DISTRICT AMBASSADORS ACADEMY
We are pleased to announce the formation of the inaugural class of the Berkeley County Schools’ District Ambassadors Academy! This initiative is designed to provide an insider’s perspective of how the district operates and many of the relevant factors that impact decision-making in providing the world-class education our students deserve and our parents expect.
More importantly, it provides participants a firsthand opportunity to hear directly from district leadership, ask questions, and share their thoughts on how to best move the school system forward. With the aggressive student growth projections over the next two decades, there has never been a more exciting time to participate in discussions and planning opportunities these two-way conversations offer!
It is an ambitious project to be sure; however, these are OUR schools! As the familiar saying goes, “Decisions are made by those who show up.” Think of this as an opportunity to better understand the successes and challenges that guide decision-making in Berkeley County Schools.
Please review the program details below. Submit applications to Aimée Murray Communication and Community Engagement Officer for Berkeley County Schools, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for completed applications is Wednesday, January 18, 2017. Selected applicants will be notified by February 1, 2017.
Thank you for your consideration!
Frequently Asked Questions
Who should participate in the
District Ambassadors Academy?
Easy answer: Any adult who lives or works in Berkeley County and has a vested interest in the success of our public schools is not only eligible- but strongly encouraged to apply!
What does the meeting schedule look
There will be a total of four (4) meetings for the inaugural District Ambassadors class. All meetings will be on a Thursday night, beginning at 6 p.m., on the following dates:
- February 23 at Philip Simmons Middle; 2065 Seven Sticks Drive, Wando, SC 29492
- March 23 at Cross Elementary; 1325 Ranger Drive, Cross, SC 29436
- April 20 at Nexton Elementary; 200 Scholar Way, Summerville, SC 29483
- May 18 at Goose Creek High; 1137 Redbank Road; Goose Creek, SC 29445
Candidates should carefully consider their availability on these dates before applying.
What does the selection process look
Our goal is to maintain a relatively manageable number of participants (approximately 20-25), which allows for active, productive engagement and plenty of time to delve deeper into our topics. Our objective is to have a diverse group of participants from every county high school zone.
To this end, we are requesting our Board members, employees, community leaders, and parents to nominate individuals who have a genuine desire to learn more about our public schools and a passion to help them succeed.
A link to the District Ambassadors Academy is located on the Berkeley County
School District homepage, which includes a short form to fill out for
What will the District Ambassadors
Academy look like?
First of all, we will respect your time by intentionally designing these sessions to be a highly interactive, enriching, and engaging experience for everyone! There will be four consecutive monthly sessions beginning on February 23, 2017 with a graduation ceremony at the conclusion of the program. Each 2 – 2½ hour session begins with a delicious, casual dinner and conversation among participants and district leadership before getting down to business. We want everyone to get to know each other and build camaraderie as we collectively work together to benefit our amazing students and staff.
The main topics of the four sessions are:
· State of the District: The Way We Were, Where We Are, and Where We Want
· Growing Up So Quickly: Dealing with Substantial Increases in Student Enrollment
· A Student-Centered Education: What Every 21st Century Graduate Needs to Succeed
· Hidden Gems: The Education You Never Knew Existed in Berkeley County Schools
Each of the four sessions will begin with a prepared presentation on the evening’s topic, but the structure is flexible enough to allow for participant questions and other considerations. Remember, this is purposely designed to be a two-way conversation!
Participants must have “perfect attendance” and take part in each of the four sessions to qualify for graduation from our inaugural class as a District Ambassador.
How much will this cost?
There is no charge for participation in the District Ambassadors Academy.
Who should I call with questions?
Please contact Ms. Aimee Murray, Communication and Community Engagement Officer for Berkeley County Schools, at email@example.com or 843-899-8344.