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Literacy for Learning, LLC

Literacy for Learning
Professional Development Associate
Columbia, SC
Ethel M. Johnson
Ethel Johnson has twenty-nine years of experience in education as a master teacher, administrator, and professional development provider. She is recently retired from the South Carolina Department of Education where she served as an Education Associate and Team Leader for the Content Knowledge Unit in the Office of Teacher Effectiveness. Her tenure at the Department included planning and designing the Professional Delivery Model for implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts, leading professional development opportunities for District Implementation Teams, K-12 teachers and administrators, higher education faculty members, and serving as an expert panel member and State liaison for State Standards implementation. Ms. Johnson also coordinated the Curriculum Specialist and Principal Leader programs, the Literacy in the Content Areas (LCAT) initiative, Data Review Training Process and the development of the S3 curriculum for K-12 educators. Ms. Johnson has extensive experience in instructional leadership, curriculum development, and design of instructional materials. She holds an EdS in educational administration and a M.Ed. in English from the University of South Carolina. Ms. Johnson currently facilitates a two-year program for school administrators promoting literacy leadership and essential elements to lift the levels of teaching and learning.

Pam Wills Lancaster
For a number of years, in various roles and titles, Pam Lancaster had the opportunity to coordinate literacy and early learning services for the South Carolina Department of Education. Through her role as coordinator for the South Carolina Reading Initiative and state director of the South Carolina Reading First grant, she gained extensive experience in the development and design of large-scale professional learning projects. These initiatives facilitated the training of hundreds of literacy coaches across the state. Before her retirement from the agency, Pam’s responsibilities included a focus on the incorporation of the state standards into all professional learning offerings provided by agency literacy specialists as well as the development of comprehensive literacy plans for schools and districts. Pam received both her undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of South Carolina and also completed numerous post-graduate hours in the area of language and literacy. She spent several years in the classroom before working as a clinical faculty member at the University of South Carolina. Currently, Pam provides on-going support and professional learning opportunities to preschool and elementary teachers in districts and schools across the state.

Caroline L. Savage
Caroline Savage has over thirty years of experience in education as an elementary and middle school teacher, administrator, and consultant. During her tenure at the South Carolina Department of Education, she served as an Education Associate coordinating various initiatives and programs, including the South Carolina Reading Initiative-Middle Grades, Best Practices Seminar Series, Exemplary Writing Practices, and Literacy Leaders Program. Ms. Savage participated in the development and implementation of South Carolina Academic Standards (2008) and development of instructional support materials. She has been actively involved in the implementation of the South Carolina College–and Career–Ready Standards for English Language Arts, providing professional development to teachers and administrators. She holds a M.Ed. in Elementary Education and Administration Education from the University of South Carolina. Currently, Ms. Savage provides on-going support and professional learning opportunities to elementary and middle school teachers in districts and schools across the state.