Dog Days of Summer

Dog Days of Summer
The dog days of summer are alive and well on Monday morning as students build their reading skills while bonding with adoptable dogs that are always willing to lend an ear. The program is in partnership with the Spartanburg Humane Society and is part of the State Department’s Read To Succeed initiative, which has a goal of all students becoming proficient readers by the end of third grade.
Jennifer Dowis, the Summer Reading Camp Coordinator, notes the program is proving to be a huge success. Before camp started two weeks ago, many of the young readers didn’t feel good about reading aloud, according to Dowis. Now they feel more confident in their reading skills and also feel safe when reading to a dog. Though the children believe they are teaching the dogs to read, in fact, with the dog as the attentive audience (and an occasional assist from the volunteer partner), they are actually teaching themselves. According to the children, however, reading is about the dog, not about them. No embarrassment. No pressure.
The premise is that good dogs are good medicine and that the dogs will continue to help children become better readers for many years to come.
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Spartanburg County Alternative School

Spartanburg County Alternative School
Spartanburg County Alternative School (SCAS) is a county school designed to enable students to continue on their pursuit of class recovery and remediation. SCAS utilizes best practices, techniques, and courseware labs to accommodate middle and high school students.
Academically advanced students have the added opportunity to take high school courses that are more suited to their individual ability, to prepare for HSAP remediation and SAT preparation courses. SCAS consistently reviews and revises its curriculum and programs each year in order to successfully remediate and recover children from our at-risk student population.
SCAS also offers a Character Education and Community Service program in order to enrich students’ knowledge of civic matters, and make them feel more vested in the community. Through the character education program, SCAS partners with local service groups to increase student awareness of at-risk behaviors, and to help students volunteer with services projects throughout the community.
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S²TEM Center

S²TEM Center
Our intended outcomes are engaged school communities focused on improved instruction leading to student achievement. Improved instruction requires professional learning that is embedded in a school’s day-to-day life. Coaching is our professional learning strategy of choice for improving instruction.
A well-supported community of learners engages in learning and action focused on good curriculum choices, meaningful assessment, effective materials support, and encouraging all teachers to become powerfully prepared to improve instruction.
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