Vol. 11   No. 8  P.O. Box 100547, Florence, SC  29502   (843) 661-1828 

April 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.
April Activities for Your Classroom!   

Get Your Parents to Help With Your Student's Success!

April 18-22 is Project Appleseed's Annual Public School Volunte er Week     

Parent Volunteers play a very important role in your school and student's success. When schools and families work together to support learning, everyone benefits. Public School Volunteer  Week provides a yearly opportunity for schools and families to honor and highlight the powerful contribution parents and caregivers provide at school as well as at home to support student success. However, parent involvement should not be confined to just one day, it should be emphasized all year long. Some ideas for how you can help get parents involved are available on the Project Appleseed Website.

The theme for Math Awareness Month 2016 is " The Future of Prediction". Explore how mathematics and statistics are the future of prediction. The National Education Association's website has great resources to help get everyone from Kindergarten through 12th grade involved. Also, the Kid's Activities website gives few different ways we can mix math with fun in the classroom. 

If you want more ways to use math in your classroom and school, The National Network of Partnership Schools is a wonderful resource to find ideas. Their website has many different Math Promising Partnership Practices available to you for free.    
New Brain Break Ideas for Your Classroom!

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!
Family and Community Partnerships  

NNPS Promising Partnership Practice!

The Sixth Annual R.E.A.L. Men Read Day Event at Main Street Elementary     

This event began in 2011 with the mission to use the help of male mentors from the community to encourage literacy among the students. Now not only does it encourage literacy, but also builds the students' self-esteem and gives the students positive male role models. During this year's event, more than 100 men from all over Lake City visited Main Street Elementary. Volunteers ranged from fathers, to city officials, police officers, firemen, and senior athletes from Lake City High School. If you would like to read more about their outstanding project, check out their National Network of Partnership Schools Promising Partnership Practice here.   
COE 9th Annual Summer Institute  
June 22-23, 2016 
Important Work: Teaching Children of Poverty 
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Chapman Auditorium- McNair Science Building
Francis Marion University
4800 Patriot Drive - Florence, SC 29506

There's Still Time, Submit Your Proposals NOW! 
This year's conference will focus on "Important Work: Teaching Children of Poverty" and will give you a chance to share fresh perspectives, best practices, and new ideas with your peers. We are currently accepting proposals for the 2016 COE 9th Annual Summer Institute, and we invite you to submit your ideas today to become a presenter or speaker at our event.

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

Posters Wanted!

Do you have an innovative strategy or activity that improves student achievement or student engagement?   Have you had a successful event that increases parent involvement? Consider presenting a poster session at the Summer Institute!  Please send a brief 2-paragraph description (300 -350 words) to Dr. Cindi Nixon at cnixon@fmarion.edu 

Submission deadline: April 15th  
Notification of acceptance: April 27th  
Keynote Speakers!
"Spreading Humor Through The World of Education"

Have you heard the news? Kentucky Principal, Gerry Brooks, will be joining us at the Summer Institute! He is a new internet sensation for educators across the nation. What began as a fun video has exploded into a daily commentary that he describes as "spreading humor through the world of education." We are so excited to share his comedy and insight on school climate and culture. If you haven't already been introduced to Mr.Brooks add him on Facebook or follow his channel on YouTube here to see his daily dose of humor. 

June 22nd:  
Baruti Kafele- "Every Child Deserves a Rock Star Teacher"

June 23rd: 
Carol Ann Tomlinson- "Invitations to Learn: Creating Classrooms that Support Learning"
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:
Closing the Attitude Gap   
by Baruti K. Kafele    
The Long Shadow   
by Karl Alexander

Check out these Good Read Articles from our  Facebook page:
(Scott, 2016)
(Chandler, 2016) 

Visit our website and discover our research article database!