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A degree in Education from Converse is recognized throughout the southeast as the mark of a quality educator. Our graduates have earned honors including Presidential Educator of the Year, National Marine Educator of the Year, and the Order of the Palmetto. See where our recent graduates are teaching: Lauren Anderson — Shoally Creek Elementary School…
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Converse Art Education professor and alumna, Andrea Ezell Elliott ’03 was named South Carolina Outstanding Art Educator for higher education by the South Carolina Art Education Association (SCAEA) at their fall conference. Award recipients are recognized for their excellence in supporting art education in South Carolina and increasing public awareness of the importance of art…
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Dean of Education and Graduate Studies Lienne Medford

With an eye towards growth and positive impact on K-12 education across South Carolina and beyond, Converse’s new Dean of Education and Graduate Studies brings a wealth of experience and $717,000 in National Science Foundation (NSF) grant funds to support Converse students. Dr. Lienne Medford joined Converse last summer from Clemson University, where she served…
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Julie Jones Jed Dearybury

K-12 classrooms are a changing entity. Pen pals now come in the form of face-to-face video conferences. Shared Google docs are commonplace, extending learning beyond the traditional classroom schedule. Field trips occur in virtual reality, allowing students to visit places they could never have experienced before. Today’s learning is an engaging experience, rather than a…
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Converse alumnus and adjunct professor Jed Dearybury ’03 has been awarded the prestigious 2016 Lowell Milken Center Fellowship. This Fellowship is awarded on the basis of merit to educators who have distinguished themselves in teaching respect and understanding through project-based learning. Jed was selected from exemplary teachers from not only across America but throughout the world. He is currently a…
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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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Dr. Tracy presented “Understanding Disciplinary Literacy within ELA” at the South Carolina Council of Teachers of English Conference.  For the second year, she is serving as a member of the Read to Succeed Advisory Group with the South Carolina Department of Education. Dr. Tracy helped develop a new internship for Converse students partnering with Reach…
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Congratulations to Michael Meissner MAT ’14, who in addition to being a 3rd grade teacher at Cannons Elementary School in Spartanburg School District 3, owning and managing Pacolet Fitness and being a member of the U.S. Army National Guard, has been sworn in as mayor of the town of Pacolet.

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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