Welcome to the COE-TRIP Grant at FMU
Center of Excellence
Teacher Retention and Induction in the Pee Dee
COE-TRIP will address chronic teacher turnover in targeted districts by strengthening connections across K-12, career, and postsecondary education to exemplify the profile of a South Carolina (SC) graduate. Further, COE-TRIP will benefit:
- FMU, by providing support to pre-service teachers (PSTs) and newly graduated FMU students.
- The targeted districts, by providing targeted comprehensive support to ECTs in the district and improving teacher retention rates.
- P-20 education in SC, by providing an effective model for teacher induction and retention in high-need rural areas.
We will accomplish this through comprehensive year-round activities and support mechanisms to supplement current district-level mentoring and induction programs, including:
- Coaching: Coaching relationships with other knowledgeable teachers are more likely to remain in the classroom.1
- Professional Development (PD): Ongoing PD plays an important role in teacher induction, retention, job satisfaction, and student achievement.2
- Professional Learning Communities (PLCs): PLCs are groups of teachers organized by similar setting or assignment that focus on active, collaborative, and reflective learning.3
- Affinity Caucuses (ACs): ACs are groups based on any social identity (e.g., age, cultural background, gender, first-generation college status) and provide structured time for teachers who hold a common identity to share, listen, and learn in a separate forum.4
The Center of Excellence for Teacher Retention and Induction in the Pee Dee (COE-TRIP) at Francis Marion University mission is to increase the retention rate of teachers in the Pee Dee region by improving the effectiveness, resilience, and well-being of early-career teachers (ECTs).
Associate Professor of Education
Coordinator of the Elementary and Middle Level Education Programs
Director for Teaching Fellows
Office: CEMC 212A
Assistant Professor of Education
Co-Coordinator For Teacher Cadets
Office: CEMC 203-C
1. [Fan, X., Pan, F., Dickerson, T. S., Kunz, G. M., & Hodges, T. E. (2020). School-level factors associated with teacher retention in South Carolina. South Carolina Center for Excellence in Teacher Education Research.]↩
2. [García, E., & Weiss, E. (2019b). The teacher shortage is real, large and growing, and worse than we thought. Economic Policy Institute. https://files.epi.org/pdf/163651.pdf]↩
3. [Darling-Hammond, L., Hyler, M. E., & Gardner, M. (2017). Effective teacher professional development. Learning Policy Institute. https://learningpolicyinstitute.org/product/teacher-prof-dev]↩
4. [Darling-Hammond, L., Hyler, M. E., & Gardner, M. (2017). Effective teacher professional development. Learning Policy Institute. https://learningpolicyinstitute.org/product/teacher-prof-dev]↩