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      Lowcountry teachers head back to school

      By Tessa Spencertspencer@abcnews4.com

      CHARLESTON, S. C. (WCIV) -- A three-day symposium that will hone{}the teaching skills of more than 600 Charleston County teachers is currently underway.

      The second annual Charleston Educator Symposium is being held at North Charleston's School of the Arts{}today through Thursday.

      "Our educators, teachers, principals and assistant principals have to be on the cutting edge of effective practice," said school superintendent Dr. Nancy McGinley. The symposium is part of the district's Vision 2016.

      "That's what this is about. Taking practices that are working in other places and adopting them and adapting them to our classrooms here in Charleston," McGinley said.

      Teachers were selected based on school size and their school's absolute and improvement ratings. They will attend 70 sessions that will cover improving teaching strategies,leadership and wellness.

      Those who are not able to attend will not miss out on the valuable information.{}Turn-around training sessions will be held to teach other faculty members.

      This year's keynote speaker is acclaimed teacher Erin Gruwell who inspired the movie "Freedom Writers."

      The cost to put an event of this size together was made possible by revenue generated from a recent teacher gala. Money from the general operating fund was not used.

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