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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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Timrod 2012 PDF Print E-mail

Timrod Elementary School 


Meet a Challenge to Involve More Families: DIY Day — Dads Involved in Youth

DIY usually stands for Do-It-Yourself craft-making, but at Timrod Elementary School, Dads Involved in Youth (DIY Day) brought nearly 50 dads or other male relatives to school with their children on a Saturday morning.  Pre-K through sixth-grade students and their dads, uncles, grandfathers, and others worked together to construct bird feeders and to learn math concepts and skills along the way.

After a full breakfast sponsored by a local church and restaurant, students and their guests went to the construction side of the cafeteria for their bird feeder kit, tape measure, and screwdriver set, which was theirs to keep, thanks to a grant from the Francis Marion University (FMU) Center of Excellence.  The student-dad teams received directions and were shown a model.  Then, they constructed their projects at long cafeteria tables.  Eighteen volunteers—including male community leaders, FMU students, teachers’ spouses, a local male artist, and a carpenter— assisted as needed.

The student-dad teams built their bird feeders and completed the related math activities.  Teachers were on hand to help with measurement, prediction, shape identification, and angle comparison concepts and skills.  At the paint station, the student-dad teams found another math question along with the paint. At the measurement station they measured birdseed donated by Lowe’s and completed a final math activity.  Students submitted a checklist accounting for the steps they took to complete the bird feeder and their math skills sheets.  They took home their project, birdseed, tools, and a feeling of pride in a job well done.

Reach Results for Student Success in School: Red Tie Club

Timrod Elementary established the Red Tie Club in the 2010-11 school year to help fifth and sixth grade boys build character and leadership skills.  Data showed that some boys were sent to the office too often for disciplinary problems. The Action Team for Partnerships (ATP) wanted to reduce these problems.  Teachers, parents, and administrators knew that good behavior in class was essential for a productive and effective learning environment for everyone.  An ATP member suggested that by targeting the fifth and sixth grade students for leadership development, the focus on improving student behavior would trickle down to the other grade levels.  The school chose red ties because they signified leadership and strong decision-making skills.  The structure, meetings, and activities of the Red Tie Club in its initial year are described in Promising Partnership Practices 2011.

In the 11-12 school year, the Red Tie Club conducted various projects, including making Valentine’s Day cards for children who were patients at the McLeod Children’s Hospital.  Club members and their families participated in Timrod’s school beautification project.  They volunteered on a Saturday morning to help clean the school grounds and plant flowers.  Plans are in place for the 2012-13 school year to begin a girl’s club, The White Pearls, which will mirror the Red Tie Club as a leadership development program.  It is expected that the two clubs will coordinate some activities.

See details on DYI-Dads Involved in Youth Day in Promising Partnership Practices 2012 at www.partnershipschools.org in the section Success Stories.