Speaking of Schools

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Speaking of Schools host Doug Keel keeps you up on the latest headlines in education weekday mornings and afternoons on all stations of South Carolina Public Radio.

On Mondays afternoons, the Speaking of Schools podcasts, supported by the South Carolina Department of Education, delve deeper into topics with guests who are providers and supporters of education including administrators, teachers, students, parents, and others interested in improving teaching and learning in South Carolina.

Speaking of Schools Archives (2009 - August 2014

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  State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman welcomes professionals and support staff to a new school year and articulates the newly developed Common Vision for all SC students. Also, the Director of the Office of Virtual Education, Bradley Mitchell, describes changes in the on-line learning system and announces registration dates for public, private and home schooled students. It's our first Speaking of Schools podcast for the 2015-16 school year!


  Remarks from State Superintendent Molly Spearman will jump start the day September 11, at Lander's Montessori Summit. Several keynote addresses will highlight the morning and workshop opportunities fill the afternoon. September 1st marks the beginning of ETV's fall session for recertification credit, including Natural History In and Out of the Classroom with Rudy Mancke.


  State Superintendent Molly Spearman reviews programs and events impacting public education during the summer months and Trip Dubard, Executive Director of South Carolina Future Minds, explains how listeners can donate to a specific school or classroom and help needy students obtain supplies for the upcoming school year.


  Jennifer Ainsworth joins us for this week's podcast and reflects on the personal and professional opportunities she was afforded as the state's top teacher. You'll enjoy meeting this outstanding educator and hear about the past year as well as what she plans for the 2015-2016!


  The 2015 South Carolina Teacher Forum Conference was held February 4-6, 2015 and District Teachers of the Year from all over South Carolina came to be celebrated and foster teacher leadership and assist in the development of local teacher forums. National Teacher of the Year, Sean McComb delivered the keynote address. Sean's comments to the 2015 SC District Teachers of the Year are featured on this week's Speaking of Schools podcast.


  This podcast features the audio from the June 24, 2015 SCETV Carolina Classrooms production hosted by Dawn Samples and featuring State Superintendent Molly Spearman, Rep. Rita Allison (R) Spartanburg, and Sen. Gerald Malloy (D) Darlington. We'll also be updating what the General Assembly did regarding education legislation when it reconvened in July.


  Each spring the SCMEA holds its band, choral and orchestral division concerts highlighting the skills of the state's public, private and home schooled musicians. We'll have the orchestral division concerts during the Christmas holidays. This week, Speaking of Schools features the second of two programs featuring the band and choral divisions.


  Each spring the SCMEA holds its band, choral and orchestral division concerts highlighting the skills of the state's public, private and home schooled musicians. We'll have the orchestral division concerts during the Christmas holidays. This week, Speaking of Schools features the first of two programs featuring the band and choral divisions.


  In this repeat of the May Carolina Classrooms broadcast on SCETV, host Dawn Samples discusses the challenges students face when they aren't in school during the summer months. She takes us to Sandhills Elementary School in Lexington District 4 to learn about their summer reading program, then visits the SC Governor's School for Science and Math to hear how students learn about 3D printing in technology camps. Even a day at the Riverbanks Zoo to feed the animals during one of their fun day camps is a great way to avoid that dreaded "summer slide." Join us for the audio from Carolina Classrooms.


A New Era at Furman

Jun 22, 2015

  Names like David Shi and John Johns are a part of the illustrious past at Furman University and in March Dr. Elizabeth Davis was officially installed to the Presidency of the Greenville institution. Join us and hear her comments about the present and future of Furman on this week's podcast.


  Lander University's President is retiring at the end of June. In this episode of the podcast, Dr. Dan Ball reflects on his 15 years at the helm of the Greenwood institution and 50 years in public education.


  On May 26, Public Education Partners, a 30-plus year old organization in Greenville County, hosted a luncheon at which our State Superintendent was the guest speaker. Her comments included a Q & A session with the audience addressing topics like the recent state testing, teacher evaluation, consolidation, arts in education and more. Join us for these remarks by Molly on this week's Speaking of Schools.


  Teach For America (TFA), the national program that has been in SC for four years, continues to work with communities to expand opportunities for more than 7,000 of our students. In this week's podcast TFA-SC Executive Director Josh Bell describes some of the successes the 200 corps members have achieved in partner schools in rural communities in the Pee Dee and Orangeburg, along Interstate 95, and in the Low Country including Charleston, Colleton, and Berkeley Counties.


  This week Molly Spearman reviews recent activities in SC schools, Christy Thompson, VP of Worldwide Marketing at ScanSource discusses her company's role in the Colbert gift through Donorschoose.org and Tood School of CERRA has a chat with Sean McComb, the 2015 National Teacher of the Year.


  This week we feature highlights from the recent Teacher of the Year banquet, a long running 50 year event, that honors the state's teachers. State Superintendent Molly Spearman, 2015 Teacher of the Year Jennifer Ainsworth, and newly-named 2016 Teacher of the Year Suzanne Koty are featured along the event keynote speaker, former Governor Richard W. Riley.

In March the third annual TransformSC Conference was held highlighting some of the 37 schools participating in various innovative approached to public education. On this second of two podcasts we'll hear from principals, teachers, parents and students from Whittemore Park Middle School from Horry County Schools  and Cougar New Tech High School in the Colleton County School District.

In March the third annual TransformSC Conference was held highlighting some of the 37 schools participating in various innovative approached to public education. On this first podcast we'll hear from principals, teachers, parents and students from Lexington #4 Early Childhood Center and Oakland Elementary in Spartanburg #2.

Susan Flanagan is the Director of the Office of Career and Technology Education (CTE), and she moderates this discussion on student choices featuring five outstanding CTE leaders representing Lexington District #1, Beaufort County Schools, Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College, the Pickens County Career and Technology Center and R.D. Anderson Career Center. This is the audio from a SDE presentation on SCETV with the same title.

enLIGHTenSC, a program sponsored by the state's electric cooperatives is holding an event for STEM students on April 18th and a free graduate level class for teachers coming this summer. Find out about these events and hear Superintendent Molly Spearman address standards, award winning schools, testing, advisory groups and more in her latest update.

Saturday, April 11, 2015, is the date for this year's festival, the only student festival in the nation to have professional writers submit lines of dialogue for use in their 5 minute films. A Classic Film Always kicks off the festival, there's a Screenwriter's Workshop with a proven writer and the day concludes with an awards ceremony that features judges handing out shiny statuettes and prize checks in three divisions. Join us for the podcast involving Lander University students as well as the entire Greenwood area.

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