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Makin’ It Personal: A #PersonalizeSC Podcast

The “Makin’ It Personal Podcast seeks to inspire educators to engage in the work of Personalized Learning for the benefit of all students! In each episode, we leverage stories from the field to move the work of Personalized Learning forward in the state of South Carolina! Join us as we speak with teachers and educational leaders across the state, provide support for getting started, and dive deeper into the shift from traditional education to Personalized Learning!#PersonalizeSC

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The “Makin’ It Personal Podcast seeks to inspire educators to engage in the work of Personalized Learning for the benefit of all students! In each episode, we leverage stories from the field to move the work of Personalized Learning forward in the state of South Carolina! Join us as we speak with teachers and educational leaders across the state, provide support for getting started, and dive deeper into the shift from traditional education to Personalized Learning!#PersonalizeSC

Ep. 17 - More Than A Poster: A Candid Convo on the Profile of the SC Graduate Competencies (Part 1)

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What's a competency? Are they really relevant for the current times in SC education? Wait...South Carolina actually has competencies? Join host Keri Fersner in a candid conversation with fellow OPL Coach Kristen Logan and Sydney Schaef, Managing Director of reDesign on the Profile of the SC Graduate Competencies. In this episode, learn more about the SC Competencies, how they were created, entry level ways to use them, and why they are an important part of meeting EVERY child where they are and providing opportunity for true growth and learning!

Learn more about the SC Competencies here.

Preview the full Sustaining Wellness Competency Continua here.

Check out the CASEL + SC Competencies Crosswalk here.

Connect with Sydney (sydney@redesignu.org) & Kristen (@keefs727)

Need a community of educators on your PL journey? Join the PersonalizeSC Community: https://tinyurl.com/JoinPersonalizeSC

Need personalized PD? Check out our offerings for the 2020-21 school year here and start learning at your own pace!

Subscribe, share, & stay connected with the SCDE Office of Personalized Learning! https://linktr.ee/scpersonalize

#PersonalizeSC

Mar 01 2021

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Ep. 16 - Teacher Chats: A Conversation with Britteny Drakeford

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In this episode, host Keri Fersner chats with Britteny Drakeford, 8th grade ELA teacher at Saluda Trail Middle School in Rock Hill, SC. Hear about how she infuses student centered learning in her classroom and guides her students towards becoming self-regulated learners through the use of Workshop Model, goal setting, conferencing, eNotebooks and more!

Connect with Britteny on Twitter (@Ms_Bldrakeford)

Need a community of educators on your PL journey? Join the PersonalizeSC Community: https://tinyurl.com/JoinPersonalizeSC

Need personalized PD? Check out our offerings for the 2020-21 school year here and start learning at your own pace!

Subscribe, share, & stay connected with the SCDE Office of Personalized Learning! https://linktr.ee/scpersonalize

#PersonalizeSC

Feb 01 2021

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Ep. 15 - Starting the New Year with Hope: A Conversation with Robin & Brenda

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Happy New Year to you! Let's jump into this new year with HOPE in focus! Join host Keri Fersner as she chats with Robin Kanaan & Brenda Neel of KnowledgeWorks regarding the cultivation of hope within ourselves, our classrooms, and our culture of education. Start your year off with this inspiring episode!

Connect with our guests via email: KanaanR@knowledgeworks.org & bneel1951@hotmail.com

Need a community of educators on your PL journey? Join the PersonalizeSC Community: https://tinyurl.com/JoinPersonalizeSC

Need personalized PD? Check out our offerings for the 2020-21 school year here!

Subscribe, share, & stay connected with the SCDE Office of Personalized Learning! https://linktr.ee/scpersonalize

#PersonalizeSC

Jan 04 2021

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Ep. 14 - Teacher Chats: A Conversation with Suzanne Rogers

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In this episode, host Keri Fersner chats with teacher Suzanne Rogers from Oconee Academy, an alternative education program in Walhalla, SC. Hear about her student centered learning journey, the importance of educator community, and how she keeps the joys of teaching alive at a time like this!

Connect with our guest below via email: srogers@sdoc.org 

Check out the student journal page & her students' podcast, "Those Kids" here!

Need a community of educators on your PL journey? Join the PersonalizeSC Community: https://tinyurl.com/JoinPersonalizeSC

Need personalized PD? Check out our offerings for the 2020-21 school year here!

