South Carolina Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman was in Spartanburg this morning to visit local schools with Dr. Russell Booker, Superintendent of Spartanburg School District Seven. After tours at Cleveland Academy of Leadership and Meeting Street Academy, Dr. Booker brought Mrs. Spearman by the SAM office for a visit.
Dr. Stockwell, SAM Executive Director, and members of the staff talked with the State Superintendent about our national partnership with StriveTogether; about the nature of collective impact, and how SAM is working to change expectations for high levels of academic achievement for all children across Spartanburg County, focusing on six stages of learning from cradle to career. Their conversation was promising. Superintendent Spearman expressed particular interest in the work of SAM's the Collaborative Action Networks and SAM's strategy to improve outcomes by starting with readiness for success in kindergarten.
On leaving the office, Spearman graciously agreed to a photo with the staff of the Spartanburg Academic Movement, and offered to help spread our message on the South Carolina Department of Education’s website. We look forward to continued communication with Superintendent Spearman and her staff.