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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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Poverty & Learning Related Websites PDF Print E-mail

Annie E. Casey Foundation - A private charitable organization, dedicated to helping build better futures for disadvantaged children in the United States. The primary mission of the foundation is to foster public policies, human-service reforms, and community supports that more effectively meet the needs of today’s vulnerable children and families.

Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development - The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development seeks to address the problems of persistent and concentrated urban poverty and is dedicated to understanding how social and economic changes affect low-income communities and their residents.

Child Trends DataBank - Child Trends is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research center that studies children at all stages of development. They seek to improve the lives of children and youth by conducting high-quality research and sharing it with the people and institutions whose decisions and actions affect children.  Founded in 1979, Child Trends helps keep the nation focused on children and their needs by identifying emerging issues; evaluating important programs and policies; and providing data-driven, evidence-based guidance on policy and practice. Their work is supported by foundations; local, state, and federal governments; and private sector funders.  As the nation’s only independent research and policy center focused exclusively on improving outcomes for children, Child Trends researches:  Child Poverty, Child Welfare, Early Childhood Development, Education, Fatherhood & Parenting, Health, Evaluation, Indicators of Child Well-being, Marriage & Family, Positive Development, Teen Sex & Research and evaluation of out-of-school time programs.

Children’s Defense Fund - Statistics on children across the U.S. The children’s defense fund site contains 2005 poverty guidelines. It also contains information about child welfare, poverty reduction techniques, and child advocacy.

Education Trust, The - The Education Trust provides advocacy that encourages schools, colleges, and whole communities to mount effective campaigns so that all their students will reach high levels of academic achievement. The website explains in detail many of the ways edtrust strives to raise student achievement, especially among minority and poor students.

Georgia Family Connection Partnership - Georgia Family Connection Partnership (GAFCP) is a non-profit organization focused on improving conditions for children and families in poverty. GAFCP works with the county collaboratives to develop strategic plans that set goals and measures/evaluates their improvement over time. Their goals are focused on children being healthy, ready for school, and succeeding in school, as well as helping families be more stable and self-sufficient.

Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin, The - The IRP’s website is based on the causes and consequences of poverty and social inequality in the united states. It contains many useful links such as news, events, frequently asked questions about poverty and recent publications that are based on those living in poverty.

Joblessness and Urban Poverty Research Program - The Joblessness and Urban Poverty Research Program seeks to analyze the effects of increasing urban poverty and joblessness plaguing the inner cities and to ensure that scholarly research plays a critical role in the creation and implementation of national public policy concerning the poor.

Kentucky Center for Poverty Research at the University of Kentucky - The University of Kentucky’s Center on Poverty Research has a multidisciplinary approach to the causes, consequences, and correlates of poverty and inequality in the United States, with a special emphasis on the residents of the south. The website contains the research activities of the center, publications, a discussion paper series, and funding opportunities for UK graduate students and faculty as well as for poverty scholars from around the nation.

Kids Count Data Center - Offers access to hundreds of measures of child well-being.

Living & Learning in Poverty - Dr. Paul Thomas, Furman University

National Center for Children of Poverty - The National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) is the nation’s leading public policy center dedicated to promoting the economic security, health, and well-being of America’s low-income families and children. NCCP uses research to inform policy and practice with the goal of ensuring positive outcomes for the next generation with visions of family economic security, strong, nurturing families and healthy child development. The NCCP promotes family-oriented solutions at both the state and national levels.

National Council on Family Relations - The NCFR provides an educational forum for family researchers, educators, and practitioners to share in the development and distribution of knowledge about families and family relationships, establish professional standards, and work to promote family well-being.

Population Research Institute - Penn State's Center on Population Health and Aging (CPHA) was founded in 2004 by a p30 grant from the National Institute on Aging. The mission of the CPHA is to provide a synergistic research environment supporting the development of innovative interdisciplinary research dealing with the challenges of a growing and increasingly diverse older population with core activities such as an annual competition to support faculty pilot research, sponsoring a seminar series, focal research networks, technical workshops and scientific conferences, and providing technical support for population research.

Ruby Payne - Ruby Payne is author of A Framework for Understanding Poverty. Her book and company, AHA! Process, Inc. are based on the fundamental lessons she learned during her 35 years in the education field working with children living in poverty.

Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law - The mission of the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law is to provide national leadership in identifying, developing, and supporting creative and collaborative approaches to achieve social and economic justice for low-income people. The organization embraces a bold advocacy agenda that includes policy development and modern communications, resulting in improved lives for low-wage workers, families with greater economic security, and neighborhoods that preserve opportunities for low-income individuals.

Sisters of Charity, SC - The mission of the Sisters of Charity is to confront the fundamental causes of poverty and reduce its impact on the state of South Carolina. This website contains grant information for those working with children in poverty.

South Carolina Statehouse Report - Important statistics & rankings for South Carolina vs. other states.

Southern Poverty Law Center - SPLC is internationally known for its tolerance education programs, its legal victories against white supremacists and its tracking of hate groups. Throughout its history, SPLC has worked to make the nation’s constitutional ideals a reality.

University of Michigan National Poverty Center - The National Poverty Center believes in promoting high-quality research on the causes and consequences of poverty, evaluating and analyzing policies to alleviate poverty, and training the next generation of poverty researchers.

U.S. Census Bureau - Census Bureau data on poverty.

Virginia Poverty Law Center - The Virginia Poverty Law Center (VPLC) provides leadership, support, training, public education, and advocacy to address the civil legal needs of Virginia’s low-income population.

West Coast Poverty Center – The West Coast Poverty Center at the University of Washington serves as a hub for research, education, and policy analysis leading to greater understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty and effective approaches to reducing it in the west coast states.