NEWBERRY — Newberry Elementary School and its principal have been recognized by the S.C. Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development for creating a school culture that exemplifies the tenets of The Whole Child Initiative.
The SCASCD sponsors the Whole Child Award in support of the ASCD Worldwide and the Whole Child Initiative, which seeks to identify schools that have created a school culture with programs that exemplify one or more of the five tenets of The Whole Child Initiative — Healthy, Safe, Supported, Challenged, Engaged.
Newberry Elementary School was chosen as an award winner in the area of Engaged and will receive a banner to display and a check for $2,500 to further their efforts to support The Whole Child Initiative.
“Newberry Elementary School is very proud and honored to receive this state award. As a team, we have worked extremely hard to create and maintain an effective 21st Century Learning Environment for all our students,” Principal Reggie Wicker said. “One of the areas that we have intentionally and strategically focused on is engagement. Students who are engaged possess a willingness and a desire to participate and be successful in the learning process.
“Our classrooms represent research based methods and practices that target increasing student engagement, promoting movement within the classroom, encouraging collaboration among students and providing reciprocal teaching,” he added.
As a part of their ongoing mission to Learn, Teach and Lead, South Carolina ASCD seeks to develop and support the next generation of leaders.
In its quest to build capacity, ASCD has designed the Emerging Leaders program to prepare younger, diverse educators for potential influence and ASCD leadership.
Wicker was named a SC Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Emerging Leader.
“I am honored to have been named a 2017 SCASCD Emerging Leader. There are so many talented educational leaders who have come before and paved the way for me and others. For that, I am eternally grateful. I am committed to doing my part to help make education better.”