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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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Carol A. Tomlinson


Carol A. Tomlinson


Carol A. Tomlinson

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Baruti Kafele


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2009-2010 NNPS End-of-the-Year Celebration Promising Practices

“End-of-the-Year Celebration”Agenda - March 24, 2010

“Increasing Attendance on APT Nights,” was the theme for Briggs Elementary School’s Promising Practice. The practice focused on math using various activities such as a junk mail competition. Each grade was evaluated to see who had the most participation. Every nine weeks a new math activity was sent home, and it has received much positive feedback.

Briggs Elementary School

Becky Chisholm

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“Red Tie Club,” was a practice developed for 5th and 6th grade boys. The club met for one hour, six times over the course of three months, to focus on mannerisms, conversational skills, table etiquette, and positive behavior decisions. Each meeting was led by volunteer teachers and/or community volunteers.

Timrod Elementary School

Dawn Walker

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“Math Night,” was a popular night with parents! The parents played games in various rooms at school and then took the games home to play with their children. The school also participated in Relay for Life and had a bake sale to raise money for cancer.

McLaurin Elementary School

Joann Nance

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“Library Read a Book,” was put on by The Parent Academy of Olanta Elementary. Book pockets were placed in the back of books and parents were encouraged to slip notes of encouragement into the pockets for their children. Parents were also given small buckets of goodies as door prizes at parent night for their support.

Olanta Elementary School

Dianne McKenzie

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“Taking it to the Streets,” was a Promising Practice that was displayed on video! Teachers, fire, and police departments volunteered to serve hot dogs to children and parents on a Saturday evening in Lake City. New clothing and shoes were donated at the three locations that were set up. Each location served the community for an hour and a half and received positive responses.

Lake City Elementary

Patrick Pinckney

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“Grits for Grandparents,” “Donuts for Dads,” and “Muffins for Moms,” were events offered for parents and grandparents to get involved with their child’s school. A full breakfast was served for the grandparents. Over 180 dads and 300 students showed up for donuts. A presentation on cancer statistics was given to moms and $300 was raised for Breast Cancer Awareness.

J. Paul Truluck Elementary

Cutina Barrineau

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“Mothers and Sons Marathon” and “Family Walk Night,” were Promising Practices presented by North Vista Elementary. In addition, teachers and administrators worked to reduce tardiness by having a “tardy party” every nine weeks for students with three or less tardies.

North Vista Elementary School