Speaking of Schools

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Speaking of Schools host Doug Keel keeps you up on the latest headlines in education weekday mornings and afternoons on all stations of South Carolina Public Radio.

On Mondays afternoons, the Speaking of Schools podcasts, supported by the South Carolina Department of Education, delve deeper into topics with guests who are providers and supporters of education including administrators, teachers, students, parents, and others interested in improving teaching and learning in South Carolina.

Speaking of Schools Archives (2009 - August 2014

Ways to Connect

  This three part series, sponsored by Furman's Riley Institute and the University's Osher Lifelong Learning Center, examined what matters most in early childhood development and what interventions and supports are in place here in South Carolina. The series looked at the ways in which educational institutions, parents, students, non-profits, and members of the community work together to build up our schools and prepare young people to be successful adults who are contributing members of society.

  This three part series, sponsored by Furman's Riley Institute and the University's Osher Lifelong Learning Center, examined what matters most in early childhood development and what interventions and supports are in place here in South Carolina. The series looked at the ways in which educational institutions, parents, students, non-profits, and members of the community work together to build up our schools and prepare young people to be successful adults who are contributing members of society.

  This is an annual event on Speaking of Schools, offering some of the selections of the All State Choruses and Bands from their spring concerts.  This is the second of two programs featuring these outstanding middle, junior high and high school musicians.

This is an annual event on Speaking of Schools, a rendering of some of the selections of the All State Choruses and Bands from their spring concerts. Join us for the first of two programs featuring these outstanding middle, junior high and high school musicians.

  While school has been out for nearly a month, plenty of news items you may have missed are featured on this week's podcast.

The 2016 National Teacher of the Year receives the Crystal Apple awarded to teachers attaining that distinction, and this year's recipient is Jahana Hayes, a history teacher from Connecticut. Comments from Jahana and President Obama are a part of this weeks podcast. The ceremony was recorded at the annual gathering of State Teachers of the Year at the White House.

Language Immersion

Jun 13, 2016

   This topic, involving not only vocabulary from a second language, deals with teaching other subject areas in conjunction with the language, and was May's Carolina Classrooms topic on SCETV. Host Dawn Samples is directly involved in language immersion in her daily work and she is joined by Ruta Couet, World Language Education Associate from the Department of Education staff. 

  The annual Teacher of the Year gala is featured on this week's podcast. Listeners will hear comments from State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman Keynote speaker Ben Ingram (Jeopardy Tournament of Champions winner), 2016 Teacher of the Year Suzanne Koty, and after the announcement of  the 2017 State Top Teacher, comments from the winner, Jennifer Wise.

  We begin this week's podcast with our State Superintendent's May report to education stakeholders in the Palmetto state and have an interesting conversation with Dean Julie Allen at the Governors School for Arts and Humanities about their summer programs.

  Dr. Julie Fowler and Dr. Sheila Quinn of the Department of Education conducted a statewide faculty virtual meeting on May 2nd. The audio from the presentation and the question and answer session which followed are featured on this week's podcast.

  VirtualSC, the Department of Education's online, free program for public, private and home-school students is about to open registration for the summer term. Learn more about the dates and what's being offered through VirtualSC, which will be entering its tenth year of service to SC students in the 2016-17 school year.

  In the wake of late April's naming of the State Teacher of the Year, South Carolina Future Minds steps up to give all South Carolinians an avenue to pay tribute to a teacher having a profound tribute on their lives during May, Teacher Appreciation Month. We'll also talk with an outstanding teacher: One who led his high school symphony orchestra to be the Grand Prize Winner in a national orchestral competition.

   The 2016 TransformSC Spring Conference, Think Forward!, inspired attendees to think past conventional reforms and reach for transformational change in the public education system. This year’s conference featured a nationally acclaimed keynote speaker and a variety of breakout sessions for educators, business leaders and policymakers. More than 500 people attended the third annual TransformSC’s conference, including business leaders, policymakers and teams of educators representing over half of the state’s school districts.

The 2016 TransformSC Spring Conference, Think Forward!, inspired attendees to think past conventional reforms and reach for transformational change in the public education system. This year’s conference featured a nationally acclaimed keynote speaker and a variety of breakout sessions for educators, business leaders and policymakers. More than 500 people attended the third annual TransformSC’s conference, including business leaders, policymakers and teams of educators representing over half of the state’s school districts.

  The 2016 TransformSC Spring Conference, Think Forward!, inspired attendees to think past conventional reforms and reach for transformational change in the public education system. This year’s conference featured a nationally acclaimed keynote speaker and a variety of breakout sessions for educators, business leaders and policymakers. More than 500 people attended the third annual TransformSC’s conference, including business leaders, policymakers and teams of educators representing over half of the state’s school districts.

  The 2016 TransformSC Spring Conference, Think Forward!, inspired attendees to think past conventional reforms and reach for transformational change in the public education system. This year’s conference featured a nationally acclaimed keynote speaker and a variety of breakout sessions for educators, business leaders and policymakers.

  One of several outreach programs through Clemson's College of Engineering and Science, EMAG!NE assists in cultivating young engineers through STEM and STEAM activities. Events have been held across the state this spring and additional opportunities to get information about the program are forthcoming in April and May. Dr. Brad Putman, the program's director is our guest for this week's podcast.


  Since 1994 the Job Corps has been the U.S. Department of Labor's largest residential career training and education program, and the National Director has some strong South Carolina ties. Meet Lenita Jacobs-Simmons, and learn more about this nation-wide program that serves over 60,000 young people and adults each year.


  While what's appropriate regarding student assessment is a frequently discussed topic, interesting and necessary data and insight into school effectiveness is made available to educators and other stakeholders through the state's assessment program. This topic was the subject of the February Carolina Classrooms production seen on SCETV, and the audio from that telecast is made available to our listeners this week on the podcast.


  March is Women's History Month, and to help celebrate the occasion, Speaking of Schools will replay addresses given by lawyers and other jurists, including South Carolina Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Jean Toal, to high school students as a part of the Constitution Day, "James Otis Lecture." This program is sponsored annually by the SC Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates.


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