Partnerships and collaboration between a variety of organizations and agencies is critical to improving education throughout the state. Through our combined strength, partnerships established by the College of Education are far more effective at diagnosing problems, offering solutions, establishing best practices and creating sustainable models than what any individual entity can achieve alone.
And although each partner brings a unique perspective to the table, we are all passionate about learning outcomes, and we are committed to the young people of South Carolina. As a result, we're making a huge impact on the economic future of our state.
Current Outreach Initiatives
As part of our ongoing commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, the Apple Core Initiative seeks to enroll additional education students from historically underrepresented populations into the teacher education programs at the University of South Carolina to fill both a capacity and diversity void in South Carolina public schools.
CarolinaLIFE is an individualized, non-degree program for students with identified, diverse learning needs (e.g. intellectual disability).
The Center for Community Counseling offers no-cost, quality counseling services to people who are unable to get help elsewhere.
Launched by the College of Education in 2013, the Center brings together five diverse partners to leverage existing education resources, build grassroots capacity for schools and districts and improve K-12 student achievement throughout the state. The core partners collaborate to offer professional development to educators, make research and evidence-based practices accessible and bring schools, families and communities together.
Core partners of the Center for Educational Partnerships include:
- S.C. School Improvement Council
- S.C. Geographic Alliance
- S.C. Educational Policy Center
- S.C. Middle Grades Initiative
- Writing Improvement Network
Midlands Writing Project
The Midlands Writing Project, a site of the National Writing Project, supports the development of teachers who champion reform in the teaching of writing at every grade level and throughout all subject areas. The project offers a variety of resources, including summer institutes for students and conferences and classes for educators.
The Office of Clinical Experiences coordinates placements for candidates in our teacher preparation programs.