The SCEA Conference Center 421 Zimalcrest Drive Columbia, SC 29210



The SCEA Conference Center
421 Zimalcrest Drive Columbia, SC 29210

Welcome to The SCEA Children s Foundation Fall Conference



Welcome to The SCEA Children ’ s
Foundation Fall Conference
Bernadette R. Hampton, President, The SCEA
It gives me great pleasure to welcome all of you to The SCEA Children's Foundation Fall Education Issues and Assessment Conference. As a teacher in South Carolina for more than 24 years, I have seen education professionals endure many hardships and persevere, even prosper. I ’
ve also seen many of them leave the classroom for a variety of reasons. We are constantly asked
to do more in our schools with less money and fewer resources, to sacrifice precious instructional time to prepare students for and administer an unprecedented number of tests, as well as to abide unfair and uninformed criticism.
In order to conquer these challenges, the best tool we have at our disposal is professional development. It is vitally important that we stay abreast of developments in education and be willing to continue cultivating and improving ourselves as professionals so that we can deliver the best possible education to all of the students in our charge.
One such opportunity is right here at this conference, continuing to learn about integrating Gullah Education through the Arts, Classroom Management, Value-Added Measures, South Carolina Teaching Standards 4.0, SLOs, Student Debt Forgiveness, Restorative Justice Practices, Legal Issues and more. I appreciate each of you and thank you sincerely for taking your valuable time today to learn new skills that will help prepare you for the continuing challenges ahead.

Erin Fox South Carolina Teacher of the Year Welcome and Opening Speaker


Erin Fox
South Carolina Teacher of the Year
Welcome and Opening Speaker
Erin Fox is originally from Murphy, North Carolina, and received her BSED in Secondary English Education from Western Carolina University in
Cullowhee, North Carolina. She earned a master’s
degree in Gifted and Talented Education several years later from Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. She was initially hired at Gaffney High School to be an English II teacher. During her thirteen years at Gaffney High, she taught Advanced Drama, Drama I, Introduction to Drama, Theatrical Movement, Academic Assistance, English I, English II, and English III. She has also taken
on the role of head girls’ cross country coach for both the varsity
and junior varsity teams. Erin loves
the teaching opportunities that exploring literature and English Language Arts provide for her students and herself. As she challenges them, they challenge her as well, and she loves to infuse her work with kinesthetic/tactile lessons and artistic endeavors. Erin wants to provide students with personal ways to interact with the literature so that it speaks to their individual hearts in very real ways. She loves working with students in a variety of ways but most especially through the Fit2gether committee, the Miss Cherokeean Pageant committee, and the Homecoming Committee. Through Fit2gether, she helps with health and wellness planning for their school, and she also assists as both a workout leader and participant
during a twice weekly “Power Hour” after
-school workout session for students and
faculty. She is the choreographer and dance instructor for the Miss Cherokeean Pageant at the school, and she loves creating the thematic opening dance number for the contestants and then working with them to learn the dance and perfect it. Finally, Erin is the choreographer and dance
instructor for most of the faculty and cheerleader dances in the school’s Homecoming Production
Assembly. She loves working with the faculty, staff, and students to create and perform dances for GHS Alumni to enjoy when they come back to celebrate their reunions at the annual Homecoming Assembly.
Erin is married to her very best friend, Danny Fox. He is her support and sounding board for everything she does. They have been married for almost fifteen years and have two children: a nine-year old son, Jack, and a five-year old daughter, Scout. They attend Tryon First Baptist Church where Danny is a deacon, and Erin serves on several church committees and helps with the children and youth ministries. They love working out and fitness opportunities of all kinds both as a couple and with their children. They have done several 5K fundraisers as a family and have participated in a family mud run a few times as well. They also love hiking, backpacking, and camping. Any chance to get outside and explore the natural world is a blessing for them, and they look forward to more opportunities in the future.

