Kiwanis Club of Charleston

Special thanks to the Kiwanis Club of Charleston for inviting TCCC CEO John Read to speak at the club’s weekly lunch today.

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

Are you looking for an overview of the state of education in the tri-county region? We have you covered! To schedule a presentation for educators, businesses or community groups, please email Ashley Heffernan at

Businesses Give Back Day

Today is Businesses Give Back Day!

Support any of these businesses and a portion of proceeds will benefit 140 nonprofits, including Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative!

Lowcountry Giving Day

This year, Lowcountry Giving Day will be held on Tuesday, September 19 at Joe Riley Park in downtown Charleston. We’re hoping community members like you will support us in one of the following ways:

  • Make a donation online on September 19 at
  • Make a donation on September 19 by texting “CradletoCareer” to 855-735-BIDR (2437).
  • Send a check payable to Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative to 6296 Rivers Avenue, Suite 308, North Charleston, SC 29406 or drop a check off on September 19 at area South State Bank branches.
  • Visit our booth at Joe Riley Park on September 19 and make a cash or credit card donation.

No donation is too big or too small, and every dollar we raise, our board has committed to match up to (at least) $20,000! Your support is key to continuing our work to ensure every child has the opportunity to succeed.

Would you consider making a tax-deductible donation to Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative?

We look forward to seeing you at “The Joe” and, as always, we appreciate your support!

We’re hiring!

Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative is hiring a Director of Continuous Improvement.

The job description is posted here and below:

The Director-Continuous Improvement (DCI) reports to the TCCC’s CEO and has overall responsibility for the further development of the Tri-County Regional Improvement Process (TRIP!) and its deployment across the region. The facilitation of TCCC’s Networks, Consortia and Project Teams also falls within his/her responsibilities.

Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative is a non-profit, collective-impact site dedicated to the success of every child in education attainment in the tri-county region. Three years ago, TCCC adapted a process of improvement for use in collective-impact work that has proven effective in bounding and guiding collaborative work at the population level. It has become clear, however, that infusing tools found in Results-Based theory will assist in strengthening the process and in taking it to scale across the region.

A three-year grant funded by The Duke Endowment provides for the build-out of TRIP!, utilizing evidence-based tools found in Results Based Leadership, Accountability and Facilitation. Working with a group of consultants, the DCI will oversee the first phase of the work: to create a manual and training syllabus that integrates these tools into TRIP!

The next phase of the work involves hiring 1-2 full-time facilitators to become certified in the expanded version of TRIP! With this support, the DCI will then initiate a process in which 10 non-profits in the region are recruited to become certified in TRIP! The process with these non-profits will be on-going, with the DCI periodically conducting peer collaborations among participating non-profits. The DCI will also become certified as a ‘Train the Trainer’ and will ensure that all Networks, Consortia and Project teams have trained and compensated facilitators.

The Trident United Way is a close partner in this work, having deployed TRIP! across its grantees. The DCI will maintain a collaborative relationship with TUW during all phases of the work to assure alignment in the application and deployment of the process.

The DCI will be accountable to the CEO and the Board for ensuring that TCCC processes are properly bound, guided and supported by certified facilitators.

-BA or BS, with a graduate degree preferred
-Five years experience minimum as either a consultant, trainer or line manager in the deployment and application of continuous improvement tools consistent with the underlying principles of TRIP!
-Black Belt or equivalent certification preferred
-Non-profit experience preferred
-Excellent written and verbal communications skills
-Excellent facilitative and trainer skills
-Demonstrable attention to detail, analytic skills
-Sets high expectations and works collaboratively to achieve them
-Committed to education attainment and equity

Compensation commensurate with experience and in the $60-70k range.

Interested candidates are encouraged to email CEO John C. Read at

REI training opportunity

Racial Equity Institute training is coming back to Charleston next month!

All TCCC staff members have been through this two-day training, and we encourage you to consider it as well. This powerful training is designed to help communities address institutional racism.

The next training session will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on October 23-24 at the College of Charleston’s North Campus at 3800 Paramount Drive.

Details here:

K-12 teacher shortage crisis

TCCC CEO John C. Read, second from left, spoke during a panel discussion about the S.C. teacher shortage.

An important discussion was held today on the teacher shortage crisis in South Carolina, and TCCC CEO John C. Read was honored to be a part of it.

The Zucker Family School of Education at The Citadel hosted a public educational leadership and innovation forum to discuss the high number of unfilled teaching positions in the state.

The number of teachers leaving their positions each year (6,500 in 2016) is significantly higher than the number of S.C. graduates of teacher programs available to fill them (1,700 in 2016). Enrollment in S.C. teacher training programs is declining on average by 4% per year.

Of the nearly 6,500 teachers who did not return to their positions:

  • 25% took a teaching position in another S.C. district or special school;
  • 23% percent left because of a personal choice;
  • 18% retired;
  • 12% moved out of the area;
  • 5% changed professions altogether;
  • 5% took a teaching position out of the state or country;
  • and 4% were terminated or their contracts/letters of agreement were not renewed.

Additionally, 38% of the 6,500 teachers who did not return had five or fewer years of classroom experience.

High teacher turnover creates a continuous state of rebuilding in schools, often diminishing the collaboration and cohesion needed to build a sense of community. In addition, the constant process of hiring and replacing teachers consumes an inordinate amount of districts’ capital – both human and financial.

Unless corrective action is taken, the failure to attract and retain great teachers will significantly compromise the education attainment of our children, the fiscal health of our communities and our collective capacity to attract new jobs and families to our state.

HSGN Guiding Team meets at Boeing

On Thursday, our High School Graduation Network’s Guiding Team met for the first time since The Boeing Company became the network’s new Convener.

Special thanks to all of the Guiding Team members who are devoting time to do this work! We’re looking forward to moving the needle and ensuring every child in the tri-county region graduates from high school prepared for either further education or a career in the modern workforce.

Open House at Meeting Street Elementary @ Brentwood

We’d like to thank everyone who came out Tuesday night to the Open House at Meeting Street Elementary @ Brentwood!

This is a free, public neighborhood school made possible through a public-private partnership between Charleston County School District and Meeting Street Schools.

Opened in 2014 to grades Pre-K3 through third, it has grown by a grade each year and in 2018 will serve more than 600 students in Pre-K3 through fifth grade.

The school is open to all families in the district-drawn attendance zone and primarily serves those from under-resourced households. Its students significantly outperform those of similar backgrounds in surrounding schools.

Reading by Third

Trident United Way held a press conference today to announce its Reading by Third initiative, and Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative CEO John C. Read was invited to speak.

The Reading by Third initiative is a partnership between Trident United Way and the four local school districts that will provide innovative teacher training, which is conducted by the University of Florida Lastinger Center in an effort to raise rates of reading proficiency among early readers.

Approximately 246 educators, including 70 from Charleston County School District and 176 from Berkeley County School District, Dorchester School District 2 and Dorchester School District 4, attended training with instructors from the Lastinger Center over the summer and will be employing new instructional models throughout the 2017-2018 school year.

Reading at grade level by the end of third grade is a leading indicator of high school graduation and later academic success. In 2016, only 52% of third graders in the tri-county region were reading at grade level by the end of the school year, according to TCCC’s most recent education report.

Trident United Way will provide funding for up to $1.5 million over the next three years to implement the program in the tri-county region.

CCSD listening sessions went well

Our CEO, John C. Read, wrote an opinion piece for The Post & Courier about Charleston County School District’s recent listening sessions.

John had the privilege to facilitate five of the sessions. Click here to read about his takeaways.