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Zais Says Refusing Federal Funds Will Save SC Taxpayers' Money (10/5/11)

  • South Carolina superintendent of Education Dr. Mick Zais stopped in Spartanburg on Tuesday, September 27, to address T.E.A.Ch at USC Upstate's University Readiness Center. Read more...

Zais: Teachers Should Be Held Accountable for Student Learning (09/27/11)

  • Mick Zais, state superintendent of education, shared his vision for the future of education with a few of the state’s future teachers Tuesday afternoon during a stop at the University of South Carolina Upstate. Read more...

Kim Brasil, May 2011 Physical Education Graduate, Wins  National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) Physical Education Major of the Year Award (04/27/11)  

  • This is a very prestigious national award and the School of Education and USC Upstate are extremely proud of Kim!  Kim's plans are to complete her M.Ed. in Physical Education at the University of Wisconsin - LaCrosse.  Please join us in congratulating Ms. Kim Brasil for achieving this national honor!

Dr. Mary Lou Hightower Wins Award of Excellence (03/7/11)

  • University of South Carolina Upstate Associate Professor of Art Education, Dr. Mary Lou Hightower, has won the Award of Excellence for her work titled “Patriot’s Pride” at the 46th Annual Regional Juried Appalachian Show in Kingsport, Tenn. The exhibit is on display in the Renaissance Center from March 3 – 26.

    Dr. Hightower has been exploring and researching the traditional quilt patterns and infusing these designs in a contemporary paper format. The patterns interact to form illusions of textural space. This intricacy of the grid and hidden images within the openings creates an environment to intrigue the viewer to observe the subtle nuances.  Read More... 

Physical Education Program Accepted into National Strength and Conditioning Association (02/15/11)

  • The physical education program at the University of South Carolina Upstate has been accepted into the National Strength and Conditioning Association Education Recognition Program. Acceptance into the program indicates that the physical education program’s curriculum meets the recommendations of the NSCA for training students in the field of strength and conditioning, and that students pursuing the non-teaching physical education degree are receiving the best possible preparation to pursue careers training athletes to perform at their highest potential. Read more...

Dr. Charles Love to Serve Dual Roles for NCATE (01/31/11)

  • Dr. Charles Love, dean of the School of Education at the University of South Carolina Upstate, has been named to the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Board of Examiners Advisory Panel. He was also appointed to the Unit Accreditation Board of NCATE as the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE) representative to that board.  Read more... 

Dr. Judy Beck Named President of South Carolina Association of Teacher Educators (SCATE) (10/15/10) 

  • Dr. Judy Beck, director of the teacher education programs for the University of South Carolina Upstate Greenville Campus, was named president of the South Carolina Association of Teachers and Educators (SCATE) at its annual workshop, which was held at the University of South Carolina Hilton Head Gateway campus October 1-3.  Read more...

Dr. Tina Herzberg and Colleagues Launch BrailleSC.org (10/12/10)

  • With the launch of BrailleSC.org, a new scholarly resource in the field of braille literacy is now online. BrailleSC starts at the level of the personal, providing a venue for people of all ages to tell their own stories of braille and braille literacy. The site offers individuals an opportunity to see and hear contributors describe first-hand what braille means to them and how they use it in everyday life. In addition, easy-to-understand materials to help teach and learn braille are provided for teachers, parents, and anyone who needs tips.  Read more...

Three USC Upstate Graduates are Awarded Teacher of Year for Sumter District 17, Runner-Up and the School Teacher of the Year (8/23/10)

  • Congratulations to Kim Johnston, a third grade teacher at Lemira Elementary School and a graduate of USC Upstate, for being named the Sumter 17 District Teacher of the Year. Lee Gandy, also a USC Upstate graduate, from Alice Drive Elementary School was named first runner-up. This honor was announced at the district’s annual Back to School meeting at Patriot Hall on August 12, 2010. Additionally, USC Upstate graduate programs graduate Jonnell Atkins was named Teacher of the Year by her school Kingsbury Elementary School also in Sumter 17.  Read more…

School of Education Alumnus Begins Second Year at Pacolet Elementary & Is A "Top Cat" (8/17/10)

  • Jocelyn Roper, a May 2009 graduate in elementary education w/special education add-on, is entering her second year at Pacolet Elementary where she teaches fourth grade social studies and English language-arts.  Not only is she excited about returning to her teaching career, she is excited to be a new member of the Carolina Panther's Top Cat cheerleading team!  Read more...

