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StraightTalk SC: Education for Life: Working together to fulfill the promise of education

StraightTalk SC
Education for Life: Working together to fulfill the promise of education

Presented in partnership with Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Furman

Tuesdays: June 7, 14, 21, 2016
Younts Conference Center, Shaw Hall, Furman University
6:30 – 8:30 p.m. each week

Summer Series Podcasts Now Available Online

The South Carolina Department of Education's Speaking of Schools on South Carolina Public Radio featured podcasts of highlights of all three sessions of the 2016 Riley Institute/OLLI @ Furman summer series: “Education for Life: Fulfilling the promise of Education." Click on the links for highlights from Session I, July 18Session II, July 25; and Session III, August 1.  

Education for Life: Working together to fulfill the promise of education examined what matters most in early childhood development and success in school. Presenters showed how  educational institutions, parents, students, non-profits, and members of the community work together to build up our schools and prepare young people to be successful adults.

Week One looked at how we can improve outcomes for our youngest learners, Week Two focused on how and why community strategies are critical for successful school reform, and Week Three delved into how we should be thinking about higher education in a South Carolina that is changing demographically, culturally, and economically.

All sessions were moderated by Scott Henderson, Ph.D., (bio)William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Education, Director of Program Development and Evaluation, Director of National/International Scholarships

To view biographies and their individual video, click here.

To view Snapshot presenter biographies and their individual video, click here.

To view videos for each session, scroll down.

June 7: Parents and Communities Fostering Lifelong Learners  

What do parents, educators, and community members need to know about early child development? How can we strengthen families and communities to enhance early child development? How should we invest our dollars and volunteer hours for the greatest impact on outcomes?

To view Straight Talk SC Storify from Session I, click here


Elizabeth DavisPh.D., (bio) President, Furman University

Introduction of Series

Scott Henderson

From Building Blocks to Bridges: Essentials of Early Childhood Development

Sara Ryder, M.D., (bio) pediatrician and clinical assistant professor, University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville 

Creating Good Foundations for Early Learners

Susan Alford, (bio) State Director, South Carolina Department of Social Services 

Early Investment for a Lifetime of Results

Dan Wuori, (bio) Deputy Director, South Carolina First Steps

SNAPSHOTS: Working Together to Foster Lifelong Learners

Nurse Family Partnership 
Jamie Moon, (bio) President, Institute for Child Success 

Nicholtown Child and Family Collaborative
Kristy Way, (bio) member of the Collaborative’s Governance Committee

Talk to Me and KNOW(2)
Robin Reed, (bio) Executive Director of KNOW(2) Cherokee County


June 14: No Blank Slates: Family, Communities, and Success and Failure in K-12

What strategies are essential for school reform to be successful? Are we asking too much of our schools?  What partnerships and innovative programs exist that are making a difference in student outcomes? 

The Long Shadow: Family Background, Disadvantaged Urban Youth, and the Transition to Adulthood

Karl Alexander, Ph.D.(bio) co-author of The Long Shadow, which examines who succeeds and why based on a 25 year study of nearly 800 Baltimore school children.

Helping Students Achieve Success through Afterschool and Summer Learning

Terry Peterson, Ph.D.(bio) Director, Afterschool and Community Learning Network; Board Chair, After School Alliance

SNAPSHOTS: Working Together to Create Opportunities for Success

Cleveland Academy of Leadership
Russell Booker, Ph.D.(bio) Superintendent, Spartanburg County District 7

United Way’s OnTrack Greenville Middle Grades Success Initiative
Tobi Kinsell(bio) Director

Dream Connectors, a Riley Institute Diversity Leaders Initiative (DLI) capstone project
Chip Wiper, M.D.(bio) DLI alumnus and project team member

Youth Apprenticeships: Creating a Workforce Pipeline for SC Companies
Carla Whitlock(bio) Senior Apprenticeship Consultant, Apprenticeship Carolina

New Tech Network in South Carolina
Jacki Martin(bio) Director of Operations, The Riley Institute

June 21: Reframing Higher Education for a Changing Society

What will South Carolinians look like in 5, 10, 20 years? What challenges and opportunities does a changing society create? How should institutions of higher education respond, and what initiatives are increasing access and opportunity to education beyond high school?

Changing Demographics in South Carolina: Implications for the State and Higher Education

Michael Usdan, Ph.D.(bio) president emeritus and senior fellow, Institute for Educational Leadership

SNAPSHOTS: Working Together to Open Doors to Higher Ed

Bridges to a Brighter Future
Pam Davis(bio) Director

Taking Ownership of Our Communities’ Success
Julio Hernandez, (bio) Greenville Technical College Northwest Campus Director

College Within the Prison Walls
Michael Murphy(bio) Community College president for 25 years

Medical Experience Academy - A Pipeline to Medical School
Brenda Thames, Ed.D.(bio) Vice President of Academic and Faculty Affairs, GHS Clinical University, Greenville Health System

Press Coverage

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The Summer Series is presented by The Riley Institute at Furman
and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Furman