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 Benedict College Celebrates American Education Week: November 12-16, 2018

Columbia, SC—November 9, 2018–Benedict College School of Education, Health and Human Services will join school districts nationwide in celebrating American Education Week (AEW) November 12-16, 2018, 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.” 

National Theme: American Education: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility 

Benedict College AEW Schedule of Events: 

Monday, November 12 

American Education Week Kick-Off: REACH. EDUCATE. INSPIRE. 

Education and Child and Family Development majors will begin the week by recognizing Benedict College educators who have positively impacted or supported their efforts to enter the education of profession throughout the day. 

Tuesday, November 13 

Teacher Cadet Lecture 

8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m. CA Johnson High School 

Dean Hightower will serve as a guest lecturer for the CA Johnson Teacher Cadet class about the need for teachers of color in South Carolina classrooms and how the Benedict Educator Preparation Program can help them achieve their goal of becoming a first-rate educator. 

Praxis Palooza 

4:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Milton Kimpson Center for Graduate Studies and Continuing Education Building

Students will engage in a Praxis Core Writing-Intensive Workshop that will include test tasking strategies and a content review. Students must register in advance with Dr. LaShaune Brisbon at Lashaune.Brisbon@ benedict.edu. 

Wednesday, November 14 

Financial Literacy Boot Camp in partnership with the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. Columbia SC Chapter 

4:00 pm to 6:00 pm Swinton Campus Center 1616 Oak Street 

Whether you’re a first generation college student, a working parent, or experiencing financial independence for the first time, our Financial Boot Camp will adapt to your financial knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors. From making smart financial aid decisions to dealing with financial challenges, this session will help you learn the facts you need. Benedict students can register for the event using Purple Briefcase. 

Thursday, November 15 

18th Annual Diversity Conference- Advancing the Dialogue on Equity and Access: Championing Children of Poverty 

9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Milton Kimpson Center for Graduate Studies and Continuing Education Building 

111 Doctor’s Circle Columbia, SC 29203 

The EDU 337 Diversity, Social Justice and the 21st Century Learner class in partnership with our institution’s nationally recognized Service Learning Program, will host the Benedict College 18th Annual Diversity Conference. During the conference, more than 100 education majors from across the state of South Carolina will engage in a poverty simulation, in which the participants simulate the lived experiences of children and families who live in poverty. Benedict College students will act as the service providers struggling with too few resources to assist these families. This event is intended to provide pre-service teachers with an opportunity to further develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions to effectively teach children from diverse backgrounds and navigate the complexities of teaching in PK-12 schools. 

Friday, November 16th 

Titles, Tigers, and Tales 

8:30 a.m.- 10:00 a.m. Rosewood Elementary School 

3300 Rosewood Drive Columbia, SC 29205 

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

For additional information about AEW events, please call (803)705-4496. 

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