USC Sumter Hosts Class for Area Teachers (7/26/10)

  • Math teachers for first through sixth grades from Sumter school districts 2 and 17 have spent two weeks on the University of South Carolina Sumter campus. These teachers have been participating in a summer math camp called Unveiling Mathematics Standards. Marilyn Izzard, USC Upstate's director of teacher education program located on the USC Sumter campus, said the teachers have been energetic every day when they come to learn about math content and methods for teaching math. Read more... 

Four Non-Traditional Education Majors Excel in USC Upstate Classroom (4/27/10)

  • Anyone can say getting an higher education is tough, but imagine doing it while balancing a job and a family. Four women at University of South Carolina Sumter don't have to imagine.  All four are nontraditional students in the USC Upstate Teacher Education Program housed at USC Sumter. On Monday, they were inducted into Alpha Sigma Lambda, an honor society that partners with colleges and universities to celebrate the scholarship and leadership of adult students in higher education.  Read more...

 

Ray Tedder, SoE Chemistry Graduate, 2010 Outstanding High School Chemistry Teacher of the Year (4/15/10)

  • Ray Tedder is the 2010 recipient of the Outstanding High School Chemistry Teaching Award for the Western Carolinas Section of the American Chemical Society. Ray is a graduate of USC Upstate, an Advanced Placement and National Board certified instructor and has both challenged and inspired his students over his nine years of instruction at Dorman High School in Roebuck, SC. His students have been selected to compete in the International Science and Engineering Fair each of the last three years, he has been an integral part of development of a STEM focused curriculum at Dorman, and has been a strong supporters of the ACS Chemistry Olympiad program. He has also coordinated Dorman’s chemistry outreach during National Chemistry Week (NCW) for over 5 years. This past October, he brought a total of 13 students from several different levels of chemistry classes to Westgate Mall and the students worked in pairs all doing different demonstrations of their own choosing; his ability to inspire so many students to offer their personal time on a Saturday is truly remarkable. He even expanded his outreach efforts this past year (beyond NCW) and organized chemistry student demonstrations at Lone Oak Elementary School. Ray is clearly an exceptional teacher both inside and outside of the classroom.

USC Upstate SoE Graduate Now Principal of Broome High School in Spartanburg District 3 (2/23/10)

  • Todd Hardy was selected as the next principal of Broome High School in Spartanburg School District 3. Hardy, current principal of the Byrnes Freshman Academy in District 5, succeeds acting principal Joel McCracken, who will retire at the end of the year. He was selected for the post from a pool of 36 applicants. During his career in education, Hardy has served as a teacher, assistant principal and principal. He is a member of the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the South Carolina Association of School Administrators and the National Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. "Todd is coming home," District 3 Superintendent Jim Ray said in a written statement. "He was born in District 3, attended Pacolet schools and is a graduate of Broome High School. He has significant family and community ties in our district which will accelerate his transition to the Broome principalship." Hardy received a bachelor's in secondary education from the University of South Carolina Upstate and a master's in education administration from Converse College. He also completed the State Department of Education's School Leader Executive Institute and the Spartanburg County Administrators Academy. Read the full story...

Hot Dogs for Haiti (2/16/10)

  • Students from the USC Sumter Student Education Organization (SEO) participated in a fundraiser for Haiti this past Thursday February 4, 2010. This fundraiser was a great success. The students braved the 34 degree weather, all in an effort to raise money for Haiti. The menu for the fundraiser was a hotdog, drink and a bag of chips. Many faculty members and students came to give donations and purchase food to aid in the fundraising event. The event lasted two hours, and the SEO raised $340.00. All of the proceeds will be given to the American Red Cross: Haiti Relief Effort. The SEO would like to thank all of those that helped to make this fundraiser a huge success.

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Dr. Jim Charles, Associate Dean, Shares His Expertise on "What Impact Would Eliminating the Last Week of School Have on Districts and Schools?" (1/27/10)

  • News Channel 7 interviewed Dr. Charles on this controversial issue being discussed as a potential budget saving strategy for South Carolina. Click here to view Dr. Charles as he shares his thoughts on this important issue or scroll down to read the article.

