Dr. Charles Love
�� Associate Dean
Dr. Jim Charles
�� Graduate Programs Director
Dr. Tina Herzberg
�� USC Upstate
Greenville Campus Director
Dr. Judy Beck
�� USC Upstate
Sumter Campus Director
Dr. Marilyn Izzard
Advisement begins ‐ sign up
for appointment on advisor’s
doors in advance!
Last day of classes
�� May 1
USC Upstate School of Educa�on
800 University Way
Spartanburg, SC 29303
MORE NEWS YOU NEED
The District Six Internship Program
Overview will be
held on Monday, March 19th from 5:00‐
6:00 in HEC 2005. Those student interested in participating in this year‐long program are urged to attend to gain details of
the program. Those interested must be
starting their LAST clinical in the FALL
2012 and STUDENT TEACHING in the
SPRING 2013. Interviews will be held in
April for selection into the program by a
panel of District Six administrators.
and other students assisted with the Piedmont Re‐
gion III Science Fair throughout the week that it
was on campus February 21st‐25th. Volunteers
helped with table set up, gree�ng and registra�on,
and take down.
University Readiness Center before and a�er:
Teacher Candidates in
the Early Childhood Program
at USC UPSTATE
sponsored "The Learning
Station" with Don Monopoly
on March 1, 2012.
Over 700 of Spartanburg
County's youngest students,
their teachers, parents
and volunteer chaperones enjoyed two
shows. Look for us to do it again in the
Spring of 2013!
GOUPSTATE.COM science fair video
NEWS YOU NEED
NEWS YOU NEED
From Directed Teaching Field Coordinator, Mrs. Debbie Whittingham:
SPRING 2013 DIRECTED TEACHING INFORMATION
Candidates who wish to enroll in Directed Teaching for Spring 2013 must submit
Part I and Part II of the Upstate, SoE application for Directed Teaching to the Field
Experiences Coordinator by April 15, 2012. This application requires the approval of
the candidate’s academic advisor who certifies that the candidate is eligible to enroll. In addition, the academic
advisor is required to evaluate the candidate’s ADEPT portfolio. You must contact your advisor
and schedule an appointment to complete the Part II requirement during the Spring 2012 advisement.
Directed Teaching is a semester-long course. Candidates must register for the course and pay tuition
and fees as a full-time student. In addition, candidates in some programs must register for an additional
three-hour seminar course as required in their major. Often, these co-requisite courses meet on campus before
other classes at USC Upstate begin, or at a time designated by the professor. In addition, candidates
will come back to campus a number of times during the semester for additional meetings of these courses.
Normally, candidates cannot take any other courses during the semester of Directed Teaching without permission
of their advisor, division chair and dean.
In most cases the Directed Teaching experience will consist of one placement for 70 or more days in
a grade level and/or subject specific setting. Candidates in the learning disabilities program will have two
placements of approximately seven weeks each – one in a middle or secondary school and one in an elementary
school. Candidates in the physical education program will also have two placements each – one in
an elementary school and one in a middle or secondary school. Candidates in middle grades will be in one
school, but they will work with teachers in both content concentrations.
Placements for candidates are requested by the Field Experiences Coordinator who works with local
school district personnel in accordance with established policies and procedures. Candidates will be placed
in schools that have agreed to serve as partnership schools as well as in other appropriate school sites. Candidates
may indicate their preferences for school districts and schools on their application, and the coordinator
will attempt to honor those requests. Final decisions regarding placements, however, are based on a
number of factors, including the use of partnership schools, the university's ability to provide supervision
and the availability of qualified cooperating teachers. Candidates are not permitted to contact classroom
teachers or principals regarding their placements. When all of the placements have been made, the coordinator
will notify candidates.
The Directed Teaching experience requires the candidate to be in the assigned school all day, every
school day of the week. Typically, this is from 7:30 A.M. until 4:00 P.M. In addition, there are meetings,
conferences and other duties after school. During the first week of each placement candidates will observe,
learn the classroom/school routine, and begin to plan for the assumption of total teaching responsibilities.
Candidates begin to take over and teach one or two subjects or periods at a time until they are teaching the
cooperating teacher's entire load. Candidates continue to carry the full teaching load and then relinquish
control gradually to the cooperating teacher during the last week of placement. Because Directed Teaching
is a full time endeavor, candidates are advised not to try to hold a job at the same time. If you must
work, however, please plan to cut back on your hours, particularly while you are teaching full time.
Click here for the online information and application for Spring 2013 Directed Teaching
T E A C h
TEACh Greenville members
are hooked on literacy!! On
March 3, the Ready for Reading
group hosted the Cat in the Hat
event. This was a free, public event
at McAlister Square Mall. Thirty different activity
centers were set up
- all inspired by children’s
were geared towards
the birth-4 year age
group, and also focused on teaching parents and
caregivers how to give young children early language
The TEACh organization
helped with face
games and other
literacy activities. The
opportunity to get involved
in the community and promote literacy
was met with enthusiasm by all.
Upcoming Spring Semester Meetings
Location: HEC PRAXIS WORKSHOP!
Wednesday, Click here for one Nov. 5 in Columbia
March 14- 6:30
Thursday, April 12- 4:00
All Children (TEACh)
For more informa�on,
Amber Harris at 864‐593‐5074
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
Lisa Payne has been
named the Armstrong Elementary
(Greenville County Schools) 2012-13
Teacher of the Year. Lisa graduated
from USC Upstate Greenville with a
degree in Elementary Education in 2006.
School of Education faculty from the Greenville campus attended
the Association of Teacher Educator’s Annual Conference
from February 11-15, 2012 in San Antonio, Texas.
