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South Carolina Department of Education

This partnership will include members of the South Carolina Department of Education who oversee strategic initiatives and policies for educators, students, and families across the state. The primary contact will be the Chief Strategy Officer for the Department. The South Carolina Department of Educationís strategic plan has set a goal of conducting research so that the state can identify and disseminate effective policies and work to improve policies that have not been effective. To meet this goal, the Department seeks to increase the capacity of its staff to conduct and apply rigorous research. The partnership will initially focus its efforts on implementation of the South Carolina Teacher Leadership Pilot, the South Carolina Read to Succeed Act, and materials previously developed by the REL Southeast on developing a successful professional development program evaluation.

  • Jennifer Morrison
    Chief Strategy Officer
    South Carolina Department of Education


Kevin SmithKevin Smith

Kevin Smith is currently the manager of the South Carolina Department of Education partnership at the REL Southeast at Florida State University. He also is the Task Lead for training, coaching, and technical support activities for the REL Southeast. He is formerly the deputy and acting director of the Just Read, Florida! office at the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) where he provided extensive technical support to schools and districts across the state. Prior to joining the FDOE, Mr. Smith was a middle and high school literacy coach and teacher of English, journalism, technology, and reading intervention.