2017-18 South Carolina Teacher Forum
The 2017-18 District Teachers of the Year convened for the South Carolina Teacher Forum in Myrtle Beach earlier this month. The theme for this year was Keep Running. After an inspirational performance by Carolina Forest’s Show Choir, Sydney Chaffee, the 2017 National Teacher of the Year, delivered the opening keynote and urged teacher leaders to take risks and allow themselves to grow by embracing those things that push them outside of their comfort zones. Thursday was a busy day filled with a keynote by CERRA’s own Dr. Jenna Hallman, an overview of how to fill out the application for State Teacher of the Year, breakout sessions, roundtable discussions, and an unconference. The final day included a keynote by Erin Fox, 2018 South Carolina Teacher of the Year. Erin shared her own story of how she found balance both professionally and personally and urged the District Teachers of the Year to keep running through all of the challenges they face. Superintendent Molly Spearman thanked the teachers for what they do, and the 2018 SC Honor Roll teachers shared some insight into how leadership connects to recruitment and retention. Each District Teacher of the Year was pinned as a member of the South Carolina Teacher Forum.
A Look Inside the South Carolina Teacher Forum
The CERRA Team's Parting Thoughts
District Teacher Forums in Action
Sumter's Teacher Forum used the Six Word Activity to create individual statements about leadership. The forum’s leadership committee then used each statement to identify what was important to members as a new vision statement was crafted for the year’s work ahead.
This year we are not only inviting you to check out what we are reading,
but we want you to read with us.
Join us for a virtual book study of Mark Divine’s
The WAY of the SEAL:
Think Like an Elite Warrior to Lead and Succeed
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Join us for discussion threads, twitter chats, and more. Get your book over the winter break, and begin reading. While you may read at your own pace, there will be a suggested timeline. The first discussion thread will be open on January 10th.
“Genuine leadership must stem from the heart of an individual, regardless of (and sometimes in spite of) the organizational role or power systems in which he or she is enshrined.”
The New Teacher Center, in partnership with Dr. Richard Ingersoll, published the results of the Learning and Leading Survey which shows a connection between school leadership and teacher leadership with student achievement.
There is great news for South Carolina educators! 490 NBCTs successfully renewed their National Board certification. Renewal candidates were notified last month of their latest achievement.
Upcoming Trainings and Support Sessions
Awareness Webinars: 12/15/17, 1/10/18, 3/21/18, and 4/11/18
Renewal Webinars: 12/8/17, 1/17/18, 3/22/18, and 4/12/18
Professional Learning Facilitator Trainings: 11/21/18, 1/4/18, 2/6/18, 3/8/18, and 4/9/18
SCEA (Register at their website.)
Support Session – Components 1 and 2: 2/10/18
Support Session – Components 3 and 4: 3/10/18
Jump Start Sessions: July 16-19, 2018
PSTA (Register at their website.)
Renewal Support Session: 1/30/18 @ 4:30
SC Mentor Training
Mentor Trainer Certification: December 5-6, 2017, February 27-28, 2018, and June 13-14, 2018
Mentor Training: January 30-31, 2018
What does it mean to undertake the Way of the SEAL?