Vol. 11   No. 3  P.O. Box 100547, Florence, SC  29502   (843) 661-1828
November 2015 E-Newsletter
Poverty Graduate Course Begins in January:

EDUC 599 - "Teaching and Assessing in High Poverty Schools"
  • Open to anyone who has completed EDUC 555 or permission of the Graduate School.
  • Start Date:  January 11, 2016.
  • End Date:   June 30, 2016.
  • Grades Posted:  End of Summer I, 2016.
  • Class Format:  This course will include Face-to-Face and Distance Sessions
    • Distance Sessions:  Asynchronous--complete independently within a window of time.
    • Face-to-Face Sessions:
      • January 25, 2016 and March 21, 2016 
                        SC Archives Building in Columbia, SC (Tentative)
      • June 22, 2016 and June 23, 2016
                        Francis Marion University, Florence, SC
  • Registration:
    • Tuition:  $800
    • Ensure you have a current Graduate Application Form on file or complete the Graduate Application Form
    • Submit Application or written request to enroll along with payment (checks made payable to:  PDEC) and mail to the Center of Excellence, 4822 E. Palmetto Street, Florence, SC 29506 (Founders Hall 220A)
  • The 35 available seats will be filled on a first-come-first-served basis. The deadline is December 11, 2015.
  • NOTE:  This course requires field assignments in a school environment that serves children of poverty. You must have extended opportunities for field work in schools in order to complete course assignments.
Questions?  Call the Center at 843.661.1828 or email coe@fmarion.edu 
School, Family, and Community Partnerships 

     National Network of Partnership Schools News:  
Carol Schweitz, Dr. Joyce Epstein, Dr. Aneta Hopkins, Markey Bee

Moore Intermediate School Goes to NNPS Conference!
Moore Intermediate School, winner of the National Network of Partnership Schools 2016 School Award, is recognized at the NNPS Leadership Conference at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.

More About the National Network of Partnership Schools!
The Center of Excellence, in partnership with the National Network of Partnership Schools  
 at Johns Hopkins University, uses a research based model to equip teachers with knowledge  
 and skills needed to work effectively with families and community resources. Partnership  
 schools create action plans and learn how to better involve families and the communities in  
 their schools throughout the entire year.

5 Schools in Charleston County School District Joined NNPS!   
     + Edmund A. Burns Elementary
     + Minnie Hughes Elementary
     + North Charleston Elementary
     + Pepperhill Elementary
     + W. B. Goodwin Elementary 
For more information, visit the NNPS website or call the Center of Excellence. 

Check out this article by Suzie Boss that discusses some of the many advantages to sc hool,  family, and community partnerships. The article provides you with a free Home-to-School Connections Guide that is packed with tips, tech tools, and strategies for family and school communications! 
2016 Center of Excellence Research Consortium     

Save the Date for Dr. Karl Alexander!
March 8, 2016 ~ 8:00 - 12:00  
South Carolina Department of Archives & History
8301 Parklane Rd 
Columbia, SC 29223 

How does poverty affect children across time? It casts a long shadow that follows children throughout school and into their careers. Dr. Karl Alexander, retired research professor at John Hopkins University, followed 790 Baltimore first-graders from 1982 until their late twenties. Find out what Dr. Alexander and his colleagues learned about these children during their school years as well as their transition into adulthood.

A Wealth of Resources!  

Need Resources? We have many new resources that might be just right!

Did you know you can check out resources from the Center Resource Library that includes but is not limited to books, media, and articles? 

Take a glance at some of our recent additions to our resource library:
Fair Isn't Always Equal: Assessing & Grading in the Differentiated Classroom
     by Rick Wormeli
Total Participation Techniques: Making Every Student an Active Learner
     by Persida Himmele
Embedding Formative Assessment: Practical Techniques for K-12 Classrooms
     by Dylan Wiliam

Check out these recently added articles to our research article database:
Energy and Calm : Brain Breaks and Focused Attention Practices     
      by Lori Desautels 
Literacy and Language Outcomes of Balanced and Developmental Approaches
to Early Childhood Education: A Systematic Review
     by Bette Chambers, Alan Cheung, and Robert Slavin 

Want more?
The COE has hundreds of helpful articles that are free and just a click away! 
       Visit our website and discover our research article database!