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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.
February 2018 E-Newsletter
Volume 13        Number 6
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March 16th


2018 COERC
April 12, 2018
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FEBRUARY #loveteaching CONTEST
Why do you #loveteaching?  Inspire others--tweet your story! 
Use the hashtag #love teaching
and tag @CenterofExcel 
Contest ends February 28.   
Look for winners in the March newsletter.
2018  Research Consortium
April 12th, 2018
9 am - 12 noon
South Carolina Department of Archives & History
8301 Parklane Road
Columbia, SC 29223
Featured Researcher
Jason T. Downer, Ph.D.
University of Virginia

Individual Differences in Students' Experience of the Classroom:
An Alternative Perspective on Classroom Climate

Classroom climates are complex systems that involve the interplay of students and teachers across a range of social and learning contexts. In recent years, observational measures have contributed to our understanding of these dynamic interactions and their implications for student development. However, these assessment tools often concentrate on capturing only teacher behavior or the average experience of a student in the classroom. Missing from this approach is an acknowledgement that students may have vastly different experiences within the same classroom, in ways that can facilitate or impede their individual success.  Come join us to learn about research that underscores the importance of recognizing individual differences in the daily experiences of students within classrooms. 
Call for Proposals
Summer Institute 2018
Call for Presentations 
Summer Institute 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.
Spring 2018
Essay Contest
Open to ALL FMU students, Teacher Cadets and
P-12 Teachers in the Center's Partner Districts.

P-12 Teachers
Graduate Students
First Place - $200
Second Place - $150
First Place - $200
Second Place - $150 
First Place - $200
Second Place - $150

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Help Wanted! 
Administrative Assistant 
Are you interested in becoming part of the Center's team?  Do you know someone who is ready to become involved in this important work?  The Center seeks applicants for the position of Administrative Assistant. The successful candidate will manage the day-to-day office activities, as well as special events.  This is a full time position.  Although listed as 'temporary,' this full-time, twelve month position has been in place for more than 10 years. 
Click HERE  to apply!

Questions? Contact Jenny at 843.661.1826   
School Focus
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...

Delmae Heights Elementary School
BINGO for a Book 
Students and parents came to the cafeteria to play 
BINGO with BOOKS as prizes!  T he students were excited to take their BOOKS home to add to their home library.  The BOOKS were varying levels, interests and genres and were provided by the Center's Partnership Outreach Grants.  Delmae Elementary also partnered with Dr. Bruce and Lee Public Library, the Literacy Council of Florence and Barnes and Noble to make this a successful experience for all involved.  What a great FAMILY event!   

   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  
Infuse the ARTS
                        FAST FACTS

  1.  A student involved in the arts is four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement.

2.  Students with high arts participation and low socioeconomic status have a 4 percent dropout rate----five times lower than their low socioeconomic status peers.

3.  Students who complete four years of arts and music classes score almost 100 points higher on SAT scores than students who enroll for 1/2 year or less.

4.  Low-income students who are highly engaged in the arts are twice as likely  to graduate from college as peers with no arts education.

5.  72% of business leaders say that creativity is the number one skill  they value when hiring new employees.


6.  93% of Americans believe the arts are essential to a well-rounded education.

7.  The arts are recognized as a core academic subject under the federal  Elementary and Secondary Education Act, and 48 states have adopted  standards for learning in the arts.

8.  Two-thirds of public school teachers believe the arts are getting crowded out of the school day.

9.  97% of elementary schools nationwide do not offer dance and 96%  do not offer theater.

10. In 2008, African-American and Hispanic students had less than half as much arts education access as White peers.


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