NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Administrators in the Charleston County School District are almost ready for the first day of school.
Thursday a back to school meeting was held in North Charleston, with new Superintendent Dr. Gerrita Postlewait setting her vision for the district.
Unity was the message behind Thursday's day-long meeting.
A "We Are Charleston" video showcased teachers, staff, coaches, and more in the Charles County School District, which explained the importance of education.
"We will continue to build a vast region in the country, and a vast school system for all of our children," Mayor Joe Riley said in the video. "Together,
we are Charleston."
From that, a torch was literally handed over to Dr. Gerrita Postlewait who went on to deliver her vision for the school district.
She outlined four major ideas.
One was to make sure student's intelligence continues to grow in different surroundings.
"Intelligence isn't fixed, it's malleable," Dr. Postlewait said. "We can help them become much more capable then they are."
Another point deals with the continuum of learning, which means that teachers have to be able to figure out where each student is on a learning scale.
This leads into the third part, teachers recognizing problems, and being able to respond quickly.
"Teachers are masters of understanding, with fine-grain intuition and knowledge, where kids are getting hung up," Dr. Postlewait said. "They're job is to respond in ways to keep kids moving forward."
Postlewait gave examples of commitment through the use of jokes, and videos.
A scene from the TV show I Love Lucy, in the "Job Switching" episode was shown.
Postlewait said this scene is an example of how students show the hope to succeed, an attempt at learning, and a teacher checking in on the students to see their progress.
The final idea in Postlewait's vision is a nine-week refresher, meant to see what progress has been made for each student, teacher, school, and the district.
From there changes will be made to help keep the kids on the right path.
Dr. Postlewait says this will be a change, but that all falls back to staying committed to unity.
"The point of a commitment is that is requires some sort of change," Postlewait said. "Right? Because if it's comfortable and we're doing it, we don't really think about it or commit to it."
Administrators finished the rest of the day in break-out sessions ranging from emergency management to instruction techniques and curriculum.