Bette Jamison

EOC seeks nominations for review of ELA standards by June 8, 2020

By Bette Jamison

SC Education Oversight Committee logoThe Education Oversight Committee (EOC) seeks nominations of EL teachers, parents, and business leaders for review of ELA standards. Pursuant to State law, the Education Oversight Committee (EOC) is conducting a cyclical review of the current English language arts (ELA) standards in order to review and revise, where appropriate, these college and career readiness standards. A state-level stakeholder group will meet in Fall 2020 to provide their feedback and recommendations on the current ELA standards. The state group will consist of ELA teachers from grades K-12, teachers of English learners...

EOC: Support for families helping students learn at home

By Bette Jamison

Education Oversight Committee logoDuring this time of uncertainty, the SC Education Oversight Committee (EOC) has been working to provide assistance to school districts as they implement emergency eLearning due to school closures. During the last two years, the EOC has worked with 15 SC school districts that have piloted eLearning for inclement weather closures. While this time is stressful and chaotic, this current crisis has provided an opportunity to put "lessons learned" from the last two years into practice.

Slim Goodbody: A Kid's Guide to COVID-19

By Bette Jamison

Slim Goodbody: Kids Guide to COVID-19 videoAs Slim Goodbody I have been educating children about good health for over 40 years, on CBS’s Capt. Kangaroo and then on PBS and Discovery. In light of this current crisis, and as a public service, I created an informative and non-threatening video to help children understand this disease: “A Kid’s Guide to COVID-19.

SC State Library: Congratulations to Young Minds Dreaming winners!

By Bette Jamison

Young Minds Dreaming 2020Congratulations to this year's winners! In celebration of National Poetry Month, the South Carolina State Library is pleased to announce the nine winners in this year's Young Minds Dreaming poetry contest. These outstanding students showed exceptional creativity in showcasing this year's theme, "the joy of words." Guest author Pat Mora charged students to share the pleasure of wordjoy, of discovering new words, of listening to words, of hearing them rhyme. Their entries are prime examples of the immense talent that is on display in South Carolina schools.

Distance Learning Resources from PBS LearningMedia

By Bette Jamison

PBS LearningMedia image of teacher on laptop As teachers, students, and families deal with school closures, PBS LearningMedia producers and educators have come together to curate a special collection of resources organized by grade and subject area. Find videos, lesson plans, and activities that support learning at home. Create a free account to save and organize content.

PBS LearningMedia resources available now!

By Bette Jamison

Graphic from Nature Cat from PBS LearningMediaCelebrate Spring with Elementary Education Resources from Nature Cat Fred the house cat dreams of exploring the great outdoors. Once his family leaves for the day, Fred transforms into Nature Cat, "backyard explorer extraordinaire!" Enjoy looking through these clips, story segments, interactives, and readers as you do your own exploring with the Nature Cat crew! Explore the Collection! Strategies to Build Engaging Digital Lessons for High School Students As you work to transition from your classroom to distance learning, use these tips and tricks on clarity, choice, and engagement to keep...