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FMU Center of Excellence to hold Spring Colloquium, Feb. 22

    Florence, S.C. – The Center of Excellence to Prepare Teachers of Children of Poverty at Francis Marion University will hold its spring colloquium Thursday, Feb. 22, with a speech by Dr. Doug Willms, professor and director of the Canadian Research Institute for Social Policy at the University of New Brunswick.

    The speech will be from 4 to 5: 30 p.m. in the McNair Science Building Auditorium. Admission is free, but you must register with the Center of Excellence at 843-669-3391, ext.28, or by e-mail at Seating is limited and reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

    The colloquium will feature a brief lecture followed by a discussion with attendees. The topic is “Identifying and Educating Vulnerable Children.”

    Willms is the editor of Vulnerable Children: Findings from Canada’s National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth, which received the Canadian Policy Research Award in 2002. He has written extensively on issues regarding the education and care of vulnerable children and youth: literacy; health; monitoring systems; international assessment; program evaluation; and school effectiveness. He holds the Canada Research Chair in Human Development at UNB and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and research fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.  

    The FMU School of Education was awarded a five-year grant that established on campus the Center of Excellence. The grant includes a component that supports staff development and in-service training for teachers in the Pee Dee region. Visit the center’s website at for more information.

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Last Published: February 6, 2007 1:42 PM
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