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

FLORENCE – The Center of Excellence to Prepare Teachers of Children of Poverty at Francis Marion University will hold its spring colloquium Saturday, Jan. 24, featuring Richard Pringle, an assistant principal at Lancaster High School.

Having been reared in rural Manning, Pringle recognized the need to speak to educators about poverty issues. Regionally known for his ability to engage all students with fairness, respect and compassion, Pringle will return to the basics and emphasize practical strategies proven effective in teaching children of poverty. His message is that any teacher can reach any child. 

The session will be from 8 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in Chapman Auditorium in McNair Science Building.  

The colloquium will feature a brief lecture followed by a discussion with attendees. The theme for the colloquium is “How 2: Classroom Strategies that Work!” Pringle’s presentation will focus on research-based approaches designed to support and enhance the skills of educators of children of poverty. His topic is “Success Beyond Your Wildest Dreams: Engaging All Students with Fairness, Respect and Compassion.”  

Admission is free for Partner District Educators and all university and college students. There is a $10 registration fee for the public. To register with the Center of Excellence, call 843-669-3391, ext.28, or e-mail the Center at Seating is limited and reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.  

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 8, 2009 2:56 PM
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