Aunt Pearlie Sue Prather Gullah Storyteller Keynote Speaker



Aunt Pearlie Sue Prather Gullah Storyteller Keynote Speaker
Aunt Pearlie Sue is the creation of Anita Singleton-Prather, a native of the Sea Islands of Beaufort, South Carolina. Based on her grandmother, Aunt Pearlie Sue's character has entertained audiences with Gullah-flavored folktales for over 20 years from the schoolhouse to the White House. In addition to being a renowned master storyteller, Prather is an educator, historian, business woman, writer, singer, actress and director/producer. She is the founder and artistic director of the musical performance group the Gullah Kinfolk. As a storyteller and singer, Prather has performed at many festivals, the Beaufort Gullah Festival, Penn Heritage Days Festival, Woodlands Festival, Spoleto USA. International Arts Festival in Charleston, SC and San Francisco Festival of the Sea, just to name a few. Her original movie, My Man Done Wrong, along with other film projects, has been a part of the film festival circuit to include the Jamerican Film Festival in Kingston, Jamaica; Capitol City Black Film Festival, Austin TX; Black Hollywood and San Francisco Film Festivals in California. She has appeared in the Hollywood film Forrest Gump and also on television Food Network Channel Holiday special, Christmas Across America, hosted by Rachel Ray. In addition to her participation in many SCETV educational documentaries, Prather wrote and co-produced, Tales from the Land of Gullah and Circle Unbroken Gullah Journey from Africa to America filmed with the nationally acclaimed Gullah Kinfolk. These have been broadcasted on PBS nationwide and is also the title of her award-winning DVD and a traveling museum exhibit created around her animated character. This 20,000 sq. ft. exhibit, originated
at the nation’s top children’s museum, the Children’s Museum of Houston, Texas in 2007 and has been
touring since throughout the United States and Canada. It was estimated, that over a million young people have been introduced to the Gullah culture through this interactive exhibit. She is also co-
producer, writer and featured storyteller on Gullah CD’s and DVD’s
. She has partnered with South
Carolina Educational Television to create an award-
winning interactive website on their children’s
Knowitall.org/gullahnet that also features her animated character. Prather, a mother of 3 and grandmother of 7, is also a curriculum coordinator for the Education of Gullah Culture Through the Arts. She holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Howard University and a master's + 30 degree in education from the University of South Carolina. She is a member of New Covenant Fellowship International Ministries of Beaufort where she has been ordained as a licensed minister of the Gospel. She served as worship leader and trustee board member.
Through her Gullah heritage, Prather continues to be a “Keeper of the culture,” creativel y entertaining
and educating audiences around the world of all ages and nationalities about the rich unique African experience in America.

The SCEA Children's Foundation Fall Education Issues and Assessment Conference The Day at a Glance



The SCEA Children's Foundation
Fall Education Issues and
Assessment Conference
The Day at a Glance
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Registration
10:00 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.
Welcome and Door Prize
10:25 a.m. - 11:25 a.m. Session One
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Session Two
12:35 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Lunch and Keynote Address
1:50 p.m. - 2:50 p.m. Session Three
2:55 p.m. - 3:55 p.m. Session Four
4:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Closing Session and Door Prizes