Subscribe, share, & stay connected with the SCDE Office of Personalized Learning! https://linktr.ee/scpersonalize

#PersonalizeSC

Dec 01 2020

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Ep. 13 - But, What Does It Look Like?: Conversations with Riverside Elementary

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Ever ask yourself, "What does personalized learning actually look like in practice?" In this episode, host Keri Fersner chats with Anna, Megan, Macey, Kayla, and Jill, teachers from Riverside Elementary in Horry County, SC. Hear their take on building classroom culture, learning pathways, goal setting, mastery learning, and other student centered practices happening in their 2nd - 5th grade classrooms. If you're in need of some inspiration in the work, this episode is sure to do the trick! 

Connect with our guests below via email: Anna King (AKing001@horrycountyschools.net), Megan Doiley (MDoiley@horrycountyschools.net), Macey Bullard (MBullard@horrycountyschools.net), Kayla Whitehead (KWhitehead@horrycountyschools.net), Jill Entsminger (JEntsminger@horrycountyschools.net)

Join the PersonalizeSC Community: https://tinyurl.com/JoinPersonalizeSC

Need some personalized PD? Check out our offerings for the 2020-21 school year here!

Subscribe, share, & stay connected with us at the SCDE Office of Personalized Learning! https://linktr.ee/scpersonalize

#PersonalizeSC

Oct 01 2020

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Ep. 12 - Personalized Learning Through a High School Teacher's Lens

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In this episode, host Keri Fersner chats with Katie Allsbrook, high school math teacher and Blythewood High School’s 2020 Teacher of the Year about her journey towards personalizing learning with her students! (Recording was done in May 2020)

Connect with Katie @ kallsbrook@richland2.org

Join the PersonalizeSC Community: https://tinyurl.com/JoinPersonalizeSC

Need some personalized PD? Check out our offerings for the 2020-21 school year here!

Subscribe, share, & stay connected with us at the SCDE Office of Personalized Learning! https://linktr.ee/scpersonalize

#PersonalizeSC

Oct 01 2020

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Ep. 11 - Makin’ It Happen: A Teacher’s Take on Personalized Learning

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In this episode, host Keri Fersner chats with April Murphy of Cane Bay Elementary about her journey towards making learning personal for students through the use of transparency, learning pathways, and real world experiences for students!

Connect with April via email: murphya@bcsdschools.net

Check out April's Learning Pathway example here!

Want to connect with other educators on the path towards personalized learning in SC? Join the PersonalizeSC Community!  https://tinyurl.com/JoinPersonalizeSC

Subscribe, share, & stay connected with us at the SCDE Office of Personalized Learning! https://linktr.ee/scpersonalize

Sep 01 2020

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Ep. 10 - A Different Back to School Pt. 1

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In this episode, host Keri Fersner talks with Quencenia Dantzler,  Director of Virtual School Education for Orangeburg County School District to get some tips on how educators can navigate this year's back to school climate, from a virtual or hybrid perspective! 

Connect with Quen via email: quencenia.dantzler@ocsdsc.org  

Want to connect with other educators on the path towards personalized learning in SC? Join the PersonalizeSC Community! https://tinyurl.com/JoinPersonalizeSC

Subscribe, share, & stay connected with us at the SCDE Office of Personalized Learning! https://linktr.ee/scpersonalize 

Aug 03 2020

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Ep. 9 - Equity? Let's Talk About It!

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What does equity really mean? How do educators move forward in a pandemic & climate of racial unrest? In this episode, host Keri Fersner chats with Dr. Latoya Dixon,  Director of Early Childhood, Elementary, and Gifted Education in York School District 1 about how race, inequity, and education collide and what educators today can do about it!


Connect with Latoya on Twitter: https://twitter.com/latoyadixon5

Want to connect with other educators on the path towards personalized learning in SC? Join the PersonalizeSC Community!  https://tinyurl.com/JoinPersonalizeSC

Subscribe, share, & stay connected with us at the SCDE Office of Personalized Learning! https://linktr.ee/scpersonalize

Jul 01 2020

28mins

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Ep. 8 - Intention vs. Impact: A Conversation with Elena Aguilar

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This episode may be a little longer than usual, but we promise, IT'S WORTH IT! Tune in as host Keri Fersner chats with author and educational leader, Elena Aguilar to discuss her views on educational equity, accessing courage to continue moving forward in student centered practices, and how to truly transform the educational system for ALL kids!

Connect with Elena at https://brightmorningteam.com/

Join the PersonalizeSC Community: https://tinyurl.com/JoinPersonalizeSC

Subscribe, share, & stay connected with us at the SCDE Office of Personalized Learning! https://linktr.ee/scpersonalize

#PersonalizeSC

May 01 2020

32mins

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Ep. 7 - A Teacher's Take on Remote Learning: Convos with Brittany Terry

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In this episode, host Keri Fersner chats with Brittany Terry, a 4th grade teacher from Clover, SC about how she's managing remote learning with her students, keeping the spirit of student ownership alive and well, and finding the balance between work and home life! 

