April 13, 2015                                                                                            Archives

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South Central Association of Schools for the Blind Track and Field competition

The Mississippi School for the Blind invites you to the South Central Association of Schools for the Blind (SCASB) annual track and field competition on Friday, April 17, 2015 at Pearl High School.  The event will begin at 9 a.m. with various track and field events running throughout the day. Competing in this year’s events are students from the Georgia Academy for the Blind, the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, the Louisiana School for the Visually Impaired and the Alabama School for the Blind, as well as the Mississippi School for the Blind. 


Principals’ Summer Institute at Millsaps College

Millsaps College in Jackson will hold its 23rd consecutive Principals’ Summer Institute, June 7-12, 2015. Registration forms will be received until May 1, 2015, or until the remaining slots are filled. The Principals’ Summer Institute is designed to: refine leadership skills; provide feedback, support, and insight to pressing issues of principals in their role as school leaders; share research based and established plans for improved student achievement; involve administrators in structured meetings with national presenters and experienced facilitators for distinct discussions and reflections; and share effective practices during numerous networking opportunities. Contact the Principals’ Institute office at 601-974-1354 or 601-955-1673 or visit http://principalsinstitute.millsaps.edu for more information and a registration form.  


Tech Camp Technology Event for Educators

The Pascagoula-Gautier School District is offering a free, two-day Tech Camp for K-12 Mississippi educators on June 8-9, 2015. The sessions range from Google Apps for Education, flipping the classroom resources, social media, grant opportunities, and much more. Lunch will be provided and there will be vendors and door prizes. Teachers, administrators and tech specialists are welcome. Teachers can earn 0.8 CEUs. The event can accommodate 120 participants, so if you plan to send teachers, please be considerate of other districts. For more information, contact Eva Harvell at eharvell@psd.ms or 228-938-6212. To register, visit https://services.gceic.org/EMI_Conferences.cfm.


UM-CMSE Hosts K-12 Mathematics Summer Institute
The University of Mississippi CMSE will host its workshop series as a four-day institute in the Hattiesburg area during the summer. Sessions will be available for every grade band: K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12. Each day will be filled with hands-on, problem-solving tasks designed to deepen your knowledge of the Mississippi College and Career Ready Standards for Mathematics and engage you in the Standards for Mathematical Practice. The Summer Institute will be held June 15-18, 2015, with the option of an additional workshop for 6-12th grade teachers on the June 19. Registration starts at $350. For information about session topics and to register, visit http://umcmse.com/pd/summer-institute/. For questions, contact Jessica Sowers, jasowers@olemiss.edu, 662-915-6621.


Summer Workshops at Georgia State for K-12 World Language Teachers

  • Workshop 1: Technology and Foreign Language Teaching (July 6-8), Ed Cieslak M.A., Duluth High School
  • Workshop 2: Enhancing your language instruction: SLA basics for teachers (July 9-11), Dr. Paula Garrett-Rucks, Georgia State University
  • Workshop 3: Assessment in the Language Classroom (July 13-15), Dr. Sara Cushing Weigle, Georgia State University
  • Workshop 4: Teaching Heritage Language Learners: Needs and Networks (July 16-18), Dr. Amanda Lanier Temples, Michigan State University

Each session is from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a lunch break. Registration deadline is June 12, 2015. Cost is $150 for the first workshop, $100 for each additional workshop. A $5 fee will apply for those paying online. Cost includes free continental breakfast and lunch. On-campus housing is available for $35/night.  For more information about housing, campus dining services, or parking, please contact us at cultr@gsu.edu or visit http://cultr.gsu.edu/. To register for our summer workshops online, visit: http://bit.ly/18vyJ1n.
Resources for Educators on State Standards, Reading in One Location

Educators can easily access resources to help them with literacy and implementing Mississippi College and Career-Ready Standards at one location. In an effort to better serve teachers and administrators, the MDE has combined a list of resources for Reading, English Language Arts and Mathematics. The resources can be found here. Be sure to bookmark this page for future reference. The webpage can also be found on the MDE home page under Hot Topics.


Mathematics Support Documents

The Offices of Elementary Education and Reading and Secondary Education have developed additional support documents to assist teachers as they continue to teach the Mississippi College- and Career-Readiness Standards for Mathematics. These documents include 36 “unpacked” standards that grades K-12 mathematics teachers across the state have identified as “hard-to-teach” or difficult for students from special populations. Each document includes the following instructional details:  

  • Math CCR Content Standard(s)
  • Prerequisite Skills
  • Key Vocabulary and Skills (which include precise definitions and student-friendly language)
  • “I Can” Statements
  • Essential Questions
  • Alignment to the Standards for Mathematical Practice

Teachers may access the Grades K-5 Unpacked Standards documents and the Grades 6-12 Unpacked Standards documents through the Mathematics Training Materials folder in SharePoint.


New Graduation Option

High School Seniors Provided Additional Option for Graduation
FAQs about Proposed Revisions to Graduation Requirements


Teaching with Primary Sources Mississippi to Hold Professional Development – May 23, 2015
Funded by a grant from the Library of Congress, the Teaching with Primary Sources Program offers professional development opportunities to current and future educators. The professional development on May 23, 2015, will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Andrews School in Ridgeland. Participants can earn 1.0 CEU. Teaching with Primary Sources is coordinated by Dr. Kenneth Anthony and Dr. Nicole Miller. They can be contacted at msstatetps@gmail.com.  To register, visit http://msstatetps.org/pd/may-23-ridgeland-mississippi-pd-registration-form/. For more information, visit http://msstatetps.org.


Making Connections Conference

Mark your calendar for the 2015 Making Connections Conference, June 10-12, 2015, at the Gulf Coast Coliseum and Convention Center in Biloxi. With approximately 2,000 participants, it is Mississippi’s largest conference for teachers, packed with more than 160 sessions featuring presenters who share their successful strategies that help empower and inspire teachers and administrators.

Learn what’s working in classrooms and school wide.
Trying new ideas and experimenting with instructional strategies is the heart and soul of teacher growth and professional development. You don’t have to “reinvent the wheel” every time you want to add to your skill set. Other teachers and leaders from across the state have their successful strategies to share with you during this two-and-a-half day conference.

Bring a team!
Learning together and collaborating with your colleagues is the best way to advance your practice. Use this opportunity to jump-start that process by bringing a team to share and explore all that this conference has to offer. For information and to register, visit www.mcconference.net.


International Association for Truancy & Dropout Prevention – October 25-28, 2015
This conference will be held at the Sheraton Hotel in Memphis and will provide the tools to assist professionals in addressing the barriers students and families face relating to attendance, mental health, violence, and school dropouts.  Professionals from across the country will provide in-depth presentations with information that can be put to immediate use.  This conference is for anyone working with youth. For more information, visit IATDP.org or call 901-416-6295.



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