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.
More than half of all South Carolina’s schools have 70% or more of their students living in poverty. Research indicates that 43% of a student’s academic performance can be traced to the quality of the teacher in the classroom. The Center works to solve the problems inherent in educating children of poverty by developing expertise in those that work with these children on a daily basis.
The Center annually presents a menu of both short- and long-term professional learning opportunities for educators. Conferences, workshops, graduate courses, and service projects are representative of the offerings available for pre- and in-service teachers and school administrators. Join the Center in making a difference by visiting our Activities section to explore what students, faculty, and educators can do such as Essay Contests, Faculty Seminars, Workshops/Summer Institutes and Outreach Projects.
The Center of Excellence is now recognized as the premier resource for supporting educators seeking strategies for improving the quality of education that all children of poverty receive. Discover the vast amount of information through research articles, websites, presentations and publications within the Poverty Resource section.
Connect with the COE by visiting the Partners section to investigate opportunities to learn how to work with children of poverty within your district, through nationally recognized research organizations, and much more.
Find out about the latest activities, articles, and exciting events of the Center by searching the News section! The COE is here to provide you with updates and information on what matters the most, serving children of poverty.
The Center of Excellence is dedicated to offering high quality assistance to those who work with children of poverty, let us know how we can support you in the pursuit of providing quality education for our future!