In addition to attending numerous educational sessions
and winning prizes in the Exhibit Hall (professional books
and a Kindle), they were fortunate to attend a keynote address
by Carol Tomlinson, the Differentiated Instruction
and winning prizes
in the Exhibit Hall
and a Kindle), they
were fortunate to
a�end a keynote address by Carol
Tomlinson, the Differen�ated
Dr. Stacy Burr, Dr. Cece Toole, Carol Tomlinson, Laura Kaufmann, Dr. Judy Beck
On 10 February 2012, Dr. Jim
Charles, School of Education Associate
Dean, presented a paper titled
“'Again the Far Morning': New
Poems by N. Scott Momaday,” as part of the
panel "Native American Images in Poetry and
Song" at the 33rd Annual Conference of the
Southwest/Texas American and Popular Culture
Associations in Albuquerque, NM.
School of Educa�on Newsle�er
Vol. IV, Issue IV March 2012
School of Education
2012 Summer Camps
Summer Math and Science
Camp: June 4-8
USC Upstate Youth Fitness
Program: June 4-8
M.E.L.S. Camp (Manners,
Etiquette, and Life Skills):
Summer & Fall
Inside This Issue…
�� Movers and
�� News You Need
�� Conferences and
�� Program Updates
CONFERENCES & OPPORTUNITIES
“Everyone Has a Story to Tell”
The USC Upstate School of Education Diversity Committee will sponsor the 20
th annual diversity conference on
March 15 th . The purpose of the conference is to bring
teacher candidates together on the topic of diversity in
the classroom. Student Teachers from several South Carolina colleges and universities will attend the one day
conference to be held at the Chapman Cultural Center in
downtown Spartanburg. The teacher candidates will enjoy a keynote speaker, break‐out sessions, and entertainment by local school children.
The keynote address will be made by Michael Fosberg, an
actor, teacher and writer. See incognitotheplay.com for
more information. Some of the topics for break‐out sessions include: music and movement, family diversity, dialectic awareness, and multicultural activities for classrooms.
will be held on April 9 th beginning at
5:00pm and will conclude by 6:00pm.
This will be held in HEC 2005. Bring
your laptop. It is a workshop for those
needing assistance in completing the
online application. Attend if needed.
Details will be provided to assist you in
the development of the CERRA application!!
All Spring 2012 student teachers will
be attending the USC Upstate Spring
Diversity Conference on March 15th at
the Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg beginning at 9:00 until 3:00.
Palmetto State Teachers Association
Celebrating our SC teachers!
2012 Annual Convention
Saturday, March 17
8am to 4pm
Lexington Municipal Convention
111 Maiden Lane
Lexington, SC 29072
Dr. David Marlowe
Please register in advance:
Register online at:
Register by phone:
803.256.2065 or 800.849.7782
You don’t want to miss this event!
February was a pretty busy month for the Upward Bound program at USC
Upstate. “The month of love was the perfect time to reflect on issues affecting
education and to see how our program makes an impact on a local,
state, and national level,” said Dr. Cassandra Mitchell, program director. “I
believe it’s extremely important to teach students to pay it forward, even
with simple actions. When you pay it forward, the positivity will circle
back to you.”
We kicked off February with an act of kindness. In honor of National TRiO
Day, participants donated items to the USC Upstate SNAC Food Pantry. TRiO Day is celebrated all over the
nation by academic outreach programs that are sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education.
On this special day every year, our program is asked to turn its attention
to the needs of disadvantaged young people. “We at Upstate decided
that we would give to the SNAC Food Pantry because it is such a good
cause, serving and providing food for our college students,” stated Yolanda
Simuel, the Upward Bound counselor who coordinated the canned food
drive. “It falls right into place with our mission of celebrating, reflecting,
and acting on the needs of students in higher education.”
On February 18th Upward Bound, along with Upstate’s
financial aid department and the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education, held its
annual financial aid workshop, College Goal South Carolina. Over 100 persons were in
attendance and approximately 70 students received financial aid information and were assisted
in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Tom Geddens,
specialist from the SC Corporation of Student Loans, presented valuable information about
scholarships, grants, and loans. Students were able to receive one-on-one instruction and
guidance from financial aid officers from various colleges in the Upstate, and Blake Nolan
of Dorman High School won the door prize, an iPad2.
In honor of Black History Month, Upward Bound participants engaged in several activities.
On February 4th they had the distinct pleasure of having Spartanburg’s first African
American mayor to speak to them about the past and present accomplishments of Spartanburg.
“At a time when so much can derail our students, we have to present positive role models
and show students that ordinary people can do extraordinary things right here in a small
place like Spartanburg,” said former mayor James Talley.
To cap the month of celebration off, the students got an opportunity to attend two cultural
awareness programs, one at the Chapman Cultural Center and one right here on Upstate’s campus, featuring
our own, Ms. Georgia McCarroll, the alumni counselor of the Upward Bound Program. Both performances
were wonderful; however, the cast of “A Raisin in the Sun” is to be commended. “Ms. Georgia was inspiring!
She made us realize how important it is to live your dreams and to put your
words in action,” said Quinton Ferguson, Upward Bound’s vice president.
Ms. McCarroll is a graduate of USC Upstate and prides herself on inspiring
the students of Upward Bound.
Yes, a lot has transpired in the first few months of the new year and
participants have been given various opportunities to get involved, share
with others, and show acts of kindness. “We all need to give back and
make our voices heard about education so students will have a chance to
maximize their potential,” concluded Dr. Mitchell.