UNION COUNTY — The ancient Green philosopher Aristotle said that “We are repeatedly what we do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
The Union County School District and its staff embody that idea as the district is constantly providing its staff with opportunities and resources to excel as educators and the staff takes advantage of those opportunities and resources to make educational excellence even more of a habit and inspire their students to take up that habit.
In a statement released Thursday, Sept. 7, the school district announced that it had “offered all of our certified staff the opportunity to take courses during the 2017-2018 school year to earn their S.C. Read to Succeed Endorsements. The courses were written by members of our District Literacy Leadership Team, and were approved by the SC State Department of Education for 60 hours of Professional Development credits.”
The press release states that three separate options were made available to staff members including:
• One course for elementary school teachers.
• One course for early childhood educators.
• One course for middle and high school teachers.
The announcement states that “as teachers, administrators, guidance counselors and others participate in research and study throughout the school year, they will work to improve students’ skills in reading and comprehension of the content in math, science, social studies, technological, career courses and the arts.”
It further states that “this is the third school year that teachers were able to earn endorsement credits in state approved courses taught by our SC State Reading Coaches. All elementary teachers were provided the R2S courses Assessment of Reading in 2015-2016, and Instructional Strategies in 2016-2017.”
The press release points out that “parents, teachers, community members and children are all inspired by learning. When we all continue to read and learn, we all benefit. Read every day, to keep your brain working at its best!