Posted: Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Fourteen GCS teachers have earned Project-Based Learning (PBL) Endorsement from Furman University’s Riley Institute. These GCS teachers are among the first in South Carolina to earn the new teaching endorsement.

The PBL endorsement was developed by the Riley Institute at Furman, Claflin University, College of Charleston, Furman University, Winthrop University, and the South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE). Experts from New Tech Network and educators teaching in South Carolina PBL schools also participated in the process.

A growing interest in PBL and incorporation of this methodology in schools across the South Carolina is driving an emerging need for teachers who know how to design, deliver, support and assess standards-driven project-based learning. The scarcity of such teachers has been emphatically identified by a number of the state’s education stakeholders as one of the leading obstacles to broad implementation of this innovative and proven methodology.

2017 PBL Endorsement Class

Juanita Biggs
Special Education
Fisher Middle

Teresa Blankenship
8th Grade English
League Academy 

Marci Cecere
PLTW, Math
Mauldin High 

Phyllis Holmes
5th Grade
Brook Glenn Elementary 

Neena Kumar
Biology, Creative Writing
Legacy Charter 

Charlene Landry
|Special Education
Fisher Middle 

Beth Leavitt
Wade Hampton High 

Andrew Melton
7th Grade Social Studies
Hughes Academy

Susan Merrill
Summit Drive Elementary 

Lynn Murrell
5th Grade
Hollis Elementary Academy

Susan Nimmons
8th Grade Science
Berea Middle 

Lauren Ornelas
8th Grade English
Fisher Middle 

Lezlie Peck
5th Grade
Pelham Road Elementary 

Laura Shoun
Science, PLTW
Southside High

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