Sister of a Charles Lea Center Graduate Shares Her Appreciation for USC Upstate's Collaborative Program (12/15/09)

  • On Dec. 1, I was invited to a graduation ceremony at the University of South Carolina Upstate. The event was not an ordinary graduation. It was very special, with caps and gowns, pomp and circumstance and a formal procession. Forty-six students from the Charles Lea Center received a degree from the College of Educational Enrichment. The program began three years ago through a collaborative effort between the University of South Carolina Upstate and the Charles Lea Center. The program's purpose was to give the Charles Lea students an opportunity to learn about our community and experience college life. I commend James Charles of the University of South Carolina Upstate and Jerry Bernard of the Charles Lea Center for working together to provide the University Education Enrichment Program.  The dedicated teachers were present to support their students. It takes a compassionate and patient person to teach and work with these special-needs students. My sister, Betsy Funderburk, was one of the proud graduates.  My thanks to USC Upstate and the Charles Lea center for a successful and innovative program. I look forward to special graduations in the future.  Mary Worthy, Spartanburg

USC Upstate Greenville Campus TEACh, Faculty and Staff Participate in Salvation Army Outreach (12/14/09)

  • USC Upstate Greenville students, faculty and staff participated in the Salvation Army Christmas Stockings and Angel Tree Programs. Thanks to outstanding donors, new pants, shirts, coats and shoes were purchased for an incredible 100 angels. Also, education students from USC Upstate Greenville’s TEACh organization filled an extraordinary 100 stockings with toys, candy and fun items for the less fortunate in our area. Pictured are students from USC Upstate School of Education: Courtney Cox, Devon Carter, April Erbe, Whitney Schultz, Analeise Ogle and Salisha Wright.

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The College of Educational Enrichment To Graduate 46 Special Needs Students On December 1  (12/1/09)

  • The College of Educational Enrichment, a joint partnership between the School of Education at University of South Carolina Upstate and the Charles Lea Center for Rehabilitation and Special Education, began in June 2006 to enable students with physical and mental disabilities to attend courses on the college campus in as close to a normal learning environment as possible.  Read more...

TEACh, Scholars Academy, and Nursing Collect More Than 1,200 Canned Goods for Local Organizations (11/30/09)

  • Teachers Educating All Children (TEACh) recently organized a canned food drive and friendly competition with the Scholars Academy and Student Nursing Association. TEACh won by collecting 643 canned food items with the Scholars Academy collecting 557 items. The collected items were delivered to Foster Care of Spartanburg and the Second Presbyterian Soup Kitchen. 

USC Upstate's Special Education Program Receives $500,000 Grant (11/4/09)

  • The University of South Carolina Upstate’s Special Education–Visual Impairment Program in the School of Education, directed by Dr. Tina Herzberg, recently received a grant for $497,675 from the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services at the United States Department of Education. This grant will enable USC Upstate’s Visual Impairment Program, in collaboration with the South Carolina Vision Education Partnership, to significantly increase awareness of Braille and knowledge of how best to teach it.  Read more...

Student Teacher at the USC Sumter Campus, Amanda Griffin, Takes First Grade Class to the Pumpkin Patch for Science (10/27/09)

  • Students in Tracy Spigner's first-grade class at Kingsbury Elementary School began learning about the life cycle of pumpkins this week.  Their student teacher, Amanda Griffin, was the one who planned and taught the lessons.  As a part of Griffin's University of South Carolina graduation requirements, she must teach in a class for a semester, including doing a lesson on her own.  Read more... 

School of Education Student Organization on Sumter Campus Serves Lemonade To Raise Money For Pediatric Cancer  (10/14/09)

  • A student organization at the University of South Carolina Sumter is selling lemonade today on campus to raise money to fight pediatric cancer.  The Student Education Organization is participating in Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, an organization that raises money to fight against cancer, for the first time this year.   Students, faculty and staff passing through the student union were asked to make a donation in exchange for a cup of lemonade and a bag of cookies on Monday, and by 2:30 p.m. the group had already given out 100 cups. Read more... 

Ten Teaching Fellows Visit Chile (10/14/09)

  • During Maymester 2009, 14 USC Upstate students spent two weeks in Santiago, Chile, where they visited our partner university, Universidad Finis Terrae, attended classes, observed in schools, and toured sites of historical and cultural interest. The group consisted of 10 Teaching Fellows students from the School of Education and four Global Discovery students selected from a pool of applicants. The University in Chile plans to send two exchange students to USC Upstate for the spring semester.  Dr. Rebecca Faulkner, Assistant Professor in the School of Education lead this cultural, educational experience. A second trip is planned for Spring 2010.  Information about that trip will be posted in the SOE newsletter at a later date.

Math/Science Summer Camp is a Big Success (6/19/09)

  • Dr. Cece Toole, assisted by Ms. Laura Kaufmann, hosted the School of Education's first summer Math and Science Camp for students in grades 1-6.  Nine students enjoyed a variety of hands-on, minds-on thematic engagements integrating math and science.  Click on the thumbnails below to view photos.

 

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School of Education Receives Nearly $500,000 to Support Special Education Program (6/13/09)

  • The learning disability program at the University of South Carolina Upstate has received a five-year, nearly $500,000 Special Education Pre-Service Training Improvement Grant from the Office of Special Education Programs, which educators say will provide a boost in addressing a "critical need" for special education teachers.

