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06/11/2013

Winthrop Will Host School Partnership Conference for Educational Renewal on Tuesday

Quick Facts

 More than 300 Winthrop faculty members, Winthrop teacher candidates, and school/district leaders and teachers will attend the conference themed “Weaving a Common Thread: Success in Common Core and Beyond.”
 Faculty from the nine districts, schools and university, along with many of Winthrop’s teacher candidates, will present a variety of sessions on co-teaching, technology, assessment and much more.
 Jim Rex, the former state superintendent of education, will deliver the keynote address and Sue-Smith Rex, a retired Riley College of Education faculty member and current member of the Winthrop Board of Trustees, also will present.

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Lisa Johnson
ROCK HILL, S.C. – Winthrop University’s Richard W. Riley College of Education will host its 4th annual School Partnership Conference for Educational Renewal on Tuesday, June 11, in the DiGiorgio Campus Center.

More than 300 Winthrop faculty members, Winthrop teacher candidates, and school/district leaders and teachers will attend the conference themed “Weaving a Common Thread: Success in Common Core and Beyond.” The theme for this year was based upon the new Common Core State Standards and while many sessions directly address these standards, several sessions are based in pedagogical practices that will support success related to the Common Core – increasing rigor, utilizing co-teaching and meeting diverse student needs, according to Lisa Johnson, associate dean of the Riley College of Education and NetSCOPE project director.

Faculty from the nine districts, more than 30 schools and the university, along with many of Winthrop’s teacher candidates, will present a variety of sessions on co-teaching, technology, assessment and much more.

In addition, Jim Rex, the former state superintendent of education, will deliver the keynote address and Sue-Smith Rex, a retired Riley College of Education faculty member and current member of the Winthrop Board of Trustees, also will present.

According to Johnson, takeaways from the conference will be many, such as building new collaborations across schools and districts, learning new strategies to support teaching and learning, and highlighting results of action research.

Revitalized in 2009, the Winthrop University-School Partnership Network involves multiple programs across the Winthrop campus and in surrounding school districts. Faculty representatives from Winthrop’s College of Arts and Sciences, Visual and Performing Arts and the Riley College of Education work on the partnership with nine surrounding school districts, seven Professional Development Schools, 27 Partner Schools, and multiple satellite schools.

Their efforts are supported by a $7.5 million Teacher Quality Partnership Grant called NetSCOPE, which relies heavily on shared governance between university, district and school faculty. Its mission is to support preschool through college education, provide continuing education for practicing educators, prepare future teachers through collaborative learning communities and to increase support for new teachers.

For more information, please contact Johnson at 803/323-2102 or e-mail johnsonle@winthrop.edu.

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