May 27, 2014: This month on SOS
During the summer months we'll keep you posted on happenings in education in the Palmetto state. There's no reason to take a vacation from what's going on around SC as we'll be featuring interesting podcasts featuring the 2013 National Teacher of the Year as well as our former reigning top teacher. We'll feature All State Bands and Chorus selections around the July 4th holiday and will do our best to have interesting podcasts each week. And if you're an adult with elementary and high school-aged children in your care, you'll certainly want to curtail the "summer slide." Here's an article from the USDOE with suggestions as to how to prevent a summer lapse in learning. It has several great suggestions. We hope you'll find it useful! The following post is reblogged from the official blog of the U.S. Department of Education, Homeroom. The original post, is by Dorothy Amatucci. Summer is the perfect time for students of all ages to relax, but it’s also a time when summer learning loss can occur. This learning loss is called the “summer slide,” and happens when children do not engage in educational activities during the summer months. While summer vacation is months away, many parents are starting to plan for summer now. As you’re thinking about your plans for the upcoming summer break, we’ve gathered a few ideas and activities that you and your children – no matter their ages – can complete throughout the summer. For Elementary and Middle School Students: All students can benefit from a trip to the local library. Parents of younger students can create a summer reading list with their children, and then reward them when they finish each book. Additionally, parents can encourage their kids to think outside of the box with arts and crafts. Sites such as kids.gov and NGA Kids have great ideas that will let any child’s imagination run wild and stimulate creativity. Summertime can be a great time to teach healthy eating habits. Parents can get ideas for tasty and nutritious meals at Let’s Move! and kidshealth.org. There is also information available about the USDA Summer Food Program, which was established to ensure that low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. For High School Students: Summer can be the perfect time for high school-aged children to prepare for college, and setting aside at least one day a week to keep math and science skills fresh is an excellent way to start off the summer. Local libraries are an excellent place to find books full of practice problems – and they’re quiet and often air-conditioned too! Summer is also a good time to sit down and discuss financial aid and other expenses. Our Office of Federal Student Aid has prepared checklists geared toward students of all ages. Many high school students might also want to take the time to start developing their professional resumes. Finding a part-time job can help students gain valuable experience and line their pockets with a bit of extra cash. Visit http://www.wh.gov/youthjobs for more information. Volunteering is also an option. Youth-oriented summer camps, local museums, animal shelters and, of course, libraries are often looking for extra help during warmer months. This experience is not only valuable for personal and professional development, but it often looks good on college applications. Find opportunities at volunteer.gov.
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!