Resources: Autism, ADHD, Reading, and much more

EM_Logo_Final11.pngClick this link Helpful Resources to access a myriad of resources regarding information on Autism, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, reading, Dyslexia, and so much more.  These resources have been compiled by Georgia Media Specialist and Author Ms. Sarah Gardner,

2017 Summer Transportation Institute for SC 9th-11th graders

Attention 9th-111th graders residing in South Carolina

Apply for the 2017 Summer Transportation Institute.

This is a FREE program sponsored by the state Department of Transportation to help cultivate an interest in the transportation field among students.  This four-week residential program will take place this summer.  For application requirements and other details, click on the slide “STI Slide” below:

STI Slide

2017 “Are You Ready to be Grown” Conference registration closed

DATE CHANGED TO AUG. 5, 2017 (Not the registration.  The original conference date was July 29th.)

Education Matters Nonprofit Corporation is pleased to present its 4th Annual “Are You Ready to be Grown” conference to be held Saturday, Aug. 5, 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., University of South Carolina Aiken, Business & Education Building.

For middle and high school students, sessions will explain the difference between wanting to be grown and actually being prepared for adulIMG_2063thood by enlightening students about the value of education and how the decisions and choices they make now have a direct correlation to the quality of their adulthood.

Parents will learn how the home environment plays a critical role in their child’s development in addition to receiving other helpful training (i.e. financial management).

For young adults, sessions will teach how to make a smoother transition from dependence to independence. All sessions are high energy and interactive.

“With over 40 presenters from South Carolina, Georgia, Ohio, and Texas, ‘Are You Ready to be Grown’ promises to be one of the most comprehensive and effective family conferences you will ever attend,” says Education Matters Founder/Executive Director Donna Moore Wesby. “Each year, the conference has reached its maximum capacity because the topics are so relevant, which is why many people return,” says Wesby. To keep the conference fresh, new conference presenters and topics are added, and presenters are rotated. The conference’s format is such that attendance all day provides for an optimum experience. Registration must be completed in advance.

Registration deadline is July 6, 2017. No exceptions. Don’t wait until the last minute to register. Only 300 slots available. The cost is $15 per person, which includes breakfast, lunch, and all conference materials.

2017 Flyer2017 Flyer 
After you click the link, you will be redirected to another screen.  Just click again on the words “2017 Flyer.”

2017 General Agenda – This is the overall agenda for the day’s conference.  Upon arrival and check in, registered attendees will be given the agenda specific to their appropriate age group (middle school, high school, young adults, parents).

2017 session descriptions  This document describes all the sessions and provides presenters’ names.

2017 Registration Form     After you click the link, you will be redirected to another screen.  Just click again on the words “2017 Registration Form.” Session descriptions will be posted soon.  Or, call Education Matters Founder/Executive Director Donna Moore Wesby, 803-507-6793. Payment options are listed on the registration form. Special thanks to the current conference sponsors: Security Federal, USC Aiken, Mr. Reginald Kelley, Bridgestone America’s Tire Operations, LLC, Aiken Electric Cooperative, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, Savannah River Remediation, The Chandler Law Firm, and many other registration sponsors and contributors.

EdMatt radio broadcast returns to Shout 94.7 FM



UPDATE: The Education Matters radio broadcast has returned to its first home — WAAW Shout 94.7 FM radio. 

Tune in to “Education Matters with Donna Moore Wesby” on WAAW Shout 94.7 FM radio every Saturday, 10:00-11:00 a.m.  You can also
listen any where in the world via the station’s live streaming.  Just go to and click on “listen live.”


EdMatt TV Broadcast, WRDW Channel 12

After broadcasting nearly three years on Aiken Standard Television (ASTV) Channel 95 via Atlantic Broadband, the Education Matters television broadcast has been picked up by local CBS affiliate WRDW Channel 12.

The first segment of Education Matters hosted by Donna Moore Wesby aired Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, 8-9 AM.  Donna began the broadcast by highlighting clips from previous broadcasts in addition to laying a foundation for what to expect in the future.

