Every child, regardless of socioeconomic status, residence, race, or gender, deserves the best possible support for educational attainment and the opportunities and security that result. SAM and its partners are working very deeply to address the unique needs presented by children in poverty.
Spartanburg Herald Journal 10.19.2017
SAM brought Early Childhood Development experts together to form a collaborative Action Network focused on improving children's readiness to achieve Kindergarten success. One result of the group's work drew grant funds from the SC Education Oversight Committee (EOC) into Spartanburg to connect the Quality Counts program of support for early childhood classes with 4K programs within the County. One District's result was highlighted in recent news: Read the full story
Since that program launched, morel funds have been brought in to replicate that successful work in other county classrooms, with additional funding being secured and sought for continued efforts to expand the success.
Update: January 2018
SAM has launched its latest effort to share key learnings from its work by releasing Research Briefs. The goal is to share specific project results with the community in a timely manner and in a way that the findings can encourage local collaborative action and inform collective impact around related additional needs identified within Spartanburg County. The Quality Counts brief highlights key findings from the effort referenced in the article above.
The Spartanburg Academic Movement's effort to improve student achievement in reading, provided grants to local school districts to provide summer reading camps to rising second graders. The goal was to prevent/eliminate the summer slide factor early in a child's skill development rather than waiting until gaps showed up in third grade test scores, the point at which the state requires intervention.
News outlets highlighted efforts by grant recipients participating in this proactive approach to improvement students achievement:
Reading Programs Seek To Prevent Summer Slide
Spartanburg Herald Journal: June 9, 2017
Spartanburg, SC - Teachers, parents and child care providers are working to prevent local students’ reading skills from slipping during the summer months.
The “summer slide,” as it’s been called, refers to the negative impact time away from the classroom can have on students and the knowledge they retain. Efforts to reduce that problem locally can be found in summer reading camps and special instruction at schools, child care facilities and local colleges. Read more
District 7 Reading Program Mixes Pups and Paperbacks
Spartanburg Herald Journal: June 19, 2017
Six-year-old Claire Reed, a rising second-grader in Spartanburg School District 7, is just one of a handful of students who got the opportunity to read to a couple of new canine companions on Monday.
Each Monday morning in June, a group of students between second and fourth grade from all over District 7 come to Houston Elementary School and are given the opportunity to read children’s books to dogs provided by the Spartanburg Humane Society. Read more
Upstate School District Uses Social Media To Encourage, Reward, Summer Learning
Watch here WYFF4: June 27, 2017
Spartanburg School District 2 Says Summer Learning Program Producing Positive Results
Watch here WSPA: June 21, 2017
Media Release 10.20.2017
CINCINNATI, OHIO — After 17 years as chancellor at the University of South Carolina Upstate, Dr. John Stockwell joined an effort to pursue high levels of academic achievement for children in Spartanburg County where he now serves as Executive Director of the Spartanburg Academic Movement. His long focus on helping kids succeed is why he has been selected for the Bill Henningsgaard Cradle to Career Champion Award by StriveTogether, a national nonprofit organization working to improve education for every child. Read more
SPARTANBURG, SC — After learning of the prestigious award, The Spartanburg Academic Board issued their own public statement of appreciation for Dr. Stockwell's leadership of the countywide movement to affect systems change to in support of student achievement along a cradle to career continuum. The statement highlighted several of SAM's achievements within its first three years of operation. Read more
Media Release 9.21.2017
SPARTANBURG ACADEMIC MOVEMENT TO PRESENT AT NATIONAL CONFERENCE
StriveTogether event to draw nationwide community, education and nonprofit leaders
PHOENIX, ARIZ. —The Spartanburg Academic Movement (SAM) will Be The Change during the Strive Together national convening event in Phoenix, Arizona Oct. 3-5 SAM staff will join more than 400 community leaders from across the country for the StriveTogether Cradle to Career Network Convening, Be the Change: Getting Results for Every Child.
SAM Staff members Ida Thompson, Program and Network Manager; and Beth Thompson, Director of Collaborative Action Networks, will present “Collaborative Action in Action,” highlighting the journey to success for the Kindergarten Success Collaborative Action Network (KSCAN) group working throughout Spartanburg County to impact kindergarten readiness. Read More
Media Release 9.22.2017
Spartanburg, SC — The Spartanburg Academic Movement (SAM) has hired Sharon Lauer as a full-time Project Manager. Her primary focus will be working with Ms. Beth Thompson, Director of Collaborative Action Networks, to meet goals set for the College/Career Ready High School Graduation outcome area in SAM’s Cradle-to-Career work in education. The Spartanburg Chamber of Commerce and Spartanburg County schools have provided funding for this expansion of SAM’s collective impact work to improve student outcomes. Read More
Media Release 5.1.2017
Spartanburg, SC — Craig Haydamack, Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Milliken & Company has joined the Board of Directors of the Spartanburg Academic Movement (SAM.)
“To have senior level executives from our local corporate community is key to our success. There are so many standards of excellence and expertise in the for profit sector that can be applied to advance our educational achievement efforts. We look forward to benefiting from Mr. Haydamack’s expertise and passion for academic success in Spartanburg County and South Carolina,” said Jennifer Evins, Chair of the SAM Board of Directors. Read More
Media Release 4.2.2017
Local Leaders Tapped to Impact Early Grade Reading Achievement
Spartanburg, SC — The Spartanburg Academic Movement (SAM) is one of five national partnerships selected this year to receive coaching and funding to accelerate its county-wide academic achievement goals through an Accelerator Fund Award. The award will speed the rate at which SAM’s efforts positively impact educational outcomes for children in Spartanburg County. SAM is part of the seventy member national StriveTogether learning network that provides support for implementing effective change across the cradle-to-career educational continuum. Read More