New school for gifted students to present curriculum
By STACEY LINDBERGH
Chairman, Palmetto Scholars Academy Planning Committee
Special to CharlestonCurrents.com
18, 2010 -- Palmetto
Scholars Academy, a new opportunity for South Carolina's 70,000
gifted children, will present an overview of its curriculum this
week in a meeting designed for prospective parents. The school,
which will open its doors in August, is the state's first charter
school for gifted middle and high school students.
Shelagh A. Gallagher, PSA's curriculum consultant and a nationally
recognized expert on the needs of gifted adolescents, will be in
Charleston this Thursday, Jan. 21, to provide an overview of PSA's
curriculum. The public is invited to the program, which will be
held at 6 p.m. at the Providence Baptist Church on Daniel Island.
in August 2010, PSA will be one of the few gifted and talented student
charter schools in the nation. PSA will be located in North Charleston
at the Navy Yard at Noisette and will be the Lowcountry's first
regional public school. Grades six through eight will be offered
the first year, and a higher grade will be added each year until
the school encompasses a middle school and a high school with 504
Palmetto Scholars Academy's focus on developing the potential of
South Carolina's academically gifted students comes at a critical
crossroads for the state and nation's educational strategic path.
A recent National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) report
concluded that academically advanced children are languishing. Not
only are they largely ignored in the No Child Left Behind Act of
2001, federal spending for gifted students is $7.5 million for the
estimated 3 million gifted children in the United States - only
2 cents for every $100 of federal education funding.
Shelagh A. Gallagher, the curriculum consultant for Palmetto
Scholars Academy, will unveil the curriculum for the new
school during a program at 6 p.m. Jan. 21 at Providence
Baptist Church on Daniel Island. The meeting is open to
the public. For more information or to submit a question,
this Web site. You can also see a YouTube video of Dr.
Gallagher at the site. Jan. 30 is the deadline to submit
an application for admission to the school. More information
is available at the Web site.
to Dr. Gallagher, the PSA curriculum should "move faster through
standard content in order to create time to explore information
in greater depth and complexity, with an emphasis on conceptual
reasoning and connecting intellectual knowledge with experiences
that bring abstract ideas to life."
people think that gifted kids just learn faster than others,"
says Dr. Gallagher. "In truth, gifted students are qualitatively
different learners. They approach information differently, ask different
kinds of questions, and have different learning styles. So an effective
curriculum for gifted students starts with a deep foundation in
content. The content is used as a springboard to develop higher
order thinking, interdisciplinary connections and personal insight."
will also place a premium on helping students make connections with
adults who are engaged in research and innovation. "It's not
enough to train gifted kids to be bookworms," Dr. Gallagher
insists. "If they are to fulfill their promise to themselves
and to society, they need a blend of intellectual challenge and
authentic experience in the world where new ideas come to life.
been involved in the early years of several prominent programs for
gifted adolescents, so I'm familiar with both the excitement and
the anxiety that many parents (of prospective students) are experiencing.
In many ways it's like waiting for a baby to be born. Everyone wonders,
what color will its eyes be? How much will it weigh? Will it have
all its fingers and toes? The pediatrician can't answer all these
questions, but he or she can reassure the parents that the baby's
heart is beating and is developing on schedule. Details become clearer
the closer you get to delivery.
Thursday will be like one of the early meetings between parents
and obstetrician. I'll certainly have some concrete details about
the program for parents, probably not as many as they'd like, but
then, from my perspective, this is the beginning of an ongoing dialogue,"
Dr. Gallagher says. "I'm really looking forward to meeting
the parents who are interested taking advantage of the unique opportunity
that PSA will provide."
its mission, PSA students will engage with leading innovative organizations
in higher education, business, the arts, and science. This early
hands-on learning will give PSA students a head start on their career
development. PSA's future plans include serving the needs of gifted
and talented students across the state through Summer Institutes
at the school, through opportunities for undergraduate and graduate
university students to learn how to teach gifted and talented students,
and through research on gifted and talented education.
James Gallagher a pioneer in gifted education - and Shelagh Gallagher's
father - has stated, "Failure to help gifted children reach
their potential is a societal tragedy, the extent of which is difficult
to measure but is surely great. How can we measure the loss of the
sonata unwritten, the curative drug undiscovered, the absence of
political insight? They are the difference between what we are and
what we could be as a society."
