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FMU Center of Excellence to host community partnerships training session, Oct. 8

    FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University’s Center of Excellence to Prepare Teachers of Children of Poverty will host a training session for select teachers, parents and school administrators, Saturday, Oct. 8.

    The event will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Ervin Dining Hall on the FMU campus. Seventeen schools from five Pee Dee-area districts will be represented. At least six representatives from each school will attend.

    The topic of the event is School, Family and Community Partnerships. The training will be conducted by Joyce Epstein, director of the National Network of Partnership Schools. The purpose of the training is to get parents and the community more involved in their children’s education, with the goal of improving both student achievement and the quality of schools.

    Epstein received a Ph.D. in sociology from Johns Hopkins University. 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.

    Participating districts and schools are: in Marion 1, Easterling Primary, Johnakin Middle, Marion High, and Marion Intermediate; in Marion 2, McCormick Elementary, Mullins High, North Mullins Primary, and Palmetto Elementary/Middle; in Marion 7, Britton’s Neck Elementary, Rains Centenary Elementary, and Creek Bridge High; in Florence 1, Greenwood Elementary, Savannah Grove Elementary, Briggs Elementary, and Dewey Carter Elementary; and in Darlington, Pate Elementary and Darlington Middle.

    The Center of Excellence was established through a five-year grant, which includes a component that supports staff development and in-service training for teachers in the Pee Dee region. For more information, visit

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Last Published: February 22, 2007 10:06 AM
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