BCSD invests in future through investment in teachers
Published Monday, May 21, 2018
Graduates of the fifth BCSD cohort pose for a photo at The Citadel. (BCSD photo)
Several years ago when the economy tanked, Berkeley County School District feared a shortage of qualified administrators for leadership roles at schools and in the central office. A cohort was formed to help educators pursue certification needed, hoping those future leaders would stay within the district and fill needs.
What began out of uncertainty now continues with confidence as BCSD administrators say there’s much to celebrate about contributing to the growth and development of teachers. In partnership with local graduate schools, BCSD continues to invest in the future of its educators.
In what will be the sixth session of the cohort, BCSD and Charleston Southern University will offer qualified teachers a chance to begin their Masters of Education Administration course work at a discounted rate this fall. Those behind the scenes of the partnership say the program will not just prepare those teachers for roles as principals. It will also provide them a better understanding of the “why behind the how.”
“I think the teacher’s knowledge strengthens,” said BCSD Director of Professional Development Sharon Snyder. “In those programs they’re delving into student data, student achievement. They’re trying to learn different strategies and get stronger on how they (teachers) can ensure learning is taking place.”
Mrs. Snyder said the impact of such a program is visible among its participants when you step into their classrooms. As teachers expand their leadership capabilities, they improve their understanding of student needs. They become up to date on trends in education, and they learn current best practices related to modern ethical and legal situations.
When you speak to the participants, they confirm what Mrs. Snyder sees and believes.
Westview Primary teacher Brent Dubay is receiving his certification after completing the most recent session. He describes the experience as rewarding. He credits BCSD administrators like Mrs. Snyder for their strategic approach to investing in teachers, schools and students.
“Being a part of this group has allowed me to work with so many people that have a common goal,” Mr. Dubay said. “The program has also helped me gain a true understanding of the roles administrators play in schools.”
Mr. Dubay hopes to eventually pursue a leadership position in the district where he can “have the greatest impact on students.” He expects he will eventually seek out several leadership roles to continue his growth and learning process.
“BCSD is creating a bank of qualified leaders for the future of the district,” he said.
Mrs. Snyder describes that "bank" as invaluable.
“We are continuing that professional growth of the teacher and making it convenient for them,” she said.
The new session of the cohort will be held at Men-Riv Educational and Technology Park in Goose Creek this fall. For more information, CLICK HERE.