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College of Education

September 2022

Messages From ODEI Staff



Welcome back.  A reminder that the deadline for ODEI’s Justice, Equity, and Transformation (JET) grants ($10,000 each) is September 30, 2022. Let me know if you have any questions. 


What’s Going On.

  1. Hispanic Heritage Month--September 15-October
    This video discusses the origins of Hispanic History Month.
  2. Enjoy this I am from poem [video].
  3. Enjoy this article from one of the COE’s graduates (Dr. Tim Monreal)


A few other holidays

  •  September 15 – International Day of Democracy
  •  September 16 – Mexican Independence Day
  •  September 21 – International Day of Peace
  •  September 23 – National Native American Day
  •  September 25 – Rosh Hashanah begins (Jewish)
  •  September 26 – European Day of Languages
  •  September 26 – Navrati begins (Hindu)
  •  September 27 — World Tourism Day


Free Books

Please let us know if you (faculty, staff, students) would like any of the books below.  We have copies in our office.  Thanks.

  • Alexander, M. (2010). The New Jim Crow. (2nd. Ed.) The New Press.
  • Baines, J., Tisdale, C., and Long, S. (2018). We’ve been doing it your way long enough: Choosing the Culturally Relevant Classroom.  (1st. Ed.) Teachers College Press.
  • Black, D. (2020). School House Burning: Public Education and the Assault on American Democracy. (1st. Ed.) Public Affairs.
  • Caslen, R. (2020). The Character Edge: Leading and Winning with Integrity. (1st. Ed.) St. Martin’s Press.
  • DiAngelo, R. (2018). White Fragility: Why it’s so Hard for White People to talk about Racism. (1st. Ed.) Beacon Press.
  • Ladson-Billings, G. (2009). The DreamKeepers. (2nd. Ed.) Jossey-Bass.
  • Love, B. (2012). Hip Hop’s Lil Sistas Speak: Negotiating Hip Hop Identities and Politics in the New South. (1st. Ed.) Peter Lang.
  • Reynolds, J., & Kendi, I. X. (2020). Stamped: Racism, antiracism, and you: A remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped From the Beginning. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.
  • Seidel, S. (2011). Hip Hop Genius: Remixing High School Education. (1st. Ed.) R & L Education.
  • Thomas, A. (2020). On the Come Up. (1st. Ed.) Balzer & Bray.
  • Twenge, J.M. (2017). IGen.  (1st. Ed.) Simon & Schuster, Inc.
  • Wilkerson, I. (2020). Caste. (1st. Ed. ) Random House.
  • Williams, D. (2013). Strategic Diversity LeadershipActivating Change and Transformation in Higher Education. (1st. Ed.) Stylus.
  • Yuck, E., and Yang, W. (2018). Toward What Justice?: Describing Diverse Dreams of Justice in Education. (1st. Ed.) Routledge.

Stay well.

Best wishes for Fall semester! We look forward to exciting newsletter submissions detailing student and research work. 
Please continue to send future submissions to my email by the third Friday of each month.

The ACI welcomed its third cohort to campus this week with our kickoff community meeting. We have 9 scholars from across the state who are excited about pursuing a career in education.


Language and Literacy doctoral students present case studies at 2022 NCTE homecoming conference

Five Language and Literacy doctoral students presented their case studies from Yang Wang's doctoral seminar of Windows into Reading Process at the National Council of Teachers of English homecoming conference in July. The presenting students were Katherine Agudelo (Eliana), Shuang Du, Celina-Maria Espinosa, Jingru Wang, and Salondra Wigfall.

The session title was: Honoring the Children’s Cultures and Languages: Supporting the Literacy Efforts of Multilingual Children through Retrospective Miscue Analysis.

This panel showcased multiple case studies of Retrospective Miscue Analysis (RMA) as a culturally relevant assessment and instructional tool with readers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. The RMA practice respects African American, Latinx, and Asian American children’s cultures and languages and supports their literacy needs under a lens of equity and social justice.  Katherine Agudelo, Jingru Wang, and Salondra Wigfall received the scholarship for the 2022 Literacies for All Summer Institute.


University of South Carolina Now Offers Kosher and Halal Food Options

Students and employees who observe kosher and halal laws now have an option on campus. These on-the-go meals are available in the Gamecock General convenience store in the Russell Dining Hall.

Rabbi Sruli Epstein and his wife, Shlomit, directors of Chabad of USC, said that they were contacted by Jewish students and parents who were “eager” to get kosher food on campus.

“Hundreds of Jewish students come to USC and find a welcoming, positive Jewish community experience here,” Epstein said. “But kosher meal options take our campus to another level of accommodation for Jewish students.” He further stated, “Organizations such as ours and Hillel are constantly looking for ways to increase the viability of Jewish students attending USC and we are thrilled that this has occurred.”

Meir Muller from the College of Education commented, “We are thankful to Clete Myers, Chef Kyle, and their team at the Carolina Food Co. Their service to segments of the Jewish and Moslem communities optimizes the Carolina Creed’s call to demonstrate concern for all our community.”

The meals are in a refrigerator marked kosher. They include wraps, salads, chicken entrees and are restocked weekly. 


Holiday Announcement - Rosh Hashanah

The Jewish New Year is the night of September 25 through the night of September 27th.

Rosh Hashanah is commonly known as the Jewish New Year and is one of the holiest days on the Jewish calendar. The Jewish New Year is a time of introspection, looking back at the past year and working on ways to be an even better person in the coming year. Traditionally celebrated with sweet or round foods such as apples and honey, and the blowing of the shofar, a hollowed-out ram’s horn during services. A customary greeting is "shanah tovah," which means "happy new year." Students who follow the traditions of the holiday should be excused from class without penalty. 

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