November 13-17, 2017

By Travis Loadholts, Class of 2017

Columbia, SC -- November 9, 2017, 2017 -- Benedict College will join school districts nationwide in celebrating American Education Week (AEW) November 13-17, 2017, a celebration of public education and the people who make a difference in ensuring every child receives a quality education. American Education Week was created at the National Education Association (NEA) Representative Assembly in 1921. In its resolution, the NEA called for: "An educational week observed in all communities annually for the purpose of informing the public of the accomplishments and needs of the public schools and to secure the cooperation and support of the public in meeting those needs."

The National Theme is “Great Public Schools: A Basic Right: Our Responsibility”

Benedict College AEW Schedule of Events:

Monday, November 13th
American Education Week Kick-Off: Titles, Tigers, and Tales.

Education and Child and Family Development majors will engage the students at Rosewood Elementary School and A.C. Moore Elementary School in a Benedict Tiger Read-In to promote literary performance in South Carolina.

Tuesday, November 14th
bc_events_aew_20171114_craig_kingAll College Assembly Speaker: Mr. Craig King, Director of Governmental Affairs at Palmetto State Teacher’s Association.

Mr. King advocates for public education in South Carolina. Mr. King is the CEO and founder of the Craig King Group, LLC. His organization provides leadership development, motivational and inspirational speeches, classroom management professional development, Lego Robotics Camps, and much more. He is a former third grade teacher and taught at Whittaker Elementary School in Orangeburg, South Carolina for seven years. He has served as an education consultant for the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, The Thurgood Marshall College Fund, and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
Everyone is invited to attend this celebratory event!

Required Attendance for all Education, Child and Family Development Majors, Antisdel Chapel 11:00 a.m.

Wednesday, November 15th
Hunger Simulation

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Swinton Center Ballroom A and B
The EDU 337 Diversity, Social Justice and the 21st Century Learner class and invited guests will participate in an OXFAM America Hunger Banquet. This activity is designed to bring awareness to the impact of poverty and hunger inequities on education.

Thursday, November 16th
bc_events_aew_20171116_robert_louis_harrisLuncheon for C. A. Johnson Teacher Cadets and School of Education December Graduates
Guest Speaker: Robert Louis Harris, 2017-2018 Richland County School District One and Hand Middle School Teacher of the Year.

This event is to celebrate prospective educators, prospective education majors and those who have supported their commitment to enter the education profession. 11:30 a.m. Swinton Center Ballroom C.
Invitation Only.

Teacher Education Advisory Council (TEAC) Meeting.
The School of Education, K-12, and community partners will have an assessment meeting at 4:00 p.m. at the Milton Kimpson Center for Graduate Studies and Continuing Education
For Council Members Only.


Friday, November 17st
School of Education Pre-Registration Drive: Brilliance, Bruch, and Business.

9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Third Floor of Bacoats Hall.
This is an opportunity for Education and Child and Family Development majors prepare for a great Spring 2018 and fellowship.

For additional information about AEW events, please call (803) 705-4419.

Media Contacts:
Kymm Hunter, Assistant Vice President for Communications and Marketing; 803.705.4519

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