    "It's going to be a tremendous help to not only the University but to the people of this community," said Charles Love, dean of the School of Education at USC Upstate. "This is an area that is of critical need not only in Spartanburg but nationally, and hopefully (students) who participate will stay in Spartanburg and the Upstate."  Read more...

Dr. Charles Love, Dean of USC Upstate's School of Education to Address NAACP in Union County (4/16/09)

  • President Modest Keenan said Dr. Charles Love will address the organization’s May 9 fund-raiser at the Elks Lodge. Keenan said Dr. Love’s presence is part of the NAACP’s policy of having speakers who are prominent in their field. He said the goal is to have speakers who can inform NAACP members, their guests and the general public about the issues of the day.

    “We’ve had some very influential people speak over the years,” he said. “(U.S. Rep.) Jim Clyburn spoke three years in a row. (State Rep.) Gilda Cobb-Hunter has spoke. (State Rep.) Mike Anthony spoke. (State Reps.) Lonnie Hosey, Brenda Lee and Joe Neal have addressed us. Retired judge Kay Patterson spoke.  Read more...

Two USC Upstate Secondary Science Education Students Win Awards at Research Symposium  (3/31/09)

  • On Friday, March 27, 2009 at the Marriott in Spartanburg, over 200 students, faculty, parents, community supporters, and 10 upstate universities attended the Second Annual Research Symposium.  Of the 12 awards presented, 10 were received by USC Upstate students!  Of the 10, two were secondary science education majors.  Receiving Best Poster in Natural Science was Alexsis Ferguson, sponsored by Dr. Melissa Pilgrim and receiving Best Presentation in Natural Science was Chelsea Kross, also sponsored by Dr. Pilgrim.  Congratulations to all the participants and special congratulations to our SoE students!  Click here to read the article printed in the Herald Journal.

USC Upstate Gives Teacher Cadets Career Boost (3/30/09)

  • Twenty-four seniors from Chapman and Greer high schools attended Teacher Cadet College Day at the University of South Carolina Upstate on Thursday. The University has partnerships with nine local high schools and regularly invites the 200 or so students who participate in the schools’ teacher cadet programs to USC Upstate to answer their questions and ease transitions from high school to college. Eighty-six students are earning dual credits for college courses taken during their high school years.  Read More... 

USC Upstate Education Students Collaborate for Second Annual Family Math & Science Night at WMS  (3/25/2009)

  • As part of this year's Family Math and Science Night on Tuesday, ice-cream making was added as one of the hands-on activities in an event aimed at engaging students and having them share the fun with their parents. The classes, which ranged from element bingo to the ever popular making "goop," were led by 21 education majors from Dr. Pamela Wash's science method courses at the University of South Carolina Upstate.  Read More...

 

USC Upstate Student from Sumter 1st to Be Recognized as the "Best of the Best" in Science by District (3/18/2009) 

  • The following quote, "The Sum of Us is Greater Than All Our Parts" by Maya Angelou summarizes my reason for creating this post.  There are science classrooms in our district and throughout the county that showcase best practices, help promote an interest in science and make the magic happen on a daily basis.  I am showcasing Making the Magic Happen classrooms and sharing them with you in the hope that you will check them out-either through a site visit or via the web. 

    The first best of the best classroom I want to encourage you to visit is Trevor Ivey's Classroom at Cherryvale Elementary School.  He is there late just about every afternoon (call ahead just to be sure) and he will happily show you around or let you wander through the different science areas.  You will know you are getting close when you reach the hallway outside his room which is topped from floor to ceiling with student work!  Be sure to thank him for always sharing ideas, buy a snack from his mini canteen, and congratulate him on the hard work!   Sumter School District - Science/TAG Coordinator

USC Upstate School of Education Finds Success With Its Peer Mentoring Program  (12/17/2008)

  • The School of Education at the University of South Carolina Upstate implemented a Peer Mentoring Program during the fall semester to much success. The program was developed by Daphne Dawson, a senior from Campobello who is majoring in middle level education, as part of her teaching portfolio.  “The Peer Mentoring Program is designed to assist freshman students majoring in education with their transition to college by providing them with an early connection to the School of Education through interactions with a peer mentor,” said Dawson.  Dawson is coordinating the program along with Kevin Hand, a senior from Greenville who is majoring in middle grades education, who is serving as the assistant coordinator. The program recently received a grant from the USC Upstate Center for Undergraduate Research for work-related materials. The program is sponsored by the Teaching and Educating All Children (TEACh) student organization and the School of Education.  Read more...

