Charles Chadwell Special Education Institute

Challenges and Opportunities for Students with Disabilities:
Why Poverty Matters and Why Schools Can Matter More

Workshop with Dr. Tammy Pawloski

Saturday, April 1, 2017 • 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Chapman Conference Center, Jacobs Hall, Presbyterian College

The Education Department is pleased to announce the Third Annual Charles Chadwell Special Education Institute. You are invited to attend a day-long workshop with Dr. Tammy Pawloski. Life with limited resources can negatively impact achievement and life success for students with disabilities, but the good news is that schools and teachers can matter more! The latest research from neuroscience provides direction for intentional school and teacher moves that can dramatically and positively shift the trajectory for all students. Learn how to reframe the challenges faced by teachers in high-poverty schools as opportunities for revealing the often hidden potential of every learner every day.

Dr. Tammy Pawloski

Tammy Pawloski is Professor of Education and Director of the Center of Excellence to Prepare Teachers of Children of Poverty at Francis Marion University. She has led more than 500 professional learning events for teachers, school leaders, and stakeholders. She understands the challenges and opportunities of teaching and has devoted the last ten years to the study of children of poverty—why they struggle and which strategies have the greatest impact. Pawloski is a noted expert because of her breadth of knowledge; however, what resonates most with teachers and school leaders is her ability to deliver an uncommon combination of research, practice, and compelling stories from the field that empower and challenge them to show up and show out as effective educators.

Schedule of Events

8:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.
Registration and Continental Breakfast

9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Morning Workshop

Birth and life in poverty, neuroscience foundation, impact at school entry and developing high-quality relationships

12 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.
Buffet Lunch on Alumni Green

12:50 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Afternoon Workshop

Classroom instruction, motivating students, building background knowledge and growing the brain, and delivering purposeful instruction


Registration is free and includes continental breakfast and deli buffet lunch. Seating is limited to the first 50 participants.

About the Charles Chadwell Endowment for Special Education

This event is made possible by the Charles Chadwell Endowment for Special Education. The endowment was established in 1984 by Francis E. Cothran and his wife Jean Syminton Cothran in recognition of Dr. Charles Chadwell’s service as superintendent of the Whitten Center in Clinton. Billy Cothran, Mr. and Mrs. Cothran’s only son, was a resident of the Whitten Center. The endowment is designed to be used for scholarship awards for students who plan to continue their education in the field of special education, and is also in place to “provide seminars, lectures, or workshops led by recognized authorities in fields related to Special Education, which will promote a better understanding of the circumstances” faced by individuals with disabilities and their families.