December 1, 2014                                                                                             Archives

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MASA is pleased to announce a new District Level option for membership! 
Join now and save! Check out the details at Follow MASA on Twitter @masa4ms and Facebook


Nominate Your School Partnership for a Governor's Award

Each year, the Mississippi Association of Partners in Education honors the state’s top school-community partnership programs during the Governor's Awards luncheon. The 13th annual luncheon will be held March 18, 2015, at Pearl River Resort in Choctaw. The award application and rules for entry are available at The deadline to submit applications to MAPE is January 14, 2015. Winners will be announced on January 23, 2015.  Award orders and luncheon reservations must be completed by January 30, 2015.

The Governor’s Awards luncheon will be held during the PREPS-MAPE State Conference on March 17-19, 2015, at Pearl River Resort.  Follow MAPE on Facebook and Twitter @mape_ms for partnership news and announcements.


Stop the Drop: An American Graduate Summit – December 11

Mississippi Public Broadcasting (MPB) will host Stop the Drop: An American Graduate Summit December 11, 2014, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Clyde Muse Center in Hinds Community College. The 2014 Stop the Drop: An American Graduate Summit will bring together state leaders, educators, community advocates and students to develop strategies for raising high school graduation rates by beginning to address the issue as early as elementary school.
There is no charge to attend Stop the Drop Summit, but online registration is required at For more information, call Deyanna Jenkins at 601-432-6490.
Stop the Drop Summit attendees will participate in breakout sessions led by
Mississippi Department of Education, the Delta Health Alliance/Indianola Promise Community, Jobs for Mississippi Graduates and Jackson State University Call Me MISTER Program.


MDE Office of Communications Seeking Photos from Districts
The Mississippi Department of Education Office of Communications and Legislative Relations is seeking photos of students and teachers from school districts around the state. The photos may be used on the MDE website or in future videos and printed materials. Photos of students and teachers engaged in learning activities or great close-ups of students are preferred. Please email your photos to by December 3, 2014. Please only send photos of students for whom you have a photo release on file.


Unique and Educational Fall/Winter Programs at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science

Snowflake Science - December 5, 12, 19
10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Experiment with "Instant Snow," make your own paper snowflakes to learn about symmetry, hear the amazing story of photographer and naturalist "Snowflake Bentley,” and explore the fascinating properties of Dry Ice.

Christmas for the Birds - December 6
10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Create edible ornaments to decorate your outdoor trees and provide habitat enrichment for wildlife.

Cajun Christmas - December 13
11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Enjoy an interactive storytelling of “A Cajun Night Before Christmas.” Encounter swamp animals in our Creature Features, taste Cajun treats, and see Santa dive in the aquariums.


2015 Mississippi Administrator and Teacher of the Year Program Guidelines and Application

The Mississippi Department of Education Office of Educator Quality is excited about the opportunity to administer a program that honors outstanding administrators and teachers for the accomplishments they have made during the past year.

Click these links to access the2015 Mississippi Administrator of the Year Nomination Guidelines and Applicationand the 2015 Mississippi Teacher of the Year Nomination Guidelines and Application.We are all aware of the demands that have been placed upon administrators and classroom teachers, and this program provides an opportunity to show appreciation to your administrators and teachers for their diligence and dedication.

If you have not selected a District Administrator of the Year (DAOY) and District Teacher of the Year (DTOY), please start your process as soon as possible. The deadline for submitting your nominees for Mississippi Administrator of the Year and Mississippi Teacher of the Year is 5:00 p.m. on January 28, 2015. Each district is allowed to nominate one administrator and one teacher to represent them on the state level. The procedure used to select the DAOY and DTOY is determined by the school district.

The program's rules are outlined in the official applications. Suggestions for local programs have been included on the application. We will host an awards luncheon honoring all DAOYs and DTOYs in the spring. Your DAOY and DTOY will be provided specifics in late February.

The Mississippi Teacher of the Year will have additional duties throughout the year.  By signing and submitting an entry, each superintendent agrees to the following:

1)  To release the nominee to make official appearances if he/she is selected as the Mississippi Teacher of the Year, and

2)  To allow the DTOY to participate in future events sponsored by the Mississippi Teacher Center and agree to furnish a substitute teacher on these occasions.

Thank you for your assistance and support of the Mississippi Administrator and Teacher of the Year Program.  If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Educator Quality at 601-359-3631.


The Special Education Advisory Panel

The Special Education Advisory Panel will meet on Wednesday, December 3, 2014, at 9:30 a.m. at the Jackson Marriott, 200 E. Amite Street, Jackson, MS 39201. The Panel will hear public comments at 10:15 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Written comments may be submitted to Dr. Armerita Tell, Mississippi Department of Education, P. O. Box 771, Jackson, Mississippi 39205-0771; fax: 601-359-1829; email:; or call the Parent Hotline Number: 1-877-544-0408. For more information, or if you need accommodations due to a disability, contact Dr. Armerita Tell at 601-359-3498.


Video Training Sessions Available for College- and Career-Readiness Scaffolding Documents
Earlier this fall, the Mississippi Department of Education released the 2014 Mississippi College- and Career-Readiness Standards Scaffolding Documents, in order to provide teachers with a deeper understanding of the standards as they plan for classroom instruction. Based on the 2014 Mississippi College- and Career-Readiness Standards, these documents provide a close analysis of the requirements for student mastery. Because of the rigor and depth of the standards, scaffolding instruction to meet the needs of all learners is essential to individual success. These documents will aid teachers’ understanding of how to teach the Standards through a natural progression of student mastery.
For additional information on the CCR scaffolding documents, please view the following videos:


Letters About Literature

The Letters About Literature (LAL) national reading and writing contest is underway! In the contest, students write a personal letter to the author, living or dead, of their favorite books. Books can be nonfiction, fiction, or even a short story, poem, or speech. LAL awards prizes on the state and national levels. State winners receive a cash awards ranging from $50 to $100. National awards range from $200 to $1,000.

Entry deadlines:
Letters for Level III (grades 9-12) are due by December 15, 2014
Letters for Levels I (grades 4-8) and II (grades 7-8) are due by January 15, 2015

Entries must be accompanied by an entry coupon. Official rules and an entry coupon are available at the Letters About Literature website.

For more information, visit contact Mississippi Center for the Book Coordinator Tracy Carr at



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For information on employment in the MDE, contact the Office of Human Resources at 601-359-3511 or visit the "Active Recruitment List" on the State Personnel Board Web site at for a list of openings in all state agencies.