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Sankofa Lecture to address “The Changing Landscape of Education”

October 18, 2011

Dr. Tammy Pawloski

Dr. Tammy Pawloski, director of Francis Marion University's Center of Excellence to Prepare Teachers of Children of Poverty, will address "The Changing Landscape of Education" for the annual Sankofa Lecture on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. in Hull 132. Prior to the lecture, there will be a reception in the Lewis Room of Dorrill Dining Hall. The Sankofa Lecture series is presented by the College of Education and Human Services.

In her lecture, Dr. Pawloski will introduce eight specific strategies for teachers of children of poverty.  The strategies are designed assist schools and communities in their efforts to transform the landscape for rural, under-resourced children by bridging the achievement gap that commonly exists between this historically low-performing population and their wealthier peers. 

Dr. Pawloski attended school in the impoverished areas of rural Horry and Allendale counties of South Carolina, and, after earning an undergraduate degree in early childhood education from USC-Aiken, she returned to teach kindergarten, first, fourth and fifth grades. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina.  In addition to serving as director of the Center of Excellence to Prepare Teachers of Children of Poverty, she is professor and program coordinator of the early childhood education program at Francis Marion University (FMU).  Prior to joining the faculty of FMU in 2000, she served on the faculties of USC in South Carolina, and Ventura College and Pepperdine University in Southern California. 

Dr. Pawloski's research interests include children of poverty, family, school, and community partnerships and best practices for early childhood education and children of poverty.