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We’re sharing stories that inspire and transform in order to show how our work is impacting communities around South Carolina.

Acclaimed documentary gets Columbia screening to bring attention to reading disparities in SC

A documentary film, “The Right to Read,” comes to Columbia for a screening on Friday, July 21, to spotlight successes in areas like South Carolina where this disparity is even more evident when comparing Black and brown students’ scores with white students’ scores.

USC Research Calls for Long-Term Strategy to Address Teacher Shortages

Teacher shortages are in the news again - across the US and in South Carolina. Drawing on new evidence and insights from 100 educators, a College of Education research team points to innovations underway in three school districts and how the state can begin to evolve the profession of teaching to address both current challenges and accelerate student-led learning.

ElevatED4SC Video Podcast Challenges Business Leaders to See Education Differently

The final episode of the ElevatED4SC video podcast's first season looks at real-life solutions reflecting hope for South Carolina education through the eyes of a successful business leader. This episode features two interviews with Ted Dintersmith, a Charleston-based venture capitalist and thought leader in innovation and education.

ElevatED4SC Vodcast Focuses on Making Space for Student Voices

The role of students' voices in their education experience is the topic of discussion around the "whole child" approach to education in the latest episode of the video podcast ElevatED4SC. It is now available with the video and audio versions on YouTube, Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

"We have to stop nibbling around the edges of education in SC," says Senate leader in ElevatED4SC video podcast

Transforming education in South Carolina won't happen until the state stops nibbling around the edges of reform. That's the topic of conversation in the most recent episode of the ElevatED4SC video podcast, now available at

USC Study Recommends Steps SC Can Take to Transform Education

South Carolina has many bright spots in schools all over the state. A common theme among these success stories is attention to the "whole child," which means meeting a student's needs beyond just academics in the classroom. A study conducted by a team of USC researchers is recommending three steps for the state to ensure this kind of success for all students - from cradle to career.

ElevatED4SC Vodcast Focuses on Education Beyond Just the Classroom

The days of compartmentalizing the education experience for students and their families needs to be a thing of the past. That's the topic of discussion around the "whole child" approach to education in the latest episode of the video podcast ElevatED4SC, now available with the video and audio versions on YouTube, ITunes and Spotify.

ElevatED4SC Video Podcast Features Fairfield Teacher and Lexington Student with Insights from the Classroom about Transforming Learning in SC

Teachers need social and emotional development as much as their students do, says Veronica Thomas, a mathematics teacher and STEAM coordinator at Fairfield Central High School, in Episode 5 of the ElevatED4SC video podcast. The latest episode is now available with the video and audio versions on YouTube, ITunes and Spotify.

Leaders in Bridging the Digital Divide Offer Insights and Solutions In ElevatED4SC Vodcast

Bridging the digital divide means more than just bringing the internet to a home's front door, says Jim Stritzinger, director of the state Broadband Office. Stritzinger focuses on these topics of digital literacy and digital inclusion in an interview on the ElevatED4SC video podcast that drops on Thursday, March 17.

ElevatEDSC releases third episode to elevate conversation around education transformation, teacher leadership

Dropping on March 3, this episode of the ElevatED4SC vodcast series focuses on teachers’ innovations and creativity in leading their classrooms during the pandemic.

ElevatED4SC releases second episode to elevate the conversation around education transformation, whole child education

Dropping on Feb. 17, this episode of the ElevatED4SC vodcast series focuses on teachers' stories that illustrate the importance of meeting students' academic, emotional, behavioral, social and emotional needs.

ALL4SC launches ElevatED4SC, a video podcast elevating the conversation around education transformation

A new video podcast series launches this week to elevate the conversation around education transformation in South Carolina.

Barnett Berry writes paper for 2021 International Summit on the Teaching Profession

The paper explores the evidence on teacher learning and leadership as well as their responses during the period of school closures.

Fairfield County students share solutions to community challenges with decisionmakers

19 students at Fairfield Central High School are on the front lines of identifying their community's assets and creating solutions around issues related to mental health, economic opportunity and school funding.

ALL4SC Founder Barnett Berry Receives Prestigious National Teaching Award

Dr. Barnett Berry, founding director of ALL4SC at the University of South Carolina, received the James A. Kelly Award for Advancing Accomplished Teaching from National Board for Professional Teaching Standards on April 9, 2021.

February 2021 Update

ALL4SC (or Accelerating Learning & Leadership for South Carolina) launched in late fall 2019 in partnership with the Fairfield County School District. Since then, the global pandemic, along with deepened economic distress and elevated systemic racism, have made our work -- and education transformation -- even more critical for South Carolina and our nation.

ALL4SC Founder and Director Barnett Berry Featured in Post & Courier

Barnett Berry, director of the Accelerator for Learning and Leadership in South Carolina, drafted an op-ed with College of Education dean, Jon Pedersen for South Carolina's Post & Courier.

Community Leaders Meet to Plan for Fairfield’s Future

On January 24, 2020, over thirty community members from Fairfield County, South Carolina met with University of South Carolina faculty and staff. The group came together to collaborate and discuss how to build a stronger community.

Educators, Vision and Voice: Introductory Listening Sessions in Fairfield

In February, ALL4SC staff sat down with educators from Fairfield Elementary School, Fairfield Middle School, Fairfield Career and Technology Center, and Fairfield Central High School.

ALL4SC Kicks Off in Fairfield County

Educators, students, researchers, policymakers, and business leaders met at the Fairfield County School District on November 20, 2019, to announce the official launch of the Accelerator for Leadership and Leaning in South Carolina, ALL4SC.

Mindsets, Mentoring and the Public Education System Every Child Needs: The Story of Jasmine Carter

Jasmine Carter, a 2016 graduate of Fairfield Central High School, is a quintessential introvert — quiet, reserved, and thoughtful. Jasmine, 22, is not one to seek attention. Thankfully, she agreed to tell her story about how an insecure, young girl from rural Jenkinsville, South Carolina, developed the mindset and skills to graduate second in her class and earn a much-needed scholarship to college.


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