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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.   
June 2017 E-Newsletter
Volume 14        Number 9 
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2017 Events

Summer Institute
June 27-28

Summer Institute 2017
Register here! 
Summer Institute 2017 
 June 27-28
7:45 am - 3:30 pm
7:45 am Registration and Breakfast
The Center's Summer Institute is a two-day professional study event designed to provide participants with practical, research-based information that focuses on the needs and abilities of under-resourced learners. Four keynote addresses and more than 35 specialized breakout sessions will focus on classroom strategies and best practices for under-resourced learners around this year's theme:  
Challenges and Opportunities:
Teaching Children of Poverty.

Click HERE to see the SCHEDULE.

Online Registration!
 Featured Keynotes  
J udy Willis, MD, is a board-certified neurologist and middle school teacher in  Santa Barbara, California. She is an authority in the field of learning-centered brain research and classroom strategies derived from this research.
Mike Kuczala is a bestselling author, acclaimed keynote speaker and innovative professional developer in education and corporate settings. He is a leading authority on the importance of understanding brain and body connections and how to effectively use physical activity in every classroom.
Robyn Jackson, PhD 
increased enrollment of minority and nontraditional students in AP Language and Composition classes and tripled course enrollment within one y ear without a decrease in test scores. An educator and best-selling author, Jackson has  identified practices that lead to mastery teaching and student success.
Award winning Kentucky Principal,Gerry Brooks,is an internet  sensation who has f ound a way to connect with educators through social media. His humor is wildly entertaining, but it also connects educators to real issues that impact day-to-day teaching.
Click  HERE  to view the schedule and other available sessions! 
Lorin W. Anderson
Award for Excellence 
Lorin W. Anderson, Carolina Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of South Carolina, earned the Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Chicago where he served as a graduate assistant under Dr. Benjamin Bloom.  He is the author of numerous books and articles, and is internationally known as the lead author of the revised Bloom's Taxonomy.  During the time that he served as a lead witness for the plaintiff districts in the Abbeville vs. South Carolina equitable funding lawsuit, Anderson began to advocate for the focused preparation of and ongoing support for teachers in high poverty schools.  He co-founded the Center of Excellence to Prepare Teachers of Children of Poverty at Francis Marion University in 2003.

The Center has established an award to honor the vision and leadership of Dr. Anderson.  The  Lorin Anderson Award for Excellence will be presented annually in recognition of educational stakeholders who successfully implement Center strategies with under-resourced learners. The inaugural award will be announced at the 2017 Summer Institute. 
Family & Community
National Network of Partnership Schools
                 NNPS UPDATE
NNPS  helps schools, districts, and states assess their progress in program development with annual  UPDATE  surveys.  UPDATE   includes scales and measures of eight "essential elements" that have been shown in  NNPS  research to contribute to improving the quality of partnership programs: leadership, teamwork, action plans, implementation, funding, collegial support, evaluation, and networking. 
  • Summaries of annual  UPDATE  data from schools and districts are reported to all members.
  • Districts with eight (8) or more schools that return UPDATE receive a summary of their own schools' data to monitor from year to year.
UPDATE must be returned to NNPS
by June 30th each year to renew membership for the next school year.
Partnership AWARD Application
DUE JUNE 30th 

NNPS invites applications for the Partnership Awards to recognize EXCELLENT programs of school, family, and community partnerships.

YOUR SCHOOL, DISTRICT, ORGANIZATION, or STATE is eligible to apply IF it has been a member of NNPS for two years or more and can show that it is developing a research-based, sustainable program of family and community involvement.

Put your program in the spotlight! Celebrate the hard work that your colleagues and families are doing to involve more families in ways that support student success!
Help others see what how to keep improving partnership programs from year to year.

Partnership Award Application
Important Work Spotlight 
2017 Outreach Projects Spotlight
P-12 and NNPS Outreach Project 
The Center of Excellence holds the work that P-12 educators do every day at a very high regard. The Center wants to assist and aid these educators as much as possible with funding their educational ideas and projects. The P-12 Professional Development Outreach Project and NNPS Outreach Project is the Center's initiative to do just that. 
Thank you for your Important Work! 

The 2017 recipients of the Outreach Project received funding to focus on the development or expansion of best practices or specific strategies for teaching children of poverty. 

Manning Primary School
All Day Every Day
CA Taylor Elementary
Morning Math

Marlboro High School
Literacy, PBL and Stem: All in One

Darlington County Intervention School
DCIS Goes to Camp

J.L. Cain Elementary
REAL - Reading Excitement for All Learners

Manning Primary School
All Day Every Day

The 2017 recipients of the NNPS Outreach  Project  must  provide  opportunities for parents and community volunteers to help improve student behavior, academic performance and their overall sense of safety in their community. The projects should instill in the students, parents, teachers, volunteers and community that working together they can help raise tomorrow's leaders. 

Moore Intermediate School
The KICK Team
Brandis Winstead

BC Grammar School
One School One Book
Sally Brown

Thank you for your important work! 
Recent Professional Study Events
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.

Teacher Feature  

Sara McSwain
ELL Teacher 
Florence District 1, SC
These students were challenged to CREATE! inventions with Legos, using their imagination to build anything they could dream.  When completed, they were to write a description that answered three key questions:  1-What is it?     2-What does it do?    3-Why did I create it?  The language that grew from these inventions is evident! 

This is a Computer Controlled Car! It goes fast! It has two antennas for WiFi. It has big flood lights   too. It doesn't use gas. You charge it up...like on your computer.

This is a Moon Rover. I made it tall so it can climb over mountains on the moon. It is to help spacemen explore on the moon. The trap door is good for space man to travel in or other space cars can go up in the Moon Rover.

Professional Study 

          Catholic Diocese Schools 
            Miami, FL


Martin County
School Leaders 
Martin County, FL

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! 
Summer  Training
4-H Summer Teacher/Leader Training  

Briggs Elementary School in Florence is the host site for a one-day 4-H summer teacher/leader training on July 18 beginning at 9:30 a.m. Briggs is home to the Pee Dee's best Farm-to-School model institution and attendees will be able to tour the Briggs Elementary Micro-Farm and hear from educator and 4-H Club Leader, Mr. Jeff Murrie.  Attendees will also receive hands-on, creative lesson ideas from the South Carolina Ag in the Classroom Director, Ms. Vonne Knight.  The early bird registration fee is only $5 and includes lunch. If you know of a teacher or staff member who would like more information on how to start a 4-H Club or successfully convert their current club to a 4-H club, please share the following information. (Example: Mrs. Chapman from Delmae Elementary turned her general science club into a 4-H Science Club and expanded the opportunities available to her club members!) Attending the training does not commit anyone to become a club leader and all current and potential leaders are welcome to attendee! Register at  https://4hleadertraining.eventbrite.com
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FREE Webinar
                Solving the Problem of  Homework by
                        Flipping the Learning
Join Jonathan Bergmann, author of Solving the Homework Problem by Flipping the Learning, for this engaging webinar to learn how to flip the learning in your classroom, and watch students get excited about homework! See first-hand how flipped learning-completing the harder or more analytical aspects of learning in class as opposed to having students do it on their own-improves student learning.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017, 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time   
Presented by Jonathan Bergmann  
Grants Available
Butler-Cooley Excellence in Teaching Awards

The Butler-Cooley Excellence in Teaching Awards Program honors teachers who have demonstrated their capacity to change the outcome of students' lives and the communities where they teach.
Prize: $5,000
Deadline: June 12, 2017
Apply  HERE! 
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