The mission of the Francis Marion University Center of Excellence to Prepare Teachers of Children of Poverty is to increase the achievement of children of poverty by improving the quality of undergraduate teacher preparation, graduate teacher preparation, and the professional development of in-service teachers.

2018 Summer Institute Call For Proposals

Educators learn best from other educators and your successful practices could be featured in breakout sessions!  Do you have a classroom activity that has resulted in excellent outcomes?  Are you using innovative ways to motivate your learners?   Have you employed a brain-based strategy that energizes your classroom?

Submit a proposal today!

2018 Spring Essay Contest

This contest is sponsored by the Francis Marion University Center of Excellence to Prepare Teachers of Children of Poverty. The topic, Important Work: Teaching Children of Poverty, is intended to encourage participants to develop their own views about a central idea while concurrently substantiating those views with references to current research. In addition to the opportunity for written expression, participants have the opportunity to win cash awards. For more information about the essay contest, click here.

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The Center publishes a monthly newsletter that features items of interest specifically to teachers of children of poverty. Distributed electronically, the newsletter is used to feature best practices and to advertise Center events.

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Data reveal graduation gap in rural schools
How to Solve the Parent-Engagement Problem… via @educationweek
January Newsletter


Resource Library

The Center houses a lending library of resources relevant to the education of children of poverty, including videos, books, and other print resources.  Holdings are continuously expanded to support educators’ needs for current research-based resources.

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Best Practices

Access Center recommended resources for addressing important issues in education.

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SC Poverty Index

The South Carolina Department of Education publishes the percentage of students in poverty (TANF, Medicaid, SNAP, foster child or homeless) for each school and district in the state. Access 2016 poverty indices for all South Carolina schools here:

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Center Publications

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The Center has established three goals for promoting the academic success of children in and of poverty in South Carolina.  These goals include:

Prepare current and future teachers to educate effectively.

Enhance curriculums, instruction, and assessment in schools.

Serve as the premier resource for educators of children of poverty.


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