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FMU Center of Excellence to hold professional learning and research conference, April 5

FLORENCE – The Center of Excellence to Prepare Teachers of Children of Poverty at Francis Marion University will hold a student professional learning and research conference Tuesday, April 5. 

The gathering will take place in Lowrimore Auditorium and Cauthen Educational Media Center’s classrooms from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the FMU campus.

At the conference, attendees will hear testimonials from current student teachers who will share lessons learned and tips for successful student teaching. Panelists will also participate in breakout sessions after the keynote for a more in-depth conversation about their experiences. Participants will also hear from second-year teachers concerning their challenges, strengths, and concerns in regard to teaching children of poverty through documented photographs and discussion of their narratives. The teachers will explain strategies and standards, as well as the rewards that accompany teaching children/students of poverty.

The purpose of FMU’s Center of Excellence to Prepare Teachers of Children of Poverty is to increase the achievement of children of poverty by improving the quality of undergraduate teacher preparation, graduate teacher preparation, and the professional development of in-service teachers.


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: April 1, 2011 9:19 AM
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