The mission of the Center 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.

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As we all face this time of unprecedented challenges, your Center of Excellence to Prepare Teachers of Children of Poverty staff is working daily to continue and expand our efforts to support your needs. 
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Virtual Series Continues!

The Center of Excellence to Prepare Teachers of Children of Poverty is continuing our Virtual Series.

You will be able to subscribe to access these sessions.

The second presenter in the series will be Robert Jackson on November 5th! You won’t want to miss it, so subscribe now!

Robert Jackson

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.

Our goals for promoting the academic success of children in and of poverty in South Carolina and across the nation.

Prepare current and future teachers to educate effectively.

Enhance curriculum, instruction, and assessment in schools.

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

Resources

Resources for 25 Best Practices

Access searchable database of Center-recommended resources aligned with each of 25 Best Practices.

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.

SC Poverty Index

SC Department of Education publishes the percentage of students in poverty for each school and district.

Center Publications

Access various Center publications available for online viewing or download.

Conferences & Events

Access information regarding upcoming events and conferences in South Carolina.

Grants Information

Access information about available grants available for South Carolina educators.

Newsletters

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.