UNION COUNTY — Union County Schools hosted a mini-conference for elementary and middle school teachers and administrators January 2, 2017, at Sims Middle School.
In his welcome, Dr. William Roach, Jr., superintendent, challenged the group to put students first as we work together to build a tradition of excellence. A quotation by John Dewey served as the underlying theme for the conference: “If we teach today as we taught yesterday, we rob children of tomorrow.”
Participants attended three sessions, selected from among a list of thirty, addressing topics such as strategies to improve students’ critical thinking and problem-solving skills, methods to promote collaboration and teamwork, techniques to engage students in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) activities, an overview of the Union County Museum, and an introduction to technology tools available through Office 365.
In addition to Dr. Roach, district teachers, curriculum and reading coaches, and technology team members, guest presenters included the following: Jane Wilkes (Winthrop University Math Instructor and Union County School Board Member), Jed Dearybury (winner of the 2014 Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching), Ola Jean Kelly (director of the Union County Museum), Dee Dee Quinn from the s2 Stem Center, and representatives from Carolina Biological and Pearson Learning.
District instructional leaders Barbara Palmer, Jan Carter, Rhonda Hollingsworth, Melissa Wagner, Miriam Benjamin, Susan Cunningham, Crystal Robinson-Bryant, and Lisa Morrow organized the event, which was designed to motivate and inspire teachers as well as to assist teachers in addressing the characteristics of the Profile of the South Carolina Graduate.
This story courtesy of the Union County School District.