Entries by Derek Lewis

Teachers: Our community’s greatest assets

Want to understand what is happening in our schools? Ask a teacher. Education policy hits home in our household. In addition to my wife, Hedrick Patrick Lewis, my mother and her mother, my sister-in-law, and her aunt are current or former teachers. Talk with them or their friends about what is going on in the classroom: […]

Collaboration yields $7 million investment in Middle Grades

Earlier this week, the United Way of Greenville County, Greenville School District, and the Riley Institute announced that Greenville students will be the beneficiaries of a $7 million collaborative partnership aimed at Middle Schoolers in an effort to reduce our dropout rate.   School Board Trustee Glenda Morrison Fair explained the need: Middle School is […]

Bus Noise: Communication shapes policy

Bus Noise: Earlier this Spring, our elected officials engaged in the annual tradition of budget vetoes and overrides. Some upstate policy decisions attracted statewide attention (like the Reauthorization and Reform of First Steps, and state funds to support the Children’s Museum of the Upstate). Hidden deeper within the veto efforts was another issue involving the […]

Preventing the “Summer Slide”

Parents Cannot Do it Alone: Preventing the Summer Slide   This past weekend, our family attended the Greenville Drive baseball game as a part of the Summer Reading All-Stars event. This program, a partnership between the Greenville Library System, Michelin, and the Greenville Drive, rewards students who reach summer-long reading goals.   With William, perched […]