Impacting America's Schools

Date: October 19, 2017
Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location - Brookland Conference Center, West Columbia


Morning Session: Closing the Attitude Gap

Principal Kafele asserts that one of the greatest difficulties to closing the achievement gap is the assumption that achievement is the problem. He says the achievement gap is a consequence of the failure to adequately address “attitude.” In this session, he’ll provide attendees with strategies for closing the attitude gap in their classrooms.   

 Afternoon SessionCritical Questions for Inspiring Classroom Excellence

Principal Kafele will take attendees on an empowering, introspective journey where he will challenge them to look critically within themselves and their practices through a series of self-reflective questions relative to bringing their best selves to the classroom each and every day.

Baruti Kafele

One of the most sought-after education speakers in America, Principal Kafele has delivered more than 1000 conference keynotes and professional development workshops since leaving his principalship in 2011. A highly regarded urban public school educator in New Jersey for nearly 30 years, Baruti K. Kafele has distinguished himself both as a classroom teacher and as a school principal. As an elementary school teacher in East Orange, N.J., Principal Kafele was selected as the East Orange School District and Essex County Public Schools Teacher of the Year. As a middle and high school principal in East Orange, Plainfield and Newark, N.J., he led the transformation of four different schools, including Newark Tech High School, which went from a low-performing school in need of improvement to recognition by U.S.News and World Report as one of America's best high schools.

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2017 ASCD Whole Child Vision in Action Honorable Mention


We are SO proud that Oakland Elementary School All Stars in Spartanburg County School District Two was recognized by ASCD Worldwide for its ongoing efforts to promote the Whole Child.

ASCD executive director and CEO, Deb Delisle, presented the ASCD Whole Child Vision in Action Honorable Mention Award at South Carolina ASCD's spring conference on March 9. Accepting the award was principal and SCASCD president-elect, Josh Patterson, along with several faculty members.




Free 1-Year Membership for First Year SC Teachers

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SCASCD is providing FREE professional memberships to ALL first year teachers in SC! Register today and join a global community of educational leaders dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching and leading.

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Collaborative Agenda for K-12 Education 

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On January 13, 2016, South Carolina ASCD sponsored our first Collaborative Day of Advocacy at the South Carolina Statehouse. In strong partnership and unity with seven South Carolina professional associations*, we were proud to roll-out the Collaborative Agenda for Pre-K - 12 Public Education, an exciting document of common goals for the children of South Carolina.

Following a breakfast in the Blatt Building on the Statehouse grounds, participants walked to the Capital for a press conference, culminating with participants meeting their legislators to present copies of the Agenda to them and to advocate for public education in South Carolina.


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