P-12 Outreach Projects

Grant funds are available and will be awarded for P-12 Professional Development Projects that address issues related to the education of children of poverty.

Because of these unprecedented times, special consideration will continue to be given to projects that seek to address COVID-related challenges, such as increasing parent and/or student engagement with virtual learning or supporting family health/safety or programs designed to address academic achievement loss/gaps, etc.

Successful Center of Excellence Professional Development Project grants will be awarded on a competitive basis to P-12 public school educators in Center Partner Districts. Projects will be funded at amounts up to $2,000 per cycle for an academic year.

Overall Guidelines

  • Awards will be made to Center Partner District Educators for projects that focus on the development or expansion of best practices or specific strategies for teaching children of poverty.
  • Projects will be funded for up to $2,000 per Outreach Project.
  • Because of these unprecedented times, special consideration will be given to projects that seek to address COVID-related challenges, such as increasing parent and/or student engagement with virtual learning or supporting family health/safety or programs designed to address academic achievement loss/gaps, etc.

Proposal Guidelines and Restrictions

  1. Center P-12 Professional Development Outreach Projects are open to Public School Educators (P-12) in Center Partner Districts ONLY. Proposals may be submitted by an individual or group within the partner district.
  2. All Principal Investigators (PIs) and Co-Principal Investigators (Co-PIs), if applicable must play a significant role in the proposed project.
  3. Preference will be given to projects that potentially benefit the most children of poverty.
  4. Outreach Project recipients must present project findings at the Center’s Summer Institute. Depending on the format of the institute, projects may be shared through a video/virtual or panel/face-to-face format.
Calls for Proposals will be available for Fall 2021 (August 1) and Spring 2022 (December 1)

Current Projects

Lexington School District One

Learn and Play: Virtual Family Engagement for Pre-K

This grant provided a 14-week virtual family engagement program with an emphasis on building foundational skills for preschool children.  Funds were provided to support the purchasing of backpacks for each family that included preschool concept books and other supplies for at-home instruction.

Cherokee County Schools

Thriving Beyond Bias

This grant provided middle and high school teachers the opportunity to explore biases towards children of poverty, create core beliefs/values as a district and develop strategies to better serve all students. Funds were provided to provide virtual professional development experiences related to bias assessment, neuroscience of trauma and trauma-informed teaching, social-emotional learning, and mindfulness in the classroom.

Richland School District Two

PASS – Parent and Student Services

This grant provided resources needed to develop an intentional community by going out and making face-to-face contact (with social distancing) with families to offer one-on-one and group support services. Funds were provided for PSAT prep materials, a supply closet, student incentives, and a community event. 

Richland School District Two Dent Middle School

Dent Depot

This grant provided a sort of shopping center where students and families experiencing homelessness or who were at risk of homelessness could access basic supplies. Funds were provided to support the purchase of non-perishable foods, hygiene items, school supplies, etc. for the Depot.

Previous P-12 Outreach Projects

2018-2019
Referrals to Regulation: Meeting Students’ Sensory Needs to Gain Positive Outcomes
Wallace Gregg Elementary – Florence School District One
Jamie Matthews

2018-2019
Diamond2Diamond-Peer Elevation through Collaboration & Mentoring
Lower Richland High School – Richland School District One
Carroll Kelley

2018-2019
Mommy, Daddy, Please Read with Me
College Park Elementary – Berkeley County School District
Kimberly Rogers

2018-2019
Mother Read Literacy
Berkely County School District
Jane Harrelson

2018-2019
Your Money Matters
Timmonsville High School – Florence School District Four
Christopher Lewis

2017-2018
Blythewood Academy Weather Net
Blythewood Academy- Richland School District Two
James Keels

2017-2018
Implementing a School Makerspace to Improve Real-World Problem Solving
Jackson Creek Elementary- Richland School District Two
Tim Swick, Angie Enlow, Dr. Sabina Taylor

2017-2018
One School, One Book: We’re All Wonders
Dent Middle School- Richland School District Two
Shanitra Deas, Scott Palmo, Arlene Bakutes

2017-2018
Bridging the Gap between the School and the Community through STEM
Marlboro High School – Marlboro County School District
Maria Maderal

2010-2011
B.O.N.E.S. Building Out Network and Encouraging Service
Round Top Elementary School- Richland County School District Two
Clarissa Bennett

2010-2011
Lights, Camera, Action! At Anna Boyd
Anna Boyd School- Richland School District Two
Mikkia Neal

2010-2011
Revolutionizing the American Revolution
Britton’s Neck Elementary School- Marion County School District Seven
Nancy N. Etman

2010-2011
From Salt March to Shoreline
Johnakin Middle School- Marion School District One
Tammy Hudson

2010-2011
Building Excellence with Success Habits
Lake City Elementary School- Florence School District Three
Linda Robinson

2009-2010
What a Wonderful World
Timrod Elementary School- Florence School District One
Debra Purvis

2009-2010
Data Makes the Difference in Math
Delmae Heights Elementary School- Florence School District One
April Coe and Ginger Baggette

2009-2010
Preschool Authors: A Step Ahead
South Elementary School- Dillon School District Two
Victoria Gray and Kathy Cooper

2009-2010
World Festival of Music and Arts
Walker-Gamble Elementary School- Clarendon School District Three
Rebecca H. Poston

2009-2010
Read (Recess, Exercise & Academics Daily)
Manning Elementary School- Clarendon School District Two
Shanna Morgan

2009-2010
Making Math Count
Manning Early Childhood Center- Clarendon School District Two
Kristi Motley

2009-2010
Going on a Sensory Diet
Manning Early Childhood Center- Clarendon School District Two
Betty Harrington

2009-2010
Utilizing Technology for Science Inquiry and Standards
Scott’s Branch High School- Clarendon School District One
Harold Ehnhuss

2008-2009
My Home Town
Timrod Elementary School- Florence School District One
Debra Purvis, Brenda Windham, and Lynn Pew

2008-2009
Gotta Love ‘Em
Timrod Elementary School- Florence School District One
Edwina Faulkenberry and Elizabeth Jackson

2008-2009
TEAM Read
Latta Middle School- Dillon School District Three
Ronald Wiggins and Martha Heyward

2008-2009
A Whale of a Tale
Latta Early Childhood Center- Dillon School District Three
Krista Byrd and Charley McIntyre

2008-2009
M.A.P. to Achievement
North Hartsville Elementary School- Darlington County School District
Ryan Milling

2008-2009
Smart Sewing
East Clarendon Middle School- Clarendon School District Three
Dee Driggers, Danielle Culick, and Faye Gamble

2008-2009
Let the Music Play
Manning Elementary School- Clarendon School District Two
Shanna Morgan and Allyson Goff