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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

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View the FMU COE Summer Institute 2016 Schedule & Directory.

Downloadable Materials from the Speakers at 2016 Summer Institute

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Delmae 2013 PDF Print E-mail


Delmae Elementary School
, Florence, SC

Roy Ann Jolley, Principal  
Ginger A. Baggette, ATP Co-Chair

Partnership School Award Winners - 2013

Delmae Elementary School

Florence, South Carolina


Front row:  Anne Adams, Roy Ann Jolley (Principal and ATP Co-Chair)

Second Row:  Jonte Barr, Blazely Young, Tammy Stokes, Julie Shealy, Brandy Nutter,
Terri Cato-Damon, Emma Woods Back Row: Genevieve Boston, Lisa Young, Ginger Baggette (ATP Co-Chair), Julia McElveen, Mary Neal Fowler, Leslie McCall, Nancy Granath

Meet a Challenge to Involve More Families: ELL Translation Station
When teachers at Delmae Elementary School want to communicate with parents who speak limited English, they stop at the school’s new English Language Learner (ELL) Translation Station to find the right words. The ELL Translation Station is a separate room at the school with a laptop.  Translation software on the laptop facilitates interactions between school staff and Delmae’s parents who speak languages as diverse as Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Vietnamese, Portuguese, Guajarati, Wolof, and Urdu.

Teachers say that the ELL Translation Station is especially useful for two-way connections during parent-teacher conferences. “Having this resource so that I can sit down with a non-English speaking parent and really communicate what is going on so they can be active in the decision-making is paramount to that child’s success,” explained a fourth-grade teacher. The ELL Translation Stationisn’t just for special meetings. Families also are given unlimited access to the ELL Translation Station to use whenever they like.  In addition to teachers, over 80 parents and 44 students have used the technology.

The ELL Translation Station also comes in handy when teachers need to translate written documents to send home with ELL students. When ELL students bring home information about school services and events in their parents’ native language, parents are more likely to engage with the school. Going forward, the school intends to increase the use of the technology by offering demonstrations to parents. They hope that the station will continue to strengthen parent engagement by enabling educators to communicate information to all families about academic issues, behavioral expectations, and school functions.


Reach Results for Student Success in School: Energy Cents

To improve science scores on standardized tests, Delmae Elementary School partnered with Progress Energy, a local energy provider, to implement a family education program called Energy Cents.  The program was initiated at an evening workshop. Students played games designed to teach them about alternative energy sources and how renewable resources can improve the quality of life.  Parents met with energy experts who explained how to save money by conserving energy at home. Afterward, families enjoyed dinner provided by a local business partner and received free energy-efficient light bulbs.

Teachers reinforced and expanded the lessons about energy in their classrooms throughout the school year. For example, third-graders studied solar energy by building and racing solar-powered cars.  Fourth-graders learned about wind power by conducting experiments with small wind turbines. In the spring, all students shared what they had learned from their experiments at a science fair. Their work was recognized with ribbons donated by a local business.

Energy Cents forged a bond between families, community partners, and the school, and helped students strengthen math and science skills. By the end of the school year, the district benchmark assessment indicated measurable improvement in math skills.  More than 65% of students were projected to meet or exceed math standards on upcoming state testing.  Other schools in the area are looking into replicating or adapting Energy Cents with their students and families.
See details on ELL Translation Station in Promising Partnership Practices 2013 at www.partnershipschools.org in the section Success Stories.  Also see Delmae’s Partnership School Award summary in 2012.