Vol. 11   No. 6  P.O. Box 100547, Florence, SC  29502   (843) 661-1828
February 2016 E-Newsletter
The mission of the Center of Excellence to Prepare Teachers of Children of Poverty is to increase the achievement of children of poverty by improving the quality of undergraduate teacher preparation, graduate teacher preparation, and the professional development of in-service teachers.
Register Now for the Research Consortium! 

MARCH 8, 2016
~ 9:00 am- 12:00 pm  
South Carolina Department of Archives & History 
8301 Parklane Road
Columbia, SC   29223 

The Long Shadow: Family Background, Disadvantaged Youth and the Transition to Adulthood 

Dr. Karl Alexander will discuss his work and his prestigious Grawemeyer Award in Education-winning book entitled The Long Shadow: Family Background, Disadvantaged Youth and the Transition to Adulthood. The Grawemeyer Award in Education is presented annually by the University of Louisville for outstanding works and powerful ideas.

A panel discussion will follow the keynote and includes:  
Lorin Anderson - Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of South Carolina 
Doris Williams - Executive Director of the Rural School and Community Trust 
Melanie Barton - Executive Director of SC Education Oversight Committee
                                     Click here
to register online or call (843) 661-1828.

9th Annual Summer Institute
June 22-23, 2016 
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Chapman Auditorium - McNair Science Building

Francis Marion University 
The COE Summer Institute is a two-day event designed to provide participants with practical, research-based information focusing on the needs and abilities of children of poverty. The theme of the Summer Institute is "Important Work: Teaching Children of Poverty." The event will feature two keynote addresses and over 40 breakout sessions focusing on classroom strategies and best practices for under-resourced students.  

Featured Keynote Speakers     

June 22nd 
Principal Baruti Kafele is ON FIRE as he has distinguished himself as an award-winning educator, an internationally renowned speaker as well as best selling author. Baruti is one of the most sought after speakers for providing effective teaching and leadership strategies to transform student activities. More on Principal Kafele can be found on his website.  
June 23rd
Carol Ann Tomlinson's career as an educator includes 21 years as a teacher,12 years as a program administrator of special services for struggling and advanced learners. Special interests throughout her career include differentiation and encouraging creative and critical thinking in the classroom. More information about Tomlinson can be found on her website.  

Call for Presentations  

It is time again to submit your proposals for our Summer Institute!

Submit your proposals
for the COE Summer Institute to COE@fmarion.edu
no later than April 15, 2016.

Notification of acceptance
will be made via e-mail by April 27, 2016. 
Helpful Ideas for Your Classroom!   

Get and Keep Your Parents Involved!

Parent Involvement is highly important for student educational success.
They say
it takes a  village to raise a child, but according to research it also take a village to educate a child. Parent, family and community involvement increases academic performance and also school improvement. Below are some helpful tips on how to get parents involved in your school:
- Create a variety of opportunities for involvement such
as becoming a lunch buddy, come in for career days or simply sending reminder emails to other parents. 
-Keep an updated classroom website to encourage parents
to stay in the loop with what is going on in the classroom. 
- Invite parents into the conversation by having a round
table discussion. 
-Create family-centric assignments for families to do together,
such as a family research project or interviewing an older family member.

February 15th - 19th is National PTA Take Your Family to School Week  
Click Here to see how you can get your school involved in this wonderful event. Everyone has a helping hand in their students success. The more involvement between parents, teachers, and administrators leads to greater achievements. If you need more ideas visit the National PTA's Pinterest Page
Do You Need a Break From Your Boring Routine?

Brain breaks are a short period of time when you change up the dull classroom routine of in coming information that arrives in very predictable, tedious roadways. Our brain lives and thrives on novelty because we pay attention to every stimulus that is out of the ordinary. Consider the following brain break ideas in your classroom this month!

Check Out These Valentine's Day STEM Activities!

Need a few ideas for some fun on Valentine's Day with your students
?  Be sure to check out the following websites filled with Valentine's Day STEM activities for students in all grades.       

A Wealth of Resources!  
Need Resources? We have what you're looking for!

Did you know you can check out books from our resource library in the COE office with a collection of over 400 books?  The COE website also has hundreds of helpful articles that are free and just a click away.

Check out these Recent Additions to our Resource Library:
Engaging the Rewired Brain 
by David A. Sousa 
Fair Isn't Always Equal: Assessing & Grading in the Differentiated Classroom 
by Rick Wormeli

Check out these Good Read Articles from our  Facebook page:
(Silberman, 2013)
(Schwartz, 2013) 

Visit our website and discover our research article database!