USC Upstate Education Graduate Overcomes Being Displaced by Hurricane Katrina (12/17/2008)

  • The paths traveled by each of the 450 December graduates at the University of South Carolina Upstate no doubt inspired pride and joy at Tuesday's commencement ceremony, but Rosie Meindl's perseverance in particular had one university official calling the evening a "great celebration."

     

    Meindl made her way to the Upstate in August 2006 as one of thousands along the Gulf Coast displaced by Hurricane Katrina, which also cost her the first year of her college education: The University of Southern Mississippi campus where she was enrolled was destroyed by the 2005 mega-storm. Her inspiring story took a far more tragic turn less than a year later when Meindl's 3-year-old niece, Mackenzie Van Dorn, who was visiting from Mississippi, died after being struck by a falling tree limb at the Greenville Zoo on July 4, 2007.  Read more...

Four Physical Education Majors and One Alumni Attend SCAHPERD Conference (11/17/2008)

  • November 13-16, 2008, four USC Upstate physical education majors, one USC Upstate alumni, along with Dr. Cindy Cavanaugh - Program Coordinator, attended the 81st annual conference of SCAHPERD (South Carolina Alliance for Health, Physical Education,  Recreation, and Dance) held in Horry County.  Attending were:  Zach Tedder, Jamie Bright, Jennifer Hall, Aly Nagy, Tonja West (Alumni), and Dr. Cindy Cavanaugh. 

Roni Colvard, a School of Education Recent Graduate (UCG Campus), Received $1,000 Office Max Surprise (10/3/2008)

  • A Day Made Better:  Thanks to Office Max for selecting Roni Colvard as the Greenville County Teacher to receive $1,000 worth of supplies! She was surprised today when they arrived at her Grove Elementary School classroom with lots of goodies.  Congratulations to Roni!

School of Education Graduate, John Hurley, Awarded the NSTA National Science Teaching Fellows Award (10/2/2008)

  • The National Science Teachers Association, the largest professional organization promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning, has announced that John Hurley, a science teacher at Carver Junior High School, will take part as a Fellow in the 2008 NSTA New Science Teacher Academy.  Read more...

USC Upstate’s Special Education--Visual Impairment Program Awarded A $746,956 Grant (9/8/2008)

  • The Special Education--Visual Impairment Program in the School of Education at the University of South Carolina Upstate recently received a $746,956 grant from the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services from the United States Department of Education to significantly increase the number of highly-qualified, certified teachers of students with visual impairments throughout South Carolina. The situation in South Carolina is especially critical as an estimated 50 percent of certified teachers of students with visual impairments are expected to retire within the next three to five years. The grant will be administered over a four-year period, and the majority of the grant funding will be devoted to financially support teachers who are completing master’s degree in Visual Impairment.  The grant will also provide new Braille writers, updated assistive technology, statewide professional development opportunities and mentoring for new teachers of students with visual impairments. USC Upstate has the only Visual Impairment Training Program in South Carolina. Read more ...

Principals and Superintendents Respond to EOC Administered Survey Regarding Teacher Preparation Programs in South Carolina (8/22/2008)

  • Education Outreach Committee, a subcommittee within the State Department of Education, administers an annual survey to all school districts within South Carolina.  Below is one comment cited specifically regarding the teacher preparation program at USC Upstate:

    “I really believe that higher education MUST train professors in innovative teaching strategies. We spend a lot of time retraining student teachers. I now look closely at where a 1st year teacher is graduating from when making hiring decisions. My interview questions are far more detailed now. USC-Upstate has one of the best programs I have ever seen. Innovative, Best Practice, and Cutting Edge teachers are produced there. We should all take note of their program of study for beginning teachers.

    The teacher I provided information on is coming along and will be a great teacher. She is learning on the job. She is a hard worker and a learner, so I have no doubt she will be great.”

JoAnn Timberlake, a USC Upstate Graduate, Named Greenville County Teacher of the Year (8/14/2008)

  • A special education teacher is named Greenville County’s 2008-09 teacher of the year.  JoAnn Timberlake works at the Overbrook Child Development Center.  Timberlake has been a teacher for 18 years, 11 of which have been in Greenville county.  She recevied her Bachelor’s degree at Georgia Southern and her master’s at the University of South Carolina. Read More...

Jocelyn Roper, a USC Upstate Education Major, is Crowned Miss Spartanburg (5/24/2008)

  • Jocelyn Roper, a senior honor student majoring in elementary/special education, has been selected as Miss Spartanburg. She hails from Charleston. 

South Carolina’s Classroom Teachers Need TESOL Training (5/23/3008)

  • The Graduate Program at USC Upstate, is now offering a post baccalaureate certificate in "Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (K-12)".  Classes will officially begin June 9, 2008.  Read more...

