Francis Marion University’s Center of Excellence is offering a free staff development opportunity to all local public school teachers and administrators.
FMU will host a speech by education expert Joyce Epstein on Monday, April 25. The lecture, “School, Family and Community Partnerships,” will be from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the McNair Science Building auditorium.
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 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.
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 authored 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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