Teach For America–South Carolina and the Original Six Foundation Host Education Summit As Part of 'RISESC' Initiative

The Boeing Company to Donate $100,000 to Help Early Childhood Education Efforts and Recruitment of Teachers With Ties to South Carolina


North Charleston, S.C., October 22, 2015—Teach For America and the Original Six Foundation will host the South Carolina Leaders for Education Summit on Saturday, October 24, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Columbia Marriott, located at 1200 Hampton Street in Columbia. Hundreds of career professionals and college students will convene to discuss ways to develop leaders in South Carolina’s education system, and the Boeing Company will make a donation in the amount of $100,000 to support Teach For America–South Carolina’s newly created RiseSC initiative and its early childhood education program.

RiseSC seeks to build partnerships throughout the state, primarily on university and college campuses, to increase the number of individuals joining Teach For America–South Carolina who have ties to the state. Teach For America–South Carolina corps members serve in high-need, mostly rural communities and develop a long-term commitment to upholding educational excellence in the state. Teach For America–South Carolina is also committed to recruiting, preparing, and supporting corps members and alumni to lead early childhood education classrooms and programs in-state, and currently partners with Meeting Street Elementary at Brentwood, which uses innovative approaches to early childhood education.

“Building our future workforce in South Carolina is a top priority of the Boeing Company,” said Jessica Jackson, Global Corporate Citizenship, the Boeing Company. “Community partners like Teach for America–South Carolina are moving the needle in recruiting and retaining talented teachers to help better prepare students to become life-long learners.”

The South Carolina Leaders for Education Summit will include a keynote by Dr. Irma McClaurin, chief diversity officer at Teach For America, and breakout sessions on a variety of topics, including “History of Public Education,” “School to Prison Pipeline,” “Every Educator is a Special Educator,” “Living and Teaching in Rural South Carolina,” “Classroom Culture,” and more. Interested participants may register here.

“Especially in South Carolina’s low-income and rural communities, school leaders often struggle to find great candidates for their open teaching positions,” said Teach For America–South Carolina executive director Josh Bell. “We hope participants will leave inspired and equipped to choose teaching as a career path right here in South Carolina, creating great possibilities for all of our students.”

Teach For America corps members from South Carolina and across the nation make a commitment to supporting educational equity and have a valuable impact in their classroom and the communities where they teach. Teach For America–South Carolina continues to recruit the nation’s top talent with a goal that by the 2020 school year, 50 percent of its incoming corps will have ties to the state. Today, 28 percent of Teach For America–South Carolina corps members have ties to the state.

“We believe in providing the appropriate resources and support so that each person will be equipped to make a lasting difference. That’s why we are partnering with Teach For America. They truly believe in lifting up and empowering those at the grassroots level who are teaching the next generation of leaders for our great state,” said The Original Six Foundation executive director, Victoria Halydier.

This school year marks 25 years of service for the national Teach For America organization and five years for Teach For America–South Carolina, which joined the South Carolina education community with 30 inaugural corps members in 2011. Today there are over 160 corps members reaching approximately 13,000 students in Florence, Pee Dee, and the Lowcountry communities. The organization provides a source of teachers to work in high-need classrooms, including STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) courses, which are traditionally hard-to-fill positions for partnering school districts. Last school year, more than 20 corps members received Teacher of the Year or Rookie Teacher of the Year recognition at their respective schools, including four first-year corps members who were chosen as First Year Teacher of the Year in Williamsburg County.

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. Today, 8,600 corps members are teaching in 52 urban and rural regions across the country while more than 42,000 alumni work across sectors to ensure that all children have access to an excellent education. Teach For America is a proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network. For more information, visit www.teachforamerica.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About Original Six Foundation
The Original Six Foundation is a non-profit organization created by Governor Nikki Haley soon after she took office in 2011 as a major statewide initiative to empower and lift-up rural communities in South Carolina. The Foundation serves a connector, a funding mechanism, and a facilitator in uniting outside resources with needs in the counties it serves. For more information, visit www.theoriginalsixfoundation.org.