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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.

Event Photos (click to enlarge)

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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

DI Rubric

Baruti Kafele


Gerry Brooks


2010 Promising Partnership Practices PDF Print E-mail


Book Patrol

Wallace Gregg Elementary School
Florence, SC 

The Action Team for Partnerships (ATP) at Wallace Gregg Elementary is always seeking innovative ways to promote reading at home and encourage parent participation. One of its latest initiatives, the Book Patrol, involves making visits to students’ homes to catch them reading. Evoking the surprise home visits of popular sweepstakes’ Prize Patrols, faculty and  administrators unexpectedly arrived on students’ doorsteps with an array of prizes for students who are reading when they arrive.  More...

Gloria Muldrow & Yakima Spain, Principal, Teacher

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 Type 4 | Elementary | Reading and Literacy

D.A.D.S.: College Bound or Left Behind?

Main Street Elementary School
  Lake City, SC 

Picture an elementary school gymnasium filled with fathers, sons, grandfathers, uncles, pastors, male district leaders, mentors, older brothers, friends, school board members, and community leaders. Now imagine that all of the men gathered to work toward the same goals—help African American male students identify their long-term goals, teach them strategies to succeed in life, and keep them from becoming victims of underachievement. More...

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Type 1 | Elementary | College and Careers

Parent Academy

Florence County School District Three

Lake City, SC

The students entering the media centers at Olanta Elementary and J. Paul Truluck Middle School on Thursday evenings this year weren’t your typical elementary or middle school students. In fact, they weren’t students at all, but parents participating in Florence County School District Three’s new Parent Academy. More...

Laura Hickson, Sr. Director of Academic Improvement

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District-Level Leadership 

Organization Supports District Level Leadership

FMU Center of Excellence
  Florence, SC

It is well known that children are more successful in school when their families and communities are involved in the schools and in students’ education. That is why family and community involvement is one of the five core goals of the Francis Marion University Center of Excellence (COE). Since 2005, COE has been helping schools in the area develop more effective partnership programs. As an NNPS partner, COE encourages schools to join the network and provides professional development workshops and on-going support to schools’ Action Teams for Partnerships in COE Partner Districts. The number of schools in the COE network grew to 22, but the Center knew that more could be done if local districts took leadership in guiding all of their schools’ partnership programs.   More...

   Markey Bee, Associate Director

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 Type  | Organization  |  Organization