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New Mississippi K-12 Education Magazine Debuts – School Focus

School Focus is a new magazine that provides an inside glimpse into Mississippi's K-12 classrooms.
The magazine spotlights school and district success stories and provides readers with inspiration, bright ideas, and pride in Mississippi’s students and educators.

Among fall-issue inclusions are a report on an innovative computer science pilot program, a peek inside an elementary teacher’s desk and a special section on the state’s educational standards.

Available at: and


Mississippi Children's Museum

• Thomas & Friends™: Explore the Rails! visiting exhibit is still at MCM from now until September 11. Book a field trip for pre-school, day care, homeschool or elementary children to experience hands-on, locomotive learning! Learn more by sending an e-mail to or MCM’s Assistant Director of Enrichment, Sheri Bradford at or call 601-709-8350.

• Bring MCM outreach to your education center! Get Heart Smart, an interactive health program, is available and more. Download MCM’s Educator Guide today for more information.


United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP)

The MDE Teacher Center is now accepting applications for the United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP). Superintendents, principals, counselors and teachers are encouraged to nominate high school juniors and seniors serving in an elected or appointed position during the 2016-2017 academic year and have a strong interest in government and history. The application is available online at

For more information, please contact the MDE Teacher Center at 601-359-3631.


ACECA Call to Action Invite

You are invited to participate in the Missing School Matters: Superintendent's Call to Action, which offers local superintendents an opportunity play a leadership role in generating greater attention and action to reduce chronic absence, particularly in September.

The June release of data from the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights confirmed what has long been suspected -- schools across the country are dealing with a hidden crisis that is undermining student achievement as early as kindergarten: chronic absenteeism. Millions of students are missing so much school that they are struggling to read proficiently by third grade and more likely to drop out of high school.

By signing on to the Call to Action, you join a growing national movement of school leaders looking beyond average daily attendance and truancy numbers to identify and address the challenges that keep students from getting to school every day. Your participation means you are committing to:

1. Prioritize Attendance
2. Mobilize the Community
3. Drive with Data|

To demonstrate the growing support from local education leaders for addressing chronic absence, the sponsoring organizations are placing a full-page ad in Education Week for Attendance Awareness Month in September listing all participating superintendents (see the list of participants here). This Call is sponsored by nine national organizations: America’s Promise Alliance, Attendance Works, the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, Everyone Graduates Center, Get Schooled, Healthy Schools Campaign, MENTOR, Points of Light and United Way Worldwide.

The design of the ad will be similar to last year (click here for a full-sized view of last year's ad).
You can register at: Attendance Works will provide you and your designees with access to a superintendent’s toolkit and other materials designed to make your effort a success and make it easier for you to connect to your peers engaged in similar work.

Please join the Call to Action, which will guarantee that all students have a chance to learn and succeed by calling for all us to work together students are in school every day starting in kindergarten.
For additional information, please contact Toni Kersh at or 601.359.3178.


Mississippi History Now

The Mississippi Historical Society, is pleased to announce that Mississippi History NOW, the online publication of the Mississippi Historical Society, has recently published its newest article, “Blewett Lee: Mississippi’s Forgotten Legal Pioneer,” which was written by Whit Waide and James C. Giesen.

One of Mississippi State University’s first graduates, Blewett Lee was a remarkably creative attorney whose breadth of interests and force of opinion led to his being one of the most important legal authorities in Mississippi history. Although his rightful place in the annals of aviation law has been largely overlooked, Lee played an integral part in the development of some of the original laws pertaining to the operation of early “flying machines.” In many ways, Blewett’s career and influence in the field of aviation law mirrors the tandem advance of both law and technology across the nation during the twentieth century. Nearly a century later, Blewett’s work is cited today as a viable model for current drone regulations.

Please remember that the web address for MHN has changed to
For updates on future publications, please like us on the Mississippi History Now Facebook page at


Mississippi School for the Blind Weekly Fundraiser

Pie Five Pizza in Flowood is donating $2 to MSB for every pizza and drink order for customers with a MSB coupon. Download the August 24 coupon here.

Visible Learning Institute, August 25-26 in Biloxi

Measure Your Impact at the Visible Learning Institute. This two-day institute, based on the research of Professor John Hattie, introduces you to the core concepts and research of Visible Learning. Attendees will learn to systematically examine effective instructional practice in order to make the greatest impact on student achievement and learning. Institute outcomes include:

• The key philosophy of Visible Learning and the major factors that influence student learning and achievement
• The importance of effect sizes as a useful way to measure progress
• The mindframes leaders need to have in order to impact student achievement and instruction
• The role of feedback
• The importance of learning intentions and success criteria

Please register at For more information contact Dianne King at 601-528-5342.


MDE News

ACT Scores for Mississippi Juniors Increase

MDE Releases Statewide Results for Mississippi Tests Aligned to Higher Standards

Mississippi Math, Science Teachers Earn National Recognition



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Are you a licensed educator seeking employment in a Mississippi public school district?  Are you seeking the most current district vacancies available?  If so, please visit our job board at to discover your career opportunities.

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.


Teacher Center Job Board

Understanding the need to notify potential employees about school district vacancies in real time, the Mississippi Teacher Center’s job board allows each district to post vacancies directly to reach applicants faster. To post to the job board, visit For more information, call the Teacher Center at 601-359-3631.