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South Carolina, a predominately rural state, suffers from severe teacher shortages. The state’s struggles, unfortunately, are not anomalous; rather, they are emblematic of a larger problem: teacher recruitment and retention in rural areas. 

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teacher shortages in the education workforce

Mitigating teacher shortages across the country is going to require innovative solutions and collaboration among education stakeholders including teachers, school leaders, legislative bodies and concerned citizens.

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Freedom’s Lawmakers: Black Leadership During Reconstruction


A three-week summer institute (July 5 - 25, 2020) for 25 K-12 educators on the impact and legacy of black elected officials during Reconstruction. The institute will include lectures and discussions and individual consultations between participants and faculty on the University of South Carolina campus, and field trips to museums, historic cemeteries, libraries, and archives in Columbia, Charleston, and St. Helena Island.

The institute is hosted by the Center for Innovation in Higher Education in partnership with the School of Law at the University of South Carolina, Penn Center in Beaufort, SC, and the South Carolina Historical and is funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

More information, including applications materials, will be posted here in October, 2019. Contact Christian K. Anderson, project director, at with inquiries.