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Strategic Planning Symposium

Memorabilia CupsBreakfastAttendeesVarious LanguagesParticipants in SessionsPresentersCCSD Administration

Memorabilia Cups were distributed to commemorate the event.

Participants were eager to attend their breakout sessions.

Over 700 guests packed the Burke High School Auditorium.

Springfield Elementary students welcomed guests in various languages.

Participants were grouped into 12 informational focus sessions.

Sessions were conducted by presenters in different areas and specialties.

CCSD administrators enjoyed the event.


The Charleston County School District's Strategic Planning Symposium was held on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at Burke High School.

The goal of the Symposium was to engage the community in conversation regarding various district strategies that are designed to ensure college, career, and citizenship readiness for all students.

The opening session featured a spectacular performance from the Springfield Elementary Choir. After CCSD Board of Trustees Chair, Kate Darby, welcomed the packed auditorium, Superintendent Gerrita Postlewait provided a detailed presentation about her vision and purpose for the future of our district.

Following Dr. Postlewait's presentation, attendees separated into twelve different focus groups based on their specific areas of interest.

The informational focus area sessions featured the following topics and presenters:

  • Positive School Climate - Jennifer Coker
  • Recruiting, Retaining and Rewarding Top Talent - Jane Turner, CERRA, and Bill Briggman
  • Financial Stability - Glenn Steigman
  • Town Hall - CCSD Board of Trustees
  • Literacy with the Lastinger Institute - Dr. Pamela Chalfant
  • Numeracy with Lastinger Institute - Dr. Don Pemberton
  • Accelerating Student Achievement through Blended Learning - Anthony Kim
  • Elementary Strategies with Meeting Street Academy - Amy Mims
  • College and Career Readiness with the New Tech Network - Alan Veach
  • Fostering a Growth Mindset for K-12 Success through AVID - Mervin Jenkins
  • College and Career Readiness through Expanded Opportunities in CTE - Jeff Borowy
  • College and Career Readiness through Internships and Apprenticeships - Melissa Stowasser

Following the breakout sessions, participants reconvened in the auditorium to share some of the ideas and thoughts that were discussed in each group.

The goal of each session was to develop a series of ideas and thoughts that can be presented to the Board of Trustees. These ideas will be integrated into future strategic plans and will support strategic plan framework for the District.

The Symposium was free and opened to the public via online registration. Over 700 community members and CCSD staff participated in the event.






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