Research & Evaluation

The Center of Excellence to Prepare Teachers of Children of Poverty at Francis Marion University has used theory, research, and practice to better prepare and support current and future teachers of children of poverty.  Three objectives guide a rigorous research agenda that employs a utilization-focused evaluation process (Patton, 2008).  These objectives relate to the diverse groups served by the Center of Excellence: pre-service teachers, in-service teachers, and general educational stakeholders.

Evaluation Objective 1

Understand and improve the impact of Teaching Children of Poverty (TCOP) Standards and the teacher education program at Francis Marion University on the preparation of pre-service teachers and the diverse students they will teach.  This objective is measured using the following methods:

  • TCOP Attitudes and Beliefs Survey (Fall and Spring semesters)
  • TCOP Longitudinal Survey (Winter)
  • TCOP Mastery Assessment (Fall and Spring semesters)
  • Francis Marion University Student Teacher Focus Group (Spring semester)

Evaluation Objective 2

Understand the impact and improve the provision of professional development related to Teaching Children of Poverty in partner districts in the Pee Dee region, South Carolina, and across the nation.  This objective is measured using the following methods:

  • Evaluations of Professional Development Seminars
  • Evaluations of Specialized Professional Development Events
  • Evaluations of National Network of Partnership Schools Initiatives

Evaluation Objective 3

Serve as a state and national resource on Teaching Children of Poverty by facilitating the exchange of information and encouraging mechanisms to enhance outcomes for children of poverty. This objective is measured using the following methods:

  • Teaching Children of Poverty Add-on Endorsement and Certification
  • Inquiries, Awards, and Recognitions
  • Research Consortium
  • Center of Excellence Website and Web Presence through Social Media