Teaching Measurement Skills for Life

Students having the knowledge and familiarity with various forms of measurements is important because the need for measuring and estimating will appear in innumerable ways throughout their lives, whether it be in baking a cake, arranging the furniture in a room, or creating various crafts. A UK research study has found that since the 1970s,…

Fight Back Against the Opioid Epidemic

Operation Prevention is the brainchild of a collaboration between the Drug Enforcement Administration and Discovery Education hoping to activate and facilitate conversations about drug-free living, particularly as it relates to opioid abuse and addiction. The site provides resources including lesson plans that vary by age group. Majority of people in the U.S. have in some…

We ♥ Afterschool! Celebrate February 14th

February 14th is We Love Afterschool! day and the Afterschool Alliance has created a toolkit for you to use with your students. Students will be able to express what it is about the afterschool community they love and share it with the wider public. As Valentine’s Day approaches, share messages on social media using the…

CofC highlighted in NAESP Afterschool and Summer Learning Site!

The new portal on NAESP’s Afterschool and Summer Learning site is up and running. Fran Welch, Dean of Education, Health, and Human Performance, and Courtney Howard, Director of the Center for Partnerships to Improve Education, both make appearances in the video discussing various Charleston schools’ partnership with the College. The Summer STEAM Institute as well…

Palmetto Artisans

We’ve all seen or encountered the children in downtown Charleston selling the palmetto roses, perhaps purchasing one or two on occasion. Perhaps you’ve also noticed the booths set up in various areas or those selling the roses wearing bright yellow shirts. Its these young sellers who are part of Charleston Recreation Department’s Youth Palmetto Art…

Local Apprentice Program as a National Model?

In 2014, Trident Technical College created the Workforce Academies, a pilot youth apprenticeship program for high school juniors and seniors. TT partnered with the Charleston Chamber of Commerce and manufacturing firms to provide the opportunity for job skill development as well as the opportunity for high school students to take credit classes at the college.…

Full STEAM Ahead

STEM education is beginning to transform instead into STEAM focused learning. That’s because many educators believe incorporating the arts would not only keep students more engaged as they get older, but also because there’s a close link between individual STEM components and art as creativity, play, and innovation are essential to all. Mae Jamison, the…

Coding for Kids

The importance of computer science within school curriculum is beginning to seep more and more into the collective mind. According to Code.org, 34 states allow computer science to count towards math or science high school graduation requirements, up from only 12 states in 2013. Only 11 states have created K-12 computer standards, one being South…

Empowered Minds

Empowered Minds, formerly known as Yoga Kidz, is bringing yoga and mindfulness to the classroom. They believe in ‘teaching kids specific tools, creative techniques and daily practices to lay the foundation for attentiveness, stability and curiosity upon which all learning rests. In a world where stress, technology and distraction grow ever more pervasive, teaching our…

It’s all about GRATITUDE

With the holiday season about to begin why not focus on activities that provide children with a little bit of introspection, focusing specifically on ways in which they are thankful. Here are 2 great activities to try with the younger kids. First, create a gratitude tree. Students get to color the tree to their hearts…