Vol. 11   No. 10  P.O. Box 100547, Florence, SC  29502   (843) 661-1828 

June 2016 E-Newsletter 
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.
COE 9th Annual Summer Institute

June 22-23, 2016 
Important Work: Teaching Children of Poverty 
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Chapman Auditorium- McNair Science Building
Francis Marion University
4800 Patriot Drive - Florence, SC 29506

The COE 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. The theme of the Summer Institute is "Important Work: Teaching Children of Poverty." This event will feature four keynote addresses and over 40 breakout sessions focusing on classroom strategies and best practices for under-resourced students.

Preview the Schedule Before You Come!

The final program for the 2016 COE Summer Institute is now available! If you are interested in previewing the schedule and session line-up before attending our conference, visit the Center Of Excellence's website or click here.   

Learn About Our Keynote Speakers!
"Spreading Humor Through The World of Education"  
Have you heard the news?  Kentucky Principal, Gerry Brooks, will be joining us at the Summer Institute! He is a new internet sensation for educators across the nation. What began as a fun video has exploded into a regular commentary that he describes as "spreading humor through the world of education." We are so excited to share his comedy and insight on school climate and culture. If you have not already been introduced to Mr. Brooks, add him on Facebook or follow his channel on YouTube here to see his regular dose of humor. 

June 22: "Every Child Deserves a Rock Star Teacher"    
Principal Baruti Kafele is America's leading authority for providing effective classroom and school leadership strategies toward closing the "attitude gap."   He will make the case that all children deserve a phe nomenal, "Rock Star" teacher. What makes a teacher a rock star?  Kafele asserts that it is all about the teacher's attitude toward his or her students, the practice of teaching, and an "obsession" with continued professional growth.   This session is a great chance for all of us to learn how to be rock stars!  Learn more about Principal Kafele at his website.

Jo Ann Burroughs was an elementary school principal and a classroom teacher for 31 years before her retirement. As the author of the books, Johnathon and Techr, and a presenter, Jo Ann has carried her message, "Children Need Love, Too," throughout the United States. Her portrayal of "Johnathon" is a must for every person who truly cares about children. She believes many children enter classrooms so loaded down with problems from home that they have great difficulty settling into class routines. It is often the teacher of these children who can and does make a difference in their success or failure.    Learn more about Ms. Burrough's books here.  
June 23: "Invitations to Learn:
                                   Creating Classrooms that Support Learning"  
Carol Ann Tomlinson's career as an educator includes 21 years as a teacher, 12 years as a program administrator of special services for struggling and advanced learners. She has authored over 200 articles, book chapters, books, and other professional development materials. Dr. Tomlinson's interests include differentiation and encouraging creative and critical thinking in the classroom.  She understands that "the idea of differentiating instruction to accommodate the different ways that students learn involves a hefty dose of common sense, as well as sturdy support in the theory and research of education." (Tomlinson & Allan, 2000)  Find out more about her work here.

Breakfast and Lunch Will Be Served!

Complimentary breakfast and lunch will be served on both days of the Summer Institute. Please note that the Center's funding limits the variety of food options that can be provided and special dietary needs cannot be accommodated. If you have a specific dietary need or preference, you may want to pack something to bring along just in case the selections offered do not meet your needs.

Posters Wanted

Ask yourself the following questions:

1. Do I have something meaningful to share with fellow educators, however did not get a chance to submit a full presentation proposal? 
2. Do I need certificate renewal points? 
3. Do you have an innovative strategy or activity that improves student achievement or engagement that is focused on one or more of the six Center of Excellence's Star Strategies?
  • Life in Poverty
  • Language and Literacy
  • Family and Community Partnerships
  • Classroom Community
  • Curriculum Design and Instructional Assessment
  • Leaders, Learners, and Advocates
If you answered "YES" to ANY of these questions, now is the time to share with your colleagues in our new Summer Institute poster session.

This is a low-pressure way to try out the presenter role since no 'big presentation' is required.  Just create your visual representation of your strategy or activity and stand with your poster during the session.  You and other poster presenters will informally share project details with interested attendees.  No pressure! Complete the poster template attached here and return it to Dr. Erik Lowry at
ELowry@fmarion.edu.   Not sure?  Send us your questions---we'll walk you through the process! 
Submission deadline: June 10, 2016    
A Wealth of Resources!  
Need Resources? We have what you're looking for!

Did you know you can check out books from our resource library in the COE office with a collection of over 400 books?  The COE website also has hundreds of helpful articles that are free and just a click away.

Check out these Recent Additions to our Resource Library:
Thirty Million Words     
by Dana Suskind, MD      
Excellence Through Equity     
by Alan Blankstein & Pedro Noguera

Check out these Good Read Articles from our  Facebook page:
(Deruy, 2016)
(Brody, 2016) 

Visit our website and discover our research article database!