Joseph Williams, Ph.D.
Associate Superintendent of Middle/Secondary
Schools Learning Community

Dr. Williams was appointed Executive Director of the Middle School Learning Community in June 2016. He is a native of North Charleston, S.C. and attended Charleston County Public Schools graduating from North Charleston High School in 1991.

Immediately after high school, Dr. Williams joined the U.S. Army and served as a medical specialist until 1995. While in the military he served in both combat and medical settings. In 1995 he started his matriculation through higher learning enrolling at South Carolina State University where he graduated with honors in 1998 with a degree in Biology and General Science Education.

In 1999 he pursued his degree in Counselor Education, again graduating with honors in 2001. In 2008 he received his Ph.D. from the University of Southern Mississippi in Educational Leadership and Supervision.

Dr. Williams participated in a Leadership Academy at Harvard, received Diversity Leadership Training and certification through Furman University’s Riley Institute and has attended numerous training on literacy at the state level that addressed improving literacy practices in education. His 17-year tenure in Orangeburg and Charleston counties has influenced his philosophy of education: “All children can learn if given the opportunity and support
systems needed.”

About the MSLC Community

The Middle School Learning Community (MSLC) in Charleston County School District, believes in the connection between scholars, parents and educators as the driving force that will positively affect academic outcomes.  Making up the educators component of this partnership, The MSLC offers a number of programs in our middle schools which allows scholars to explore and pursue pathways of interest that lead towards a well-rounded college and career-ready scholar.  Through strong academic programs and a focus on social-emotional learning, we are setting the foundation for our scholars to achieve in every endeavor they may pursue. They are the heart of our work!

About the SLC Community

The Secondary Learning Community (SLC) in Charleston County School District believes in the connection between a positive and supportive CULTURE/CLIMATECOLLABORATION across schools and districts, and rigorous, data-analyzed CURRICULUM & INSTRUCTION to ensure students are ready for whatever they chose to do upon graduation, whether that is going directly to full-time work, into the Armed Services, to college, or any combination of these. In order to demonstrate readiness, our students must meet at least ONE of these important indicators:

1.  Earning Silver or above on WIN

2.  Earning a 20 or above on ACT

3.  Earning 1020 or above on SAT

4.  Being a CTE Completer, earning a nationally-approved score on approved CTE coursework

5.  Finishing a state-approved Work-Based Internship, with the required number of hours and placement

6.  Earning a “C” (70) or higher score on all required End of Course tests

7.  Scoring a 3 or higher on an English, Math, Science, or Social Studies Advanced Placement test

8.  Scoring a “C” (70) or higher in two Dual Credit courses (6 hours) in either English or math.

9.  Earning a score of 31 or above on ASVAB