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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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Carol A. Tomlinson


Carol A. Tomlinson


Carol A. Tomlinson

DI Rubric

Baruti Kafele


Gerry Brooks


2011 Promising Partnership Practices PDF Print E-mail


Red Tie Club

Timrod Elementary School
Florence, SC    

Building character and leadership skills in students who are currently  disruptive in school is an important goal, but it is not easy to attain. Timrod Elementary established the Red Tie Club to help fifth and sixth grade boys shape up and be the school leaders they were meant to be.  More...             

Dawn Walker, Teacher

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Type 6 | Elementary Grades  |  Behavior


Sip 'N' Sob
      Delmae Heights Elementary School
Florence, SC 

Dropping kids off on their first day of kindergarten can be an emotional time for many parents. They see their little ones move into a formal schoolroom and, sometimes, it is just too much.    More...     

Nancy Granath, Assistant Principal

Type 1 | Elementary Grades  |  Transitions


R.E.A.L. Men 

Main Street Elementary School
Lake City, SC    

It's true -- barbecue is delicious! A little barbecue and a good book are even better together than alone. Throw in a little extra excitement -- say a crime scene investigation -- and you have a memorable occasion.   More...

Linda Gray, Assistant Principal

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Type 3 | Elementary Grades  |  Climate of Partnership


Takin' It to the Streets

Lake City Elementary School
Lake City, SC    

In any school, some students fall through the cracks. Some may not measure up to their full potential. Some may lack strong parent support at home for their work at school.  More...  

Patrick Pinckney, Community Involvement Liaison

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 Type 2 | Elementary Grades  |  Climate of Partnership


Outreach Project
      Francis Marion University Center of Excellence
  Florence,  SC    

Leaders at Francis Marion University's Center of Excellence (CoE) developed its Outreach Project to encourage more districts and schools in South Carolina to develop programs of family and community involvement that contribute to student achievement and success in school.   More...

Markey Bee, Associate Director

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Type  | Organization  |  Organization