Professional Development Access to high quality professional development and training. Research & Policy Connecting research affiliates with schools and districts. Engagement Helping schools, families and communities to work effectively together. The Center for Educational PartnershipsThe Center for Educational Partnerships' (CEP) 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 CEP at the University of South Carolina’s College of Education is a consortium of five core education programs and initiatives. Together with additional affiliate organizations, we carry on our mission to encourage, facilitate and participate in partnerships that support and sustain quality K-12 education in South Carolina. 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).Our founding education programs are:SC School Improvement CouncilSC Geographic AllianceSC Educational Policy CenterThe SC Middle Grades InitiativeThe Writing Improvement NetworkCarolina TIPDesigned to build a bridge between the university and the classroom, Carolina TIP provides support in clinical application of pedagogical theory to the novice teacher in partnership with districts/schools with the purpose of positively impacting student learning, teacher efficacy and retention.