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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.
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Call for Proposals
Summer Institute 2018
Call for Presentations 
Summer Institute 2017 Set for June 19 - 20, 2018

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: Challenges and Opportunities: Teaching Children of Poverty.

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.
EDUC 555
Introduction to Educational Programs for Children of Poverty
The Center of Excellence to Prepare Teachers of Children of Poverty, in collaboration with the Pee Dee Education Center, will offer the first course in the four course series that leads to the SC Teaching Children of Poverty Add-On Certification.  

EDUC 555
Introduction to Educational Programs for Children of Poverty 

Course Description:
This course and its required field assignments are designed to provide graduate students with an initial study of issues related to life in poverty and the impact they have on teaching and learning. It includes an introductory study of six standards for teachers of children of poverty, including: life in poverty; the classroom community; family and community partnerships; curriculum design, instructional strategies and assessment; relationship-driven classroom management; and teachers as learners, leaders and advocates to improve curriculum, instruction, and assessment in schools serving large numbers of children of poverty.  

A hybrid delivery model will be used that includes face-to-face and distance sessions in this course taught by Tammy Pawloski, Ph.D., Center Director. 
See the  Course Flyer for details.  
-DEADLINE TO REGISTER:  January 8, 2018 

Ready to Register?
Click HERE to register!  
Best Practice School Feature
Family & Community Engagement
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 month's featured project is...

Greenwood Elementary School
Greenwood Game Night 
In conjunction with All Pro Dad's Chili Cookoff, Greenwood Elementary held a family game night.  Families had the opportunity to play board games and Ms. Haddle, the organizer says,  "I do plan on having the board games available for checkout in our Media Center to continue to encourage the game night at home. I will also do some spot lights on the games during our morning show and give them away as  prizes to keep the spirit of Game Night alive."  Greenwood Elementary School is a 2017 - 2018 recipient  of the Center's NNPS Outreach Grants.       

Greenwood Game Night

Thank you for your important work!
Do you have an event or success story that aligns with Center strategies? 
Please share with us so that others may learn from you! 
A Peek  at the Practice  
Grow Executive Function 
Executive function, centered in the very important prefrontal cortex of the brain, refers to "tasks that help us learn new information, remember and retrieve information we've learned in the past, and use this information to solve problems of everyday life." 
While the frontal lobe does not fully mature until about age 25, students who have better developed executive function have key tools needed to successfully navigate routines, risk assessment, delay of gratification, time management, and working memory skills.  Teachers can cultivate these skills with very specific strategies on a day-to-day basis.  Read more about how to support the development of executive function:
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