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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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Moore Intermediate School - Florence One    

SAVE: Students Against Violence Everywhere

Students will become aware of bullying incidents, people who have experienced bullying, and positive ways to handle bullying by creating a scrapbook with their parents and sharing it with other students, parents, and community members. Parents and students will work together to create an original artwork that promotes anti-violence and anti-bullying.


Carver Elementary School - Florence One         

Carver Community Read-a-thon

Parents, volunteers, community members, and school personnel will be involved in reading to the students at the Carver Community Read-A-Thon. Prior to the event, parents will attend a workshop to discuss reading strategies to help them see the value of reading at home. A book drive with donations from parents, volunteers, and the COE Outreach Project will be given to students to take home after the Read-A-Thon.


Greenwood Elementary School - Florence One    

Launching the Library

A Family Reading Night was held at the public library with special events such as teachers reading to groups, a presentation on library etiquette/using the library, and a presentation from the Behavioral Health counselor, as well as an opportunity for students and parents to apply for a library card.


Scranton Elementary School - Florence Three    

Walking to A Better Future

The goal of this project was to increase community and parental presence on campus by increasing awareness on healthier living and providing a means to accomplish it. Students, staff, parents and the community were invited to a ribbon cutting ceremony to jumpstart the event. The Physical Education teacher led warm-up exercises and discussions about how physical activity is beneficial. Participants are keeping walking journals throughout the year to show their progress toward a healthier lifestyle.


Lake City High School - Florence Three    

Panther Career & College Expo

Parents and students were invited to participate in this college and career fair. Colleges, universities, and local businesses were invited to share information about the courses and opportunities avaliable to the students. Speakers were avaliable for additional guidance in career and college choices as well as a Financial Aid Workshop.


Lee Central Middle School - Lee County    

Books & Basketball: Family Literature Night

Teachers send out weekly reading tips amd stretegies for parents to enourage their children to read more. Community businesses and faith-based organizations were asked by parent volunteers to donate books in order to provide all students with books to take home. During the Books & Basketball Family Literature Night, parents participated in grade-level sessions and received drawstring book bags filled with reading activities, folder games, and other materials they can use at home for learning with their child.


Lee Central High School - Lee County    

Family Math Night

The goal of this project was to increase students’ math skills and abilities by hosting a night for parents to engage in math with their students, go to parent information sessions. In addition, teachers send out weekly tips and strategies that parents can use at home to help their child prepare for EOC.


Delmae Heights Elementary School - Florence One     

No Parents Left Behind: ELL Support Station

In an effort to support the families and students of the English Language Learner (ELL) students, Delmae implemented an Electronic Support Station (ELL) within the school to serve students and family units in their school in order to improve home/school communications.


Lake City Elementary School - Florence Three    

MAC-Men Achieving Great Character

Character Education classes involving male role models and 4th and 5th grade male students are taught monthly by the Behavioral Interventionist. The student and his male mentor also participate in activities that enhance knowledge of social settings outside of school as well.