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1121 Speers Street, Newberry, SC 29108

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Retain Center of Excellence Receives 2017 Best of Newberry Award

NEWBERRY July 5, 2017 -- Retain Center of Excellence has been selected for the 2017 Best of Newberry Award in the Educational Service category by the Newberry Award Program. Each year, the Newberry Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Newberry area a great place to live, work and play. Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2017 Newberry Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Newberry Award Program and data provided by third parties.

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RETAIN (Retain Teachers through Action, Innovation, and Networking) Center of Excellence for Mentoring and Induction teachers began at Newberry College as a grant from the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education. The primary service is to provide resources in the form of professional development, mentoring, and continuing education to new teachers (first 3 years) in SC in order to retain them in the field of education.

We host statewide events for educators and leaders in education and partner with CERRA, the state department of education, and other higher education institutions across the state. RETAIN provides professional development to both in-service and pre-service teachers. We model the importance of continued professional development within the field through the GROW Symposium, New Teacher Induction Symposium, and Induction Coordinator Leadership Institute.


“Participating in the GROW Symposium allowed me to join with teachers in sharing success, learning from challenges, and inspiring each other to reach new heights in our classrooms.”

Jeremy Rinder ~ Teacher of the Year, 2013 Barnwell Elementary School

"Our District is fortunate to have such a great relationship with Newberry College.  Our partnership with RETAIN is one of the highlights of this relationship.  We have worked together to increase teacher retention in our high needs schools.  We have accomplished this through high quality professional development, innovative strategies and practices, and action research.  In addition, the established RETAIN Mentoring program has proved beneficial for our teachers and ultimately our students."

Pamela Arrington Executive Director of Human Resources ~ School District of Newberry County

“We appreciate the impact that the RETAIN Center has had on our school through the training and support provided to our mentors.  They are doing an outstanding job in providing effective mentorship to our novice teachers through their first few years of practice.  Thank you for your continued support in the area of training and professional development.”

Justin Nutter Principal ~ Sandhills Middle School

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