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

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Mission

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). 

Vision

The vision for the Center is to provide ongoing support for pre-service and early-career teachers that builds teacher resilience and self-efficacy through coach support, professional development, and collaboration with area school districts. By providing this support, it is the Center’s aim to increase teacher retention and effectiveness.

Partnerships

Francis Marion University: Center of Excellence for Teacher Retention and Induction in the Pee Dee (COE-TRIP) has partnered with Florence County School District 3 and Marion County School District.

FACULTY

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Dr. Kimberly McCuiston

Associate Professor of Education
Coordinator of the Elementary and Middle Level Education Programs
Director for Teaching Fellows

Office: CEMC 212A
Phone: 843-661-1462
KMcCuiston@fmarion.edu

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Dr. Lindsay Simmons

Assistant Professor of Education
Co-Coordinator For Teacher Cadets

Office: CEMC 203-C
Phone: 843-661-1466
lsimmons@fmarion.edu

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Ashley Roberts

Administrative Assistant for COE-TRIP Grant

Office: CEMC 205
Phone: 843-661-1139
Ashley.Roberts@fmarion.edu

VISIT US

CEMC, Room 205
4822 E. Palmetto St.
Florence, S.C. 29506

References

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]