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FMU Center of Excellence to hold fall workshop

FLORENCE – The Francis Marion University Center of Excellence to Prepare Teachers of Children of Poverty will hold its fall workshop on Saturday, Oct. 1, in McNair Science Building’s Chapman Auditorium from 8 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on the FMU campus.   

The keynote speaker is Ann Marie Taylor, 2008 S.C. Teacher of the Year. Taylor attended FMU from 1999-2001 and received a master’s degree in teaching (learning disabilities). She received additional certification in teaching students with mental disabilities as well. From 1993-1997, she attended Saginaw Valley State University and received a bachelor’s degree in behavioral sciences and criminal justice. 

Sessions will focus on research-based classroom strategies and best practices in the following areas as they relate to the needs and abilities of children of poverty: 

  • Culture of Poverty
  • Language and Literacy
  • Family and Community Partnerships
  • The Classroom Community, Classroom Management & Student Motivation
  • Curriculum Design, Instructional Strategies & Assessment
  • Differentiated Instruction
  • Metacognition: Strategies that Promote Thinking Skills
  • School Leadership 

Registration is free to all partner district educators and $10 for all other participants. To register for the workshop, go to or call (843) 661-1828. Professional development recertification hours will be awarded to all participants. 

The mission of the FMU 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 Center of Excellence is now recognized as the premier resource for supporting educators seeking strategies for improving the quality of education that all children of poverty receive.


Last Published: October 6, 2011 2:05 PM
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