Letter: Improve teacher pay

Thanks to The Post & Courier for publishing TCCC CEO John C. Read’s Letter to the Editor on Sunday!

John wrote about the importance of increasing teacher salaries. Here’s a small portion of the letter:

The evidence is overwhelming that low pay for teachers is a major contributor to this shortage, and TCCC fully supports Superintendent Gerrita Postlewait’s proposal to increase starting salaries by $4,000. Attracting and retaining high-performing teachers to fully staff Charleston County School District’s classrooms is essential to successfully educating all children.

Click here to read the full letter, and let us know what you think!

TCCC awarded $1.5 million grant

Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative, a community movement committed to improving educational outcomes, has received the first installment of a $1,545,000 grant from The Duke Endowment, one of the largest private foundations in the Southeast.

The grant will be used to support continuous improvement coaching for early childhood providers in the Charleston area. Nearly $500,000 has been awarded so far, with the balance to be paid in increments through 2020.

“We are deeply grateful for The Duke Endowment’s financial support and confidence in our work,” Anita Zucker, chair of the TCCC board, said. “This grant will put momentum behind our efforts and is a great opportunity to share a successful tool with other organizations working to improve the lives of children.”

In 2014, TCCC created and deployed the Tri-County Regional Improvement Process (TRIP!) across its networks, consortia and project teams to guide collaborative work. Trident United Way, a fellow non-profit organization with an early childhood focus, adopted TRIP! as the foundation for its own continuous improvement culture.

TCCC will use funding from The Duke Endowment to expand and deepen the tools available within TRIP! and train 10 other non-profit organizations to use the process.

To oversee the further development of TRIP! and its deployment across the region, TCCC has hired Chris McNally as the Director of Continuous Improvement.

McNally has been deeply engaged in improvement work for the past six years with The Boeing Company. He holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland, and a master’s degree in health information management from The Citadel.

“Chris will oversee the creation of an in-depth TRIP! manual and training syllabus then recruit and certify other non-profit organizations to adopt the tool,” TCCC CEO John C. Read said. “His skills and experience make him a key addition to the TCCC staff, and I look forward to seeing TRIP! grow under his leadership.”

The Duke Endowment awards grants to fulfill its founder’s vision to nurture children, promote health, educate minds and enrich spirits. In October 2017, the Endowment announced a strategic emphasis on children ages 0 to 8.

“The Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative has shown great civic vision in seeking a unified effort to boost early childhood outcomes,” said Meka Sales, Director of Special Initiatives for The Duke Endowment. “We believe its push for a stronger culture of data and improvement can be a model for similar initiatives in the Carolinas.”

#GivingTuesday is Here!

We consider ourselves fortunate to work with so many talented, caring and faithful supporters in the tri-county region who are committed to improving educational outcomes for all students. Thank you for being one of those supporters!

Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday kicked off the holiday buying season, but today is the worldwide kickoff of the charitable season. It’s Giving Tuesday!

This global holiday celebrates the true meaning of what this season is all about. Last year, more than $177 million was raised across nearly 100 countries.

This year, we hope to see even more generosity! Please join the #GivingTuesday movement and give back to your favorite charities.

How can you participate in Giving Tuesday? Here are a few simple ideas:

  • Consider making an online tax-deductible gift to TCCC by clicking here
  • Help us get the word out on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #GivingTuesday
  • Post photos and testimony on social media demonstrating why you love TCCC
  • Do something in support of our teachers, schools and colleges

Your support allows us to continue working on our mission. We appreciate whatever you choose to do!

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

The Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative office at 6296 Rivers Avenue, Suite 308 in North Charleston will be closed from Thursday, November 23 through Friday, November 24 for Thanksgiving.

To reach a staff member, please email or call them directly. Contact information for each staff member is listed here.

We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

CRBJ: Fewer teachers want to be in S.C. classrooms

Patrick Hoff, a staff writer for the Charleston Regional Business Journal, wrote a story about the state’s teacher shortage and included comments from TCCC CEO John C. Read.

