March 03, 2014: Speaking of Schools Monthly Update
We're heading into the final stretch of the 2013-14 school year and on the upcoming podcast agenda you'll find lots to look forward to on Speaking of Schools! We'll be filling teachers in with numerous recertification opportunities, celebrating achievements wit students and hearing a replay of the events at the Teacher of the Year Banquet in April. We'll certainly find time to squeeze in the winner (and maybe the runner-up) in this year's This School's Got Talent competition. We also look forward to presenting listeners with the opportunity to hear from winners in the Poetry Out Loud and Letters About Literature competition. We'll have segments from the Children's Museum of the Upstate, recently recognized as an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and early April panel discussions on the impact of the Brown decision on Charleston area schools. We're planning on replaying the Wofford remarks of Astronaut Buzz Aldrin in his address there, Girls Circle Training from the Girls Center at the Youth Learning Institute and we will be offering the audio portion of two series produced by the Department of Education and broadcast on SCETV; Principals of Excellence and Career and Technology Educators of Excellence. All this and more on upcoming Speaking of Schools podcasts!
January 07, 2014: Coming Up on Speaking of Schools
As we settle in to the New Year, Speaking of Schools continues to bring education stakeholders weekly news items about key happenings in public, private and home schools. Over the latter part of 2013, the podcast featured many of the semifinalists and finalists in the WhatWorksSC competition, an annual event conducted by Furman’s Riley Institute and South Carolina Future Minds. The few programs that haven’t been made available will be offered early in2014, along with other interesting topics. There’ll be an update on Teach for America in SC in mid-January and several upcoming events for caregivers of children with intellectual and other disabilities sponsored by the College Transition Connection and Pro-Parents of SC. Summer institutes for teachers and other opportunities for teacher growth will be presented and student-focused programs such as Poetry Out Loud and Letters About Literature will be featured as well. We’ll be covering many other items of interest on our daily Speaking of Schools announcements heard on ETVRadio stations in Charleston (89.3), Columbia (91.3) and Greenville/Spartanburg (90.1). Speaking of Schools has kept the Palmetto State informed about programs, people and opportunities in education for many years and will continue as we move into 2014!
October 23, 2013: Coming Up on Speaking of Schools
The curtain is beginning to close on Act l of the 2013-2014 academic year: semester exams will be taking place at schools throughout the state, and we’ll soon be celebrating a fresh new year. As we move toward 2014, Speaking of Schools will continue to update listeners as to education opportunities for teachers, students, and the general public. Podcasts over the next several weeks will focus on innovative programs that have been recognized by Furman’s Riley Institute and South Carolina Future Minds. The Dick and Tunky Riley WhatWorksSC awardees were selected from over eighty applications, and we’re pleased to feature many of the ten that were designated as semi-finalists, finalists, and the winner of the award for 2013. As has become a podcast tradition, the South Carolina All State Orchestras will entertain us during the weeks of Christmas and New Years Day, and we’ll have opportunities to learn about happenings with the SC cohort of Teach For America, and another innovative program out of Beaufort County. We’ll let science teachers know about a great opportunity coming up during the summer from USC and there will be much, much more to keep you informed on upcoming Speaking of Schools podcasts.
August 12, 2013: Coming Up on Speaking of Schools
Those of us over 50 (or 60) remember the words “Ring, Ring goes the bell,” as R&B vocalist Chuck Berry described the opening days of school. Lots of the song’s lyrics still apply to the reopening of school doors, but students in the song’s heyday didn’t know about the South Carolina Virtual School Program (SCVSP) and the myriad opportunities it offers to high school students in public, private and home schools. We’ll discuss new policies and registration procedures on an upcoming podcast and are planning more informative programs during the early weeks of the 2013-14 school year. Other topics coming up are a discussion about the October Empowering Girls Symposium and about the annual meeting and conference of the South Carolina Autism Society. We’ll also discuss events sponsored by Pro-Parents of SC, an organization that assists children and young adults with disabilities, and their families. Pro-Parents will present an all day workshop focusing on critical aspects of ADHD as they relate to school and home challenges. The organization will also sponsor a Transition Conference in October for transition-aged students (ages 14-22) and their caregivers. Speaking of Schools will also provide a higher education focus as we’ll learn about the new Honors program at Lander University, and listeners will get a chance to meet Dr. Nayef Samhat, the new President of Wofford College. Also on the horizon is an opportunity to discover how Teach for America is impacting our state as the third cohort of TFA teachers will begin serving in our schools this fall. Upcoming podcasts are being planned to inform parents, students and teachers. We hope you’ll join us for Speaking of Schools!
May 06, 2013: This Month on Speaking of Schools
Those of us who are more than a few years out of school remember laid-back summers that involved a summer camp or two, a family vacation, or reading books to pass the long summer days. But these days there are a lot more things to occupy young folks' time. Over the next few months, we will take a look at summer educational opportunities for students and teachers while looking back on their accomplishments over the past academic year. Reading programs abound, and students are busy with remedial and enrichment studies preparing them for the next levels where competition for scholarship money and class rank have greater priority, perhaps greater than ever before. Summer opportunities for virtual learning have made subject matter at all levels more available and more challenging.
Our Speaking of Schools podcasts will continue weekly throughout the summer, highlighting learning opportunities for all students along with some of their accomplishments from the past year, such as winners in the Letters About Literature and Poetry Out Loud competitions. We'll recognize teachers, too, as we hear the keynote address and other proceedings at the State Teacher of the Year celebration, and, as has become our custom, we'll offer a conversation with the outgoing "Top Teacher," including reflections on her year-long reign. Student musicians performing in All State Band and Choral concerts will also be featured, along with much, much more. Summers are full of education-related conversations with guests on Speaking of Schools!