Volume 1 | Issue 4
By Suzanne Koty
We are pleased to bring you the fourth edition of the South Carolina Teacher Leadership newsletter. Our goal is to offer a collaborative resource that highlights both state and district level teacher leadership activities, outlines issues related to South Carolina education, and sparks ideas for the District Teacher Forums.
- as we work to fight childhood and adolescent obesity and student apathy. She wrote, "Both are problems for South Carolina students, and I believe that by infusing our classrooms and schools with more kinesthetic/tactile lessons and activities and by re-energizing our teachers and administrators with movement and action, we can engage our students on the highest level." She believes that activating the body activates the brain and that when students are truly engaged in the classroom, attendance will increase and student apathy will decrease. Elevated student attendance and engagement will lead students to perform with greater academic, athletic, and artistic prowess! Erin will spend the next year representing South Carolina teachers and will serve a one-year teacher-in-residence with CERRA.
Caroline has chosen to send her donation to the Fresh Future Farms in North Charleston, a nonprofit inner-city farm learning center focused on increasing nutritional equity and providing economic opportunities for the community. This grassroots organization is led by Germaine Jenkins whose goal it is to develop better food systems for residents of South Carolina.
All of the 2017 District Teachers of the Year gathered in Columbia on May 3rd to celebrate teachers in South Carolina. The teachers entered a reception to the sound of a trumpet announcing their arrival. There they were able to network with family, friends, educators, and policy makers. Each District Teacher of the Year was recognized on stage by Judi Gatson. The guests enjoyed a dinner with a keynote from a graduate of South Carolina Schools, Dr. Robert "Bobby" Satcher, Jr., who was the first orthopedic surgeon in space and participated in two spacewalks. Megan Nicholson, a singer/songwriter from Central High School performed an original song entitled "No More! No More!" for the audience. After 2017 South Carolina Teacher of the Year Jennifer Wise gave her parting words, State Superintendent Molly Spearman announced Erin Fox as the next State Teacher of the Year. Superintendent Spearman treated the teachers and their guests to milk and cookies after the banquet. The next day, Bojangles provided breakfast for the District Teachers of the Year before they embarked on a journey to the South Carolina State House to be take part in a press conference with Governor McMaster to declare May Teacher Appreciation Month. The teachers were also recognized in both the House and the Senate chambers.
Jennifer Wise was selected as a 2017-2018 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow. Twelve STEM educators were selected to serve the 11-month fellowship in Washington, DC, within the offices of three sponsoring agencies and five Congressional Offices. We congratulate Jennifer on this accomplishment and wish her well on this next step in her journey.
2017 District Teacher of the Year receives scholarship
The American Institutes for Research in collaboration with several other organizations recently published the 2017 Good to Great Report. CERRA's own Jenna Hallman participated in one of the working groups. The findings from the teacher-driven research study support the work that CERRA is doing in mentoring, National Board Certification, and teacher leadership.
South Carolina Education News
South Carolina is launching a high school aerospace curriculum in the fall of the 2017-18 school year. Six high schools across the state will offer the aerospace engineering classes.
Three high school students were named as U.S. Presidential Scholars. Congratulations are extended to Jessica Marlow (Dorman High School), Jonathan Michala (Eastside High School), and Karen Zhao (Riverside High School).
The legislators have ratified a bill to provide a state recognized graduation credential for students with disabilities. Beginning in the coming year, ninth graders will be the first group eligible to earn a state recognized employment credential. This project was spearheaded by participants in the South Carolina Education Policy Fellows program, Traci Hogan and Chuck Saylors.
CERRA has piloted two National Board cohorts this year, one in Greenville and one in Dorchester 2. The cohorts focused on Components One and Three of the National Board Certification process, but several members completed all four components this year. Next year these districts will provide cohort support for Components Two and Four. Any districts interested in learning more will soon have access on our website.
Upcoming Mentor Training Dates
Upcoming Mentor Trainer Certification Dates
Upcoming National Board Support Sessions
--Jerry L. Patterson & Paul Kelleher
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Resilient School Leaders
Dimensions of Resilience as described by Patterson and Kelleher
The Cycle of Resisilience
- Accurate assessment of both the organization's past and current reality
- Positive attitude about the future
- Commitment to personal values
- Personal efficacy
- Courage to act
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