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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  Teach for America is in its 25th year nationally and year number 5 in SC. The organization's Executive Director for SC, Josh Bell, and a second-year corps member teaching in Marion County discuss the impact Teach for America has had, and is projected to have on our state in the next few years.

Equity In Education

Nov 9, 2015

  The latest Carolina Classrooms program focused on Equity in Education, which was the topic of a recent Town Hall Meeting program featuring our State Superintendent of Education, Molly Spearman, State Senator Gerald Malloy, several district superintendents, and other Palmetto State educators. They discuss the challenges school districts face in educating children of poverty as they seek solutions and feature initiatives finding success. This week's Speaking of Schools podcast offers listeners the audio portion of this discussion which aired on SCETV on October 28th.

  Our annual visit with the school's President, Dr. Murray Brockman, reveals the name and provides background information about the new SCGSSM President who will come to Hartsville as his successor in 2016. Dr. Brockman will also review the admissions process and expand on some of the various programs at this public, residential high school, which attracts some of the state's brightest and best students

Molly Spearman, SC Superintendent of Education

  A highlight of the WhatWorksSC Award luncheon in mid-October was this conversation which dealt with the impact of the recent storms and floods effecting schools, communities and bus transportation. Mrs. Spearman also commented on equity in funding, youth apprenticeship programs and much more during this interesting exchange with Mrs. O'Byron. Also, Amy Schumaker of SCETV previews a special Town Hall meeting that will air Wednesday, October 28th.

  Drs. Keith Whitescarver and Jacqueline Cossentino, Associates in the National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector, delivered the keynote address at Lander University's "Summit on Montessori Education in South Carolina's Public Schools." The event, held on September 11, was designed to explore the current topics and trends in Montessori Classrooms in SC public schools and was recorded by Lander University. The keynote is made available to listeners on this edition of Speaking of Schools.

  On this week's podcast, learn what Adult Education means in South Carolina, who it benefits, and what future students needs to know. If you missed the SCETV telecast on September 30, you can hear the entire program on this week's show. Host Dawn Samples talks with Dr. David Stout, Director of the Office of Adult Education at the SC Department of Education, and Dr. Kathi Greer, Adult Education Director at Lexington-Richland School District Five.

The recent celebration of Constitution Day by the SC Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates featured State Supreme Court Chief Justice speaking to high school seniors at the annual James Otis Lecture held at the State House. Justice Toal's remarks as well as her introduction to the group by the SC Court of Appeals Judge Aphrodite Konduros is featured on this week's podcast.

  Farm To School is a national program run by the US Department of Agriculture, and in our state, the SC Department of Agriculture, State Department of Education and Clemson Cooperative Extension Service each play key roles in our state's farm products being served in school cafeterias. Learn the roles of each agency and much more about the Farm to School program on this week's podcast.

  The Director of Operations at Furman University's Riley Institute joins us to discuss the Institute's Clearinghouse, a web-based service highlighting innovative education programs. She'll also preview the October 14th luncheon where the Dick and Tunky Riley WhatWorksSC Award for Excellence will be presented to one of the three finalists that will be announced on the podcast. We'll also salute two SC teachers who are recipients of the 2013-14 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Math Teaching, and eight finalists for the award when it's presented next year. 

  The South Carolina Council on Competitiveness advances the long-term economic competitiveness of our state emphasizing Industrial Development, Research and, of course, Education. This week on the podcast, the President and CEO of the Council joins us for an overview of its efforts, and the Field Director of TransformSC updates listeners as to schools and districts participating in the initiative which features numerous innovative programs.

  Six excellent Career and Technology Educators from Career Centers in Chester, Kershaw, Aiken, Horry and Spartanburg counties, join the Director of the Department of Education's Career and Technology Education for a discussion on what's being done to encourage individualized student success in their centers.

  Each year, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions has its annual College Night in Augusta and nearly 150 colleges and universities will be available to discuss post high school studies. They'll also be giving away twelve $1000 scholarships to high school juniors and seniors who register. On the podcast we'll also preview the upcoming James Otis Lecture held each year celebrating Constitution Day and we'll catch listeners up on a few news items they might have missed from the SDE .

Molly Spearman, SC Superintendent of Education

  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.