Conference Program

Join us for South Carolina Science Council's premiere professional development event. The South Carolina Science Council (SC)2 Conference can only occur because of the talented professionals that choose to present their work at our conference! Please check back soon to preview our preliminary conference program. 

This conference is designed for science teachers, by science teachers, to enhance science education. The conference will highlight sessions within the following strands: Disciplinary Literacy, SEPs & STEM/STEAM, Resources & Opportunities, Assessment that Informs Instruction, Project and Problem Based Learning. 

General Sessions

General sessions are typically 45 minutes or 90 minutes in length. Please view our CONFERENCE PROGRAM for session titles, times and descriptions. 

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Debbie Silver - Thursday, November 9th. 9:00 am - 10:00 am


With 30 years spent as a teacher, staff development instructor, and university professor, Debbie Silver doesn't just know her way around the classroom – she is familiar with the challenges educators face at every level, from kindergarten to college. The former Louisiana Teacher of the Year has given presentations around the world (including 49 states, Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia), helping audiences to interact with students on a deeper level.

Debbie's best-selling book, Drumming to the Beat of Different Marchers: Finding the Rhythm for Differentiated Learning, has been recognized for its insights into research-based models, teaching strategies, management tips, and inspirational "from-the-heart" lessons for addressing individual differences. It is her humor, her practicality, and her ability to connect with students, teachers, parents, and administrators, however, that has made her a popular choice for keynotes, workshops, and breakout sessions. Her newest release, Fall Down 7 Times, Get Up 8: Teaching Kids to Succeed, is being heralded by parents, teachers, and administrators as a “fresh approach to getting kids to work smarter and better.” In it she explains motivational theory and provides down-to-earth examples of concrete, applicable guidelines for helping students overcome setbacks and failure to foster lifelong success.

Her mission is to remind teachers of how important they are in the lives of children, highlighting both learning theory as well as tools for communication. She makes important points while sharing poignant stories and lots of laughs. She firmly believes that teachers need to be having fun and staying in touch with their passion, to make their biggest impact in the classroom.

When she's not working as an educational speaker and writer, Debbie enjoys spending time in Texas with her husband, Dr. Lawrence Silver, and with their five sons and their families in five different states. Debbie is one of the most popular keynoters and in-service presenters in the United States. Audiences everywhere respond to Debbie's use of humor and sensitivity to remind them of how important teachers are in the lives of children. Through research-based theory, touching stories, and hilarious characterizations she connects with the souls of all who are involved in education.

Dr. Zipporah Miller - Friday, November 10th. 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Zipporah Miller is a Co-Author for the Pearson K-8 Interactive Science Program. She also serves as the Senior Manager for Organizational Learning with the Anne Arundel County Public School System.  In that role, Dr. Miller is responsible for designing, implementing and evaluating professional learning opportunities for teachers and developing teacher leaders for the entire school system. Zipporah also served as the K-12 Coordinator for science in Anne Arundel County. In that role, she served as the team leader of the science team to oversee the K-12 science program. Dr. Miller presided over the systemic, program-specific, and school-based professional development programs for the entire aspects of the science program; including training design, delivery, and evaluation. In addition, she was responsible for developing the K-12 science curriculum and identifying instructional resources for teachers.  Dr. Miller was instrumental in developing a cadre of science instructional leaders who are well versed in the Next Generation Standards (NGSS) and assist in the transition to implement the NGSS in the county. Zipporah also continues to provide training to teachers, administrators, higher education staff and informal science stakeholders on the Next Generation Science Standards, nationally.

Prior to her appointment, Dr. Miller served as the associate executive director for professional development programs and conferences at the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). In this position, she led the Association’s efforts in providing professional development and e-learning opportunities to teachers of science nationwide. She was responsible for overseeing NSTA’s regional and national conferences, which draw more than 21,000 teachers annually; the NSTA Learning Center, an online portal where thousands of teachers pursue quality professional development resources and specific science content; the NSTA New Science Teacher Academy for middle and high school level teachers; Professional Development Institutes such as the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy that provides quality professional development experiences for elementary teachers; and Urban and International Initiatives.   As the lead staff member for professional development, Dr. Miller served as a reviewer during the development of Next Generation Science Standards.  She also developed and delivered professional development to stakeholders in the science community on understanding the Framework for K-12 Science Education; A closer look at the scientific and engineering practices; NGSS and the Common Core State Standards; and Implementing NGSS in your District.  She also facilitated the development of online professional development modules on understanding the NGSS.

Dr. Miller has also served as the K-12 science supervisor and STEM coordinator for the Prince George’s County (MD) Public School System; and under her leadership, she accelerated the science office performance goals that led to a significant increases in student performance on the biology state assessments of almost 30 points in three years. Also with the Prince Georges County Public Schools, Dr. Miller was the Program Administrator for the Howard B. Owens Science Center in Lanham, Maryland, Assistant Principal at Central High School, Science, Mathematics and technology Coordinator at a Middle School and a High School Biology, Chemistry, Anatomy and Physiology and Medical Terminology Teacher. At the higher Education level, Dr. Miller has served as an Adjunct Professor for Towson University.

Dr. Miller earned her doctoral degree at the University of Maryland College Park, in May 2017. She also holds a master’s degree in school administration and supervision from Bowie State University, and a bachelor’s degree from Chadron State College.

Dr. Miller resides in Bowie, Maryland with her husband Peter and her two sons, David, a student at Morehouse College and Daniel.

First Time Attendees' Breakfast

First time at an (SC)2 Conference?   Great!
Join us for a special time designeated just for you, that will include breakfast, fun and door prizes.
WHEN: Thursday Morning 7:15am
WHERE: Lexington A
We'll help make sure you get the most out of your first conference. We are so glad you are here and want you to have the best experience possible.
Reserve  your free ticket with your registration.


Presidents' Reception

President's Reception
Sponsored by Pearson
Join President John Hutchens and the South Carolina Science Council Board Members to honor our Past President's.
WHEN: Thursday Evening 5:30pm-7:30pm
WHERE: Lower Level near Lexington and Richland Rooms
The outdoor venue will be open for socialization. Hors d'oeuvres, beer and wine will be served. Reserve your free entrance and drink tickets with your registration.


(SC)2 Business Meeting

(SC)2 Business Meeting
WHEN: Friday Morning 10:00am-10:45am
WHERE: Ballroom A
Please join us for the (SC)2 Business Meeting and Awards Ceremony. This is the only annual statewide business meeting held for all members of the South Carolina Science Council. Organizational business will be conducted including conference report and appointment of new board positions. In addition recipients of the Palmer, Catalyst and Reach for the Stars Awards will be announced. Make-A-Wish awards will also be announced at the business meeting and you must be present to win!

Ticketed Workshops

Tickets are required to attend all ticketed workshops. You are encouraged to purchase/reserve tickets with preregistration, but some may be available onsite at the Ticket Sales Desk. Please see the preliminary program above for complete workshop descriptions and list of presenters. 


Field Trips

Space is reserved on a first-come, first served basis. Tickets are required to attend all field trips. You are encouraged to purchase/reserve tickets with preregistration, but some may be available onsite at the Ticket Sales Desk. All field trips will depart/return at the convention center loading area if you use the shuttle service, or you can drive your personal vehicle. Most are within 5 miles of the convention center. Please see the preliminary program for complete field trip descriptions.