Center of Excellence • 2017 Summer Institute
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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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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.
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!
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Downloadable Materials from the Speakers at 2016 Summer Institute
Carol A. Tomlinson
Carol A. Tomlinson
Carol A. Tomlinson
|NNPS Outreach Project|
The National Network of Partnership Schools (NNPS) Outreach Project is a collaborative act with the Center of Excellence to highlight the “Promising Practices” being implemented by the National Network of Partnership Schools. NNPS is focused on improving the classroom, school, community, and family climate for students of poverty. The recipients of the outreach Project must provide opportunities for parents and community volunteers to help improve student behavior, academic performance and their overall sense of safety in their community. The projects should instill in the students, parents, teachers, volunteers and community that working together they can help raise tomorrow’s leaders. The recipients of the National Network of Partnership Schools Outreach Projects are expected to present their results at the NNPS End of the Year Celebration.
To read more about the Outreach Project, click here.
To view past recipients, click the links below:
2010-2011 End-of-the-Year Celebration
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“Career Day Expo,” introduced sixteen career clusters to 8th graders. Victor Wood was the guest speaker and various vendors from the area participated in the Expo. The special event even received radio and television coverage!
Williams Middle School
“R.E.A.L. (Raising Expectations, Achievement, and Leadership) Men Program,” described four Promising Practices events. “Real Men Cook” had men volunteer to design and make bar-b-q sauce. “Real Men Read” had books available for men from the community to read to the students. “Real Men Explore” was based on CSI, and had volunteers pretend to solve a crime. The school had students visit the “interrogation room,” look at clues, and crime on video to decide who was guilty.
Main Street Elementary
“Mentors,” were spotlighted for students in Kindergarten through third grade. Struggling students were matched with mentors. Each mentor was able to choose to interact with their student through one-on-one mentoring, adopt a classroom, or have lunch with a student.
Greenwood Elementary School
“One Team One Goal,” was a theme created for building up the heart. During the parent night at Scranton Elementary, parents discussed how words can affect a student’s day especially during test-taking.
Scranton Elementary School
A practice from Carver Elementary was displayed through a scrapbook containing photos for activities throughout the year for each grade level. The scrapbook included activities from writing portfolios and making bar graphs to making chicken bog.
Carver Elementary School
To improve English scores, 9th graders participated in reciting Romeo and Juliet while fencing on stage, which was prominent during that era. A partial video clip of the first steps of teaching fencing to the students was shown at the Celebration. Both boys and girls enjoyed fencing and discussed starting a fencing club at South Florence.
South Florence High School