Finding Small Good Things – St. Daniel

April 8th, 2021 – by Trevor Scott Barton “There were deep wrinkles in the corners of her eyes and across her forehead.  They didn’t seem to be wrinkles of worry that he’d seen on his mami and abuelo’s faces as they worked the fields and lived among strangers in small southern towns.  No, they seemed […]

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PEP’s 2021-22 Grant Applications Open

Applications for our Building STEAM and Mullins Grants are live! The Building STEAM grant supports teachers in Greenville County Schools by providing resources to help implement projects that immerse students in science, technology, engineering, art, and/or mathematics. Up to $2,000 per award! In honor of our former Executive Director, Grier Mullins, the Mullins Grant for […]

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Disrupting Our Assumptions About Our Own Failures

March 26, 2021 – By Pernille Ripp I have been thinking about how hard we can be on ourselves. The constant negative self-talk we, as educators, can quickly sink into due to the supposed reactions of children we teach. How we can spiral so easily into defeatist thinking. Into thinking, we would be better off […]

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Limitations or Possibilities?

March 11th, 2021 – by Anne Kelly Tromsness “Can we decorate our squares?” a tiny blonde person wearing a tie-dyed gaiter asks me mischievously.  “Yes. Today’s theme is – CELEBRATION.”  She runs to the center of our black box theatre classroom.  “GUYS! We’re decorating our SQUARES!” Eleven more students rush in to populate their own […]

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PEP Partnering with ReCraft to Host Teacher Re-Supply Drive

March 4, 2021 – Every year, South Carolina teachers spend an average of $433 of their own money on classroom supplies, while many businesses have an office closet crammed with half-used materials they are likely to discard. Now two Upstate nonprofits are offering to redirect unwanted items from clogged closets into the classrooms of first-year […]

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PEPGC and RCPEP Issue Statement on H.3976

February 24th, 2021 – Today state legislators introduced H.3976, a partisan private school voucher bill that will redirect public funds toward private and religious schools. Despite the South Carolina Supreme Court’s two-time rejection of a similar program last fall, the state’s leadership remains intent on advancing its ideology of “educational freedom.” The real “freedom” vouchers […]

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We’re hiring!

For 35 years, we have collaborated with community partners to strengthen public education for the 77,000 students and 7,000 teachers in Greenville County Schools – and right now we’re looking for a Director of Development to help us continue our work! The Director of Development will be an experienced and passionate fundraising leader who is […]

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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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PEP & RCPEP Host Teach-In On Vouchers

Proponents of privatizing education – that is, using taxpayer dollars that would otherwise fund our public schools – often state their case in the language of “freedom” and “choice.” Sounds great, right? But the truth is the freedom to choose where a child receives their education is often exclusive or non-existent, and comes at the […]

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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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