Upcoming events

11 Mar 2017 8:30 AM • River Bluff High School 320 Corley Mill Road, Lexington SC 29072

South Carolina - Midlands

C.A.R.E. Conference

Compassion And Realistic Expectations

“Showing ALL Teachers How to CARE for English Language Learners”





 Spring 2017 Mini-Conference

March 11, 2017   8:30am - 2:00pm

River Bluff High School

320 Corley Mill Road, Lexington SC 29072

Cost:  $35 per person  -  Register HERE




Vamshi Rudrapati


Breakout session I


Breakout session II


Lunch (provided)


Tammy Besherse

Presentation Proposals - Submit Here

Deadline for Proposals - February 10, 2017

Questions? - Contact Laurie Smith at lrsmith@lexington1.net

Keynote Speakers

Morning Session - VAMSHI RUDRAPATI   

Vamshi Rudrapati (affectionately known as Mr. V) serves as Director of Federal Programs for the South Carolina Public Charter School District. Mr. V has also held other positions within the SCPCSD, including managing curriculum, special education, PowerSchool, instructional technology and other leadership responsibilities. Prior to working at the District, he served as a special education coordinator in the Lee County School District. He is currently serving as a board member of the SC Association of Title I Administrators (SCATA). Mr. V’s relentless quest to improve the quality of education for all students has always motivated his work. He has championed the improvement of educational outcomes for low-income students, students with disabilities, students facing homelessness, and English learners throughout his personal and professional career. Mr. V holds Bachelors of Commerce and a Special Education degree. He also received his MBA while living in India.  (http://www.sccharter.org/who-we-are/meet-our-team/)

Afternoon Session - TAMMY BESHERSE                   

Ms. Besherse graduated from Ohio Northern University College of Law. For her first four years as a lawyer, she was a public defender. While working as a public defender Tammy represented numerous Latino (Hispanic) clients. While representing them she encountered many of the issues that immigrants face about health care, public benefits, and their rights in general. Tammy currently works for SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center to improve immigrants’ rights in the areas of public benefits, housing, domestic violence, and health care, through policy efforts and legal trainings. She also works with SC Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, the SC Immigrant Victim Network and the Attorney General’s Human Trafficking Task Force to assist immigrant crime victims. Tammy routinely conducts trainings for agencies on immigration laws and policies. She co-authored “Ten Biggest Myths About Immigrants and the Law in South Carolina”, which was published in The South Carolina Lawyer November/December 2005. She also co-authored “South Carolina Court Interpreters and the Rules of Professional Conduct”. This article was published in the July 2007 edition of The South Carolina Lawyer. An article she wrote titled “The DREAMers: America’s Undocumented Youth” was published in the Fall edition of the American Bar Association’s Children’s Rights Section.  Ms Besherse has received numerous awards, including:  the Excellence in Legal Services Award for the Southeast Region by the Mexican American Legal Education and Defense Fund (2008), the Award of Excellence from the SC Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (2011), and the Outstanding Service to Underserved Victims award from the SC Victim Assistance Network (2012).



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