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PSTA Weekly News

PSTA Virtual Candidate Town Halls

Election Day is only 19 days from today! Next week, PSTA will be releasing lots of information to help you prepare to vote, including emails with information specific to your county of residence. Next week, we continue our legislative town hall series by talking with five more candidates. The schedule for the week ahead is:

  • Monday, October 19th (2:30-3:00)- Christine DeVries, House 123, Beaufort County
  • Monday, October 19th (4:00-4:30)- Chris Smith, Senate 26, Aiken, Calhoun, Lexington, and Saluda Counties
  • Tuesday, October 20th (4:00-4:30)- Tommy Pope, House 47, York County
  • Thursday, October 22nd (4:00-4:30)- Jerry Carter, House 3, Pickens County
  • Friday, October 23rd (4:00-4:30)- James Pearman, House 12, Greenwood and McCormick Counties

If you want to join a town hall conversation live, please use the link for the appropriate date and time on this schedule. If you missed a conversation and would like to see what was discussed, check out this playlist on the PSTA TV YouTube channel.

Membership Survey- 2021 Legislative Agenda

The close of the 2020 session of the General Assembly included plenty of disappointment for supporters of public education in our state. But the session did end with several promises by leadership in the General Assembly to move pro-education policies in the coming year, as well as an offer from legislative leadership to meet with PSTA staff after the election to discuss legislative priorities for 2021. We plan to follow-up on that offer and to be thoroughly prepared for those conversations.

As the largest professional association for educators in South Carolina, PSTA wants to make sure that our 2021 Legislative Agenda reflects what YOU- our members- consider to be the most pressing needs in education policy in our state. To achieve this goal, we need your assistance by completing a brief survey that should take no more than 5 minutes of your time. To access the survey, click here. Please complete the survey by Monday, October 19th.

We know that you have been inundated by surveys this school year, so we don't make this request of your time lightly. However, having data from a survey like this is a powerful tool in conversations with legislators. Collectively, teachers have the power to push our state officials to adopt policies to meet the needs of students and teachers. Thank you in advance for taking a moment to help our association's efforts to provide that collective voice for educators!

PSTA President Nikkina McKnight's Adventures of Teaching During the First Month of a Pandemic

Click here to read PSTA President Nikkina McKnight's article in The Lily.

Columbia College Professional Development

Beginning this month, Columbia College's APEC program will be presenting the Polishing your Performance Series.

Upcoming dates:

  • October 24th: REVIVED! Finding the Passion and Power of Teaching by Dr Akil E. Ross. (Click here for more information)
  • November 9th: Teacher Leadership and Advocacy by Patrick Kelly. (Click here for more information)

Transatlantic Outreach Program Workshop

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Friendly Reminder!

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Teacher Clothes Closet- Midlands Event

We are excited to announce a Teacher Clothes Closet event at our office on Monday, October 26, 2020, from 11:00 AM-6:00 PM. The event will be held in our back parking lot under tents to allow for social distancing. Plastic gloves and hand sanitizer will be available. Masks are required. This event is for any student majoring in education, as well as first-year teachers.

2020 Census Deadline Extended

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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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