Upstate Education Spectrum

Forums for Upstate K-12, higher education, and business and economic development leaders to explore and identify opportunities for connectivity and collaboration

Since 2018, Ten at the Top, in partnership with Public Education Partners, has been regularly convening representatives from K-12, post-secondary education, and the business community to explore and identify opportunities for connectivity and collaboration.

That group, now called the Upstate Education Spectrum, identified the South Carolina teacher shortage as an issue to tackle as a unified, regional group.

Three committees were formed around the areas of (1) Understanding the Challenge, (2) Elevating the Profession, and (3) Teacher Recruitment and Retention.

On May 7, 2019, the three committees provided an update and recommendations for advancing elements of the K-12 Teacher Shortage issue. The committees will continue meeting during the summer and fall of 2019 and will have another full Education Spectrum Meeting in October/November.

Check out the Education Spectrum Timeline

Below are the meeting notes and materials from the three large public Education Spectrum Meetings that have been held since 2018:

February 2018 meeting: 

February 2018 Education Spectrum Forum Agenda

Summary of the 2018 Education Spectrum Forum

September 2018 meeting: 

September 2018 Education Spectrum Forum Agenda

September 2018 Education Spectrum Forum Presentation: Jane Turner

May 2019 meeting:

May 7 Education Spectrum Forum Agenda

May 2019 Education Spectrum Forum Presentation

Committee Breakouts


If you would like to be involved in any of the committees, please contact Kaylee Harrison at or call 864-283-0346.

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