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2016 COE Fall Workshop




Gerry Brooks


2016 FALL WORKSHOP • Nov. 7, 2016

Center of Excellence to Prepare Teachers of Children of Poverty

Keynote Speaker – Gerry Brooks

“Spreading Humor Through the World of Education”

The Fall Workshop was a huge success! Everyone enjoyed Gerry Brooks presentation.

More than 950 attendees re-registered for the Hurricane Matthew-delayed workshop

held at River Bluff High School Performing Arts Center in November.

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Spring Research Consortium

2017 Center of Excellence Spring Research Consortium

March 14, 2017

Location:  SC Department of Archives & History • 8301 Parklane Road, Columbia, SC  29223

Keynote Speaker: David C. Berliner

David Berliner is Regent’s Professor of Education Emeritus at Arizona State University. He is the winner of numerous awards, most notably the Brock award and the AERA award for distinguished contributions to education.  Professor Berliner has authored more than 200 published articles, chapters and books. Among his best known works is the book co-authored with B. J. Biddle, The Manufactured Crisis, and the American Education.   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.  We are excited to have him with us for the Research Consortium.

2016 COE Summer Institute

THANK YOU to everyone who participated in this year's 2016 event!

The Summer Institute continues to improve each year and your participation is a large part of that success!

If you missed this year's event and want to review the schedule to see the quality of our sessions and speakers

or if you just need to review the schedule once again, you can follow the link below.

View the FMU COE Summer Institute 2016 Schedule & Directory.

Downloadable Materials from the Speakers at 2016 Summer Institute

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P-12 Professional Development Outreach Project PDF Print E-mail

The Center of Excellence holds the work that P-12 educators do every day at a very high regard. The Center wants to assist and aid these educators as much as possible with funding their educational ideas and projects. The P-12 Professional Development Outreach Project is the Center’s initiative to do just that. The recipient of the Outreach Project will receive funding to focus on the development or expansion of best practices or specific strategies for teaching children of poverty. The research that is submitted must be designed to study the population to validate issues regarding educating children of poverty in the Pee Dee area educational community and /or educating children of poverty in the state-wide educational community.


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November 1, 2016


2014-2015 K-12 Outreach Project Recipients

Clarendon Two

Kristi Motley/Shanna Morgan

Social Studies Project Based Learning Through Literature:  Integrating Social Studies project based learning through literature while sparking students’ natural curiosity. Purpose is to make history come alive for students through interactive novels and news magazines.

Kendra Baltzegar
Technology Learning for All: Using iPad and iPad minis and software (Reflector) allows teacher to mirror information from devices to projector in classroom.

Richland One

Lusungu Sibande
What’s That Sound? What’s That Word?Assisting teachers with explicit tools and resources that focus on teaching children sounds and words so that they can hear sounds, manipulate sounds, and combine sounds to make words in a seamless manner.

Richland One

Angela Altier/Jennifer Jeffers
Fostering Families of Mathematicians: Teach students strategies to build their conceptual knowledge, resulting in overall growth of mathematical achievement as measured by data.

Spartanburg Six

Jennifer Faulkner/Heather Hembree
iPad at myHome:  Provide students and parents of poverty the opportunity to utilize a technology device at home and at school to connect with the many educational resources available.

Florence One

Carol Hill/Allison McKain
At the End of the Ropes:  Ropes course activities will promote successful behaviors, physical fitness, and are collaboration-based. Activities promote responsible, respectful, social behavior in students.

Lexington Two

Christian Tiffany Crenshaw
Logic of English – Making Reading Make Sense! Program to help struggling readers make sense of the literary world. Students are taught basic phonograms and spelling rules that account for 98% of English words.

2013-2014 K-12 Outreach Project Recipients

Clarendon Two

Jamie Davis
P.E.E.R (Parents Engaged in Excellent Reading): Parents are invited to join their child in small reading groups.

Kendra Baltzegar
Technology Learning for All: Using iPad and iPad minis and software (Reflector) allows teacher to mirror information from devices to projector in classroom.

Shanna Morgan
Write This Way: “Write this Way” provides a common language for teachers and students to communicate about the characteristics of writing.


Ashley Taylor
Holistically Developing the Child for the Future: A book study, The 7 Habits of Happy Kids used with students.


Tammy Hudson
Secrets of the Salt Marsh: Field study trip to Huntington Beach State Park.

