South Carolina awarded $45,000 reform grant from KnowledgeWorks Foundation

July 18, 2008

SOUTH CAROLINA – July 18, 2008 – The National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future has awarded South Carolina a planning grant to help develop initiatives that transform teaching and learning for the future.

The grant will support the creation of learning centers that will explore new ways of involving communities in teaching and learning and providing whole child support. West Virginia was the only other state to receive an award.

South Carolina’s Inside-Out Learning Center will serve as an incubator in developing new ways of educating the state’s children. The concept integrates team teaching, looping, community schooling, and other innovative approaches that are all focused on improving student achievement and school performance. Read more.
Schools to help Hispanic parents with language, culture
A program in Greenville County is addressing cultural differences and communication between Hispanic parents and their children’s teachers and administrators. Lifelong Learning hopes to promote understanding by offering an English for Parents program at seven district schools during the coming school year. Read more.

School libraries welcome summer readers
School library media specialists in Horry County are volunteering their time this summer to make sure students can check out books. Their efforts are a part of a districtwide initiative to encourage summer reading. The idea is that students who read over the summer lose less of their school year lessons. Read more.