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The Center for Partnerships to Improve Education (CPIE) supports students in the School of Education, Health, and Human Performance through: 

Classroom Library Project           

The Classroom Library Project is an opportunity for CPIE (in partnership with OSSC) to support clinical practice interns as they prepare to have their own classroom. Participating interns select three book titles from the provided list of children's books. CPIE purchases two copies of each of the three selected books.  The intern receives one copy to help build a collection of children's literature for his/her future classroom.  The second copy is donated to the classroom in which the intern is currently working.  In exchange, the intern is expected to incorporate at least one of the books into classroom instruction and submit a reflective essay to CPIE.  The fall semester book list is comprised of children's books dealing with death/dying, disability, chronic health conditions, and mental health.  The spring semester list contains children's books written by or about African Americans.  To participate, register online by Labor Day (fall semester) or Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday (spring semester). 

Assessment of Classroom Library Project (spring 2012-spring 2016) - Data were collected from current and archived Classroom Library Project registration forms and reflective essays. Since its inception in spring 2012, 64 College of Charleston clinical practice interns have participated in Classroom Library Project. Over 1,300 children in grades preK-12 have been involved, representing 36 schools in four school districts. 27% (n=17) of participating clinical practice interns worked in special education classrooms. 61% (n=22) of impacted schools are classified as Title I.
In spring 2017, a survey was administered to all 83 classroom teachers who had participated in Classroom Library Project since its inception to learn about how the project has impacted their classrooms. 39.8% of teachers responded. Among the findings are the following highlights--teachers continue to use the books in their classrooms for instruction, students' leisure, and to address special topics such as life skills. The books have impacted the classrooms by improving the diversity of the classroom library (51%), helping students understand differences (48%), enhancing teachers' use of children's literature in their teaching (45.5%), helping teachers address social emotional issues in the clasroom (42%), and motivating and engaging students by relating to them (33%). 

Student Group Grants

Student Group Grants are mini-grants for student groups housed in EHHP. Eligible student groups may apply for up to $250 per academic year to support community initiatives that relate to education and/or health and wellness. Funds must be used for interactive projects involving the student group and the non-campus community.

Eligibility: Student groups must be either (a) a student program for EHHP majors, such as Teaching Fellows or (b) a current SGA-recognized organization, such as the Health and Human Performance Club. In either case, the student group must have a faculty/staff advisor who is housed in EHHP. Please check with CPIE to confirm your eligibility. 

Non-campus community defined:  For the purposes of this grant, the non-campus community is defined as a particular school, organization, program, or neighborhood; government entity; business; or a specified audience within the general public. You are encouraged to check with CPIE prior to submitting your application.

Use of funds: Grant funds may be used for materials, guest speakers, food, and travel that are directly related to an activity in which the student group will interact with the community. Funds may not be used for alcohol, drugs, tobacco, gift cards, tips (gratuity), monetary donations, scholarships, cash prizes, clothing, membership dues, fundraising, in-kind donations, or class projects.  Student groups receiving grant funds are expected to comply with all relevant College of Charleston policies and procedures regarding the planning and implementation of the activity. Please review these policies and procedures before applying for funds. CPIE will accept no responsibility for any violation of these guidelines.

Collaboration: Collaboration between student groups is encouraged. At least one of the collaborating groups must be housed in EHHP, and all collaborating groups must be officially recognized by a College of Charleston department, school, or SGA.  Collaborating groups may submit a joint application for up to $250 per project or individual applications for up to $250 per group. Only groups housed in EHHP may submit individual applications for funding, therefore cross-campus collaborations are eligible to submit a joint application only.

To apply for a Student Group Grant, submit your application at least 20 days prior to the proposed activity. 

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