Strategies for Teacher Advancement & Renewal

 What is STAR?

A program to recognize and reward outstanding veteran SC teachers. It is sponsored by the Foundation for Professional Development and PSTA.

Who Can Apply to STAR?

Any outstanding veteran teacher who has taught for more than 5 years in SC’s public schools and is currently teaching in the South Carolina public school system may apply. Guidance counselors and media specialists are encouraged to apply. (Note: You do not have to be a member of PSTA to apply.)

How Can Teachers Apply?

Teachers should complete the STAR application. They must prove through the application and letters of reference that they are outstanding educators. Applicants answer an essay question and must have written permission from their superintendent and principal to apply.

Who Pays for the Teacher to Attend STAR?

All expenses (private room, meals, and travel) are covered by the Foundation for Professional Development – this includes the cost of the substitute teacher, which is reimbursed to the school district.

When and Where are the STAR seminars held?

Our 2020 spring session will be March 30-April 3, 2020.

Our 2020 fall session will be October 29-23, 2020.

All STAR seminars will be held at the St. Christopher Conference Center on Seabrook Island, near Charleston, SC. 

To get your STAR application, download it here, call PSTA at 803-256-2065 or email: [email protected].

The deadline for application submissions is as follows: To apply for the fall session, applications are due by July 31. To apply for the spring session, applications are due by December 31.

Email completed applications to Toni at [email protected] or mail them to 220 State Street, West Columbia, SC 29169, Attn: Toni Chewning/STAR App.