Mission Critical – North Charleston’s final meeting will be held June 4

Thank you to those who attended the Mission Critical – North Charleston meeting on May 14 at North Charleston High School.
The next and final community meeting is scheduled for 6 until 7:45 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4 at North Charleston High School, located at 1087 East Montague Avenue. View a flyer for the meeting here.
Please share the flyer with your contacts, especially parents, in hopes they will attend the final meeting for the Mission Critical – North Charleston process.
Thetyka Robinson, Co-facilitator                            John C. Read, Co-facilitator

Group changes name to Future Ready Network

TCCC’s High School Graduation Network, co-convened by Jessica Jackson at The Boeing Company and Cathy Almquist at Trident Technical College, has changed its name and expanded its focus to include college enrollment and persistence.

The network’s new name is the Future Ready Network, and its goal is to ensure all students are prepared for their future beyond high school by: increasing the number of students who are ready for enrollment in post-secondary education, career employment and/or enlistment in the military; and making a student’s chosen pathway a reality.

The network met on Thursday, May 23 at Trident Technical College to prioritize project work for 2019 and assemble project teams. The next Future Ready Network meeting will be held in September. For more information and to join the network, please contact Sarah Piwinski at Sarah@TriCountyCradleToCareer.org.


In the fall of 2018, the network launched the College Cash Campaign to provide support to the region’s high schools to increase completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). There is now only about one month remaining until the June 30 FAFSA deadline!

As part of the College Cash Campaign, incentives and awards will be given to area high schools and students. Academic Magnet and Burke High School are the region’s first schools to be recognized for reaching a 50% FAFSA completion rate. Congratulations to these schools for their hard work and dedication to college access!


The Citadel hosting Calculus professional development workshop

The Citadel is hosting a professional development workshop for educators at the high school and college levels to support Calculus readiness.

The workshop is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 1 at The Citadel’s Thompson Hall. Continental breakfast will be available starting at 8:30 a.m., and lunch will be catered.

Registration: http://bit.ly/ProConv2019

Directions: http://www.citadel.edu/root/directions-maps

Parking: At the front or back of Thompson Hall, Grimsley Hall or Jenkins Hall

Campus map: http://macs.citadel.edu/chenm/PD_Precalculus_Workshop/MAP_Thompson.pdf

For more information: http://macs.citadel.edu/chenm/PD_Precalculus_Workshop/PD_Precalculus_Readiness_Calculus.html

Coastal Community Foundation hosts Philanthropic Engagement series

Special thanks to Coastal Community Foundation for inviting TCCC CEO John C. Read to participate in a panel discussion on education during CCF’s Philanthropic Engagement series on May 14 at Blackbaud! 

Berkeley Independent: Applications due May 10 for art scholarship

Thanks to the Berkeley Independent for sharing details about the StriveTogether art scholarship!

Because of the work of Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative (TCCC), students in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties are eligible to apply. Applications are due by May 10.

Read the Berkeley Independent story at: https://www.berkeleyind.com/community-news/barnes-applications-due-may-for-art-scholarship/article_0dd5363a-6d09-11e9-a701-6fb2377ccd04.html.


Mission Critical – North Charleston meeting planned for May 14th

To Members of the North Charleston Community:

As most of you are aware, the Garrett Academy closure announcement had made it necessary to “pause” the Mission Critical work in North Charleston while we sought clarification of the announcement from the superintendent and school board members.

There is agreement on all sides that the district could have made more effective use of this process in releasing the Garrett information and may yet do so in addressing what happens next with that facility and for those families.

We would now like to re-start the Mission Critical – North Charleston process. The previously scheduled meeting on May 7 has been rescheduled to May 14. We will meet from 6:00 until 7:45 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14 at North Charleston High School (1087 E Montague Ave, North Charleston).

We are especially interested in gathering input and feedback from parents, so we encourage you to help us spread the word by sharing this with your family, friends and colleagues.

We look forward to seeing you then!


John C. Read, Co-facilitator               Thetyka Robinson, Co-facilitator

Opinion: ‘We have an obligation to right a wrong in education’

Special thanks to The Post and Courier for publishing an Op/Ed by TCCC CEO John C. Read!

