Brian Day

Instructional Technology Specialist

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.“ - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Welcome to my page!!

My professional experience combines my love for teaching, instructional design, and technology. For 11 years, I taught middle and elementary school in rural South Carolina. I have experience teaching a number of subjects, but social studies is my favorite! In addition to teaching fifth and sixth grade social studies, I’ve also served as my district’s social studies curriculum liaison. In 2017, I served on the 2020 South Carolina Social Studies College- and Career- Ready Standards writing committee and created a number of lesson plans for the South Carolina Department of Education, University of South Carolina, South Carolina African American Heritage Foundation, and South Carolina Geographic Alliance. 

I was elected Elementary Representative for the South Carolina Council for the Social Studies Board of Directors. I was on the selection committee for the NEH Summer Teachers’ Institute “America’s Reconstruction: The Untold Story” in Beaufort, SC, which I attended.  I serve as Secretary for the South Carolina Council for African American Studies Executive Board, Vice President of the South Carolina Council for the Social Studies, and South Carolina Council on the Holocaust. 

I look forward to the opportunity to meet you and discuss all things regarding instructional technology tools, SCETV and PBS resources, social studies, and character education!

Certifications

  • Elementary Education
  • Gifted and Talented

Interests

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my wife and son, attending concerts, playing the guitar, collecting and listening to music, cheering for Gamecock athletics, listening to podcasts, reading, and traveling. 

Stories

  • Asian Americans series graphic from PBS

    Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month classroom resources

    Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have a rich history and heritage that has played an integral role throughout US history. When I taught fifth grade social studies, my goal was to make sure that all cultures were respectfully represented throughout the school year. My...
  • image of Hemingway Educator Guide cover

    Classroom resources supporting Hemingway PBS documentary

    Did you know that two-sport professional athlete and 1985 Heisman Trophy Winner Bo Jackson’s favorite book is the novel The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway? Probably not, but I did because it is what inspired me to choose the book to read in my 8th grade English...
  • Women's History Month resources from ETV Education

    Resources for teaching Women’s History

    March is Women’s History Month. While we need to make sure to incorporate the many historical milestones by women throughout the year, March is the designated month to study the countless moments in women’s history. SCETV provides a wide variety of multimedia resources to...
  • Image from Periscope on KnowItAll.org, "First of All, What is Jazz?

    Jazz in the classroom

    When I was a teacher, I would try to incorporate music as much as possible into each of my lessons. I would try to find every opportunity throughout the day to allow music to fill the air so the students could be exposed to different genres, relax, and focus on their work. I...
  • Graphic from Gullah Roots documentary by South Carolina ETV

    Starting at the beginning: African ancestry, Gullah Roots, and education

    Return treks are becoming an increasingly popular New Year celebration in the African American community. During return treks African Americans spend the new year in West Africa to reconnect with ancestral land and spirit. According to the Year of Return website, 2019 was...
  • Parent on laptop computer

    Effective parent communication

    When I was a teacher, I would often struggle with how to keep parents involved and informed in their child’s education. I would call parents during work hours and often leave messages only to receive a phone call during my off hours. I knew there had to be a better way to...