Thursday's Thoughts

PSTA Weekly News

Help Us Grow!

Please help us continue to grow PSTA by encouraging your colleagues to consider joining the largest professional organization for educators in South Carolina. This year more than ever, teachers need to know that PSTA is working hard to support and advocate for their needs. Thank you for all you do! Remember PSTA is here for you so you can be there for your students.

We are still offering our incentive program. For every new member* you sign up, you will receive a $10 gift card (up to $499 each year). Please feel free to print a membership application here and sign up as many new members as you can!! If you have any questions please contact our office at 803-256-2065 or email us at

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PSTA 2020 Member Video

2020 PSTA Member Video

PSTA Virtual Candidate Town Halls

Over the next two months, PSTA will be hosting virtual town halls with candidates for the General Assembly. These events will be conducted on Zoom every afternoon from 4:00-4:30 PM. Each town hall will involve a single candidate answering questions from PSTA staff and members that participate in the call. Town halls will also be recorded and available for members to review at their convenience.

You can find the full calendar of town halls on our Election Guide website. The calendar includes the Zoom link and passcode for each town hall. Please note that we plan for these town halls to be exclusively for PSTA members to ensure members can interact with the candidates, so please do not share the Zoom information for a town hall with anyone.

Each Thursday, we will highlight the town halls for the coming week. All members are welcome to participate in all town halls, but if you can only join a few town halls, we hope you will select the ones for the candidates from your area of the state. If you have any questions about the town halls, please contact Patrick Kelly at

  • Tuesday, September 8th- Jennifer Gibson, House 99, Berkeley and Charleston Counties, Zoom Link, Passcode- PSTA2020
  • Wednesday, September 9th- Jevarus Howard, House 19, Greenville County, Zoom Link, Passcode- PSTA2020
  • Thursday, September 10th- Ramin Mammadov, Senate 16, Lancaster and York Counties, Zoom Link, Passcode- 421755
  • Friday, September 11th- Judith Polson, Senate 3, Anderson County, Zoom Link, Passcode- 824345

21 Day Race Equity Challenge

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Register by September 15th:

PSTA Race Relations Panel

2020 PSTA Race Relations Panel

DHEC COVID-19 in Schools: Frequently Asked Questions

Click on the image below to visit the DHEC COVID-19 in Schools: Frequently Asked Questions document.

50% Discount for all Books by Kate Salley Palmer

During this difficult time, Kate Salley Palmer and Warbranch Press want to support administrators, teachers, media specialists, parents and students by offering a special 50% discount for all of Kate's books published by Warbranch Press. Anyone wishing to order books should just contact Jim at or call him (864) 650-6180. Descriptions and reviews for each book on our website,

The following picture books are available for puchase for the prices listed:

Francis Marion and the Legend of the Swamp Fox - $7

Palmetto: Symbol of Courage - $5.50

Almost Invisible: Black Patriots of the American Revolution - $6

First South Carolinians - $7.50

Hostie - $5

The Pink House - $5

The Little Chairs - $5


Click on the image below to view the COVID-19 FAQs.

Memorandums and Press Releases

The latest memorandums from the State Department of Education and PSTA press releases can now be found on our website! Click here to view the memos from the SDE and click here to view the press releases.

Important Information Regarding the 2020 Census

- The US Census Bureau announced on July 31st that the self-response and door-knocking operations of the 2020 census will cease on September 30th (instead of the October 31st extension)

- SC is ranking 44th in the nation in self-reporting

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