2012-2013 K-12 Outreach Project Recipients

Clarendon Two

Jamie Davis
Making Sense of Math: Parent workshops to assist students improve math scores.

Shanna Morgan
Using Nooks: Using Nooks to improve reading scores and increase appreciation for reading.

Erica Epps
eLearning 4 Mini: Integration of technology through the use of IPads in ELA, Math, Science and Social Studies.

Florence One

Dawn Walker
Science Comes Alive: Field trip to WonderWorks.


Ayanna Shivers
Growing STEM: Web-based strategies to increase awareness of STEM careers and field trip to Coastal Carolina University.


Wallace Foxworth
Sweet Grass Basket Making: Speaking and hands-on activity with students on Gullah and sweetgrass baskets.

Tammy Hudson
It's A Wonder: Field trip to WonderWorks.

Richland Two

James Keels
BA Micro-Biotic Institute: Development of a microbiotic garden at an alternative high school.

2011/2012 P-12 Public School Recipients

* Clarendon District 2

Jamie Davis, "Leveling the Playing Field," Manning Early Childhood Center

* Georgetown County Schools

Avanna Shivers, "Yes, I Can Do That," Waccamaw Middle School


* Marion District 1

Wallace Foxworth, "Sweet Grass Baskets," Johnakin Middle School

Tammy Hudson, "Energy to Burn," Johnakin Middle School

Deanna Odom, "Math Applied to the Hoops," Manning Elementary School


* Richland District 2

Clarissa Bennett, "The Social Network," Round Top Elementary School

2010/2011 P-12 Public School Recipients

* Clarendon District 2

Ellen Hamilton, “Parent Partnership for School Success,"

Jamie Davis, "Teaming Up with Technology," Manning Early Childhood Center


* Florence District 1

Jackie Shuler, "Closing a Performance Gap for Students of Poverty at SFHS," South Florence High School

Jenny Rogers & Ginger Baggette, "Smart Sacks” Delmae Heights Elementary School


* Florence District 3

Linda Robinson, "Building Excellence with Success Habits," Lake City Elementary School


*Marion District 1

Tammy Hudson "From Salt Marsh to Shoreline," Johnakin Middle School


*Marion District 7

Nancy N. Etman, "Revolutionizing the American Revolution," Britton’s Neck Elementary School


*Richland District 2

Mikkia Neal, "Lights, Camera, Action! At Anna Boyd," Anna Boyd School

Clarissa Bennett, "B.O.N.E.S. Building Our Network & Encouraging Service," Roundtop Elementary School

2009/2010 P-12 Public School Recipients


* Clarendon District 1

Harold Ehnhuus, "Utilizing Technology for science Inquiry and Standards," Scott's Branch High School


* Clarendon District 2

Betty Harrington, "Going on a Sensory Diet," Manning Early Childhood Center

Kristi Motley, "Making Math Count," Manning Early Childhood Center

Shanna Morgan, "Read (Recess, Exercise & Academics Daily)," Mannuing Elementary School


* Clarendon District 3

Rebecca H. Poston, "World festival of Music and Arts," Walker-Gamble Elementary School


* Dillon District 2

Victoria Gray & Kathy Cooper, "Preschool authors: A Step Ahead," South Elementary School


*Florence District 1

April Coe & Ginger Baggette, "Data Makes the Difference in Math," Delmae Heights Elementary

Debra Purvis, "What a Wonderful World," Timrod Elementary School

2008/2009 P-12 Professional Development Outreach Grants


 * Clarendon School District Two

Shanna Morgan & Allyson Goff, "Let the Music Play," Manning Elementary


* Clarendon School District Three

Dee Driggers, Danielle Culick, & Fave Gamble, "Smart Sewing," East Clarendon Middle


* Darlington County School District

Ryan Milling, "M.A.P. to Achievement," North Hartsville Elementary


* Dillon School District Three

Krista Byrd & Charley Mclntyre, "A Whale of a Tale," Latta Early Childhood Center

Ronald Wiggins & Martha Heyward, "TEAM Read," Latta Middle School


* Florence School District One

Edwina Faulkenberry & Elizabert Jackson, "Gotta Love 'Em," Henry Timrod Elementary School

Debra Purvis, Brenda Windham, & Lynn Pew, "My Home Town," Henry Timrod Elementary School


2007/2008 P-12 Professional Development Outreach Project