Workshops


Workshops
Session One (10:25 a.m. - 11:25 a.m.)
Student Debt Forgiveness Foyer A
Presented by Donny Brown Audience: Everyone
Millions are eligible for federal student loan forgiveness programs. Are you one of them? Horace Mann can help you find out. We have a suite of solutions that may help you remove or reduce student loan payments and redirect any savings to other life goals, such as
retirement. We’ve helped put educators on the path to potentially save over $68 million.
Integrating Gullah Education Through the Arts…. Teaching Literacy Through Storytelling
Presented by Aunt Pearlie Sue Prather Foyer B
Audience: Everyone
What is Gullah Heritage, one might ask. This workshop is for those who may not know the answer and even for those who do. This interactive workshop gives educators an understanding of what Gullah heritage is and how to integrate it through the arts into their curriculum. Aunt Pearlie Sue, master storyteller, educator and Gullah historian, will demonstrate through creative storytelling, singing, dance and more how to bring history alive and engage students in an exciting and fun way to learn through the arts.
Restorative Justice…Discipline & the Law Boardroom
Presented by Sheri East and Shannon Reid Audience: Everyone
The disproportionate discipline issue and its many facets create problems in many schools today. This session presents the emerging and promising technique of restorative justice as a solution to disproportionate discipline. Restorative justice is a dispu
te resolution technique that is “focused on
the belief that those affected by harm can work together to repair it and that this collaboration leads
to true accountability.”
Classroom Management: I Can Do It – Part 1 Academy A
Presented by Dawn Peebles, Tamika Dickerson, SheaAaron Burns, Celena Dupree Lawanda Dixon Audience: Everyone
Effective teachers are passionate about educating their students. They want to spend their time teaching, not dealing with classroom disruptions. This day-long workshop presents some classroom management tips to help teachers settle problems, or prevent them from occurring, so that they can spend more of the classroom hours on teaching and learning. This is an all-day activity so participants who attend the first session should plan to stay for all four sessions. A notebook with handouts will be given to each participant. Pre-registration is required, and there is a $10 fee associated with the workshop. State Health Plan Engagement Academy B
Presented by Sarah Corbett Audience: Everyone
The South Carolina Public Employee Benefit Authority (PEBA) administers the insurance and
retirement benefits for South Carolina’s public workforce and retirees. One of our responsibilities is
to manage the State Health Plan, which is a self-funded plan. Our goal is to offer comprehensive benefits while maintaining costs.
In this workshop, you’ll learn about State Health Plan highlights.
You’ll also discover how you can help get members engaged in their health, as well as what resources
PEBA has to help you promote the various benefits to members.

Workshops


Workshops
Session Two (11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)
Secondary Education –
Updates and Q & A Foyer A
Presented by Joyce Abel
Audience: Secondary
With each new school year, teachers are faced with new and different expectations. What are the expectations for teachers in secondary schools for the 2017-18 school year? What are the expectations for teachers in secondary schools for the 2018-19 school year? A panel of teachers will present topics and answer questions.
Integrating Gullah Educati
on Through the Arts….
Teaching Literacy Through Storytelling Foyer B
Presented by Aunt Pearlie Sue Prather
Audience: Everyone
What is Gullah Heritage, one might ask. This workshop is for those who may not know the answer and even for those who do. This interactive workshop gives educators an understanding of what Gullah heritage is and how to integrate it through the arts into their curriculum. Aunt Pearlie Sue, master storyteller, educator and Gullah historian, will demonstrate through creative storytelling, singing, dance and more how to bring history alive and engage students in an exciting and fun way to learn through the arts.
VAM: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You! Boardroom
Presented by Dr. Adriane Dorrington Audience: Everyone
In today’s educational environment, we have seen a renewed focus
on the importance of teacher
evaluation systems. Despite on-going discussions about the development and implementation of comprehensive teacher evaluation systems, the use of Value-Added Measures still remains a very controversial issue. In this interactive session, we will explore Value-Added Measures (VAM). What is VAM? Why is VAM so controversial? Can VAM impact me? What are VAM alternatives?
Classroom Management: I Can Do It –
Part 1 (Continued) Academy A
Presented by Dawn Peebles, Tamika Dickerson, SheaAaron Burns, Celena Dupree Lawanda Dixon eam Audience: Everyone
Effective teachers are passionate about educating their students. They want to spend their time teaching, not dealing with classroom disruptions. This day-long workshop presents some classroom management tips to help teachers settle problems, or prevent them from occurring, so that they can spend more of the classroom hours on teaching and learning. This is an all-day activity so participants who attend the first session should plan to stay for all four sessions. A notebook with handouts will be given to each participant. Pre-registration is required, and there is a $10 fee associated with the workshop. Legal Issues Academy B
Presented by Janet Stein Audience: Everyone
This session will address common questions and situations that school employees face. Time will be allotted for questions and answers.