Scholars Academy is being founded by South Carolinians committed
to providing gifted children in our community the opportunity to
reach their potential and, in the process, to realize a better future
for our state and nation. For more information or to join an e-mail
list, go to http://www.palmettoscholarsacademy.org.
painting nudged nation
ANDY BRACK, publisher
18, 2010 - With the eyes of the nation this week on civil rights,
let's turn our focus to a painting that astonished America when
it came out 46 years ago.
1964, artist Norman Rockwell, the well-known illustrator of iconic
images of the American dream, unveiled the first of his civil rights
paintings, "The Problem We All Live With." It's very likely
you have seen this painting that debuted in a two-page spread in
Look magazine. It's very different from most of Rockwell's work.
painting shows a full-length profile of a young black girl in a
white dress and tennis shoes on a sidewalk. She's sandwiched between
two pairs of federal marshals. You can't see the full bodies of
the marshals - just from their shoulders to their shoes. Scrawled
on a wall that serves as the painting's background is the nasty
word, "Nigger." Scratched at another place is "K.K.K."
The only vivid color in the piece, marked mostly by its muted grays,
tans and yellows, is the carcass of a red tomato. It lay on the
ground, splattered just below where it hit the wall.
the Norman Rockwell
Museum look at "The Problem."
Photo by Jeremy Clowe. ©Norman Rockwell Museum. All rights
Problem" is a simple, but remarkable work. North Carolina artist
Kenneth W. Laird, who did his master's degree thesis on this and
other paintings, calls Rockwell's piece "arguably the single
most important image ever done of an African American in illustration
more of Laird's thoughts.)
of the reason is Rockwell, himself. Viewed during his career as
a "conservative artist" whose work represented an ideal
America, Rockwell left the Saturday Evening Post in 1963 after 47
years of illustrating kids at soda shops, dogs, patriotic themes,
family life and other All-American subjects.
1960 story of how six-year-old Ruby Bridges became the first black
girl in New Orleans to attend a white school inspired Rockwell,
an early member of the NAACP.
"retirement," he started working on subjects that represented
greater diversity of American life. Laurie Norton Moffatt, director
and CEO of the Norman Rockwell Museum, described the artist's move
to more realistic subjects in a Sunday story in the South Florida
was very socially concerned, but he wasn't able to paint that in
the Post because of editorial policies. I think it was very liberating
for him as well to be able to paint on a wider spectrum of subjects,
and was particularly able to create a bridge for people to see the
unfairness, the anger, the meanness and the injustices that were
happening to our children all over the United States."
Tinkelman, an award-winning illustrator who is a professor emeritus
at Syracuse University, highlighted the impact of "The Problem"
to Laird. For the John F. Kennedy's American public, not yet pummeled
into submission by media from television, cell phones and the Internet,
Rockwell was an artist "embraced by the most conservative elements
in our country [who] would make these people stop and think that
maybe there is a problem. And the problem is racism. Purely and
Andy Williams, a Rockwell fan, noted in a book about Rockwell's
America, that the artist didn't always paint about the happy moments
in American life: "He wasn't afraid to show us what was happening
in America - the good and the bad. His painting 'The Problem We
All Live With' makes us feel the shame of segregation in America.
It shows a young black girl being escorted by guards to an integrated
school in the South, when racial segregation was the norm. I think
it's a great painting and exemplifies the greatness of Norman Rockwell."
framed print of this Rockwell painting has been on my office wall
for several years. It's worth looking at every day to remind us
how far we've come
and how far we still have to go.
Brack is publisher of Charleston Currents. He can be reached at:
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seeks stories of inspiring businesswomen
an inspiring woman in the business world -- someone who has a creative
or innovative survival story with obstacles (small or large) overcome?
If so, the Women in Business Conference wants to hear about her.
The five most inspiring stories will be presented at the fifth annual
conference, scheduled for Feb. 12 at the Charleston Marriott.
winner of the contest will receive free registration for the conference,
a gift basket and a chance to present her story at the conference.
The top five stories will be printed in the event program. To nominate
this survey site. Nominations should be 300 words or less and
are due by Jan. 29. The winner must be able to attend the conference.
