District Teacher Forums across the state are participating in a variety of activities to advocate for the profession. Members of the Kershaw County Teacher Forum met with legislators to discuss current issues, and the Greenville County Teacher Forum held its second annual golf tournament to raise money for scholarships. We are just days away from the Upstate Regional Meeting hosted by Spartanburg 6.
Meet the Finalists for State Teacher of the Year!
South Carolina Teacher Forum
A Message from Jennifer Wise
You may ask yourself that same question, and if so, I want to share the words we received in response. Because you represent all that is good in education. Because you love your students and serve them in incredible ways every day. Because you are an integral part in how lives are transformed through education. Each of you has a unique and powerful story that speaks to the passion of our profession and can ignite a similar desire in others. Use that story. Share that story. It is the answer to the question, “Why me?”
To drive this point home just a bit more, I have one of my own stories to share from the week. As several of you know, we had a special guest with us: Renee Zellweger. As you might expect, we regularly circled around her to ask questions, but what we quickly learned was that she wanted to hear from us. She wanted to know what she could do to help support education. She sees the value in what we do every day, and she wants to be a part of it. And when my friend, Ryan (2017 Wyoming Teacher of the Year) introduced himself and said he was a 7th grade science teacher, she immediately responded with a sigh and, “I loved my 7th grade science teacher; her name was Ms. Solstice!” Dear friends, there are students throughout your schools, cities, and this great state and nation that say the same thing about you! You are mentors; you are life changers. You are girls and guys on fire!!! --Jennifer Wise
Visit the Education Commission of the States' website for a complete listing of educational priorities as identified in each state in the 2017 State of the State addresses.
In 2018-19, South Carolina will begin using a new evaluation tool for all classroom-based teachers. The South Carolina Teaching Standards 4.0 rubric will become part of the Expanded ADEPT Support and Evaluation System.
The National Board of Professional Teaching Standards has released its 2017-18 dates. Those interested in pursuing National Board Certification can register as early as April 1, 2017. South Carolina is proud to have 8,928 NBCTs.
The General Assembly is now in session. It is important that our legislators know about the “big issues” in education and how they can support you as teachers and support your students. Remember to share your stories.
Do you need a little inspiration?
We enjoyed these TEDx talks.
Kayla Delzer talks to us about the importance of developing digital footprints while also reminding us that technology does not enhance every lesson. She says about student-centered learning that if we “[e]mbrace their knowledge…they’ll embrace their learning.”