Equity Work is a Matter of Survival

February 17th, 2021 – by Dr. Shaniece Criss I smile every time I ride past the eight-story mural in downtown Greenville. It shows educator Pearlie Harris who served as the first black teacher at an all-white elementary school, which helped integrate Greenville County Schools over 50 years ago. On the mural, she is embracing children […]

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5 Steps for Improving Equity Advocacy

February 5th, 2021 – by P. Sloan Joseph If you search the internet or any social media platform, you will find equity is a hot topic. It is included in almost every keynote message at every conference in every state.  On Amazon.com, there are currently 783 books about educational equity available for purchase. With access […]

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Cultivating Self-Compassion as Educators by Ellen Hampshire

I am feeling…uncertain, anxious, lonely, exhausted, overwhelmed. These are the responses I’ve received from all levels of educators over the past nine months. We are experiencing a collective erosion of our mental and physical health and a toll on personal relationships in a way we’ve never experienced.  Poor mental health among educators was not born […]

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Lessons Learned by Shasta Looper

The return to school in 2020 brought a mixed bag of emotions for most educators I know. For me personally, I began to experience feelings and emotions that weren’t normally equated with the start of school in August. Typically, I would be full of excitement, eagerness, and anticipation about what the new year will hold. […]

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PEP Blog: Elevating Teachers

Public Education Partners is launching a new Elevating Teachers Blog. We are excited to welcome you to this space designed to share messages that uplift, encourage, and inspire educators. Consider it a virtual wellness room – a place where we can help cultivate resilience and empower each other in the midst of challenges and uncertainty. […]

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PEP Distributes $10,000 to Teachers Through Micro Grant Program

  Pictured above: Projects and tools funded by PEP’s Micro Grant program.  To help meet the needs of early career teachers during the 2020-2021 school year, Public Education Partners (PEP) offered micro grants to help offset teaching costs for classroom projects, supplies, and virtual learning tools. PEP initially pledged $5,000 to cover 25 micro grants […]

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PEP and OnTrack Greenville Celebrate American Education Week

Happy American Education Week! We would like to thank all of the incredible people who dedicate their lives to our public schools – teachers, administrators, bus drivers, substitutes, food staff, and so many other Greenville County Schools employees. Throughout this uniquely difficult time, they’ve demonstrated incredible resilience, and we are honored to support them. Throughout […]

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PEP Launches Teacher Fellows Program

Teachers are leaders in their classrooms, their schools, and their communities. They are powerful advocates for our students and we aim to amplify their voices through leadership opportunities like our Teacher Fellows program. Teacher Fellows is a half-year policy and advocacy fellowship for Greenville County Schools educators. Participants will meet twice monthly to learn from […]

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Elevating Teachers: Resources for Resilience

  After hosting Elena Aguilar this week, PEP’s Program Director, Qena Jennings, put together this Elena-inspired list of resources for building resilience – and yes, Brené Brown made the cut!   Resilience Tools from Elena Aguilar Onward Tools – Onward website with free downloadable tools to boost resilience We also cannot recommend her book ‘Onward’ […]

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