May 2018 E-Newsletter
Volume 13 Number 8
Have a Great Summer!
Teaching is difficult, but rewarding, work and the summer months provide time for much-needed rest and renewal. Thank you for your commitment and your life in service. Best wishes for a fun and restful break!
11th Annual Summer Institute
June 19th - 20th, 2018
7:45 AM – 3:30 PM
Francis Marion University
4822 East Palmetto Street
Florence, SC 29506
The Summer Institute is a two-day event designed to provide participants with practical, research-based information centered on revealing the potential of under-resourced (and ALL!) learners. Do not miss three keynote addresses by internationally-recognized educators and select from multiple specialized breakout sessions that will provide classroom strategies and best practices.
Learn new ways to reach every student, every day.
Jeremy Anderson
Dave Burgess
Myron Dueck
Congratulations, Stephanie Schemerhorn!
Spring 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 . Her student teaching supervising professor stated Stephanie "focused more on what students had and can do, instead of what they don't have and cannot do. She went out of her way to understand how she can teach them in ways they learned best. " Ms. Schemerhorn completed her student teaching experience at Wallace Gregg Elementary and is an Early Childhood Education major at Francis Marion University.
Great job, Stephanie!
Professional Study Opportunity
September 12, 2018 - Francis Marion Campus
The Center of Excellence 
in partnership with  
Carolina Teachers of English
to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)    
Are you interested in pursuing the
Add On Certification for Teachers of Children of Poverty (TCOP) ?

The first course in the series of four will be offered Fall 2018.
EDUC 555 - Introduction to Educational Programs for Children of Poverty
is a hybrid course - including three face-to-face sessions.

Course Description:
This course and its required clinical experiences 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.  

Face-to-Face Class Meeting Dates:
August 21, 2018 - September 10, 2018 - November 13, 2018
*Note: Face-to-face attendance may be waived for out-of-state graduate students who do not wish to add TCOP Certification to a SC Teaching Certificate.

Course Cost:
$800 - In SC $825 - Out of SC

Scholarship Opportunities:
Up to ten half scholarships in the amount of $400 will be awarded on a competitive basis to SC graduate students. Request scholarship information here.
Congratulations, 2018 Essay Contest Winners!
This contest is sponsored by the Francis Marion University Center of Excellence to Prepare Teachers of Children of Poverty. The topic, Important Work: Teaching Children of Poverty , is intended to encourage participants to develop their own views about a central idea while concurrently substantiating those views with references to current research. In addition to the opportunity for written expression, cash awards are made for winning essays.

Undergraduate Level:
1st Place: Courtney Conyers
2nd Place: Tanisha Thompson

Graduate Level:
1st Place: I na Graf
2nd Place: Christopher Shaul

Teacher Cadets:
1st Place: Alex Thompkins - Dillon Christian Academy
2nd Place: Amanda Williams - Dillon Christian Academy
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 projects are...

Lester Greenwood Elementary Project
Florence, SC

Niswonger Summit
Greeneville, TN

Florence School District 1
4K Teachers and Leaders
Florence, SC
A Peek at the Practice
High Expectations for ALL students
  • Deliver clear instructions using fewer words
  • Positively narrate to everyone equally
  • Use people first phrasing
  • Use optimistic language
  • Focus on each child's assets
  • Focus on your relationship with the student

Promising Partnership Practice* 
---Due Date EXTENDED---
May 31, 2018

NNPS Award Applications and Updates 
DUE June 30th, 2018

*This is required of all schools that received a Center grant.
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