Newberry College Co-hosts Symposium to Provide Support for Teachers

August 02, 2012

NEWBERRY, S.C. - Nearly 200 teachers from across the state, who recently completed their first year of teaching, attended the South Carolina Induction Symposium conference held at the Citadel on July 11, 2012

The event was sponsored by the Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention & Advancement (CERRA) at Winthrop University; The Citadel School for Education; and the Newberry College Center of Excellence in Teacher Retention (RETAIN). RETAIN stands for Retain and Empower Teachers through Action, Innovation and Networking and is supported by a grant from the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education.
Newberry College was well represented with four graduates, and many faculty and staff in attendance. Graduates Jenny Morris Powell from Saluda Middle School and Elizabeth Ellingsen from Laurens High School, attended the conference. Ellingsen said, “After attending the Induction Symposium, I feel much more confident about beginning my second year of teaching.”

Angela Floyd, Coordinator of Special Projects, was the main event planner; Dr. Carla Cruikshanks presented a session entitled “Physical Activity and Core Content Standards Can Work Together”; Sherri Kennedy presented a session called “Teacher as Researcher: Improving Learning One Classroom at a Time”

Graduates Ty Skinner from Boiling Springs Junior High School and Paige Rister from Little Mountain Elementary School, were on a panel designed to give advice to new teachers. Rister also serves on the CERRA Advisory Board.

Dr. Cindy Johnson, Director of RETAIN said “the purpose of the symposium was to engage new teachers with outstanding presenters, connect them with other accomplished educators and provide resources as they head into the second year of teaching.” The symposium was a success and Newberry College plans to make it an annual event in conjunction with CERRA.

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