Middle Level Education Program Students attend South Carolina Middle School Association Conference

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Ten SC State University middle level education majors recently attended the 37th annual South Carolina Middle School Association conference in Myrtle Beach, S.C. This year’s conference theme entitled, “In the Middle of the Core,” was designed to provide a professional development opportunity to the future educators as they prepare to become effective practitioners in the global marketplace.

Middle School Association Conference

SC State students attended the S.C. Middle School Association Conference. Attendees included (first row, l – r: ) Herman Jamison, Stedman Miley, Thomasina Mack, Qunteelah Lanham, Brenda Jones, Derrick Woods (second row, l – r: ) Dr. Valerie S. Fields, Sha’Quel Hinton, Tremain Owens, Anthony Smalls, and Jonathan Benton
Orangeburg, S.C. native, Jonathan Benton, a transfer student from Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College and now a senior middle level education major at SC State, shared how attending this conference allowed him to gain knowledge about the education standards required to teach.


“This conference really opened my eyes about middle level education and how to handle different situations that educators may be confronted with during our teaching careers,” he said.  “During the conference, we were able to acquaint ourselves with common core standards. SC State students received firsthand experiences which were engaging, meaningful and relevant,” he continued.

Each student served as a facilitator during the conference’s professional development session.

Tremain Owens, a sophomore middle level education major, facilitated the session “How Homework Can be Beneficial and Unbeneficial to a Child in the Classroom.”

“This session showed the attendees the pros and cons of homework. It also showcased how homework can help a child understand the class more and earn better grades on tests or quizzes,” said Owens, a St. Matthews, S.C. native.

“Attending this conference also made me think of the profession as a whole, which confirmed my pursuit in completing my curriculum of study to become a teacher in the field,” he continued.

Dr. Valerie S. Fields, advisor to the middle level education majors, helped to prepare the students as facilitators for the conference sessions to which they were assigned. 

“This was an excellent opportunity for our students to network with other middle level education majors, teachers and potential employers to gain knowledge pertinent to them becoming excellent middle level education practitioners,” she said. 

To learn more about the middle level education program, contact Dr. Valerie S. Fields, coordinator for the middle level education program, at (803) 516-4969 or via email at vfields1@scsu.edu.