Center for Women and the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce sponsor
the Women in Business Conference, which is designed to help participants
advance professionally by providing networking opportunities and
breakout sessions on timely business topics. Linda Tarr-Whelan,
a nationally known speaker on women's leadership, will be the keynote
speaker. Breakout session topics include "How to Play Well
with Others" (a look at cause marketing); "Winning with
People" (tips on handling difficult people); and "Don't
Be a Twit" (advice on making the most of social and digital
media such as Twitter and Facebook).
conference is set for 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Charleston
Marriott, 170 Lockwood Blvd., and costs $75 for chamber or Center
for Women members or $100 for nonmembers. To learn more or register,
radio show turning up volume on regional music
classical music and music-makers will be in the spotlight in "Carolina
Live," a new weekly radio program co-produced by S.C. ETV/Radio
and WDAV 89.9 FM, the classical public radio station based at Davidson
College in Davidson, N.C., near Charlotte. The two-hour program
will feature the Carolinas' best live classical concert recordings
and will air on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. on public radio stations across
the state, including WSCI 89.3 FM in the Lowcountry.
Live" is the centerpiece of WDAV's push to showcase regional
music and music-makers. "This co-production with SCETV/Radio
is an extension of the partnership we established last year with
our Spoleto Festival USA coverage," says WDAV General Manager
Benjamin K. Roe. "For 'Carolina Live' listeners, the collaboration
brings more diversity to the show's musical offerings, as we will
feature North and South Carolina performances. More important, it
helps us build awareness and new fans for the organizations whose
concerts we broadcast."
its first episodes, Carolina Live will feature live concert recordings
from the 2009 Spoleto Festival, as well as recordings of the American
Chamber Players at Queens University in Charlotte and at Converse
College in Spartanburg; the Greenville (S.C.) Symphony Orchestra;
the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra; and the Winston-Salem Symphony.
to offer art-collecting advice in talk at Gibbes
residents who want to take a more serious approach to collecting
art might want to check out an upcoming talk at the Gibbes Museum.
"How the Art World Works: New Twists on the World's Second
Oldest Profession" will feature author and art consultant Barbara
Guggenheim, a partner in the national art consulting firm Guggenheim,
Asher Associates. She'll speak at the Gibbes, 135 Meeting St., at
6 p.m. Feb. 4, with her talk followed by a reception at 7 p.m.
holds a doctorate in art history, has taught on the university level,
was head lecturer at the Whitney Museum of American Art, and has
worked at both Sotheby's and Christie's. Through her consulting
company, she has advised corporations such as Coca-Cola and Sony
as well as individual collectors, including actor Tom Cruise and
producer Steven Spielberg.
has written three books, including "Decorating on eBay: Fast
& Stylish on a Budget" and the newly released "The
Ultimate Organizer: How to Be Your Own Personal Assistant."
for the talk and reception are $10 for museum members and $20 for
nonmembers. Tickets must be purchased in advance; buy online through
Jan. 29 at http://www.gibbesmuseum.org/events
or call the Gibbes 722-2706, ext. 22.
by Angela Hunt
read "Uncharted," by Angela Hunt, for the second time
recently because I thought it was such a good book. Hunt tells the
story of high school friends who are united over a tragedy. In honor
of a friend, they embark on a journey filled with surprises where
things are not what they seem. There are quite a few main characters
in this novel, so the reader will definitely want to pay attention
as Hunt introduces each person in order to get the most out of the
story. The twists and turns will keep you hooked, and the ending
is well worth the price of the novel. I especially encourage fans
of the TV show "Lost" to give this book a try.
Tina Arnoldi, Mount Pleasant
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orthodontist, lepidopterist, editor and novelist, Ottolengui was
born in Charleston on March 15, 1861, the second of three children
born to Daniel Ottolengui, a newspaperman, and Helen Rosalie Rodriguez,
an author. His grandfather Benjamin Adolph Rodrigues was a pioneer
dentist who played an important part in establishing dentistry in
South Carolina. Ottolengui attended the College of Charleston but
moved to New York City in 1877 to serve an apprenticeship under
Dr. J. Albert Kimball. He obtained a master of dental surgery degree
from the Regents of the State of New York in 1885.
became interested in orthodontics and began writing articles on
"regulating" teeth in 1892. He made substantial contributions
to pulp canal therapy and cleft palate restoration, and was one
of the first dentists to use X rays.
was the author of a dental text, Methods of Filling Teeth; a chapter
on malocclusion in Fones's Textbook for Dental Hygienists; and a
collection of dental writings published under the title Table Talks
on Dentistry. He was a dental editor for almost forty years.
