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SC Superintendent of Education: Teachers need more resources to better serve students

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman spoke to more than 400 teachers Friday morning at the Carolina Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages Convention held at the Myrtle Beach Hilton on how it is time to define success in the classroom by improving South Carolina’s public education system.

“They need more resources in their classrooms to better serve these students. I learned that they need more professional development, they're really thirsty for that to be able to work with their students,” State Superintendent Spearman stated.

Spearman wanted to make sure the teachers knew there is an effort in Columbia to get them the resources they need. North Carolina State Superintendent June Atkinson also addressed the crowd of teachers from North and South Carolina.

She said the goal is to make sure every student is ready for success after graduation.

Spearman's hope is that students get the academic knowledge they need to advance but also the life skills to be ready to succeed out of the classroom.

“My message to them was just how important their work is to encourage and motivate them. Being able to communicate is a skill that every graduate has to have,” Spearman said.

During her speech, Spearman expressed that simply measuring academics does not make sense anymore, and students need to know what they want to do in the future.

“Professional development is more than just a workshop. They learn, spend a day or two with us, go back and work in the classroom and then come back over a long period of time. “We're going to be adding and strengthening programs so we can better serve these teachers,” Spearman explained.

One of the biggest concerns teachers shared with her was that there is too much emphasis on standardized testing.

“We're trying in South Carolina to relieve so much high stakes testing,” Spearman said.

She also said one way to help at-risk students is to improve after school and summer learning programs across the state.

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