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SC Whitmore School Invited to Present at National Conference

October 31, 2016

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Columbia, SC – The South Carolina Whitmore School, a virtual public charter school, was invited to give a presentation at this year’s iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium which was held last week in San Antonio, Texas. Kim Dunbar (lead school counselor), Casey Donohue (attendance coordinator), Erin Rivers (academic coach) and Michelle Bishop (compliance coordinator) gave the presentation “I Can Help With That! – Providing Student Services in the Virtual Environment,” on Wednesday, October 26th.

“It was a great honor for SCWS to be selected to present at such an esteemed national event,” said SCWS Principal John Loveday. “This really speaks to the great success our school has had over the last five years, particularly in the area of student services. This was an invaluable experience for the SCWS team as we had the opportunity to share our story, but also learn about how others are navigating and growing in this exciting field of virtual education.”

The iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium was held on October 25-28, 2016 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas. iNACOL’s annual conference is the industry’s leading event for K-12 competency-based, blended and online learning. Experts, practitioners, educators, policymakers, and researchers gather and work to transform education.

SCWS is a tuition-free virtual public charter school offering academic opportunities to students across South Carolina. Students are granted a unique level of academic flexibility and independence. In exchange each student must develop effective like skills and take responsibly for their own education.

This year, SCWS set a school record for enrollment and in September the South Carolina Department of Education announced that SCWS had the greatest increase in mean SAT composite score, 231 points, of any public school in South Carolina.

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Teachers around a podium
(From left to right) Erin Rivers, Michelle Bishop, Casey Donohue, and Kim Dunbar

Media Contact: Madeline Griffith

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