Brittany Terry on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Brits_

Join the PersonalizeSC Community: https://tinyurl.com/JoinPersonalizeSC

Subscribe, share, & stay connected with us at the SCDE Office of Personalized Learning! https://linktr.ee/scpersonalize

#PersonalizeSC

Apr 01 2020

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Tough Times Call for Community #PersonalizeSC

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As we're facing unprecedented times in the world today, it is imperative that we as educators unify to ensure that equitable learning still gets to happen for ALL students! In this episode, the Office of Personalized Learning introduces a new online network in collaboration with Knowledge Works called the PersonalizeSC Community!

Click here to join the PersonalizeSC Community today!: https://share.knowledgeworks.org/registrations/groups/33024

Download the mobile app on Google Play and the Apple App Store!

Subscribe, share, & stay connected with us at the SCDE Office of Personalized Learning! https://linktr.ee/scpersonalize

#PersonalizeSC

Mar 25 2020

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Ep. 6 - Vision, Culture, & Trust: Coach Chat with Heather and Sarah

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In this episode, host Keri Fersner sits down with Office of Personalized Learning coaches Heather Bross and Dr. Sarah Catto to discuss strategies for coaching and spreading the work of personalized learning in SC schools and districts. Three key themes emerge from this interactive convo: building the vision, attending to culture, and cultivating trust are all important pieces of making the shift to student centered learning!

Subscribe, share, & stay connected with us at the SCDE Office of Personalized Learning! https://linktr.ee/scpersonalize

#PersonalizeSC

Mar 01 2020

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Ep. 5 - Is This What's Best For Kids?: A Chat with Red Bank Elementary

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In this episode, host Keri Fersner talks with Lauren Vann and Jamee Childs of Red Bank Elementary to get the scoop on the school's journey towards personalized learning and competency based education.

Stay Connected with us at the Office of Personalized Learning! https://linktr.ee/scpersonalize

#PersonalizeSC

Feb 03 2020

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Ep. 4 - What’s the Best That Can Happen?: New Year, Good Teaching, & Subtle Shifts

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When it comes to personalized learning, one of the number one questions we're asked by educators is "how do I get started?" If you’re in need of some practical, user friendly tips on how to shift current teacher best practices to a more personalized approach, you’ve come to the right place! In this episode, host Keri Fersner chats with Office of Personalized Learning Coaches Kristen Logan and Nadine Groh and get their take on how to make subtle, intentional shifts towards personalized learning for students. Hey, what's the best that can happen?

Stay Connected with us at the Office of Personalized Learning! https://linktr.ee/scpersonalize

#PersonalizeSC

Jan 01 2020

28mins

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Ep. 3 - Stories From the Field: Saluda Trail Middle School's Personalized Learning Journey

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In this episode, featuring educators from Saluda Trail Middle School in Rock Hill, SC, hear more about how their unique start and continuing journey towards personalizing learning for their students!

Stay Connected with us at the Office of Personalized Learning! https://linktr.ee/scpersonalize

#PersonalizeSC

Dec 01 2019

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Ep. 2 - Leveraging The Stories: Personalized Learning from Multiple Perspectives

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What do a teacher, an instructional coach, and a college professor have in common? A strong passion for personalizing learning! In this episode, we'll hear from Brittany Terry, a teacher from Clover, SC, Kelly Stello, an instructional coach from Berkley County, SC, and Lindsay Yerta, an education professor from Winthrop University regarding their take on personalized learning.

Stay Connected with us at the Office of Personalized Learning! https://linktr.ee/scpersonalize

#PersonalizeSC

Nov 01 2019

21mins

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Ep. 1 - Think Big, Start Small, Scale Fast: Personalized Learning in South Carolina

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In our first episode, host Keri Fersner sits down with special guests Stephanie DiStasio and Lauren McCauley of the SC Department of Education Office of Personalized Learning as they dive into how Personalized Learning is defined in South Carolina.

Stay Connected with us at the Office of Personalized Learning! https://linktr.ee/scpersonalize

#PersonalizeSC

Nov 01 2019

17mins

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Makin’ it Personal: A #PersonalizeSC Podcast is coming soon this Fall! Get a sneak peak into what our podcast has in store! #PersonalizeSC

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Phenomenal podcast!

By Frdffc - Jan 03 2020
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I highly recommend my educators, parents, and practitioners alike to dive into this informative podcast. Keri is an exceptional and professional educator turned learning coach. She is always looking for innovative ways to transform education as it pertains to mainstream society. As former teacher of the year, I would expect nothing less! I look forward to the consistent content and guest speakers. Thank you ! Deshaun Squires MSOT