Public school teachers and FMU faculty members receive grants from Center of Excellence
FLORENCE – The Francis Marion University Center of Excellence (COE) to Prepare Teachers of Children of Poverty recently awarded 10 professional development grants to public school teachers in area districts and FMU faculty members.
Ten teachers from six schools in five COE partnering districts and nine FMU faculty members were awarded more than $21,000 collectively for research and professional development projects that address issues for students in grades preschool through 12. Public school teachers were awarded $11,909.87, while FMU faculty members received $9,223.88 to fund their projects.
Partnering districts receiving the competitive grants were Clarendon School District Two, Darlington County School District, Florence School District One, Florence School District Three and Marion School District Seven.
Details of public school teachers’ funded projects follow:
· Tscharner Lord and Wendy Ray of Manning Primary School in Clarendon School District Two –“Enriching the Brains of Poverty” provide staff development for teachers, which includes a book study on Eric Jensen’s book: Enriching the Brain: How to Maximize Every Learner’s Potential.Three teachers will attend a conference in Charlotte, N.C., as part of this project.
· Sarah Andrews and Donna Barrett of Carolina Elementary School in Darlington County School District – The Afterschool Tutoring Program will provide afterschool tutoring in math and language arts to 40 students from low-income families.
· Stacey Stafford of McLaurin Elementary School in Florence School District One – “Experience for a Lifetime” gives 91 first grade students the opportunity to go on a field trip to Edventure Museum in Columbia and create PowerPoint presentations and scrapbooks to take home.
· Carol Hill of South Florence High School in Florence School District One – “Preparing Students of Poverty for Careers in Science-Related Fields” provides Gizmo software for three teachers to assist ninth grade students in passing the physical science portion of the end of course exam and the basic physical science class.
· Sherri Yarborough of Main Street Elementary in Florence School District Three in Lake City – “BET: Building Experiences Together” takes 17 four-year-old students on five field trips throughout the state for hands-on experiences.
· Waymon Edmonds, Nancy Etman and Mary Stacey of Britton’s Neck Elementary School in Marion School District Seven – Creates an electronic news magazine designed to teach impoverished students the various aspects of journalism and technology.
Details of FMU faculty members’ funded projects follow:
· Nursing Professors Julia Hucks and Barbara Westphal – Their project focuses on Williams Middle School in Florence School District One and involves obesity awareness related to effectiveness of weight management/loss programs utilized in middle schools. The two FMU faculty members will attend a professional development workshop in Washington, D.C. on the curriculum to be used.
· Education Professor Kathryn G. Haselden – “Education Full Circle: Making the Connection Between Literacy Instruction at School & Home” calls for Haselden and her students to work with students and parents at Latta Early Childhood Center in Dillon School District Three on building relationships between school and home.
· Education Professors Daljit Kaur and Marla Sanders – “Educating Children of Poverty: The Role of the School Administrator” is a research study to investigate the role of the school administrator in working with children of poverty.
· Education Professors Shirley Bausmith, Daljit Kaur, Janis McWayne and Tracy Meetze – The group will conduct a qualitative research study to investigate how FMU graduate students have applied qualitative research skills in improving teaching strategies with children of poverty. They will work with teachers in Marion School District One, Two and Seven.
#87 / 12-06-07