December E-Newsletter
Volume 14 Number 4
2019 Summer Institute
June 19 - 20, 2019
Pre - Conference
Poverty Simulation
June 18, 2019
Summer Institute 2019
DEADLINE: February 28, 2019  
Call for Presentations  
Summer Institute 2018
Set for June 19 - 20, 2019

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. 

Keynote addresses and specialized breakout sessions will focus on classroom strategies and best practices for under-resourced students around this year's theme:
  Teaching Children of Poverty:
Accepting the Challenge; Leveraging the Opportunity.

It is time to submit proposals for breakout sessions. 

Educators learn best from other educators and your successful practices could be featured in breakout sessions. Do you have a classroom activity that has resulted in excellent outcomes? Are you using innovative ways to motivate your learners?  Have you employed a brain-based strategy that energizes your classroom?
Now is the time to share with others!

Proposals are now being accepted and the process is simple.  
Questions? Call or email the Center. 

Proposals must be received before February 28.
National Network of Partnership Schools Project
Purpose:   The purpose of this program is to equip teachers and administrators with the knowledge and skills needed to work effectively with families and community resources to meet the needs of children of poverty.

Description :  Research has proven that children are more successful in school when their families and communities are supportive of and involved in the work of the schools. The Center of Excellence began a partnership with the National Network of Partnership Schools of Johns Hopkins University beginning in Fall 2005 to assist Partner Districts in more effectively developing strong connections between schools, parents, and community partners. This collaborative project enables Center Partner Districts to join the Network and to be trained in goal-oriented research-driven strategies. The work of the project is based upon a school improvement council model and will meet requirements set forth by the Every Student Succeeds Act.

Leadership:   Jenny Szalwinski, the Center’s Assistant Director and School, Family, Community Liaison , will assist NNPS Partnership Schools in the development of the required ‘Action Teams for Partnerships’ (ATPs) and ‘One-Year Action Plans.’ The Center of Excellence will provide schools with the support necessary for fulfillment of the requirements of the program and will facilitate one professional development workshop and the End-of-Year Celebration.

School Membership Requirements : Each partnership school must 1) create an Action Team for Partnerships, 2) use the framework of six types of involvement to plan, 3) write and implement a One-Year Action Plan, 4) allocate an annual budget for the work and activities of the school’s Action Team, 5) allocate time for an initial day-long team training and/or allocate at least one hour per month for the Action Team for Partnerships to plan, coordinate and evaluate activities, and 6) complete an annual UPDATE survey to evaluate results.             
Contact Jenny Szalwinski    
Your Center around the State and Nation
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. This months featured projects are...
Award winning
Moore Intermediate
Family Counts - Math Night
Florence, SC
Moore Intermediate was featured on the National Network of Partnership website for their promising practice. Read more: HERE
Resilience Screening
Francis Marion University
Florence, SC
Students, faculty and staff attended the first on-campus screening of Resilience. This film provides a foundation for future discussions about the impact of toxic stress on the brain and learning that are often associated with Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Learn more here:
Congratulations, Amy Hinson!
Fall 2018
Outstanding Student Teacher
Each semester, the Center of Excellence to Prepare Teachers of Children of Poverty awards one nominated student teacher with the   Outstanding Student Teacher Award . Fall 2018 winner Amy Hinson exemplifies the knowledge, skills, and dispositions of an excellent novice teacher. Her student teaching supervising professor wrote, "Amy's lesson plans were top notch with a strong correlation between lesson objectives and state standards. The lesson plans were organized so that all students could succeed." Ms. Hinson graduated in December with an Art Education degree from Francis Marion University.
Congratulations, Amy!
T eaching
C hildren
O f
P overty
Spring 2019 TCOPS
meetings resume on
Thursday, January 24, 2019.
Current Francis Marion University teacher candidates are encourage to attend for new ideas, networking and fun.
A Peek at the Practice

Holidays can be a stressful time and research suggests that stress that continues over time can literally change the structure and function of the brain. This toxic stress can impede learning and memory retrieval, as well as negatively impact social relationships and physical health. Students of all ages can suffer from toxic stress. The good news is that there are many budget-neutral strategies that teachers can employ to assist students in the management of stress.
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