An avid reader of detective stories, Ottolengui was a pioneer in
forensic dentistry and authored at least five mystery novels. Ellery
Queen dubbed Ottolengui "one of the most neglected authors
in the entire history of the detective story." His first mystery,
An Artist in Crime (1893), was also published in England, France,
Poland, and Germany. Ottolengui's next book, A Conflict of Evidence
(1893), was followed by A Modern Wizard (1894), which was brought
to the attention of the Pasteur Institute because of the possibility
advanced in the story that some forms of insanity were traceable
to microorganisms. He also wrote The Crime of the Century (1896)
and Final Proof: Or the Value of Evidence (1898).
was a charter member of the New York Entomological Society. His
interest in the family of noctuid moths, the plusiide (plusias),
led him to become an authority in the United States on this group.
Ottolengui was awarded several honorary doctorates. He was
a widower, his wife, May Hall Ottolengui, having died on July 10,
1936. Ottolengui died of a heart ailment and a stroke after a long
illness in New York City on July 11, 1937.
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McCrady's, The Buccaneer and Queen Anne's Revenge have decided to
extend their recent Charleston Restaurant Week specials in order
to help Red Cross disaster relief efforts in Haiti in the wake of
last week's devastating earthquake. Through Jan. 30, the restaurants
will donate $5 for every Restaurant Week menu sold to Haiti relief
efforts, with the goal of contributing at least $10,000. Here's
what's on the menu.
2 Unity Alley, downtown Charleston - Executive Chef Sean Brock
designed the $35, three-course market menu to showcase local and
regional products. First course is a choice of a salad of heirloom
lettuces or local shrimp with butter beans, escarole and green
tomato pickles. The main course is a choice of rainbow trout or
dry aged beef strip loin. Dessert is a choice of heirloom N.C.
apple and oatmeal cider cake with rum-raisin ice cream, or Johns
Island pecan cake with warm sorghum glaze and egg nog ice cream.
160-B Fairchild St., Daniel Island - For $30, you get your choice
of soup or salad (Charleston she-crab soup, baked onion soup,
a house salad or Caesar salad); choice of entrée (fresh
wreckfish, filet mignon, crab cakes or roast prime rib of beef);
and choice of dessert (crème brulee or cheesecake). Reservations:
- The Buccaneer,
5 Faber St., downtown Charleston - Same price and choices as at
Queen Anne's Revenge. Reservations: 805-5065.
what you have. To someone, it may be better than you dare to think."
Wadsworth Longfellow, American poet (1807-1882)
House Wine Dinner: 6:30 p.m. Jan. 18, Old Village Post
House, Mount Pleasant. Wine dinner featuring wines from Schug Winery,
with special guest Michael Cox, the winemaker at Schug. Menu includes
pork belly, barramundi, grilled lamb chop and garlic sausage, and
vanilla bean cheesecake with Oreo cookie crust. Cost: $58 plus tax
and gratuity. Reservations (required): 388-8935 or here
Creatures" Signing: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 21, Blue
Bicycle Books, 420 King St. Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, authors
of the young-adult novel "Beautiful Creatures," which
is set near Summerville, will sign books. "Beautiful Creatures"
opened at No. 3 on the New York Times best-seller list (Chapter
Books), and Warner Brothers has acquired the screen rights. More
Art of Dueling': 7:30 p.m. (new time) Jan. 21, Charleston
Museum. Museum Curator of History Grahame Long will give a presentation
titled "Two Pistols, Two Seconds: The Art of Dueling in South
Carolina." Discover why it has been argued that Charlestonians
participated in more duels than any other community in the United
States. Free and open to the public. More
info or 722-2996.
for Pets: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 22, Charleston Crab House,
145 Wappoo Creek Drive. Oyster roast to benefit Pet Helpers with
100 percent of proceeds going to the Pet Helpers Adoption Center
and Spay/Neuter Clinic. Cost: $20 adults, $10 kids. More info: 795-1110,
Miracle Worker": Various shows, both matinee and evening,
Jan. 22 through Feb. 7, Footlight Players Theatre, 20 Queen
St., downtown. The Footlight Players open the new year with the
play based on the life of Helen Keller, who was deaf and blind,
and her extraordinary relationship with governess Annie Sullivan.
