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PSTA Weekly News

Kathy Maness Named President of the National League of Cities

Congratulations to PSTA Executive Director Kathy Maness for being named the President of the National League of Cities! Maness is the first president from South Carolina.

Click here to view the press release from the NLC.

Monthly Membership Draft Notification

We were notified on November 30th at 4:00 pm that our new database system is not compatible with our drafts on the 15th of each month. Going forward all of our monthly membership drafts will come out on the 1st of each month. If this is not convenient with you, we can move you to an offline system that will continue to draft you on the 15th of each month. With the offline system, you will not receive the payment notifications via email nor be able to update your payment information online. Please call our office at 803-256-2065 if moving your draft to the 1st of the month will not work for you. Thank you for all you do for our students in South Carolina. Remember, we are here for you so you can be there for your students!

PSTA Member-Child Scholarship Drawing 2020

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Professional Learning Opportunity

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Congratulations to Our Social Media Giveaway Winners!

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Congratulations Katie Leatherman and Susan Smith!

Stay tuned for our next Facebook and Instagram giveaways!

TOP Webinar

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Registration Link:

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Calling All STAR Teachers!

The Strategies for Teacher Advancement and Renewal (STAR) Program is entering its 26th year of rewarding and renewing veteran teachers across South Carolina. Over 550 teachers have experienced this amazing professional development during a weeklong seminar held twice a year at St. Christopher Conference Center on beautiful Seabrook Island. Through grants and contributions from businesses, the Foundation for Professional Development in partnership with PSTA pays all expenses for the teachers including accommodations, travel, and substitute pay. Founded in 1994 by Dr. Elizabeth Gressette, the STAR program is the only one of its kind in South Carolina and is modeled after North Carolina's NCAT (Center for the Advancement of Teaching) which has been operating for over 30 years.

The overall goals of the STAR Seminar are to:

  1. Retain quality teachers in South Carolina’s classrooms;

  2. Enhance teachers’ commitment to the profession thereby improving the educational opportunities for their students;

  3. Reward outstanding veteran teachers who have taken the initiative to grow professionally and recognize them for exceptional performance;

  4. Provide teachers with the opportunity to network and make connections with other outstanding educators from across our state;

  5. Renew the teacher’s enthusiasm, leading to improved student performance and improved relationships with colleagues, parents and students.

The ultimate beneficiaries are the students whose lives these teachers touch! Do you know a STAR Teacher who deserves to be recognized? Applications are available on our website or by emailing . Teachers who have taught for at least 5 years in South Carolina’s public schools and have direct contact with students are eligible to apply.

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2020 NCSS Conference

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Click here to register.

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 $10 (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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