Read said no silver bullet exists for solving the problem and that communities need to work together to better support teachers.

“We have to honor the profession, we have to encourage students in math to prepare for a career in teaching, we have to make it rewarding for them,” he said. “Those are the things that we as a community need to do. The school district can’t do it alone; business leaders need to put pressure on the school boards to say, ‘This has to happen, or we’ll take our jobs elsewhere.’”

Click here to read the story or check out the Nov. 13 CRBJ print edition.

Letter to the Editor

TCCC CEO John C. Read and Coastal Community Foundation President and CEO Darrin Goss, Sr., co-authored a Letter to the Editor in today’s edition of The Post & Courier.

The letter addresses the number of articles and letters attacking Charleston County School District Superintendent Gerrita Postlewait.

“This personalized and vitriolic assault on an individual doing her best in an impossible job has no place in the community’s efforts to improve education attainment or in any civil society.”

Click here to read the full letter.

Chromebook Giveaway!

During the STEM Career Fair last month, we asked students to take a quick survey about the FAFSA. We then put all of the names of the participants in a bucket for a chance to win a FREE Chromebook! Watch the video to see the lucky winner with his prize.

Special thanks to all of the students who took the time to fill out our survey!

If you are or know a high school student, please don’t forget to fill out the FAFSA. The FAFSA is how you apply for federal grants, work-study funds, student loans and scholarships. If you don’t complete the FAFSA, you could lose out on thousands of dollars to help you pay for college.

If you plan to attend college between July 1, 2018, and June 30, 2019, you should fill out your FAFSA now!

Here are some tips for completing the FAFSA:

1.) The official FAFSA website is fafsa.gov. You should never be asked to pay to complete the FAFSA. It’s always FREE.

2.) Fill out the FAFSA form as soon as possible. Some financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, and some states and colleges run out of money early. Even if it seems like your school’s deadline is far off in the future, get your FAFSA done ASAP.

3.) It’s important to get an FSA ID (username and password) before filling out the FAFSA form. When you register for an FSA ID, you may need to wait up to three days before you can use it to sign your FAFSA form electronically. Create an FSA ID at StudentAid.gov/fsaid.

4.) Colleges can’t see the other schools you’ve added, so you should add ALL colleges you are considering to your FAFSA form, even if you aren’t sure if you’ll apply or be accepted. You can add up to 10 schools at a time.

Kindergarten Readiness Network

On Tuesday, our Kindergarten Readiness Network met at Palmetto Goodwill in North Charleston to discuss the Family Connects project, Birth to 8 Framework and proposed state legislation that impacts children.

Special thanks to all of the Network’s participants and Convener, Trident United Way!

To join the Network, contact Kate Buckholz, Trident United Way’s Director of Education Innovation, at kbuckholz@tuw.org  or 843.740.9000.

#GivingTuesday

TCCC will be participating in #GivingTuesday, an international giving campaign, on November 28. We hope you’ll consider donating to us! Stay tuned for more details.

DD2 students set Academic Awards district record

Dorchester School District Two reports that students from Ashley Ridge High, Fort Dorchester High and Summerville High broke the district record for most academic letters and medals in a year!

Here are some results of the Academic Awards celebrations for the 2016-2017 school year:

  • A total of 1,105 sophomores, juniors and seniors earned Academic Awards this year, setting a district record. Last year, there were 973 honorees.
  • There were 267 students who received the Board of Trustees Award for earning an A in every subject.
  • Including this year’s recipients, 13,000 Academic Awards have been presented to district students since the program began.
  • Eleven businesses and organizations were sponsors of this year’s awards programs.
  • Program sponsors provided a $1,000 scholarship for a senior receiving an Academic Award from each of the three high schools.
  • Academic Award honorees nominated 319 teachers as Special Teachers this year. Special Teachers receive a personalized certificate commemorating the honor, an Academic Awards Special Teacher pin for first-time recipients and a copy of the Academic Awards program booklet that includes a listing of Special Teachers.

Way to go, Dorchester School District Two teachers and students!