“We know that the fundamental issue impeding the progress of so many of our children is the one we have the greatest difficulty talking about, let alone acting upon here: racial bias and racism. The data may point toward poverty, but they also irrefutably point through poverty to race,” Read wrote. “Confronting and resolving the racial bias of public education will resolve just about everything else in the system that isn’t working.”

Click here to read the Opinion piece.

Academic Magnet named best high school in United States

Congratulations to Academic Magnet High School in Charleston County School District for being named the best high school in the country by U.S. News and World Report!

More than 17,000 schools were ranked on six factors based on their performance on state assessments and how well they prepare students for college.

Read more: https://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/national-rankings

TCCC supports SC for Ed protest

Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative (TCCC) fully supports the SC for Ed rally and protest scheduled for May 1 in Columbia as a necessary disruption.

“Inaction by Gov. Henry McMaster and the S.C. Legislature on comprehensive education reform is deeply disappointing and warrants a grassroots response,” TCCC CEO John C. Read said. “We agree with SC for Ed that S.C. teacher pay should move toward the national average on a fixed schedule but with increased accountability for student academic growth.”

In the recently released Regional Education Report, TCCC identified specific recommendations to support the reformation of public education including: the increased use of the School of Choice Law to allow for additional innovative schools, redrawing attendance zones to increase diversity in schools, reforming school funding policies, increasing teacher salaries and providing all families access to quality, affordable pre-school (3K and 4K).

“This spring, there were encouraging signs that education reform was possible. With just days left in this legislative session, it now appears there will be little to no action,” Read said. “This means that necessary changes in education funding and other policies that are at the root of inequity and inequality – changes that will prove highly controversial and potentially divisive – will be left to next year, an election year.”

TCCC’s Math Pathways Project Team announces new convener

John M. Cooper, Ed.D, who served in several positions at Harvard University and has extensive experience in education and government, has agreed to serve as the new convener of Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative’s Math Pathways Project Team (MPPT).

John Cooper

John Cooper

He replaces Geoffrey L. Schuler, a retired Boeing Company executive who has served as convener since the team’s creation in 2015.

MPPT, a group of math professionals at the high school and college level who are supported by TCCC, works to improve the tri-county area’s math curricula and ensure every child graduates high school ready to succeed in postsecondary education and the workforce.

Cooper, who became convener of MPPT on March 19, earned a doctorate in education from Harvard University in Administration, Planning and Social Policy in 1995. He also has a Master of Public Administration from the University of North Carolina and a master’s and bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest University.

He served as associate director of the Arkansas Department of Higher Education after working in both the executive and legislative branches in North Carolina and South Carolina. Later, he served in several positions at Harvard, including assistant dean for finance for the faculty of arts and sciences. Cooper also was the chief financial officer and faculty member of the Institute of Health Professions at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Cooper retired as the associate director of the Accreditation Commission on Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in 2016 and has been active as a community volunteer in Charleston as part of Social Venture Partners Charleston.

“Dr. Cooper’s strong background in education, administration and government makes him an excellent choice to continue MPPT’s important work,” TCCC CEO John C. Read said. “We look forward to seeing his leadership help to improve math education and outcomes for all tri-county children.”

Geoff Schuler

Under Schuler’s leadership, the MPPT implemented many initiatives, including:

  • Spearheading the implementation of Algebra Nation, an online math enrichment tool, which is now fully funded by the State of South Carolina for use by all school districts statewide.
  • Establishing the Excellence in Mathematics Teaching awards to recognize and honor mathematics teachers and administrators from the four regional school districts.
  • Reviewing the high school math curricula of the four tri-county school districts and recommending requirements for all high school students to complete at least four credits of math: Algebra 1 and 2, Geometry and a fourth higher-level math course beyond Algebra 2.
  • Proposing that high school math courses beyond Algebra I and Algebra 2 (e.g. Geometry and Precalculus) should include an end-of-course (EOC) exam common across each school district, that each EOC exam should align exclusively to the priority standards set for that course and that these exams should count for at least 15% of the student’s final grade for the course.

“Geoff Schuler has done an amazing job leading the Math Pathways Project Team in its work with local school systems and the state to improve math education attainment for all our children,” said Anita Zucker, CEO of The InterTech Group and chair of the TCCC Board of Directors. “We are very grateful for the team’s many accomplishments under his guidance, and we look forward to further MPPT achievements as Dr. Cooper transitions into the role.”