. 

Two upcoming conferences will be among the discussion topics for this week's podcast as Dr. Courtney Howard from the College of Charleston previews a conference on Diversity - Building Partnerships to Support Youth of Promise - and Susan Alford joins us to discuss the Ninth Annual Empowering Girls Symposium - Solving The Equation, Girls Ready for the Workplace. Registration information for both events is provided in the program and the show concludes with information about the benefits of scholarships awarded through the Teaching Fellows Program.

Highlights From the 2014 James Otis Lecture

Sep 29, 2014

On Friday, September 19, 2014, high school juniors and seniors from around the state gathered in the 

  Our next guest's learning institution is one of six four-year degree historically black colleges and universities in South Carolina.  And, as with so many others in this category, her's has also been going through some tough times.

Mike Switzer interviews Dr. Lady June Cole, interim president of Allen University in Columbia.

  This week we feature the audio from an SCETV and Department of Education production, the ninth in a series recorded over the past several years. This episode, which aired on SCETV in March, features principals discussing violence against students and teachers in our schools; a sadly growing reality in this country. Educators are continuously working on ways to make our schools safer, and this week's podcast features elementary, middle and high school teachers discussing this important topic.

  The annual James Otis Lecture, now in its sixth year sponsored by the South Carolina Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, returns to the State House this year where two juniors and seniors from each high school around the state have been invited to attend. These "James Otis Scholars" hear an interesting and thought-provoking program on the United States Constitution, a federal government mandate for all schools receiving federal funds.

Westinghouse Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC, hosts another College Night next week and if this event is anything like the past twenty or so, hundreds of high school juniors and seniors, particularly those in the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA), will have an opportunity to learn about majors, financial aid, post-graduate opportunities and much more from over 150 representatives from college representatives and other higher education officials. In addition to the event, which is free, fourteen $1000 scholarships will be given away to attendees.

Jeff Charbonneau, the 2013 National Teacher of the Year made several trips to the Palmetto State during his term, appearing as a guest of CERRA, the state's Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention and Advancement. In this appearance, Jeff delivered the keynote address at CERRA's 2014 Teacher Forum Conference in Myrtle Beach.

The numbers are impressive as are the accolades that Teach For America (TFA) participants have received since coming to South Carolina. On this edition of the podcast, we'll check in with Josh Bell, TFA SC-Executive Director who will address numbers, placement and impact of the teachers and he'll be joined by Mike Courick, President and CEO of the Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina. Mike has agreed to serve as the first ever TFA SC-Advisory Committee chairperson and his knowledge of the program and business acumen bring an added dimension to this successful program.