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2022 Richard T. Greener lecture features authors of The Personal Librarian

The College of Education's 2022 Richard T. Greener visiting lecturers are Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray, authors of The Personal Librarian. In their book, they share the story of Belle da Costa Greene, daughter of Richard T. Greener and librarian to J. P. Morgan.

Interim Dean Thomas Hodges named to statewide Teacher Recruitment and Retention Task Force

As director of SC-TEACHER, South Carolina Teacher Education Advancement Consortium through Higher Education Research, Hodges and his team will conduct statewide research on issues within the teacher workforce.

From Knowing to Listening: A Coach's Journey

A pioneer of partnerships

While other children were playing with toys, Parthenia Satterwhite asked for a small blackboard for her home "classroom." Spurred by the success of her mother in the field of education, Satterwhite began a journey toward the longest partnership between the College of Education and a local elementary school.

Alum uses curiosity, enthusiasm and technology to build new classroom realities

Students in Tim Swick's classroom encounter artificial intelligence, robotics, virtual reality and even Minecraft. Always tinkering, he is fascinated by the science of how things work and pushes his students to think beyond the content and really connect to the material.

Q&A with Lesley Snyder, Milken Educator Award recipient

Two-time alumna Lesley Snyder (2016, education administration) received a Milken Educator Award and $25,000 from the Milken Family Foundation. Snyder is the only recipient of this prestigious award in South Carolina for 2021-2022. We sat down with her to talk with her about her time in the College of Education and what she's doing now.

The gift of graduation

Kristi Benson will get a Mother's Day gift beyond compare this year as she walks across the Colonial Life Arena stage with her son, Drew. Drew began his program four years ago with Kristi starting the next year.

Urban Cohort gives students classroom and professional experience

Each student in the Urban Education Cohort has an opportunity to create an action research project and test culturally relevant instructional techniques. This year, Joyce Brooks, Madison Bruce, Marissa McCallum and Brynnan Frye presented their findings at February's National Association of Professional Development Schools Conference -- a rare opportunity for pre-service teachers.

Q&A with Toby Jenkins

The National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education named Toby Jenkins the recipient of the Individual Leadership Award.

Couple tackles curriculum studies degrees together

Jason Sox comes from a long line of educators. Every day he sees another family member in the halls of his school -- his wife, DiAnna. So it was with that familiar ease that the Soxes decided to tackle their doctoral degrees together

Faculty Voices: Jessie Guest "Can you Hear Me?"

"Can you hear me? Can you see me?" These are the first things we hear as students log in to their virtual classrooms, clients log in for virtual tele-health counseling sessions, or our colleagues log in to virtual meetings. Due to the pandemic, the majority of our interactions with others now take place in a virtual space.

Efforts to attract, retain classroom teachers key to South Carolina's success

Like much of the rest of the United States, South Carolina enters 2022 with an acute and expanding teacher recruitment and retention problem. Exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, yet existing long before it, fewer college-bound high school graduates are interested in education careers, and more educators are leaving the profession prior to retirement. As with any complex, systemic issue, there isn’t a singular solution.

Alumna's mentorship journey comes full circle

Carrianne Chapman uses lessons learned in her student internship to teach the next generation of interns.

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.


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