Tickets: $25 adults; $22 seniors; $15 students; $10 children 10
and under. Call the Footlight Players Box Office at 722-4487 or
John" Premiere: 6:30 p.m. Jan. 24, Terrace Hippodrome,
Aquarium Wharf. Join the stars of the new movie "Dear John,"
which was filmed in Charleston, for a private screening that is
also a benefit for Carolina Autism. Event includes a red-carpet
arrival by some of the movie's stars and an official after-party
at the South Carolina Aquarium. Cost: $250 per person (tax deductible
as allowed by law). Tickets/more
ONGOING AND SOON
Dinner: 6 p.m. Jan. 25, Wescott Country Clubhouse, Wescott
Plantation, 5000 Wescott Club Drive, Summerville. Dr. John Clarkin
of the Tate Center for Enterpreneurship will speak to a dinner meeting
of the American Business Women's Association on the topic "What
We Can Learn from Entrepreneurs." Networking at 6 p.m., meeting
at 6:30 p.m., dinner served during meeting. Open to any interested
businesswomen in the Lowcountry. Cost: $15, payable at the door.
Reservations (required): Make
online or send
Spoleto Auction: 7 p.m. Jan. 29, Memminger Auditorium,
56 Beaufain St., downtown. Thirty anniversary "La Dolce Vita"
auction to benefit the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra. Silent auction
begins at 7 p.m. with an hors d'oeuvres buffet and cocktail bar.
Champagne and gourmet sweets will be offered during the live auction
beginning at 8:30 p.m. Early bidding on some items available online
through Jan. 27. Auction items include artwork, a variety of deluxe
travel packages, locally hand-crafted furniture and more. Tickets:
$100; buy online
or call 720-1114.
Oyster Festival: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 31, Boone Hall
Plantation, Mount Pleasant. Gates open at 10:30 a.m. for the event,
sponsored annually by the Greater Charleston Restaurant Association
to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House, Hollings Cancer Center,
Travel Council and Charleston County Science Materials Resource
Center. Oysters sold by the bucket (three to four dozen) for market
value and served with cocktail sauce and crackers. Other food available
as well, along with beer and soft drinks. Live local music, oyster-shucking
and eating contests, children's area and more. Free parking. Tickets:
$10; available online
Wild Game Dinner: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 10, Halls Chophouse,
434 King St., downtown. One of several new events associated with
the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition. Five-course dinner with wine
pairings. Menu includes local oysters, quail, bison ribeye and more.
Cost: $115/person. Tickets: Buy
online or phone 723-1748.
in Business Conference: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 12, Charleston
Marriott. The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce and the Center
for Women will present the conference, which focuses on integrating
female business professionals into mainstream networks and expanding
their business opportunities by providing access to successful business
leaders in the region. Cost: $75 for chamber or Center for Women
members; $100 for nonmembers. Registration:
Evening with Jack Hanna: 7 p.m. Feb. 12, South Carolina
Aquarium, 100 Aquarium Wharf, downtown. Spend an evening with animal
expert Jack Hanna during his visit to the Lowcountry for the Southeastern
Wildlife Exposition. Guests will be able to meet Hanna, enjoy hors
d'oeuvres and cocktails, and hear stories about his animal adventures
around the world. Cost: $85 per person ($75 for aquarium members,
who can order by calling 723-1748 and giving their member number).
More info: Online
Birds of Prey Brunch: 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 13, Francis
Marion Hotel, corner of King and Calhoun streets, downtown. Jim
Elliott, executive director of the Center for Birds of Prey, will
show off some of his feathered friends in this new event, which
is part of the Southeastern Wildlife Expo. Hearty buffet-style brunch
includes coffee, tea, juice, and bottomless mimosas and Bloody Marys.
$42 per person; tickets may also be purchased at the door. Tickets:
Online or 723-1748.
SEWE Cooking Classes: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 14, Charleston
Cooks, 194 East Bay St., downtown. A new feature of the Southeastern
Wildlife Exposition calendar. The hands-on cooking class will give
participants a chance to prepare fish and wild game, then enjoy
the food prepared in class along with a glass of wine. Cost: $75
per person. Tickets: Online
House & Garden Tours: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. April 9
and April 10, downtown Charleston. The Garden Club of Charleston
offers its 75th annual walking tour of private homes and gardens
in the Historic District. Homes also feature flowers arranged by
garden club members, and refreshments will be served in one of the
gardens. All proceeds benefit the garden club's year-round maintenance
of several public gardens, including those at the Manigault House,
the Heyward-Washington House, the Gateway Walk and the Healing Garden
at MUSC. Tickets: $35. Details: http://www.thegardenclubofcharleston.org
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