The shows time slot is currently set for Sunday mornings, 8-9 AM.  Make sure to let us know what you think on the WRDW web site or on  Don’t miss it!!

NOTE: To watch previous segments of Education Matters, go to YouTube and search “Education Matters episode XXX.”  Place in the Xs any episode number from 001 to the current number (i.e. Education Matters episode 113).  Once that particular broadcast pulls up, you’ll be able to subscribe and receive instant notifications once new episodes of Education Matters have been uploaded.

July 31st declared Education Matters Day

Rick Osbon and DonnaAiken Mayor Rick Osbon surprised Education Matters Founder/Executive Director and host of the Education Matters television/radio broadcasts Donna Moore Wesby with a proclamation declaring July 31st as “Education Matters Day” in Aiken, South Carolina.

Mayor Osbon was Donna’s guest on the historical 100th episode of Education Matters while on CBS affiliate WRDW Channel 12 television.  The episode aired Sunday, July 31, 2016.  Here is the YouTube link to episode 100:

EdMatt Video Viewer Contest

EM_Logo_Full_Clr_Apple_OnlyTime to put your creativity skills to work. You could be a winner and a guest on the Education Matters television broadcast.

Education Matters proudly announces its first EDUCATION MATTERS VIEWER VIDEO CONTEST!

Submit a creative 30-60 second video of what the Education Matters television broadcast has meant to you or what you’ve learned, and your video may be selected to air during the Education Matters WRDW two-year anniversary broadcast on Feb. 21st.

Winners may also get the chance to be guests on that broadcast. Entries must be submitted to me via email, Facebook, or a YouTube link by Monday, Feb. 8, 2016.


1. The submission must be an original creation by the viewer.  Education Matters will not be responsible for the contents of your video, including trademark or copyright infringement.

2. With your submission, you must include your name, mailing address, contact phone, and add a statement in the email that you are at least 18 years of age OR a legal guardian must include a statement providing authorization for Education Matters to air this video, if selected.

3. By submitting a video, you acknowledge that all or part of the video may be used on the Education Matters television broadcast and possibly other social media settings to help promote Education Matters and the contest and organizational mission.

4. By submitting a video, you acknowledge that if chosen, your video may air on an Education Matters broadcast and thereby included on the WRDW YouTube channel and the channel of Donna Wesby and Education Matters.

5. By submitting a video, you understand Education Matters may enforce other necessary rules to ensure protection of the organization, the broadcast, and the television station.

6. Education Matters understands the person submitting the video is the original producer; however, the approval is granted to Education Matters and Donna Wesby to broadcast its contents.

Have fun and remember “Learning Is Living.”

For questions regarding this contest, submit in writing to

EdMatt launches new Penny-A-Day campaign

Education Matters Nonprofit Corporation is a 501-c3 tax exempt organization.  Our mission is to: 1.
Advance the cause of academic excellence and enrichment through the promotion and/or organization of workshops, conferences, seminars, etc. for youth and adults.  2. To disseminate helpful information aimed at increasing the public’s overall awareness, knowledge, and attitude toward education and anything determined to uplift others and contribute to the betterment of the community  3. To serve as an advocacy organization for youth through the development and/or support of mentoring initiatives and educational programs.

 With the Penny A Day campaign, we are praying that a minimum of 10,000 people will commit to contributing 1-cent per day for one year to raise funds in support of the Education Matters Reading and Resource Center, which has been operational since 2014.  The Education Matters Penny A Day will be our annual major fundraiser to help us keep the reading center functional and effective.

The Education Matters Reading and Resource Center is a daily after-school program designed to assist elementary and middle school students in the improvement of reading and writing; and we also provide tutorial/homework assistance in addition to life skills development.  The center, which is currently physically located inside of Schofield Middle School in Aiken, SC, also serves to connect parents with educational and parental resources and support networks.

The Pathway to College



If you are interested in attending college whether you are a high school student or an adult, this presentation may be of help to you.  You may also watch Education Matters Episode 045 in YouTube.

McDonalds offers college scholarships, deadline approaches

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