reach out and read internship

It’s captivating to read a baby’s face, and it’s even more captivating to help a baby come face-to-face with reading. That’s what four Converse students experienced during a deeply immersive 10-week internship piloted by Converse and the Carolinas chapter of the national organization, Reach Out and Read. It is the first Reach Out and Read…
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edcamp palmetto logo

Assistant Professor of Education, Dr. Julie Jones, and adjunct Jed Dearybury spearheaded EdCamp Palmetto (formerly EdCamp Sparkle) on August 26, 2017. This “un-conference” is a free, participant-driven, learning experience created by educators, for educators. This was the second year we have welcomed EdCamp guests on campus. More than 300 educators attended this year’s event.

Intellectual Disabilities grad Lainie Sowell

Lainie Sowell ’13, double major in Intellectual Disabilities and Psychology, has been accepted at Lewis and Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling in Portland, OR. Lainie will begin classes this fall, working towards a Master’s Degree in Student Affair’s Administration. She will also be working in the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities as…
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Shannon Gonzalez

Shannon Gonzalez ‘12 will officially be serving as the Teacher of The Year at Finley Road Elementary in Rock Hill beginning on July 1. She is one of the youngest teachers to receive this honor in her district. She has also been accepted into the MEd program at Anderson University. Shannon received her BA in…
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EdCamp Sparkle

Dr. Julie Jones, adjunct Jed Dearybury, and alum Matt Johnson ‘05 are planning an EdCamp on the Converse campus on August 27th. This un-conference is a free, participant-driven, professional learning experience created by educators, for educators. The EdCamp, named EdCamp Sparkle, will be the first in the Upstate. Dr. Jones and her team have secured partners…
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Courtney Cambra ‘13 completed her MA in International Development and Service from Concordia University, Portland, Oregon where her thesis project was on culturally responsive teaching awareness. She has accepted a position at McNary High School in Salem, Oregon to teach special education. Prior to completing her master’s degree Courtney worked with adults with disabilities through…
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Dr. Dee Malone is serving on the Greenville Women Giving (GWG) Grants Review Committee for 2016 and the GWG Education Work Group sub-committee. Additionally, she serves on the School Improvement Council for Washington Center of Greenville County Schools, a separate facility for students with severe intellectual disabilities. Learn more about Dr. Malone.

Therapy Grad

A Spartanburg teacher credits raising her autistic niece as motivation for wanting to do more to help the families of children with special needs. Beverly Wade has worked as a special education teacher for more than 20 years. She went back to college to study the impact of family dynamics on child development and will…
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Starting this summer, Converse College students can earn their master’s degree in gifted education without leaving the comforts of their homes. The school will begin offering the degree as an online graduate program, with an aim at attracting teachers from the farthest reaches of the state. It will be the third program to be offered…
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Converse education professor Dr. Wayne Cheser is passionate about advancing elementary school children’s awareness of energy and climate change issues – so much so that he spent two years researching and filming a set of DVDs for teachers that provide models of best practices for teaching the concepts. The DVDs are a centerpiece of his graduate-level…
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