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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.
Spring 2018 E-Newsletter
Volume 13        Number 7
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Summer Institute 2018
June 19-20, 2018
Important Work: Teaching Children of Poverty
Chapman Auditorium - McNair Science Building
Francis Marion University
4800 Patriot Drive - Florence, SC 29506

The Center's Summer Institute is a two-day event designed to provide participants with research-based information focusing on  the needs and abilities of children of poverty. This event will feature three keynote addresses and over 30 breakout sessions focusing on classroom strategies and best practices
for under-resourced students.  FLYER

               KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Dave Burgess - Teach Like A Pirate
  Dave Burgess specializes in teaching hard-to-reach, hard-to-motivate students with techniques that incorporate showmanship and creativity. He is a New York Times Best-Selling author of Teach Like A PIRATE: Increase Student Engagement and many more! Dave is the recipient of the 2001 and 2011 Golden Apple and the 2007/2008 Teacher of the Year award. He not only motivates and inspires educators, but also helps them to develop practical ways to become more creative and engaging in the classroom. Dave empowers teachers to embrace the mighty purpose of being an educator and sparks them to design classes that are life-changing experiences for students .  Learn more about Dave Burgess HERE!

Myron Dueck - Grading Smarter, Not Harder
  Myron Dueck is vice principal, teacher and author in SD 67 in British Columbia, Canada.  Mr. Dueck has experience in a variety of content subjects. Beginning in 2006 he developed a number of assessment and grading systems in which students have a greater opportunity to show  what they know and adapt to the feedback they receive. He uses first hand experiences, and actual classroom examples to make a compelling case for how changes in assessment and grading can not only improve achievement, learning and classroom climate but most importantly the transformation of relationships in the classroom.   He is the author of the best selling book, Grading Smarter, Not Harder - Assessment Strategies that Motivate Kids and Help Them Learn.  Learn more about Myron Dueck  HERE!

Jeremy Anderson -  Next Level Living
Jeremy Anderson is a highly sought after speaker who has spoken at schools, universities, corporations and faith based organizations across the globe.  He is the author of six books and is the owner of two successful companies.  The challenges that Jeremy overcame in school has given him the unique ability to connect with students and educators from all walks of life.  His raw and passionate style helps him deliver an encouraging and insightful message that reaches the heart of educators.  Jeremy's sole purpose in life is to help you experience Next Level Living! Learn more about Jeremy Anderson HERE!
Missouri Community Action Network
Are you interested in explori ng, in-depth, the challenges faced by those who live with limited resources? 

This three-hour poverty simulation promotes a greater understanding of life in low income and poverty.  Simulation participants role-play the lives of low-income families, from single parents trying to care for their children, to senior citizens trying to maintain their self sufficiency on Social Security.

Appropriate for educators, policy makers, local community leaders, students, and organizations, recent participants say this experience is the 'most powerful professional learning experience of their careers.'  

Tickets for this event are extremely limited.  Register today!
*NOT included in
Summer Institute registration
Get your ticket NOW for only $10.00!

June 21st, 2018
9:00 am - 11:00 am
* space is limited

Need Summer GRADUATE Credit?
Professional Development Course
June 2018
Course Description:
This course is 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.

This course will be taught by Dr. Tammy Pawloski, Director of the Center of Excellence to Prepare Teachers of Children of Poverty.

Grades will be submitted on July 3, 2018.

Professional Study Opportunity
September 12, 2018 
Center of Excellence  
in partnership with 
Carolina Teachers of English to Speakers
of Other Languages (TESOL) 

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...

J.C. Lynch Elementary School

Building a Sturdy Bookshelf


 After reading versions of The Three Little Pigs, and focusing on the use of materials and the engineering process, fourth grade students had the opportunity to build a personal bookshelf. The school librarian, parents and representatives from River Rats Kayak and Canoe Center worked collaboratively to guide students. The materials were pre-cut and students were able to build and paint their own bookshelf to take home. 

Thank  you  fo 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! 

Promising Partnership Practice
DUE May 15, 2018

NNPS Award Applications and Updates 
DUE June 30th, 2018

*This is required of all schools that received a Center grant.
A Peek  at the Practice  
Understand the Goals of Student Behavior
"Observation is key. Collecting information about what happens before (what triggers the behavior?), during (what maintains the behavior or what is the function of the behavior?) and after the behavior (did the child get something or get away from something?). Learning the extenuating conditions such as amount of sleep, health, transitions, new medication, visits and others is critical in developing a plan to address the behaviors."
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