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FMU’s Center of Excellence Wins National Award

Florence, S.C. — Francis Marion University’s Center of Excellence (COE) to Prepare Teachers of Children of Poverty won a 2008 Partnership Organization Award from the National Network of Partnership Schools (NNPS) at Johns Hopkins University. The COE was honored for making excellent progress in guiding districts and schools to develop comprehensive programs of school, family and community partnerships. 

The COE, a member of NNPS, provided detailed descriptions of specific strategies that it conducts to help districts and schools improve their plans and programs of family and community involvement to support school improvement goals. Essential elements include teamwork, leadership, goal-linked plans for action, implementation, facilitation, evaluation and network connections. 

“Francis Marion’s Center of Excellence is demonstrating that research-based approaches can be used to increase family and community involvement in ways that contribute to student success in school,” said Joyce L. Epstein, director of NNPS.  

The COE will continue working with districts and schools to help them strengthen their programs of school, family and community partnerships to help more students succeed.  

“It is no surprise that the Center earned this honor that recognizes our activities that are designed to support local districts in their efforts to build and sustain family and community partnerships,” said Tammy Pawloski, director of the COE. “Under the leadership of Markey Bee, project manager and school-parent-community liaison, this segment of Center services continues to grow.” 

For information about FMU’s COE, contact Bee at 843-669-3391. For information on NNPS, visit 

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Last Published: September 15, 2008 2:41 PM
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