Francis Marion University is offering two free staff development opportunities to all local public school teachers and administrators.
During the spring 2005 semester, FMU will host speeches by education experts Richard Allington on Feb. 17 and Joyce Epstein on April 25. Both speeches will be from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Reservations are currently being accepted for Allington’s speech, which will be held in the McNair Science Building auditorium. Reservations for Epstein’s speech may be made after March 1.
Reservations may be made through the Center of Excellence at 843-669-3391, ext. 28 or by e-mail to COE@fmarion.edu. Seating is limited for both events and reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
FMU was awarded a five-year grant that established on campus a Center of Excellence to Prepare Teachers of Children of Poverty. The grant includes a component that supports staff development and in-service training for teachers in the Pee Dee region.
Allington is a professor of education at the University of Tennessee and the president-elect of the International Reading Association. He is the author or co-author of more than 100 research articles and several books. Among the books are: “Classrooms That Work,” “Schools That Work,” “No Quick Fix,” “What Really Matters for Struggling Readers,” and “Big Brother and the National Reading Curriculum.”
Allington serves on the editorial boards of Reading Research Quarterly, Remedial and Special Education, Journal of Literacy Research, and the Elementary School Journal. Prior to his current appointment, he was the Irving and Rose Fien Distinguished Professor of Education at the University of Florida.
While holding a joint/part-time appointment as a professor of sociology at Johns Hopkins University, Epstein is the director of the Center on School, Family, and Community Partnerships, and a principal research scientist and co-director of the School, Family, and Community Partnership Program of the Center for Research on the Education of Students Placed at Risk (CRESPAR).
Epstein received her Ph.D. in sociology from Johns Hopkins. She has more than 100 publications on the effects of school, classroom, family, and peer environments on student learning and development, with many focusing on school and family connections. In all of her work, she is interested in the connections of research, policy, and practice.
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