CRBJ Power Breakfast to focus on TCCC’s Regional Education Report

The Charleston Regional Business Journal’s Power Breakfast on Thursday, June 27 will focus on Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative’s recently released Regional Education Report.

This report, titled “Disruption,” identifies how inequity shows itself across the cradle-to-career continuum and provides actions and disruptions that are needed to cause public education to support the success of every child from birth.

Event details:

When: 7:30 to 9 a.m. on Thursday, June 27

Where: North Charleston Marriott, 4770 Goer Drive

Cost: $45

Tickets: Click here

Kindergarten Readiness Network reviews Birth to 8 Framework

Special thanks to those who attended today’s Kindergarten Readiness Network meeting!

Attendees reviewed the most recent kindergarten readiness data and a draft version of the network’s Birth to 8 Framework, which will be used to guide the group’s work going forward.

The purpose of the Kindergarten Readiness Network is to ensure children entering kindergarten in the tri-county region arrive to school prepared and ready to learn. To join the network and/or to learn more, please contact LaTisha Vaughn at

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


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.



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

Campus map:

For more information:

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:


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: