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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.   
January 2017 E-Newsletter
Volume 12         Number 4 
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Upcoming Events

2017 Events

Center of Excellence Research Consortium
March 14

Featured Speaker: 
David Berliner 


Summer Institute
June 27-28

Judy Willis 
Mike Kuczala 
Robyn Jackson 
Gerry Brooks 

Position Announcement
Assistant Director
Center of Excellence  
to Prepare Teachers of Children of Poverty

The Center has opened a search to fill the position of Assistant Director.  The successful candidate will have experience and expertise in project management, including fiscal affairs and knowledge of research in field of teaching children of poverty.  The complete position announcement may be found at:   

Thank you for sharing this announcement  
with interested and qualified colleagues.
Essay Contest Information
Want to Win CASH PRIZES?
Enter the 2017 Essay Contest!

This Center-sponsored contest is intended to encourage participants to develop their own views about a central idea while concurrently substantiating these views with references to current research. The 2017 Essay Contest is open to FMU students and P-12 Teachers in South Carolina schools. Cash prizes will be awarded to authors of the four best essays that meet all contest criteria and receive the highest scores.

Official contest details are available here.
For more information, please contact Dr. James Ritter at jritter@fmarion.edu. 

Topic for Education Majors/ P-12 Teachers:  
"Important Work: Teaching Children of Poverty"

Topic for Non-Education Majors: 
"Why Poverty Matters in Schools and In Life"
Entry Deadline is March 17, 2017

1st and 2nd Place prizes will be awarded to winners  
in each of the following entry categories:  
 - Non-Education Majors - 
- Education Students K-12 - 
- P-12 Teachers -

1st Place  -  $200          2nd Place  -  $150  
Previewing 2017
2017 Research Consortium
Register Now for Dr. David Berliner
To Keynote at the Research Consortium

Confronting Myths and Lies about Public Education
Date: March 14, 2017  
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 
Location: SC History and Archives Building 
David C. Berliner is Regents' Professor Emeritus of Education at Arizona State University. He has also taught at the Universities of Arizona and Massachusetts, and at universities in Canada, Australia, The Netherlands, Denmark, Spain, and Switzerland. 

Professor Berliner has authored more than 200 published articles, technical reports, and book chapters.  Collateral Damage, co-authored with Sharon Nichols, explores the corruption of professional educators through high-stakes testing. His most recent book, 50 Myths and Lies that Threaten America's Public Schools, was co-authored with Gene V. Glass and students, and published in March, 2014. Berliner is the winner of numerous awards, most notably the Brock award and the AERA award for distinguished contributions to education, the E. L. Thorndike award from the APA for lifetime achievements, and the NEA "Friend of Education" award for his work on behalf of the education profession. 

Click here to register now! Registration closes on March 10, 2017. 
Summer Institute -  Call for Presentations
Summer Institute 2017 Set for June 27-28

The Center of Excellence Summer Institute is a two-day 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 specialized breakout sessions will focus on classroom strategies and best practices for under-resourced students around this year's theme: 
Challenges and Opportunities: Teaching Children of Poverty.

Educators learn best from other educators!  Your best practices can be featured in breakout sessions.  Do you have a classroom activity that has been very successful?  Are you finding ways to motivate your learners?  Have you used a brain-based strategy that has energized your classroom?  Now is the time to share with others.  Proposals are now being accepted and the process is simple.   Questions?  Call or email the Center.  

Proposals must be received before February 21, 2017.

Click here for the Guidelines and Application!

Brain Breaks
Change Your Classroom Up with Brain Breaks   

Brain breaks offer short breaks from sometimes dull class-
room routines characterized by incoming information that arrives in very predictable, tedious roadways. Our brain lives and thrives on novelty because we pay attention to every stimulus that is out of the ordinary.

Consider the
following brain break ideas in your classroom this month:
Brain Breaks!
Combining Project Based and Service Learning!
Wondering how to help your students find a larger sense of purpose in their schoolwork,
even as they achieve educational goals?

Service learning is a wonderful way to take meaningful action as well as teach important content and curriculum objectives. It also helps build empathy, build compassion and has students learn from others outside of school. Project-based learning matches well with service learning because both focus on authenticity and meaningful work. When thinking about a service learning project as a focus for project-based learning, you can ensure that the experience will be highly effective and will impact learners as well as the community at large. Edutopia has a few tips on how to create a project-based learning project with  focus on service learning. Take a look!   
Wealth of Resources
Need Resources? We have what you are looking for!

Did you know the Center of Excellence has a collection of more than 400 books and they are available for you to check out? Did you also know the Center website has hundreds of helpful articles that are free and just a click away?

Check out this recent addition to our Resource Library:
Leading an Inclusive School: Access and Success for ALL Students
by Richard A. Villa and Jacqueline S. Thousand

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