Focus: P-20 education
- The Center for Inquiry is a public magnet school established jointly by the University of South Carolina and Richland District 2. The center provides onsite teacher education courses and intensive clinical experiences for USC undergraduates, master's teaching interns and doctoral student researchers. It is a national demonstration site for inquiry-based instruction. Books, journal articles and video series have featured research from the center including the role of inquiry in literacy and learning and ongoing professional development.
- USC's Museum of Education exhibitions and programs are designed to address educational issues and to generate thoughtful discussion among the university and stakeholders in the larger community. Founded in 1977, the Museum is located in Wardlaw Hall and includes a main gallery, The Chester C. Travelstead Seminar Room, an outdoor courtyard and a closed-archival area. This photo is of Pat Conroy where he is teaching in the Mary Fields School on Daufuskie Island in 1970.
- USC's annual Latino Children's and Young Adult Literature and Literacies Conference provides a forum for current research on the education of Latino children and their families while answering the critical need to understand better the culture and the social influences of Latino children's and young adult literature on all children/students.
- If not for the fast action of USC graduate student Caleb Lott, a South Carolina high school football player could have died last summer after taking a severe blow to the head during a scrimmage. Lott was working the sidelines at the high school as a student in USC's Graduate Athletic Training Program. The young man made a full recovery thanks to Lott's quick response. The athletic training program offered by the College of Education assigns certified trainers to local high schools as well as to teams at USC and other nearby colleges.
- Donald Bailey participated in USC's CarolinaLIFE program - a nationally recognized program that offers a college experience to individuals with intellectual and cognitive disabilities in a way that is appropriate to meet their needs and advance their long-term goals. Students will work on social, community living, vocational and academic goals and will help design their own curriculum for the two- and four-year programs.
- State legislative aide Antjuan Seawright is a member of the School Improvement Council at Columbia's Meadowfield Elementary School. The S.C. School Improvement Council was established by state law 30 years ago and is housed at USC's College of Education. The state council provides training, assistance, accountability and operational resources to nearly 15,000 parents, community members and educators serving on local councils in each of South Carolina's 1,100-plus public schools.
- Bruce Field is executive director of the Office of School-University Partnerships and Clinical Experiences, which facilitates collaborative relationships between USC's educator preparation programs and more than 140 primary and secondary schools in and around Columbia. The office places candidates in sites interested in mentoring future educators and orchestrates research projects with select Professional Development Schools. The office also acts as the liaison between the university and local Teacher Cadet programs that introduce high school students to the profession.
- USC's language and literacy programs are based on the beliefs that learning is an inquiry process that includes social interaction and that literacy goes beyond the written word to include oral communication and the cultural contexts in which language is used. Our students explore relationships among language, thinking and culture and are given opportunities to put their theory into real-world practice through local partnerships with other educational institutions and agencies.
- Learning to teach mathematics well is a critical part of USC's teacher preparation programs for early childhood, elementary, middle level and secondary education. In MATH 221 and 222, USC students become penpals with children in first through fifth grades in local schools and meet at the end of the course to share a math game designed together.
- Assistant USC professor in educational leadership and policies, Jesulon Gibbs-Brown is an expert on the legal and policy aspects of student speech on the Internet and cyberbullying. Her research primarily focuses on the role and influence of school law in public education and the scholarship of engagement and outreach. A licensed attorney with experience practicing in the area of school law, Gibbs-Brown is the author of "Student Speech on the Internet: The Role of First Amendment Protections."
FOCUS: P-20 Education