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Carolina TIP : Program Impact

Since 2017, CarolinaTIP has achieved teacher retention rates ranging from 93% to 100%. As a result of three years of program support, TIP Teachers overwhelmingly report: Decreased Stress Increased…

CarolinaCAP – Quarterly Report / Year Three : Q3

As the CarolinaCAP licensure pathway continues to meet the needs of South Carolina school districts by supporting candidates who want to teach in schools across the state, our team is proud to…

Unpacking Problems? Invite Teachers to the Table

by Dottie Adams, 8th grade science teacher, Hand Middle School, Richland County School District One “Be brave, be kind, and be an includer.” These are the words that we say to our daughter and son…

CarolinaCAP – Quarterly Report / Year Three : Q2

The CarolinaCAP team is pleased to present to you our Year 3: Quarter 2 report. This quarter, we placed even more CarolinaCAP candidates in districts and schools with hard-to-staff classrooms, and…

South Carolina Among States Looking to Micro-Credentials to Reduce Teacher Turnover

by Bev Perdue, Governor of North Carolina (2009-2013) Chair and Founder, digiLEARN Recently, South Carolina State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman said, “If we are truly committed to…

CarolinaCAP – Quarterly Report / Year Three : Q1

The CarolinaCAP team is pleased to present our 2022-2023 Quarter One report. After you read this document, please feel free to reach out to us with any questions, comments, or ideas you may have…

Leading With Love: What Impact Will You Leave Behind?

By Kentrina Bridges Being born into a family filled with love makes it easy to love. Showing understanding, compassion, and respect to all becomes automatic. Now imagine you were never provided those…

CarolinaCAP – Year Three Annual Report

The Carolina Collaborative for Alternative Preparation (CarolinaCAP) is a high-quality, targeted alternative preparation pathway administered by the University of South Carolina (UofSC) in…

From Knowing to Listening: A Coach’s Journey

By Melissa Klosterman Once upon a time… There was a sagey old teacher who thought that she knew everything about helping rookie teachers. Today there is a wiser, even older teacher who knows…

An Alternative Certification Pathway You Want to Support

By Kathy Schwalbe Recently, a South Carolina teacher posed a question about policymakers continuing to entertain the idea of “shortcuts” for people to become teachers in our state. She asked, “How do…

Rising to the Challenge

By Brad Washington I knew sooner or later that a classroom would be calling my name. I worked with the Boys & Girls Club for more than ten years and as a behavior interventionist for seven years…

CarolinaTIP: A Promising Solution to the Teacher Shortage

By Nicole Skeen, University Induction Coordinator | UofSC College of Education When my husband and I found out we were expecting, we did everything in our power to prepare. We read books, attended…

Supporting Novice Teachers in the Time of COVID-19

by Angela Adams, Lead Coach, Carolina Teacher Induction Program

Bridging the Gap with Support and Planning

by Madalyn Hazlett Dreher High School Mathematics Teacher At the end of my first year of teaching, I was asked to give one positive story that came from that school year. I could not come up with a…

Finding My Rhythm as a New Teacher

by Carson Coomes, Orchestra Director, Blythewood Middle School As a fourth grader, I remember being shuffled down to my school’s auditorium one morning for a performance from the fifth grade strings…

Belief and Support: What First-Year Teachers Need

by Yesenia Solis-Laboy, Second Grade Teacher, Lake Carolina Elementary It was our open house two days before the start of school. I was excited and anxious about meeting my students and their…

One More Time

by Alexis Kelly, Fifth Grade Teacher, H.E. Corley Elementary There I am, nervously pacing around the room as students slowly filter in. It’s the first day of in-person learning for the year and I…

Finding the Light

by Ashley Harmon, Science Teacher, Blythewood Middle School As the early sun begins to rise from the horizon, I turn my classroom key to a series of clicking sounds as the lock’s mechanisms shift. I…

From Obstacle to Opportunity: The Story of an Accidental Middle School Teacher

From the time I can remember my answer to the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” was always the same. A teacher. But life is a series of paths filled with unexpected twists and…