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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.   
April 2017 E-Newsletter
Volume 12         Number 7 
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2017 Events

Summer Institute
June 27-28

Judy Willis 
Mike Kuczala 
Robyn Jackson 
Gerry Brooks 

Summer Institute 2017
Call for Presentations Extended
Educators learn best from other educators!
Your best practices can be featured in breakout sessions.  Do you have a classroom activity that has been very successful?  Are you finding ways to motivate your learners?  Have you used a brain-based strategy that has energized your classroom?  Now is the time to share with others.  Final proposals are now being accepted and the process is simple.  

Click here for the Guidelines and Application!

Have Questions? Call or email the Center. 
Deadline for Proposals:  April 21, 2017

Online Registration New This Year!
Register Online Today!   

Summer Institute 2017 Set for June 27-28

Keynote Speakers
Judy Willis
Mike Kuczala
Robyn Jackson
Gerry Brooks  
The Center of Excellence Summer Institute is a two-day event designed to provide participants with practical, research-based information that focuses on the needs and abilities of under-resourced learners. Four keynote addresses and specialized breakout sessions will focus on classroom strategies and best practices for under-resourced students around this year's theme:  
Challenges and Opportunities:
Teaching Children of Poverty.

Register online NOW!

Promising Partnership Practices  
The Center of Excellence, in collaboration with the National Network of Partnership Schools at Johns Hopkins University, uses a research based model to support P-12 schools in their efforts to build partnerships with families and the community. Participating schools create action plans focused on authentic engagement of families and communities in their schools throughout the entire year.  Best practices are published each year in NNPS Promising Partnership Practices.

Do you have a family or community engagement success story you would like to submit for possible publication in the  
2017 NNPS Promising Partnership Practices Book?
Deadline to Submit:  May 1, 2017. 
For more information or examples of previous success stories,
visit the NNPS website or call the Center of Excellence.  
Recent Professional Study Events
The Center regularly partners with schools, districts, and organizations to facilitate professional study events focused on serving the needs of children of poverty, and ALL learners.   
Presbyterian College                Department of Education 
Clinton, South Carolina

April 1, 2017

Volusia County Schools 
Daytona Beach, Florida 

January 9-10, 2017

Florida Catholic Administrators  
Orlando, Florida

February 23, 2017

Lexington Richland District 5 Irmo, South Carolina

February 20, 2017

Upstate EEDA/CATE Contextual Winter Conference  
Spartanburg, South Carolina           January 27, 2017

Thank you for your important work!
Does your school have an event or  success story
that aligns with Center strategies?  
Please share with us so that others can learn from you! 
South Carolina Mindfulness Retreat
June 21-23  
Do you want to learn more about mindfulness? Do you want to learn how to build community and cultivate an atmosphere that facilitates personal renewal and reconnection?  The South Carolina Mindfulness Retreat may be the place for you!

This retreat is intended mostly for educators, administrators,  school counselors, school psychologists, and college professors who prepare teachers. However, they will welcome anyone interested in learning more about mindfulness practices. The retreat will be led by Jelena Popovic, Todd Scholl, and Lucy MacGregor. If you would like more information about the South Carolina Mindfulness Retreat, please visit their website or email Todd Scholl at toddscholl@gmail.com.
Change Your Classroom
With Brain Breaks 

Traditional instruction sometimes becomes dull and predictable, but Brain breaks can offer short periods of in which the brain receives information and stimuli in new and exciting ways.  The brain lives and thrives on novelty because we pay attention to every stimulus that is out of the ordinary, so these breaks in the school day can wake up even the sleepiest of students. Take a look at this brain break idea for your cla ssroom...Remember, these brain breaks can work ANY month of the year! 
 Center Resource Library News
Need Resources? We have what you are looking for!

Did you know the Center of Excellence has a collection of more than 400 books that are available for you to check out? Did you also know the Center website has hundreds of helpful articles that are free and just a click away?

Check out this recent addition to our Resource Library:
50 Myths & Lies That Threaten America's Public Schools
by David Berliner and Gene Glass

Take a look at these Good Read Articles from our Facebook page:

(Barnes, 2017)  
(Cook & Mitchell, 2017)  
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