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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.   
May 2017 E-Newsletter
Volume 13        Number 8 
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Promising Partnerships Practices DEADLINE May 15, 2017

NNPS yearly update and renewal
June 30th, 2017

2017 Events

Summer Institute
June 27-28

Student Teacher Award
S tudent Teacher
Spring 2017  
Kylie Floyd 
Each semester the Center solicits nominations for an award that honors the Francis Marion senior majoring in Education who best demonstrates a strong commitment to under-resourced learners during the student teaching semester.  This semester's winner, Kylie Floyd, is an Elementary Education major who student taught in 5th grade at Scranton Elementary School.   Her Cooperating Teacher, Ms. Sanders, stated that Kylie "did an excellent job of connecting to students."   FMU Student Teacher supervisor,  Dr. Lisa Midcalf expressed that Kylie is caring, loving and pays special attention to her under-resourced students.  She went on to say, "I have seen many student teachers over my career and Kylie stands out among all of them."  
Congratulations, Kylie!
Summer Institute 2017
Online Registration New This Year!
Summer Institute 2017
Set for June 27-28
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.

Online Registration Available 
Institute Schedule

Day 1 - June 27th, 2017
       7:45 AM    Registration/Continental Breakfast
       8:30 AM     Welcome and Keynote
      10:15 AM    Breakout Session #1 
      11:30 AM    Breakout Session #2 
      12:30 PM    Lunch (provided) 
        1:15 PM    Keynote
        2:30 PM    Breakout Session #3 
        3:30 PM    Closing 
Featured Keynotes                  Day 2 - June 28th, 2017
               Judy Willis                          7:45 AM    Registration/Continental Breakfast 
             Mike Kuczala                        8:30 AM    Welcome and Keynote 
           Robyn Jackson                    10:15 AM   Breakout Session #4
             Gerry Brooks                     11:30 AM    Breakout Session #5 
                                                         12:30 PM     Lunch (provided)
                                                           1:15 PM     Awards and Prizes 
                                                           1:30 PM     Keynote 
                                                           3:30 PM     Closing
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
 End of the Year Celebration 

The  Center of Excellence  hosted the  NNPS End of the Year
CELEBRATION on April 26th.  This event was a showcase of different partnership practices from schools and districts.  Teachers, district leaders and parent leaders were in attendance for the celebration.  
Pro Dads
Read for a Bead

The KICK team - NNPS Grant Recipient
Summer Literacy Camp

Congratulations to   Delmae Elementary, West Florence High School and Moore Intermediate School who received our $100 mini scholarships! 

Promising Partnership Practices  
The Center of Excellence, in collaboration with the National Network of Partnership Schools at Johns Hopkins University, uses a research based model to support P-12 schools in their efforts to build partnerships with families and the community. Participating schools create action plans focused on authentic engagement of families and communities in their schools throughout the entire year.  Best practices are published each year in NNPS Promising Partnership Practices.

Do you have a family or community engagement success story
to submit for possible publication in the  
2017 NNPS Promising Partnership Practices Book?
Deadline to Submit:  May 15, 2017
For more information or examples of previous success stories,  
visit the NNPS website or call the Center of Excellence.  
Important Work Spotlight 
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.

Florence District 1  
ELL Teachers 
Florence, SC


South Carolina Department of Education
School Leadership Institute
Columbia, SC
 BUILD Institute Multi-State Conference   
 Charleston, SC     
Charles Chadwell Special Education Institute at Presbyterian College Clinton, SC

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! 

Retreats and Grants Available
Mindfulness Retreat 
Do you want to learn more about mindfulness? Do you want to learn how to build community and cultivate an atmosphere that facilitates personal renewal and re-connection?  The South Carolina Mindfulness Retreat may be the place!
This retreat is intended mostly for educators, administrators,  school counselors, school psychologists, and college professors who prepare teachers. However, they will welcome anyone interested in learning more about mindfulness practices. The retreat will be led by Jelena Popovic, Todd Scholl, and Lucy MacGregor. If you would like more information about the South Carolina Mindfulness Retreat, please visit their website or email Todd Scholl at toddscholl@gmail.com.

  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!


Dollar General Literacy Foundation Youth Literacy Grants
Youth Literacy Grants provide funding to schools, public libraries, and nonprofit organizations to help students who are below grade level or experiencing difficulty in reading.
Prize: $4,000
Deadline: May 18, 2017
Apply  HERE!
Avoid Summer Learning Loss
Oxford Learning says,   "Whether your child loves to read, play outside, or get techy, there are many fun but effective ways to promote learning over the break.  Since the summer will be here before you know it, it's a great idea to start planning now what activities you'll use to avoid summer learning loss. Our quick tips can help!"
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