Workshops


Workshops
Session Three (1:50 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.) Micro-credentials Foyer A
Presented by Ramona Brown Audience: Everyone
Micro credentials are a part of the NEA Learning Lab. Micro credentials is the breaking edge platform for delivering professional development. NEA micro credentials are a teacher created, teacher led and teacher driven approach to professional development.
SC Teaching Standards 4.0 Foyer B
Presented by Lilla-Toal Mandsager Audience: Everyone
The South Carolina Teaching Standards 4.0 (SCTS 4.0) rubric will be integrated into the Expanded ADEPT Support and Evaluation System beginning 2018 –
19 for all classroom-based teachers in
districts using the state model for teacher evaluation. This session presents information and strategies that educators need to know and be able to do to be successful on the SCTS 4.0.
VAM: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You! Boardroom
Presented by Dr.Adriane Dorrington Audience: Everyone
In today’s educational environment, we have
seen a renewed focus on the importance of teacher
evaluation systems. Despite on-going discussions about the development and implementation of comprehensive teacher evaluation systems, the use of Value-Added Measures still remains a very controversial issue. In this interactive session, we will explore Value-Added Measures (VAM). What is VAM? Why is VAM so controversial? Can VAM impact me? What are VAM alternatives?
Classroom Management: I Can Do It – Part 2 Academy A
Presented by Dawn Peebles, Tamika Dickerson, SheaAaron Burns, Celena Dupree Lawanda Dixon Audience: Everyone
Effective teachers are passionate about educating their students. They want to spend their time teaching, not dealing with classroom disruptions. This day-long workshop presents some classroom management tips to help teachers settle problems, or prevent them from occurring, so that they can spend more of the classroom hours on teaching and learning. This is an all-day activity so participants who attend the first session should plan to stay for all four sessions. A notebook with handouts will be given to each participant. Pre-registration is required, and there is a $10 fee associated with the workshop. Escape the Lab © –
A Simulated STEM Escape Room Investigation Academy B
Presented by Dr. Marquita S. Blades Audience: Everyone
Participants will apply principles of STEM to solve clues and complete a simulated escape room investigation. This activity will require participants to use critical thinking, questioning, and collaboration skills. In this interactive session, the presenter will model a simulated investigation and provide an overview of the planning & implementation process.

Workshops


Workshops
Session Four (2:55 p.m. - 3:55 p.m.)
Elementary Education –
Updates and Q & A Foyer A
Presented by Joyce Abel
Audience: Elementary
With each new school year, teachers are faced with new and different expectations. What are the expectations for teachers in elementary school for the 2017-18 school year? What are the expectations for teachers in elementary school for the 2018-19 school year? A panel of teachers will present topics and answer questions.
SC Teaching Standards 4.0 Foyer B Lilla-Toal Mandsager Audience: Everyone
The South Carolina Teaching Standards 4.0 (SCTS 4.0) rubric will be integrated into the Expanded ADEPT Support and Evaluation System beginning 2018 –
19 for all classroom-based teachers in
districts using the state model for teacher evaluation. This session presents information and strategies that educators need to know and be able to do to be successful on the SCTS 4.0.
Restorative Justice…Discipline & the Law Boardroom
Presented by Sheri East and Shannon Reid Audience: Everyone
The disproportionate discipline issue and its many facets create problems in many schools today. This session presents the emerging and promising technique of restorative justice as a solution to disproportionate discipline. Restorative justice is a dispu
te resolution technique that is “focused on
the belief that those affected by harm can work together to repair it and that this collaboration leads
to true accountability.”
Classroom Management: I Can Do It –
Part 2 (Continued) Academy A
Presented by Dawn Peebles, Tamika Dickerson, SheaAaron Burns, Celena Dupree Lawanda Dixon Audience: Everyone
Effective teachers are passionate about educating their students. They want to spend their time teaching, not dealing with classroom disruptions. This day-long workshop presents some classroom management tips to help teachers settle problems, or prevent them from occurring, so that they can spend more of the classroom hours on teaching and learning. This is an all-day activity so participants who attend the first session should plan to stay for all four sessions. A notebook with handouts will be given to each participant. Pre-registration is required, and there is a $10 fee associated with the workshop. NEA Member Benefits Academy B
Presented by Aaron Warner Audience: Everyone
Aaron Warner with NEA Member Benefits will do a 30 minute member benefits overview presentation. Following the overview, the group will break out to do a 30 minute website learning activity.