Newberry College Teaching Fellows Meet U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

May 15, 2012

ROCK HILL — Teaching Fellows from Newberry College and other institutions in South Carolina met with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in the nation’s capital during Teacher Appreciation Week as part of their “Sophomore Experience,” an enrichment activity that enhances the advanced preparation Fellows receive for a career in the classroom. This year the Teaching Fellows campus directors at six institutions took their sophomores to Washington, D.C. to visit historical landmarks, the U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senator Jim DeMint, and the U.S. Department of Education.
“It is such a privilege that the Fellows from several institutions in South Carolina were able to be a part of a project that the U.S. Department of Education is doing,” stated Lynn Dowd, Teacher Fellows Campus Director at Newberry College. “It was quite an honor.”

While visiting the Department of Education, Newberry College students, Rebecca Cromer and Hannah Rohrer with other fellows, participated in a conversation about Project RESPECT (Recognizing Educational Success, Professional Excellence and Collaborative Teaching), an initiative by the U.S. Department of Education designed to gather input from teachers on education reform.

The conversation was one of 100 RESPECT conversations taking place nationwide. The sessions are led by 16 active classroom teachers called Teaching Ambassador Fellows, temporary employees in the U.S. Department of Education. The input given will be used to fine-tune the proposed $5 billion competitive program announced earlier this year.

Teaching Fellows and campus directors from the following institutions were involved: Charleston Southern, College of Charleston, Newberry College, University of South Carolina, USC-Upstate, and Winthrop University.

About The South Carolina Teaching Fellows Program
The mission of the South Carolina Teaching Fellows Program is to recruit talented high school seniors into the teaching profession and help them develop leadership qualities. Each year, the program provides Fellowships for up to 175 high school seniors who have exhibited high academic achievement, a history of service to their school and community, and a desire to teach in South Carolina.

Teaching Fellows participate in advanced enrichment programs at Teaching Fellows Institutions, have additional professional development opportunities, and are involved with communities and businesses throughout the state. They receive up to $24,000, in yearly scholarships (up to $6000 a year for four years) while they complete a degree leading to teacher certification. The scholarship provides up to $5700 for tuition and board and $300 for summer enrichment programs administered by CERRA (contingent on funding from the S.C. General Assembly). A Fellow agrees to teach in South Carolina one year for every year he or she receives the Fellowship. 

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