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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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Baruti Kafele


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Francis Marion University

Center of Excellence

Outstanding Student Teacher Award

Student teaching, as the capstone undergraduate experience, affords each Francis Marion University teacher candidate the opportunity to demonstrate potential as a quality educator.   Candidates are required to display the knowledge, skills, and dispositions generally deemed necessary for success in the classroom, and these traits are documented and measured through this culminating experience.  While an understanding of teaching children of poverty is expected of all candidates at FMU, some prospective teachers clearly excel in their connections with students and families who have limited resources.  Therefore, the Center of Excellence wishes to recognize each semester, the student that best exemplifies those characteristics addressed within the six Teaching Children of Poverty standards adopted by the School of Education. 

Awardees will receive a small gift and a certificate of achievement.   Awardees will be featured in Center of Excellence publications.

Each candidate is asked to complete an application with a one-page statement on the topic “My Important Work as a Teacher of Children of Poverty.” Applicants use this statement to express how they have met the needs of students living in poverty during the student teaching experience and/or how they have been changed by their students living in poverty. They are also required to have their supervising professor fill out a recommendation on their behalf and may have a recommendation for their cooperating teacher as well.  All of which are included in the application given at the beginning of the student teaching semester.

Past Award Winners

Allison Huggins

Spring 2016

Sierra Sport

Fall 2015

Jazmyne Eggleston

Spring 2015


Macey Owens

Fall 2014


Carson Summersett

Spring 2014

Victoria LoPresto

Fall 2013

Abby Lee

Spring 2013

Nicole s. Woodberry

Fall 2012

Amber M. Heckman

Spring 2012

Briana Joy Huffer

Fall 2011