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Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach
FMU Center of Excellence to hold research consortium, March 3

FLORENCE – The Center of Excellence to Prepare Teachers of Children of Poverty at Francis Marion University will hold a research consortium Thursday, March 3. 

The gathering will take place in the Palmetto Room of Ervin Dining Hall from 9:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. on the FMU campus. Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach, associate professor in the School of Education at Northwestern University and faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research, will be a featured speaker highlighting her work in understanding factors associated with the educational outcomes of children of poverty.  

She studies education policy, child health, and food consumption. Her most recent work investigates the impact of school accountability policies and school reform policies on student performance and other outcomes. In addition, Schanzenbach has used the Project STAR experiment to study the impact of classroom composition and class size on student outcomes. She graduated magna cum laude from Wellesley College in 1995 with a B.A. in economics and religion, and received a Ph.D. in economics in 2002 from Princeton University. 

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.

For more information about the meeting, call 843. 661.1828 or send an email to You can also visit the center’s website at


Last Published: February 25, 2011 11:07 AM
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