Chancellor Stockwell and Dean Love Participate in Trike-a-Thon For St. Jude's Children's Hospital (5/16/2008)

  • No land speed records were broken last Thursday.  Perhaps the only thing broken was the rules, as "celebrity" racers Chancellor Stockwell and Dr. Charles Love took to the track in the Auxiliary Gym for the first annual Child Development Center Trike-A-Thon, held Thursday as a fundraiser for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. At first they complained they had the wrong shoes on. Then they were aggravated they didn't get practice time before the race. But finally, Chancellor Stockwell and Dr. Charles Love revved their tricycle riding engines and ambled admirably, if not fast, around the track. And when the going got tough, the Chancellor figured out he could go a lot faster riding backwards! "His technique was superior!" exclaimed Heidi From, director of the CDC, who adds that the event raised over $200. Lots of parents attended the event which included a family picnic and karaoke.

School of Education, Dr. Holly Pae, Wins Bank of America Teacher of the Year Award (5/7/2008)

  • At graduation exercises May 6, Dr. Kimberly A. Purdy, associate professor of psychology, and Dr. Holly A. Pae, associate professor of education, were awarded the Bank of America Excellence in Teaching and Advising Awards. Dr. York Bradshaw, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, presented the award to Dr. Purdy, saying that her students had been inspired to learn more than they ever thought possible, rating her as a "15 on a 10 point scale." Dr. Pae's award was presented by Dr. Charles Love, dean of the School of Education, who remarked that Dr. Pae was an inspiration to all students fortunate to have had her as a teacher, one who challenged students to think critically and apply what they learned in the classrooms, and one who made a positive impact on countless students over the years.

Gloria Ward Named Director of Upward Bound at USC Upstate (5/6/2008)

  • Gloria M. Ward has been a named director of the Upward Bound program at the University of South Carolina Upstate, where she previously served as a student program coordinator in the Mary Black School of Nursing.  

    The USC Upstate Upward Bound program is designed to increase student participants' motivation, academic and social skills to levels necessary for success in the completion of a program of secondary education, and to enter and complete a program of post secondary education. Additionally, the program seeks to promote leadership skills and an overall responsible lifestyle through its year-long series of group and individual activities. Currently there are 58 students who participate in the Upward Bound program.  Read more...

School of Education to Co-Host Technology Fair with the S.C. School for the Deaf and the Blind (4/30/2008) 

  • The world of technology opens doors of opportunity in the classroom, the workplace and at home!  Want to know more?  Plan to visit the Technology Fair at the SC School for the Deaf and the Blind (SCSDB).  “The goal of this family-friendly event is to share a wealth of information about assistive technology with the community, students, parents and employers,” said Elaine Sveen, coordinator of the Technology Fair.  Read more...

Evening Degree/Certification Program in Elementary Education Easily Accessible at USC Upstate (4/08/2008)

  • A part-time, evening program offered by the University of South Carolina Upstate allows students to complete coursework for earning a degree/certification in elementary education in as little as three years and often while working in their current positions.

    Career changers are now being recruited for the Evening Degree/Certification Program in Elementary Education with optional add-on Learning Disabilities certification, which is now in the planning stages for a cohort to begin Maymester of 2008 at the University Center of Greenville and at the main campus in Spartanburg.  Read more...

USC Upstate To Offer Post Baccalaureate Certificate in English for Speakers of Other Languages (4/07/2008)

  • USC Upstate has received approval from the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education to offer a 15-hour post baccalaureate certificate in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).  This non-degree program is designed for K-12 school personnel who wish to advance their professional development and enhance their knowledge and expertise in ESOL but are not seeking a master’s degree. “Teachers with knowledge and skill in teaching second language learners are needed at every grade level,” said Dr. Rebecca Stevens, director of graduate programs at USC Upstate. “The University’s offering of the ESOL program will certainly meet a need in the Upstate.” More details about the program and its requirements can be found here.  Additionally, you may contact Dr. Rebecca Stevens, Director - Graduate Programs.

Diversity Conference Held at USC Upstate (02/20/2008)

  • The schools of education from Benedict College, Claflin College, Columbia International University, Converse and USC Upstate, together with USC Upstate’s Student and Diversity Affairs, sponsored a diversity conference on March 20 to bring educators together on the topic of diversity in the classroom. The keynote address was made by Freeman Owle, member of the Cherokee Nation and instructor of Cherokee spirituality and culture at Western Carolina University. The topics for break-out sessions included Ten Traits of Highly Effective Teachers; Latino Diversity in Our Schools; The Legal Ethical and Moral Dimensions of Teaching in a Diverse Society (led by Dr. Charles Love); Helping Students Unlearn Stereotypes of American Indians (led by Dr. Jim Charles); and, Guidance and Diversity for Classroom Teachers. Entertainment was provided by the Lemira Elementary School Percussion Band from Sumter, S.C.  Read more...

