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Biddle Center: The Biddle Center for Teaching, Learning and Community Engagement is the public outreach and applied research arm of Coastal Carolina University for grades K-16 students, families, community and related agencies. The Center provides mentoring opportunities for our pre-service teachers and seeks to promote a community of academically successful and supported grades K-16 students. The Biddle Center for Teaching, Learning and Community Engagement seeks to strengthen the community through education and to strengthen education through the support of the community.

Call Me MISTER: The purpose of the program is to assist with the recruitment, training, and certification of elementary teachers from disadvantaged communities who are planning to teach in South Carolina schools, especially in the lowest performing elementary schools. The program seeks to help build a more diverse group of educators by providing academic, social, and financial support to under-represented individuals interested in entering the teaching profession. Students who participate in the Call Me MISTER Program receive the following benefits:

  • Tuition assistance through a loan forgiveness program for students pursuing an early childhood education, elementary education or middle level teacher education program.
  • An academic support system to help assure success, and
  • The social support of other participants in the program.

Consortium for Educational Research and Evaluation: The Spadoni College of Education’s Consortium for Research and Evaluation supports faculty research that seeks to improve the academic achievement of students in low performing schools and districts across the state by systematically researching learning and teaching practices, developing and implementing professional development models based on context specific research findings, and by disseminating the findings to educators and policy makers.

The Early Chidhood Development and Literacy Center:The Early Childhood Development Literacy Center serves to support development of the whole child. Each is provided the opportunity to inquire, explore, create, and interact with others in ways that support physical, intellectual, social, and emotional growth. Our program serves three, four, and five year old pre-school children.

The Literacy Center at Coastal Carolina University serves the community by bridging the expertise of the university with the needs of the children in the area.  We serve students PK- grade 12 with literacy assessments and individualized tutoring in addition to other programs (e.g. summer reading camps).  The Literacy Center strives to create a supportive and interactive environment where students can acquire a love of reading.  This is a place where each student’s unique strengths and needs are addressed through the development of individualized learning plans.  We are serving students who are enrolled in Horry County Public Schools, private schools, charter schools, and in home school environments.

Education Forum Series: The Spadoni College of Education hosts a series of Educational Forums that focus on contemporary educational research and current education reform initiatives. These forums are designed to address important issues in education by involving experts, policy makers, local educators, and community members in information sessions, debates, and panel discussions.  Recent forums addressed: The Technology Revolution, The Achievement/Opportunity Gap, The Common Core Standards.

LIFE Program: The Coastal Carolina University’s Spadoni College of Education’s LIFE™ program is a four-year, tuition-based, post-secondary education and transition program for young adults who have mild to moderate intellectual disabilities as defined by the American Association for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD). LIFE™ facilitates and supports each student's inclusion within the campus community, both academically and socially, by utilizing natural campus supports and academic and social mentors. Successful completion of the program will provide students with the skills to pursue and obtain meaningful employment, as well as develop social skills necessary for success in the workplace.

Next Generation Learning Challenge Grant: An agreement between Whittemore Park Middle School and Coastal Carolina University for the purpose of supporting a Next Generation Learning Challenge grant at Whittemore Park Middle School. This grant was awarded to the Horry County School District and the Spadoni College of Education is currently partnering with Whittemore Park on this grant.

South Carolina Association for Colleges of Teacher Education (SCACTE): Spadoni College of Education serves as the headquarters for the state chapter of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE). This year we developed and implemented a Special Professional Association (SPA) conference at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. Several of the College of Education faculty participated in this event. We also participated in the Day on the Hill event in Washington, D.C., to lobby legislators on teacher education related issues and met with Governor Nikki Haley to advocate for PK-16 education issues.

Teaching Fellows Program: Coastal Carolina University’s Spadoni College of Education has been selected as a host institution for the South Carolina Teaching Fellows Program (SCTFP). Our first cohort of teaching fellows will be recruited to begin in the fall of 2015. Teaching Fellows participate in advanced enrichment programs at Teaching Fellows Institutions, have additional professional development opportunities, and are involved with communities and businesses throughout the state. They receive up to $24,000, in yearly scholarships (up to $6,000 a year for four years) while they complete a degree leading to teacher certification.

Transform SC Education: Serving on the Action Team for the Transform South Carolina Initiative. This initiative is designed to transform public education in South Carolina.