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FMU Center of Excellence to hold Spring Colloquium, Jan. 24

Florence, S.C. – The Center of Excellence to Prepare Teachers of Children of Poverty at Francis Marion University will hold its spring colloquium Thursday, Jan. 24, featuring Vera Blake, a retired middle school principal and a National Middle School Association author. She works with schools across the country dealing with student achievement. She also maintains an interest in curriculum supervision and administrator preparation.

The session will be from 4 to 5: 30 p.m. in Chapman Auditorium.

The colloquium will feature a brief lecture followed by a discussion with attendees. The topic is “Practical Strategies for Closing the Achievement Gap.” Blake’s presentation will focus on research-based approaches designed to support and enhance the skills of educators. She believes that “Success is the Only Option” as educators strive to “Leave No Child Behind.”

Blake has previously worked as a principal, teacher and instructional coach. Currently, Blake is working as a school improvement coach in several school districts in Illinois, Michigan,

Nebraska and Virginia. In addition, she was the lead school improvement coach for all of the U.S. Virgin Island Public Schools (K-12). Blake serves as a professional development consultant to

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) and as a consultant and coach to schools and districts nationwide to help improve student achievement.

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.

 For more information about Blake, visit the website:

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: January 17, 2008 3:57 PM
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