Bette Jamison

Colonial Williamsburg Education Resource Library: Learn More About the Office of the President

By Bette Jamison

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From Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Gazette:

Today, Donald J. Trump becomes the nation's 45th president. But did you know presidents weren't always inaugurated in January? January 20 was designated as inauguration day by the 20th amendment in 1933 (although the date moves slightly based on when the weekend falls). Prior to 1933, presidents were generally inaugurated on March 4, although our first president, George Washington, was inaugurated on April 30. At a time when traveling during the winter was much harder and nationwide votes took longer to compile and tally, a later inauguration made sense. Today, the January date reduces the amount of time between the election and the swearing in of the new president.

Education Oversight Committee Budget Recommendations

By Bette Jamison

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On December 12, 2016, the Education Oversight Committee (EOC) adopted budget recommendations for the 2017-18 fiscal year. The programmatic and funding recommendations made are designed to continue last year’s support of educators and students while accelerating innovation in education. Based on statutory authority, the committee members annually make recommendations for the spending of Education Improvement Act (EIA) funds, which are generated by the penny sales tax. In November, the Board of Economic Advisors projected that the EIA will generate $791 million in total revenues in fiscal year 2017-18, an increase of $39 million over the current year’s EIA appropriation base.

Statewide Student Competitions in STEM and The Arts! Submit Video Entries Soon

By Bette Jamison

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Calling all South Carolina public school students grades K-12 to participate in the SC Future Minds 2017 “This Schools Got STEAM” and “This School’s Got Talent” competitions!

This School’s Got Talent

Singers, bands and other performers – This School’s Got Talent is for YOU!

Finalists will be chosen with help from Grammy-Award winning band “Hootie and the Blowfish.” 

Submit video entries January 16 – 29 here

 

This School’s Got STEM

Learn with ETV - ETV Recertification Courses Start in January

By Bette Jamison

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ETV Teacher Recertification courses are approved by SDE Office of Educator Services for SC educators. Over 50 courses offered for 20 renewal credits each, facilitated online/self-paced. Cost: $75 each. Plus, Natural History with Rudy Mancke for 60 renewal credits offered, too. Cost: $200.

Winter Session starts January 23 and ends March 21. Courses will open for you to begin work on January 23 and you must complete by end of the day March 21, except for Rudy’s 60 renewal credit course that ends April 29 – see below.

Colonial Williamsburg Education Resource Library - FREE Online

By Bette Jamison

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The April 2016 broadcast was the final live program from Colonial Williamsburg’s series for schools – CWEFT and HERO Live! However, since mid-August 2016, the library of past programming is available FREE in the new Colonial Williamsburg Education Resource Library.

By creating a free account, teachers, students and learners of all ages can access a constantly-expanding library of resources, including the videos, lesson plans, and interactive learning games that comprised the Colonial Williamsburg Emmy award-winning series.

Lesson Plans Available for PBS Series Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise

By Bette Jamison

Martin Luther King leading protest

ETV will re-broadcast this series on ETVHD on Jan. 15 at 4:00 p.m. and Jan. 22 at 4:00 p.m. (Parts 1 and 2) 

Explore educational materials from the series Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise. Embark with professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. on a deeply personal journey through the last fifty years of African American history. Travel from the victories of the Civil Rights movement up to today, asking profound questions about the state of black America—and our nation as a whole.

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