Degrees and Certifications:
The Citadel-Bachelor of Science in Education; The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee-Master of Science in Educational Administration; The University of South Carolina-Educational Specialist in Educational Leadership; The University of South Carolina-Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership
Dr. Sean Alford
We are excited that you've chosen Aiken County and are grateful you've decided to join us on our Path to Premier. We know that today, we are closer to our goal of becoming the premier school district in our state. We have many things to celebrate here in Aiken County.
Here are just some of our recent accomplishments:
- Sherida Stroman, lead student service worker and McKinney-Vento liaison, was named Person of the Year by The Aiken Standard.
- We established common learning expectations for all students through a teacher-generated, guaranteed and viable curriculum.
- Teacher and school leaders worked to establish a framework of common expectations and instructional practice.
- The percentage of primary students meeting proficiency expectations in literacy and numeracy has increased.
- Our accelerated students are served every day, in all core subject areas, Grades three through 12.
- Eighth-grade students now have access to Algebra I and Geometry.
- We have quadrupled the number of registered youth apprenticeships for high school students in just twelve months.
- Our high schools experienced an 81-percent increase in the number of Advanced Placement exams administered. North Augusta High School and Ridge Spring-Monetta High School saw an increase in AP exams administered of over 100 percent.
- We have a district-wide standard for instructional technology in every elementary school classroom and we are on pace to complete middle and high schools this year.
- We now offer extended day programs in every elementary school and three middle schools.
- We have increased opportunities for teacher leadership – both formal and informal.
- We hosted our second District Arts Festival.
- We worked together with Teacher Forum to produce a calendar that gives more time for teacher planning and workdays.
- We have increased equitable world language options for students across the district.
- We expanded our recognition of stellar professionals who now represent the District as Teacher of the Year, our First Year Teachers of the Year, Giving Even More award winners and Principal of the Year.
- We have dedicated a new school and renovated others.
- We have upgraded athletics facilities across the District.
- We have an award-winning Adult Education program.
Great things are taking place across Aiken County Public Schools. Our teachers are the backbone of our organization. Led by their passion and professionalism, we will soar to even greater heights. Our students receive more support now than ever. We are challenging them to supply their best effort each day in our classrooms and they are responding to those higher expectations.
With the continued support and trust of our community, we look forward to the many great things our District will accomplish, and goals our teachers and students will reach and surpass this school year. I am thrilled to be a part of this terrific ONE TEAM, and wish everyone all the best in their continued pursuit of personal and academic excellence.
Dr. Sean Alford
Aiken County Public Schools Superintendent
2018-19 "Why I Teach" Editorial Series
During the 2018-19 school year, my columns will provide a quarterly focus for what will be a yearlong celebration in our school district of the noble profession that serves as the figurative engine driving the literal success experienced in every one of our classrooms each day.
As educators, we understand that we are responsible for teaching lessons of the text as well as important lessons of the heart. We are committed to help unconditionally, teach unconditionally, believe in unconditionally and support unconditionally.
We will always support our teachers to the utmost of our capabilities, most especially regarding student discipline, and the authority our teachers possess in their classrooms is unquestioned. We do not condone and will never tolerate severe disruptions of the learning environment.
2017-18 "Future-Ready" Editorial Series
Future-Ready: The Benefits of Work-Based Learning – Apprenticeships, Internships and Career-Focused Learning Opportunities
When considering the type of work-based learning opportunities we strive to provide for our students in Aiken County, I find it helpful to see these opportunities in three important ways, first as a tool, then as a table, and finally as a doorway.
In his new editorial series for 2017, Dr. Alford will address address impending workforce deficiencies in our community, and how the District is responding to it.
Future-Ready: Providing Solution-Driven (Not Product-Driven) Graduates Who Answer the Economic and Social Needs of Our Community
In his second "Future-Ready" editorial of 2017, Dr. Alford explores the District's work to transition ACPSD graduates from being Product-Driven to Solution-Driven graduates.
Future-Ready: Leveraging a Bountiful Harvest – Maximizing Opportunity for All Aiken County Students through Abundant Work-Related Resources
In his third editorial, Dr. Alford highlights the District's work to leverage a bountiful harvest in Aiken County by developing lasting and mutually beneficial partnerships with our business community and industry leaders.
2016-17 "All Means All" Editorial Series
This is the first of an editorial series by Aiken County's Superintendent. This piece is focused on meeting the educational needs of struggling students.
This second in Superintendent Alford's "All Means All" Editorial Series focuses on guaranteeing a quality educational experience for students learning English as a second language.
In the third installment of Superintendent Alford's editorial series "All Means All" he addresses the plight of families faced with daily financial challenges that threaten to overshadow the very importance of education in the home.
Aiken County has long been at the forefront of providing high-quality service to students with special needs. We use that history as motivation to stand strong for these students.
Entry Plan & Recommendations
Upon his entry into the school district in the 2015-16 school year, Dr. Sean Alford presented an entry plan to establish and outline a set of activities that served as a guide to his transition into the school district while encouraging stakeholder engagement and fostering a passion for teaching, learning and partnership development. The plan provided the framework for his first 100 days as superintendent and the following months through the end of the 2015-2016 academic year.
Following his first 100-days as superintendent in the 2015-16 academic year, Dr. Sean Alford and his Cabinet brought forward 28 recommendations for board approval. The recommendations are detailed in the linked document and are intended to propel Aiken County Public Schools on a path forward to a premier school district.