Teach for America–South Carolina to Partner with South Carolina’s Coalition for Mathematics and Sciences to Fuel STEM Initiatives

Grant Will Fund Recruitment and STEM Professional Development for Teach For America Corps Members, Alumni, and Staff in South Carolina

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North Charleston, S.C., August 14, 2017—Teach For America and South Carolina’s Coalition for Mathematics and Science, SCCMS, announced today that they plan to partner to recruit and train the next generation of STEM leaders in South Carolina. With a $75,000 grant from SC Boeing for the science, technology, engineering, and math, also known as STEM, initiative, InnovateSC, the funds will help to recruit education leaders for STEM classrooms and provide professional development for Teach For America-South Carolina corps members through SCCMS.

“We are thrilled to have support from businesses like SC Boeing that help us to continue to provide STEM specific development opportunities,” said Teach For America–South Carolina executive director Josh Bell. “Because of the training made possible by our InnovateSC partners like SCCMS, our corps members and alumni have founded coding clubs and created computer science curriculum that captivate students’ interest and give them an edge in the 21st century job market. We are eager to continue these efforts and engage even more deeply this year.”

Boeing’s grant will fund several projects, including one concentrated at Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School in Orangeburg, S.C. Throughout the upcoming school year, the grant will fund STEM professional development designed by South Carolina’s Coalition for Mathematics and Sciences for corps members, alumni, and non-Teach For America teachers at Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School, as well as for the Teach For America teacher coaches.

“We appreciate this opportunity to collaborate with Teach For America SC”, said Dr. Tom Peters, Executive Director of South Carolina’s Coalition for Mathematics and Science. “Together, we are building communities in which STEM teaching and learning will thrive. We are fortunate to have the support from SC Boeing as a catalyst for addressing this critical need.”

Today, fewer than 40 percent of South Carolina high school graduates meet college readiness benchmarks in science. Individuals of color are underrepresented in the fast-growing STEM fields. With the help of local business partners like SC Boeing, South Carolina Coalition for Math and Science and Teach For America are developing more leaders to change this reality.

“We’re excited about partnerships like this one with Teach For America and South Carolina’s Coalition for Math and Science that will help prepare future STEM leaders in South Carolina, ensuring that every child in South Carolina has the opportunity to receive a great STEM-based education,” said Jessica Jackson, Boeing South Carolina senior manager for Global Engagement.

This upcoming school year marks Teach For America’s 27th year working to expand opportunity for students growing up in poverty nationally and seven years as a community partner in South Carolina. Teach For America-South Carolina joined the local education community with 30 inaugural corps members in 2011. Today there are over 100 corps members reaching students in the Midlands, Pee Dee, and Lowcountry communities. Following their corps commitment, Teach For America–South Carolina alumni continue to lead from inside and beyond the classroom with 80 percent working in education–like Cara Mitchell, who serves as a program director for WINGS for Kids, a local non-profit helping children develop social and emotional intelligence through fresh and fun after school programs; and Ed Chambers, a twenty-plus year veteran educator who teaches English at Columbia High School.

About Teach For America

Teach For America works in partnership with communities to expand educational opportunity for children facing the challenges of poverty. Founded in 1990, Teach For America recruits and develops a diverse corps of outstanding college graduates and professionals to make an initial two-year commitment to teach in high-need schools and become lifelong leaders in the effort to end educational inequity. Corps members are teaching today in 53 urban and rural regions across the country. They join more than 12,000 alumni educators in a teaching force of 19,000 and an overall community that is 53,000 strong, working across every sector to ensure that all children have access to an excellent education. For more information, visit www.teachforamerica.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter

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