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

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 on the Charleston peninsula. 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, 2018 or the two-day Summer Institute to Prepare Teachers of Children of Poverty at Francis Marion University on June 19-20, 2018 (travel expenses included)
  • Paid registration and travel expenses to attend the spring 2019 Equity in Education conference in Columbia
  • 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, 2019
  • Opportunities to participate in school-specific professional development experiences

To participate, apply online by April 20, 2018.

Summer Research Employment

Based on the positive results of last year’s pilot program, CPIE is pleased to offer Summer Research Employment program again in summer 2018. 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. Students must be invited by an EHHP faculty member. The application deadline was March 16, 2018.

Congratulations to the following 2018 Summer Research Employment participants:

  • Jennifer Astle (Teacher Education, Dr. Hunter-Doniger)
  • Tamara Berry (Teacher Education, Dr. William Veal)
  • Maria Bilsback (Teacher Education, Dr. Anne Gutshall)
  • Jamie Fecio (Teacher Education, Dr. Ian O’Byrne)
  • Charlotte Furr (Teacher Education, Dr. Ian O’Byrne)
  • Elizabeth King (Health & Human Performance, Dr. Kate Pfile)
  • Letitia Littlejohn (Teacher Education, Dr. Nenad Radakovic)
  • McKenzie Mattison (Health & Human Performance, Dr. Morgan Hughey)
  • Emily Pears (Teacher Education, Dr. Nenad Radakovic)
  • Kailey Ray (Teacher Education, Dr. Ian O’Byrne)
  • Julianna Ridenhour (Teacher Education, Dr. Meta Van Sickle)
  • Sarah Trello (Health & Human Performance, Dr. Morgan Hughey)


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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