 

Whitlock Junior High Honor Roll Students Visit USC Upstate (02/20/2008)

  • On Thursday, March 20, 2008, almost sixty Whitlock Junior High School students visited the USC Upstate Campus.  The trip was a reward for their high academic achievement.  The 7th, 8th, and 9th grade honor students and faculty representatives from Whitlock met campus tour guides at the University Readiness Center.  Dr. Charles Love, Dean of the School of Education, welcomed them to campus, and then Ms. Star Jamison in Admissions provided the students with a brochure and campus information. Read more...

Sevier Middle School Students Shadow USC Upstate Elementary Majors at the University Center of Greenville (2/20/2008)

  • Five eighth graders from Sevier Middle School in Greenville County shadowed our elementary education majors on February 20 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm.  While they were there, their sponsor took pictures of them working with our students and placed them on the Sevier Middle School website. This is one of the debut activities for the newly allocated "Teaching and Learning Lab" housed at UCG.

Education Majors at USC Upstate Plan Family Math and Science Night for Woodruff Middle School (2/13/2008)

  • Woodruff Middle School students will get a little extra help in the areas of math and science next week when 14 education majors from the University of South Carolina Upstate collaborate with Woodruff Middle School to host the first Family Math and Science Night. More than 200 people are expected to attend the event, which is scheduled for Thursday, February 21 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Woodruff Middle School.  Read more...

 

Spartanburg School District 7 Guidance Counselors Visit USC Upstate Education Class (1/31/2008)

  • A panel presentation given by three guidance counselors from district 7 was held last Wednesday. The counselors visited with Dr. Tina Herzberg’s education class for the purpose of sharing information with students about the role of the guidance counselor in public schools.  These counselors represent three different levels of expertise in the school district.  Ms. Sally Moore is the counselor at E.P. Todd Elementary School and works with elementary aged children; Dr. Gloria Close is a guidance counselor at McCracken Jr. High School, and Ms. Cherie Pressley is a guidance counselor at Spartanburg High School. This invitation from the School of Education is in response to new legislation called the Education and Economic Development Act (EEDA) designed to give South Carolina students the educational tools they need to build prosperous, successful futures.  Read more...

USC Upstate Receives 2007 Mary Black Foundation Community and Business Champion Awards  (1/2008)

  • I am pleased to share with you the announcement of the recipients of the 2007 Mary Black Foundation Community and Business Champion Awards.  We are honored to recognize and support the work of these local champions, each of whom is engaged in improving the quality of life in Spartanburg County through their work to promote physically active lifestyles or high quality early childhood development.  Read more...

USC Upstate Graduate, Genia Webb, Wins Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award (12/18/2007)

  • Genia Webb, a 1996 graduate of Seneca High School and 1999 graduate of USC Upstate, won the Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award of $25,000. State Superintendent of Education Jim Rex made the surprise announcement during an assembly at Lexington Middle School in Lexington District One where Ms. Webb is a math teacher.  Read more...

Jesso Bobo Elementary Students Encouraged to Pursue Teaching Profession (12/06/2007)

  • Twenty-five students from Jesse Bobo Elementary School were invited on a field trip on Tuesday, December 4 to the campus of the University of South Carolina Upstate where they visited with the faculty and dean of the School of Education. The purpose of the trip was to introduce the students, many of them African-American, to the teaching profession which is historically under-represented by minorities in South Carolina.  Read more...

Love Appointed To Committee For American Association Of Colleges For Teacher Education (10/04/2007)

  • Dr. Charles Love, dean of the School of Education at the University of South Carolina Upstate, has been appointed to the Committee on Professional Preparation and Accountability for the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE). Love’s term will extend from March 1, 2008, through February 28, 2011.   Read more...

School of Education Hosts Graduate Programs Open House (9/21/2007)

  • If you are interested in earning a master’s degree in education from the University of South Carolina Upstate, mark your calendar for the Graduate Programs in Education Open House, to be held Tuesday, October 23 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Rampey Center.  Light refreshments will be provided.   Read more...

