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Center for Educational Partnerships

The Center for Educational Partnerships' mission is to provide educational extension services to schools, families and communities in South Carolina that facilitate collaboration among diverse education stakeholders, leverage existing resources and build local capacity to improve student achievement in South Carolina’s K-12 schools.

The Center for Educational Partnerships, housed at the University of South Carolina’s College of Education, is a consortium of ten core education programs and initiatives partnering to carry out our mission to encourage, facilitate, support and sustain quality K-12 education in South Carolina. Our three main areas of concentration are professional development, engagement and educational research and policy, particularly as it applies to low-performing schools.

Our ten core partners are:

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Mission and Goals

The Center’s activities are aligned with the goals set by the South Carolina Education Oversight Committee:

  • To make the best possible ideas and resources available to educators, families and communities to ensure every child has the opportunity to succeed in school and beyond;
  • To provide timely training and professional development to educators, families and communities;
  • To establish collaborative educational enterprises with schools and school divisions that support dissemination of proven practices, rigorous field trials of promising models, and development and testing of innovative research based models in collaboration with other state primary educational partners; and
  • To develop broad-based partnerships with schools, communities, agencies and businesses for educational impact.



The Center for Educational Partnerships was created pursuant to a proviso to the SC General Appropriations Bill of 2013-2014 (H.3710, Proviso 1A.52). In addition to regular leadership meetings to review data and propose operational changes, the center is formally reviewed by the USC College of Education’s Quality Assurance Committee (QCom).  The committee, made up of faculty and administrative representatives from the College of Education and the College of Arts and Sciences, principals and teachers from the public school system, alumni, and the South Carolina Department of Education, is responsible for managing, monitoring, and reviewing assessment plans and data within the College of Education. 

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