Momentum for a Positive Difference
Staff from the Berkeley County School District's Office of Federal and State Programs will present the support system they utilize with Title I schools and schools identified through the South Carolina Accountability System to create and maintain the momentum of school improvement throughout the year. They will share tools, templates, and lessons learned from their combined experiences with district and school level federal programs and grant management.
Dr. Harrelson has worked in education for thirty-nine years. She began her career as a middle school social studies teacher and then became a schoolwide Title I facilitator. For the last sixteen years, Dr. Harrelson has worked at the district level with federal programs and grants management. She works with Title I schoolwide sites assisting them with grant development, implementation, and documentation. She is currently the past president of the South Carolina Association of Title I Administrators (SCATA) organization after serving as secretary-treasurer, vice president, and president. She is also a member of the National Association of Federal Program Administration (NAFEPA) and serves as a board member.
Dr. Ling has worked at the district level with federal programs and grants management for 24 years. She has served as a member of the South Carolina Committee of Practitioners, has held all offices within the South Carolina Association of Title I Administrators (SCATA) organization, and has been a member of the National Association of Federal Education Program Administrators (NAFEPA) for 24 years. She has served as a member of the NAFEPA Board of Directors, Executive Committee, and is currently serving in her third term as the NAFEPA President. She directs the Office of Federal Programs (OFP) in their management of ESEA grants, state categorical and special revenue projects, as well as the current ESSER III academics projects. The annual OFP budget approaches $42 million dollars.
Johni McElveen has worked with federal programs for four years. Currently, she is the Coordinator of Federal and State Programs where she assists in the oversight and implementation of ESEA grants in the 5th largest school district in South Carolina. She has had many opportunities to support Title I districts and schools with the execution of special revenue projects.