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Born to Teach: SCHC public school educators find rewards despite difficulties

n a state where 5,996 teachers didn't return to their previous districts for the 2020-21 school year, these individuals have stayed in their professions. Here's what they say about what they see on the job, what they think needs to change, and why they're sticking around.

Celebrating 1st generation college students: Claressa Hinton

Claressa Hinton learned early there would always be things she couldn't control. But that's not surprising for someone who moved between 30 and 40 times between ages two and 18, who sometimes didn't go to school because her parents couldn't get her there. It was a turbulent childhood marked by failing grades, no dreams, fear she wouldn't graduate, and none of the structure she craved.

The College of Education launches its inaugural Dean's Advisory Board

). The Dean's Advisory Board will work with the leadership team on providing input on enhancing the college's recruitment and retention efforts for traditionally underrepresented and underserved students, assist with philanthropic support, and provide feedback on current programs and initiatives.

Project Promote creates a path to graduation and advocacy

Project Promote provides grant-funded doctoral education to students studying special education administration. Maria Jimenez (2011 MA in Education Administration) tells her story.

Fall 2021 Message From the Dean

A message from Interim Dean Thomas Hodges about the upcoming Fall semester

Teacher's success bolstered by collaboration and comradery in Transition to Teaching program

Shareka Liddell always had a passion for education, but when she entered college, her family and friends encouraged her to pursue a different career path.

Holmes scholarship is where the heart is

Doctoral candidate and first-generation student Shelby Gonzales knows what it takes to make a difference.

Fairfield County students share solutions to community challenges with decisionmakers

Students' voices can sometimes be the last heard when it comes to decisions regarding their community, their schools and their future. But 19 students at Fairfield Central High School are changing that approach with a semester-long class that put them on the front lines of identifying their community's assets and creating solutions around issues related to mental health, economic opportunity and school funding.

Voorhees College and UofSC partner to address teacher shortage in rural regions

South Carolina's flagship university, a historically Black college and a national nonprofit are teaming up to address a teacher shortage in some of the state's most underserved districts.

Top district-level administrator to present at doctoral research symposium

Michael Harris (2016, doctorate, curriculum and instruction) is joining our 2021 Spring Curriculum Studies Doctoral Research Symposium as a featured guest speaker.

College of Education alumnae publish book on student anxiety

University of South Carolina alumnae Anna R. Duvall and Crissy C. Roddy recently co-authored a book about helping students manage anxiety, a disorder facing nearly one-third of teenagers in America. Duvall and Roddy are school counselors in Lexington County School District One

Thomas Toomey named 2020-2021 SPARC Graduate Research Grant Recipient

Thomas (Mitchell) Toomey is a 2021 Recipient of the Support to Promote Advancement of Research and Creativity, or SPARC, Graduate Research Grant. Sponsored by the Office of the Vice President of Research and Creativity, SPARC grants are a merit-based award designed to ignite research and creative excellence across all disciplines at UofSC.

College of Education Faculty Member Receives Distinguished Switzer Fellowship

The National Institute on Disability Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) selected College of Education Associate Professor of special education, Anthony Plotner, Ph.D., as a recipient of the Distinguished Switzer Research Fellowship. The Distinguished Switzer Research Fellowship is awarded to accomplished researchers to support their work as it relates to independent living and rehabilitation for people with disabilities.

Two College of Education alumnae recieve Carnegie Project on Education Doctorate 2020 Dissertation in Practice Award

Sherisse Jackson and Leslie Richard, both graduates of the Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction program, were recognized by the Carnegie Project on Education Doctorate as 2020 Dissertation in Practice Award winners.

University of South Carolina Faculty to Join Pre-Service Family Engagement Consortium to Develop Educational Framework for Teachers in Training

Michele Myers, Ph.D., Clinical Associate Professor at the College of Education, will lead the South Carolina contingent of the Consortium along with Yolande' Anderson, Director of Family and Community Engagement at the State Department of Education, Anthony Pittman, Ph.D., Dean of the School of Education at Claflin University, and James Ritter, Educator Specialist at the South Carolina State Department of Education. The team's goal is to create curriculum centered on family engagement for teachers in training.

Southeastern Association for Science Teacher Education recognizes College of Education faculty and student with mentoring and achievement awards

Christine Lotter, Ph.D., Professor in the Department of Instruction and Teacher Education, and her student, Amber Adgerson, a doctoral candidate in the Teaching and Learning, Ph.D. program at the University of South Carolina were recognized for their accomplishments by the Southeastern Association for Science Teacher Education (SASTE) at their virtual conference on October 3, 2020.

CarolinaLIFE receives $2.2M in competitive federal funding for expansion and enhancement

This Transition and Post-Secondary Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities (TPSID) grant from the US Department of Education is a highly competitive award offered every five years to expand existing model inclusive postsecondary programs for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities or develop new programs.

Capturing the future- Jaylen Anderson pursues independence and business ownership with CarolinaLIFE

Anderson is a second-year student in CarolinaLIFE, a postsecondary education program for students with disabilities on campus. CarolinaLIFE assists students in identifying and pursuing their goals by offering individualized support across several domains, including employment.

Culturally relevant teaching challenges the status quo

Culturally relevant teaching methods are an instructional approach developed by University of Wisconsin professor emeritus, author and researcher, Gloria Ladson-Billings. It focuses on three tenets: cultural competence, critical consciousness and academic excellence.

CarolinaLIFE creates opportunities for students with disabilities to mentor their peers about personal and professional goals

"The best mentor in this scenario is one who has successfully navigated identifying and pursuing college options. This is especially true for individuals with disabilities, who are in need of mentorship and guidance from others with disabilities."

Letter From Dean Pedersen: September 2020

I cannot express to you how proud I am of the faculty and staff members in our college and their ability to provide a high-quality educational experience in the midst of the pandemic, as well as their leadership — in our college, on the UofSC campus and across the nation — in designing and researching educational practices that highlight and dismantle anti-Blackness and other discriminatory practices.

UofSC initiative paves the way for new teachers in rural areas

The initiative paves the way for bachelor’s degree-holding teacher candidates to immediately begin a career as a classroom teacher while participating in the necessary training to become certified. Current participants will teach in 12 partner school districts throughout the state in early childhood, elementary education and middle level science.

Preparing educators and supporting alumni in a changing environment

University of South Carolina alumna Iman Askar never envisioned her first year of teaching would happen online. But like thousands of South Carolina teachers, the recent College of Education graduate started the school year teaching virtually.

Apple Core Initiative fosters diversity through culture and curriculum

Recruiting, enrolling and retaining education students from underrepresented populations has been a challenge for the College of Education. But through its Apple Core Initiative, the college is increasing diversity among its students — and, ultimately, South Carolina’s teachers — while also helping combat the state’s teacher shortage.

College of Education professor wins prestigious award

The award recognizes the overall body of research conducted within a scholar's first seven years of their career and will help promote the College of Education to an international audience.


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