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Several CCHS students participate in Cadet Program

Several Colleton County High School students participated in the school’s Teacher Cadet Program last week, as well as dressing appropriately for the school’s Spirit Week.

English Instructor Lydia Culler, who is also Teacher Cadet Coordinator for CCHS, said the program is about walking in other people’s shoes in order to learn about the importance of providing accommodations for the mentally and physically disabled. Students participating in this program said students planning on going into the field of education spent the week of September 3-7 on students who require special education. Last week was spent pretending to actually being disabled and having to deal with daily life in school and other situations. Linda added that, this week, the cadets are learning about barriers in the lives of those physically and mentally challenged.

On Monday, participating students were lead around by other cadets while blindfolded and pushed around in wheelchairs, quickly learning how easy it is to depend on others to help them get around and to learn how difficult it must be for disabled people to become completely self sufficient.

The Teacher Cadet Program is operated by the Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, & Advancement (CERRA). CERRA’s goal is to provide cooperative leadership in the recruitment, retention, and advancement of distinguished educators for all children in South Carolina.

CERRA is the most venerable and most established teacher recruitment program in the United States. The Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, & Advancement, established by the Commission on Higher Education in 1985 and funded by the South Carolina General Assembly, entered its 25th year of operation in 2010-2011. After the passage of the state’s landmark Education Improvement Act, CERRA was founded out of a concern for the condition of South Carolina’s teacher supply pool and a need for a mainstream teacher recruitment effort.

CERRA’s agenda is a complete one in which the Center pursues a variety of programs for increasing the number of students in the education system and recruiting and retaining qualified, caring, and competent teachers. The Center’s principal target groups are middle and high school students, college students, and adults interested in changing careers.

CERRA also targets groups of accomplished teachers through programs including teacher leadership, mentoring, and National Board Certification. The network of educators in our programs overlaps in powerful ways to increase the level of collaboration for recruitment, retention, and advancement of South Carolina educators.

CERRA is staffed by an executive director, three program directors, a business manager, a coordinator of communications and technology, a coordinator of research and program development, the S.C. Teacher of the Year, four program specialists, and four program facilitators. CERRA has developed into a national model for teacher recruitment and its Teacher Cadet Program has been adopted by 34 states (and counting) in the United States. In the summer of 2010, the Center began started receiving inquiries from as far away as Bangladesh.

For Spirit Week, students dressed in shirts with collegiate logos for College Day. Tuesday was Nerd Day and, again, students dressed appropriately. On Wednesday, students dressed down for Tacky Day. Students dressed in what their grandparents may have worn for 70’s Day. And, on Friday, students dressed in school colors for Spirit Day.