Vol. 11   No. 5  P.O. Box 100547, Florence, SC  29502   (843) 661-1828
January 2016 E-Newsletter

Upcoming Spring/Summer 2016 Events

2 016 Center Research Consortium - MARCH 8, 2016  
The Long Shadow: Family Background, Disadvantaged Youth, and the Transition to Adulthood 
March 8, 2016 ~ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm 
South Carolina Department of Archives & History 
8301 Parklane Road
Columbia, SC   29223 

How does poverty affect children across time? 
Dr. Karl Alexander spent his entire academic career at Johns Hopkins University where he conducted a study that followed 790 Baltimore first-graders from 1982 until their late twenties. Dr. Alexander will discuss his work and his prestigious Grawemeyer Award in Education winning book entitled The Long Shadow: Family Background, Disadvantaged Urban 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. 

Register now! It's free and easy! Click here
to register online or call (843) 661-1828.

2016 COE Summer Institute:  
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.

                     Click here for Registration & Guidelines

Kindness Matters 

The Great Kindness Challenge is one school week devo
te d t o performing as many acts of kindness as possible.  Some examples inclu de giving someone else a compliment, simply saying "please" and "thank yo u", or carrying a classmates books. Sign your school up for the challenge today! 

What is your school doing for the Kindness Challenge? Send us your photos and we will feature you in our next newsletter. 

Check out these Winter STEM Activities  
Do you want to know how polar bears stay warm?  Check out the following websites that have fun filled winter STEM activities for students in all grades.   


Save the Dates!
9th Annual Summer Institute 
June 22-23, 2016  
Francis Marion University

Featured Keynote Speakers 

Baruti Kafele
June 22

Carol Ann Tomlinson 
June 23
And 40+ Breakout Sessions  
Look for more details coming soon on our website. 
Outreach Projects
School, Family, and Community Partnership NNPS Outreach Project Winners

The National Network of Partnership Schools (NNPS) Outreach Project is a collaborative act with the Center of Excellence to highlight the "Promising Practice" in partnership schools that address issues related to school, family, and community partnerships and the education of children of poverty.

Charleston School District
 Goodwin Elementary- Two for Me

Florence School District One
Delmae Heights Elementary-
sTeam Ahead with Reading
  Moore Intermediate- Full S.T.E.A.M Ahead 
South Florence High- Man-Up!   

Florence School District Three
J.C. Lynch Elementary- Comprehension Retention

Richland School District One
Heyward Gibbes Middle- Bridging the Gap- Reading Home, School, Community
Pine Grove Elementary-
Title I Parent Educator Facilitator

Partnership P-12 Professional Development Outreach Project Winners

The Center of Excellence has an initiative to assist and aid P-12 educators as much as possible with funding their educational ideas and projects. Each project focuses on the development or expansion of best practices or specific strategies for teaching children of poverty. 

Charleston County School District
Haut Gap Middle- No Gap at Haut Gap
Clarendon School District Two
Manning Primary- Raising Achievement One Level at a Tim e
Manning Primary- Rooted in Reading
Manning ECC- Families Reading Every Day  

Dillon School District Four
Lake View High- LVHS Dream Learners

Marlboro County School District
 McColl Elementary- Developing the Child for the 21st Century

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:
Stop, Think, Act: Intergrating Self-Regulation in the Early Childhood Classroom 
     by Megan McClelland & Shauna Tominey
Questioning For Classroom Discussion: Purposeful Speaking, Engaged Listening, Deep Thinking 
     by Jackie Walsh & Beth Sattes
Check out these Good Read Articles from our  Facebook page:
(Wheat, 2015)
(Dwyer, 2015)

Visit our website and discover our research article database!