$2.6 Million Grant Funds Scholars Academy at USC Upstate - 25 Academically Advanced Students will Take College Courses While Still in High School (8/9/2007)

  • The Scholars Academy at the University of South Carolina Upstate recently received a $2.6 million grant from the U.S. Secretary of Education under No Child Left Behind's Voluntary School Choice Program (VSCP) to help states and school districts create or expand public school choice initiatives. This is the largest grant in the 40-year history of USC Upstate and will be administered over a four-year period. It will cover expenses such as laptop computers, educational supplies, books, faculty, transportation, evaluation instrument, applicant screening process, professional development, and more. Read more ...

Resources for Teaching and Managing Diversity in the Classroom Made Available (6/11/2007)

  • “The Next Generation” capstone group of The Diversity Leadership Academy, Riley Institute at Furman University and the University of South Carolina Upstate unveiled today at a special press conference exciting details regarding a new tool for South Carolina educators to expand their efforts in teaching and managing diversity in the k-12 classroom.  Read more...

Dr. Jim Charles, USC Upstate Professor, Publishes Book (6/6/2007)

  • Jim Charles, professor of English education at the University of South Carolina Upstate, has recently published a book through Peter Lang Publishers titled “Reading, Learning, Teaching N. Scott Momaday.” Momaday, a member of the Kiowa American Indian tribe, won the 1969 Pulitzer Prize award for fiction. The book is one of the “Confronting the Text, Confronting the World” series of books published by Peter Lang Publishers geared towards teachers and professors of American literature. Read more...

Continuing Education:  A Partnership with Sherman College of Straight Chiropractic (2/16/2007)

  • After over a year of carefully structuring, and delivering a continuing education program for Sherman College of Straight Chiropractic, USC Upstate attended Sherman’s Bagel Fest on January 17, 2007.   USC Upstate was invited to attend this event to publicly present (78) USC Upstate Continuing Education Certificates to the program’s 16 participants who attended the 9-month program,Sherman College Professional Development Institute on Teaching Methodology the School of Education conducted on the Sherman campus April through December 2006.  Read More...

 

USC Upstate Site for Advanced Placement Graduate Institutes this Summer (2/1/2007)

  • The School of Education at the University of South Carolina Upstate has been selected to offer Advanced Placement (AP) Graduate Institute for Spanish Language and Studio Art. The South Carolina General Assembly has allocated funds to the South Carolina Department of Education (SDE) to support the state’s Advanced Placement Program. These funds are distributed on a competitive basis, with proposals reviewed by the SDE and College Board. USC Upstate is offering the only AP Studio Art Institute in the state, and one of only two AP Spanish Language Institutes in the state.  Read More...

Partnership Could Accelerate College Experience (12/25/2006)

  • The University of South Carolina Upstate is teaming with several Spartanburg school districts to form the Scholars Academy, where students travel to the college campus during their four years of high school to take courses that allow them to earn dual credit. Read More...

USC Upstate Student Teaches at Ethiopian Orphanage (10/11/2006)

  • While most college students are thinking about their upcoming mid-term exams and making plans for that fabulous Spring Break trip, Jessie Price’s mind is a world away. In fact, she is thinking about the children she helped teach this summer at the Kamashi Orphanage in Ethiopia.  Read More...

USC Upstate Salutes Its Graduates for Being Named Teacher of the Year! (10/3/2006)

  • The School of Education at the University of South Carolina Upstate has long been recognized for its outstanding teacher preparation programs whose graduates are excellent, learner-centered practitioners and reflective professionals. University graduates are eagerly sought by Upstate school districts as new hires. So it’s no wonder that five of the seven individuals selected by the Spartanburg County School District as the Teachers of the Year for the 2005-2006 school year are USC Upstate graduates. Read More...

USC Upstate and Charles Lea Center Form College of Educational Enrichment for Students with Special Abilities (6/16/2006)

  • The College of Educational Enrichment is a new joint partnership between the School of Education at University of South Carolina Upstate and the Charles Lea Center for Rehabilitation and Special Education, that will enable students with physical and mental disabilities to attend courses on the college campus in as close to a normal learning environment as possible.  Read More...

School of Education Recognized For Its Exemplary Practices (2/10/2006)

  • The School of Education at the University of South Carolina Upstate has long been recognized for its outstanding teacher preparation programs whose graduates are excellent, learner-centered practitioners and reflective professionals. University graduates are eagerly sought by Upstate school districts as new hires.  Read More...

Education Majors Gain Valuable Perspectives At Professional Development Schools (2/7/2006)

  • Students in the School of Education at the University of South Carolina Upstate don't have to wait until their senior year of student teaching before getting hands-on experience in actual classrooms.  As a part of the university's work with Professional Development Schools, between 150 and 200 USC Upstate students enter many Upstate school districts each year to gain valuable perspective and insight into their chosen profession.  Read More...