Symposium on early childhood arts, STEM set for May 7

The Institute for Child Success is partnering with the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts to host Creativity Connects Charleston: Early STEM Learning Through the Arts.

This free, one-day symposium will focus on early childhood arts integration and STEM. It will be from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on May 7 at The Gibbes Museum of Art, at 135 Meeting Street in downtown Charleston. Lunch will be provided.

The day will include interactive panel discussions, hands-on arts experiences and workshops exploring how integrating the arts into early childhood classrooms can enhance STEM learning for young children.

Click here to learn more and register.

Presenting to the Kiwanis Club of Charleston

Special thanks to the Kiwanis Club of Charleston for inviting our CEO, John Read, to speak during their April 19 lunch meeting!

Kiwanis is an international organization that is dedicated to improving the world one child, one community at a time.

 

Kindergarten Readiness Network vote coming up

TCCC’s Kindergarten Readiness Network, which is convened by Trident United Way, is expected take a key vote on May 23.

Last year, the network voted to proceed into a due-diligence period with Family Connects, an evidence-based program that’s intended to serve all families with newborns in the region.

 Through Family Connects, nurses visit newborns and their families at their homes in the first three months of life to connect them with community resources and health care providers.

Intensive planning for the program has taken place over the past nine months during the due-diligence period, and now the network will decide if the program should be fully implemented.

Network members are strongly encouraged to attend this meeting from 2 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 23 at Palmetto Goodwill2150 Eagle Drive, Building 100 in North Charleston.

HSGN working to embed soft skills in curricula

TCCC’s High School Graduation Network is working on the following topics:

  • College and Career Readiness
  • Disconnected Youth
  • FAFSA Completion
  • Students with Special Needs

The College and Career Readiness project team met earlier this month to discuss next steps, and it has become evident that the work is pivoting toward a set of outcomes and attributes that align with the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce’s Common Skills in High Demand report and the Profile of the S.C. Graduate.

Detailed discussions are currently underway to determine how best to embed these attributes into school-based curricula, after-school programming and summer programming.

The High School Graduation Network is comprised of community members who are committed to improving the on-time graduation rate in the tri-county region and ensuring students are ready for college or a career in the modern workforce.

If you are interested in participating in this project team or the High School Graduation Network, please contact Sarah Piwinski at Sarah@TriCountyCradleToCareer.org.

Principal development program in the works

A ready supply of well-prepared principals as instructional leaders in every school is an essential component of an educator talent development strategy. In the 2016-2017 school year, about a quarter of tri-county schools had principals who had been at their school for two years or less.

There is, at present, no discernible pipeline that assures excellent preparation and continuous development of aspiring principals.

The superintendents of the region’s four school districts, who meet regularly with TCCC as members of the Lowcountry Education Consortium, have recognized principal development as a common need among their districts.

In May, three organizations from around the country that run evidenced-based programs focused on training effective principals will visit the region and be interviewed by the superintendents. The goal is to establish a local best practices training program for aspiring principals.

Former educator joins TCCC staff

LaTisha Vaughn-Brandon

TCCC has hired LaTisha Vaughn-Brandon as Director of Networks and Community Engagement.

Vaughn-Brandon will take responsibility for TCCC’s Kindergarten Readiness Network and will lead TCCC’s efforts to expand and deepen connections with community groups across the education continuum. She will work with a board-level committee and grassroots community groups to engage parents, students, caregivers, teachers and others in education-related decisions that affect them.

Vaughn-Brandon replaces Alexa Stephens, who has left the organization with the grateful appreciation of the TCCC Board of Directors and staff for her service.

“LaTisha Vaughn-Brandon has a deep knowledge of the root causes of disparity in education, is committed to equity and understands the factors that impede kindergarten readiness and high school graduation rate and readiness,” TCCC CEO John Read said. “We’re excited to have her join the team and share that knowledge with our staff and community partners.”

Vaughn-Brandon is the owner and operator of Engineering for Kids Charleston and the owner and primary consultant for Vaughn-Brandon Consulting. Prior to her current work, Vaughn-Brandon was the director of education initiatives with Charleston Promise Neighborhood, assistant associate superintendent for the Charleston County School District and principal of North Charleston Elementary School.

She has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Missouri, a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Park College, now Park University, and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Georgia State University.

HSGN College and Career Readiness Workgroup

Thanks to those who participated in TCCC’s High School Graduation Network College and Career Readiness Workgroup meeting today!

Recent media coverage

Several media outlets covered the release of our Regional Education Report: Chapter 4.

Check out the stories and videos below:

Tri-county students eligible for $1,000 art scholarship

StriveTogether, a national nonprofit working to improve education for every child, is offering a scholarship opportunity for current high school seniors and students enrolled in a post-secondary institution in communities served by a partnership in its Cradle to Career Network. Because of the work of TCCC, students in the tri-county region are eligible for the Art Inspires Scholarship.

Students are challenged to create art that symbolizes what educational opportunity and success means to them and conveys StriveTogether’s core values (community, courage, equity, progress and results). StriveTogether will select up to 10 works of art to be featured in its national headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Selected student artists each will receive a $1,000 scholarship to support coursework at a post-secondary institution in the 2018-2019 academic year. The artwork created through this opportunity will inspire StriveTogether staff and partners daily as they work to achieve the organization’s vision: the success of every child cradle to career.

Applications must be submitted to info@strivetogether.org by May 18, 2018. Each submission must include a video by the artist explaining the piece’s inspiration and meaning as well as a completed scholarship application and proof of enrollment or intent to enroll in a post-secondary institution. Scholarship winners will be notified by June 15, 2018, and receive their prize no later than July 13, 2018.

Learn more at https://www.strivetogether.org/library/strivetogether-launches-scholarship-opportunity.

Community Leadership Council breakfast

Thank you to all who attended this morning’s Community Leadership Council meeting, where we released the Regional Education Report: Chapter 4!