For Students

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

Summer Research Employment - CPIE is pleased to offer Summer Research Employment program again in summer 2019. Now in its third year, Summer Research Employment provides a limited number of EHHP students the paid opportunity to gain research skills under the mentorship of an EHHP faculty member during a summer session. CPIE will be the hiring office and the faculty member will provide direct supervision of the student employee. CPIE does not match interested students with faculty, therefore only students who have been invited by an EHHP faculty member should apply. 

Congratulations to our 2019 Summer Research Employment participants:

Dept of Health & Human Performance                                                         

Dept of Teacher Education                                                                                                                              

Sarah Charlip (with Dr. Morgan Hughey)

Donya Amer (with Dr. Anne Gusthall)

Elizabeth High (with Dr. Katie McInvale)  

Jonathan Eskew-Martin (with Dr. Mutindi Ndunda)

Genevieve Musselman (with Dr. Michelle McLeod)

Hannah Finley (with Dr. Meta Van Sickle)

Lauren Nelson (with Dr. Katie McInvale)

Emma Gourdie (with Dr. Nenad Radakovic)

Elena Smith (with Dr. Kate Pfile)

Christian Heckmann (with Dr. Ian O'Byrne)

Duncan Weller (with Dr. Christy Kollath-Cattano)

Hannah Jeffries (with Dr. Will McCorkle)

James Kelsey (with Dr. Katie Swart)

Britnee Quintieri (with Dr. Tracey Hunter-Doniger)

Abby Rider (with Dr. Nenad Radakovic, Teacher Education)

Dillan Smith (with Dr. Ian O'Byrne, Teacher Education)

Read the 2018 Summer Research Employment assessment report here.

Urban School Synergy 

The Urban School Synergy program supports the preparation of early childhood and elementary education majors seeking more profound professional experiences in a Title I school in Charleston County School District. The program offers a yearlong placement (final field + clinical practice internship) to a limited number of carefully selected College of Charleston students.

Students participating in Urban School Synergy complete the same degree requirements as their non-participating peers and benefit from a set of experiences designed to prepare them to make positive contributions to urban Title I schools. In addition to the yearlong placement in a Title I school, Urban School Synergy participants receive the following benefits:

  • A facilitated cohort experience with other Urban School Synergy participants
  • Paid registration to attend either the Early Childhood Summit at the College of Charleston on June 13-14, 2019 or the two-day Summer Institute to Prepare Teachers of Children of Poverty at Francis Marion University on June 19-20, 2019 (travel expenses included)
  • Paid registration and travel expenses to attend the Equity in Education conference in Columbia (January 2020)
  • Paid registration for one administration of the SC-required Praxis Subject Assessment (Praxis II) or Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) test no later than June 30, 2020
  • Opportunities to participate in school-specific professional development experiences

Congratulations to our inaugural 2019-2020 Urban School Synergy cohort - Donya Amer, Jenna Gore, Jennifer Martin, and Kyra Swartz.

Classroom Library Project           

Classroom Library Project is an opportunity for CPIE (in partnership with OSSC) to support the College of Charleston's clinical practice interns as they prepare to have their own classroom.

Here's how it works:

(a) Participating interns select three book titles from the provided list of children's books. Open to early childhood, elementary, and special education majors only.

(b) CPIE purchases two copies of each of the three selected books

(c) 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. 

(d) 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). 

**ACCOMPLISHMENT ALERT** Since 2012, Classroom Library Project has provided 810 books to 135 clinical practice interns and 99 cooperating teachers.

Learn how the Classroom Library Project has impacted our interns here AND Learn how Classroom Library Project has impacted cooperating teachers here

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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