Public Education Partners receives $75,000+ grant from Greenville Women Giving

GREENVILLE, S.C. –  Greenville Women Giving, a philanthropic women’s collective giving organization, dedicated to identifying and funding local organizations in the areas of arts, education, environment, health and human services, has awarded Public Education Partners (PEP) with a grant totaling $75,427.

Funding will support the final year of a groundbreaking three-year pilot in collaboration with Greenville County Schools and The Bradshaw Institute for Community Child Health and Advocacy at Prisma Children’s Hospital to introduce the nationally recognized Conscious Discipline program in Greenville County Schools. Research shows that the program has demonstrated positive impacts on classroom relationships, student learning and behavior, and the mental well-being of both students and educators.

“We are thrilled to have this investment from Greenville Women Giving in the final year of our Conscious Discipline pilot, as an investment in classrooms across Greenville County,” said Catherine Schumacher, PEP President and CEO. “At a time when so many educators and students are facing unprecedented levels of anxiety and stress, Conscious Discipline provides powerful, evidence-based tools and practices that center the idea that discipline isn’t something you do to a child, it is something you develop within them.”

Conscious Discipline is an adult-first model program designed to help teachers and children build relationships that contribute to a decline in behavioral issues in the classroom and improves the mental well-being of both educators and students. This three year-pilot will train educators and lay the foundation for further expansion across the District beginning in August 2024.  

Public Education Partners has long served as an innovation lab for Greenville County Schools by building community partnerships to best support teachers and students. With this investment from Greenville Women Giving, PEP looks forward to building capacity to improve the quality of instruction, assist in classroom management, and foster nurturing relationships between students and educators. 


About Greenville Women Giving

Greenville Women Giving is a philanthropic women’s collective giving organization created as a special initiative of the Community Foundation in 2006. Since its founding, GWG has awarded 146 grants totaling over $8 million and has grown to over 500 members. For more information, visit:

About Public Education Partners

Founded in 1985 to connect the public sector with our public schools, Public Education Partners’ mission is to lead our community in acting collectively to support, strengthen, and advance public education and student achievement in Greenville County Schools. PEP collaborates with community partners to introduce innovative programming in schools and deepen connections between schools and the community. PEP is Greenville County’s only nonprofit focused solely on improving K-12 public education. For more information visit

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