Wednesday, March 27, 2013

2013 Upstate Teacher Cadet Conference

~Guest Blog Post by Tracie Sweet, CERRA Program Facilitator

Over 200 students and educators were seen tweeting their way through this year’s Upstate Teacher Cadet Conference hosted by Limestone College on March 11th.  Students came dressed to “Surf the Seas of Possibilities on the Technology Wave,” and learn about the future of teaching in a technological age. Teacher Cadets, teachers, and principals were encouraged to invite other students in their school to participate in the conference in an effort to recruit talented young people into the teaching profession.  Participants included students in grades 9-12 from 10 upstate high schools.  Many of the participants indicated that they were sure that they wanted to become teachers.  Some were still undecided, and a there were some who said they did not want to become teachers during the morning activities.  However, as a result of the conference, hearts and minds were changed.  One student tweeted, “This morning I raised my hand to say I didn’t want to become a teacher, but now I am thinking about it.”

Read more about the conference, view a picture slideshow, and view the conference booklet at

Be on the lookout for information regarding next year's Upstate Teacher Cadet conference date and location.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Lowcountry Teacher Cadet Conference is Huge Success!

~Guest Blog Post by Eliza Chandler, CERRA Program Facilitator

On Saturday, February 2, a lively group of forty-eight Teacher Cadets and their instructors gathered at Ashley Ridge High School for our first ever Lowcountry Teacher Cadet Conference. They came together to celebrate being Teacher Cadets and to learn from our invited presenters, fellow teachers, community members, and CERRA staff. Breakout sessions ranged from financial aid tips to working with autistic students to guidance for the Teaching Fellows interviews to finding their "true colors."  Several Teaching Fellows from the College of Charleston participated in a panel discussion about life in college, and the day wrapped up with door prizes.

The feedback we received was tremendous, and we look forward to an even bigger conference next year!

A tremendous thank you goes out to our Lowcountry College Partners for their contributions to this successful day. I also wish to thank Ashley Ridge High School for opening their doors to us!