Welcome to the Center of Excellence
Our goals for promoting the academic success of children in and of poverty in South Carolina and across the nation.
Resources for 25 Best Practices
SC Poverty Index
SC Department of Education publishes the percentage of students in poverty for each school and district.
Access various Center publications available for online viewing or download.
Conferences & Events
Access information regarding upcoming events and conferences in South Carolina.
Access information about available grants available for South Carolina educators.
2019 Summer Institute
The 2019 Summer Institute is scheduled for June 19-20. The two-day event will feature keynote presentations by Dr. William Parrett, Dr. Kathleen Budge, Dr. John Hodge, and Todd Nesloney and more than 30 breakout sessions. The Call for Proposals is now available.
Keynote addresses and specialized breakout sessions will focus on classroom strategies and best practices for under-resourced students around this year’s theme: Teaching Children of Poverty; Accepting the Challenge; Leveraging the Opportunity.
It is time to submit proposals for breakout sessions.
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? Now is the time to share with others!
Proposals are being accepted and the process is simple.
Questions? Call or email the Center 843-661-1828 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Proposals must be received before February 28.
Teaching Children of Poverty Scholars (TCOPS)
Student Professional Organization
Teaching Children of Poverty Scholars (TCOPS) was initiated in Fall 2018 on the campus of Francis Marion University. The mission of this new student professional organization is to provide intensive opportunities for pre-service and in-service teachers to engage in activities specifically related to their work with under-resourced learners. Monthly meetings held on campus include opportunities for professional study, networking, and service.
August 22, September 6, October 11, November 8
January 24, February 26, March 20, April 18
Upcoming Events, Courses & Workshops
Save the date! The Center of Excellence Research Consortium (COERC) is convened annually to facilitate collaboration among research scholars, school district leaders, and practitioners interested
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.