Partnerships and collaboration between a variety of organizations and agencies is critical to improving education throughout the state. Through our combined strength, partnerships established by the College of Education are far more effective at diagnosing problems, offering solutions, establishing best practices and creating sustainable models than what any individual entity can achieve alone.
And although each partner brings a unique perspective to the table, we are all passionate about learning outcomes, and we are committed to the young people of South Carolina. As a result, we're making a huge impact on the economic future of our state.
Current Outreach Initiatives
Launched by the College of Education in 2013, the CEP brings together five diverse partners to leverage existing education resources, build grassroots capacity for schools and districts and improve K-12 student achievement throughout the state. CEP core partners collaborate to offer professional development to educators, make research and evidence-based practices accessible and bring schools, families and communities together.
CEP core partners include:
- S.C. School Improvement Council
- S.C. Geographic Alliance
- S.C. Educational Policy Center
- S.C. Middle School Initiative
- Writing Improvement Network
The Midlands Writing Project, a site of the National Writing Project, supports the development of teachers who champion reform in the teaching of writing at every grade level and throughout all subject areas. The project offers a variety of resources, including summer institutes for students and conferences and classes for educators.
Through its nationally recognized program and network of more than 140 schools in Columbia, S.C., and the surrounding area, SUPCE has a tremendous responsibility for preparing College of Education students for classroom work. SUPCE also offers practicum and internship candidates interested in mentoring future teachers the opportunity to do so within these partner schools.