Each individual can play a role in developing a modern education system that educates all children. Below are some ideas to get you started:
Learn about the quality of schools in your neighborhood – whether your children attend these schools or not. Start by learning about your neighborhood schools at SCReportCards.com and meeting with school leaders.
Read The Post and Courier’s “Minimally Adequate” investigative series to learn more about persistent failures throughout South Carolina that are leaving students unprepared for the world that awaits them.
Get involved in the improvement of your neighborhood schools. Join the school’s Parent Teacher Association or School Improvement Council, volunteer and spend time inside the school, and interact with teachers and students (especially those of different races and ethnicities than you).
Mentor. Be the caring and compassionate adult in the life of a child, in addition to your own children. Help foster the child’s passions and strengths, develop academic and personal goals, and grow interpersonal skills.
Make equity, inclusion and diversity a requirement where you work, worship and play. Talk with your boss, pastor/clergy and friends about making sure all races, ethnicities, genders, ages, social classes, etc. are welcomed and have a seat at your decision-making table.
Express your dissatisfaction with the current public education system, and hold leaders accountable. Attend and actively participate in school board meetings, city and county council meetings, town halls, surveys, debates and other forums about education.
Cast your ballot. Research and question those running for public office, make an informed decision about who will make the education changes you desire and vote for those people.
Align your charitable giving to support sustainable interventions that will improve education.
Get Involved with TCCC
Education is the responsibility of the entire community, not just the schools themselves, and successful collective impact calls for the engagement of a broad cross-section of stakeholders from different sectors. Many businesses, nonprofit and civic organizations, schools, educators, philanthropists, government agencies, elected officials and community volunteers from throughout the region have committed to partner through TCCC to improve educational outcomes.
Our region is fortunate to have countless partners already invested in a vision where every child graduates from high school prepared for either further education or a career in the modern workforce. From school districts using innovative instructional techniques, to businesses offering apprenticeships, churches providing mentors, community groups helping with homework, and non-profits and volunteers working directly in our schools, every day countless initiatives are joining with parents and teachers to help children learn and succeed.