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The National Dropout Prevention Center/Network 2015 Diploma Planning Institute

September 20-23, 2015
Imperial Palace Resort & Spa, Biloxi

The Diploma Planning Institute provides an opportunity for district and school administrators to build the foundation of a dropout prevention plan on strategies that been researched and found effective. The strategies put forward by the National Dropout Prevention Center are considered the standard in dropout prevention planning. Click here for more information: The National Dropout Prevention Center/Network 2015 Diploma Planning Institute


EMCED Discipline Conference - October 15-16, 2015

Would you like strategies for working with the most challenging students? Would you like to learn approaches for bolstering more positive learning environments? Would you like specific strategies for managing behavior in your classroom/school? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then the EMCED Discipline Conference is the place

Larry Thompson: Responsibility Centered Discipline
Amie Dean: Behavior Queen
Rick Shaw: Lessons from Sandy Hook

MSU Riley Center, 2200 5th St., Meridian
Contact: 601-484-0306 or 601-484-0302

Registration fee until September 15 is $120. After September 15, registration fee is $150
To register, click here.


Mississippi Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM) Annual Conference

The MCTM is holding its annual conference October 2- 3, 2015 in Oxford. Register today by clicking on the “Conference” tab at to take advantage of special early registration pricing!


MDE Office of Professional Development – Learning Forward Conference – September 28-29, 2015

Learning Forward Mississippi in collaboration with the MDE Office of Professional Development is hosting a conference to assist schools and districts in meeting the requirements of Accountability Standard 15, which requires a professional development plan that implements the seven Standards of Professional Learning. Participants will review the standards; examine samples of templates of professional learning plans; understand how to analyze data to write professional learning SMART goals; and learn how to effectively implement, monitor, modify, and evaluate a plan.

Leaders who are involved in developing the professional learning plan for a district or school should attend.  The conference will begin on Monday, September 28, and run until noon on Tuesday, September 29 at the Clyde Muse Center on the Hinds Community College campus in Pearl. SEMI and CEU credits will be available.  Lunch on Monday and breakfast on Tuesday will be provided. Each participant will receive valuable workshop materials including a copy of the book Reaching the Highest Standards in Professional Learning: Data by Thomas R. Guskey, Patricia Roy, and Valerie Von Frank.

Conference presenters:

  • Trecina Green (Executive Director for the MDE Office of Professional Development and Learning Forward MS Board Member) 
  • Dr. Irene Dearman (Director of the Southern Mississippi Regional Service Center, University of Southern Mississippi)
  • Dianne King (Director of Member Services, Southern Mississippi Regional Educational Agency)
  • MDE Accreditation Auditors Sara Maghan (Retired, Pascagoula-Gautier School District/Executive Director of Learning Forward MS) and Peggy Williams (Retired, Lamar County School District/Learning Forward MS Past President and Board Member)

Register for the conference online at:
If you have questions about registration, contact Karen Burke at or 662-841-0808.


MPB Sponsors Children’s Holiday Card Contest
Mississippi Public Broadcasting invites children ages 4-12 to participate in the MPB Holiday Card Contest. The winning entry will be featured as the official 2015 MPB holiday greeting card.

The 2015 Holiday Card Contest, open from September 1 to October 31, 2015, aims to promote confidence, creativity and non-verbal communication skills in Mississippi children.

Prizes are awarded to the top three entries. The entries must incorporate a holiday theme, celebrating the season without being specific to any particular religion. Submissions should be no larger than 9” x 12” and may include any medium or combination of media, such as crayons, line drawings, watercolor or paint.

Each entry should be the child’s original creation and include a completed entry form. For the official entry form and complete list of rules visit All artwork and forms are due by October 31, 2015. To submit artwork, email entries to Emailed submissions are only accepted in these formats: PDF, JPG, GIF, or BMP.


MASA Annual Fall Meeting and Leadership Conference – Leading with Passion & Purpose
October 18-20, 2015 
Jackson Hilton

MASA’s Fall Conference, Leading with Passion and Purpose is shaping up to be an outstanding opportunity to grow in your leadership with opportunities to learn from some of the BEST!

Features include:

  • Keynote address from Gov. William Winter
  • Federal education policy update on reauthorization of NCLB/ESE; AAASA's National Policy Advocate to discuss these important changes
  • Nancy Loome presents all things MS Politics & Policy 
  • Pre-conference update from Jim Keith on most pressing legal issues facing Mississippi educators Jim Keith 
  • Superintendent Only Session by The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) will provide information for attendees on how best to impact change in teacher prep programs strategically in partnerships with institutions of higher learning.
  • Special Superintendent Only Sessions led by Superintendents Dr. Ray Morgigno and Mr.Brian Harvey 
  • Plant Management Directors and Transportation Directors will hear from state experts
  • CEO of CoSN, Keith Krueger will share strategies during an interactive keynote on how to leverage technology and human resources to improve student outcomes
  • Special Session for Technology Directors Only with Keith Monday, October 19, 2015!
  • Recognitions including Mississippi's 2016 Superintendent of the Year

Earn CEUs, SEMI credits or OSL
Registration online at  


Greeting from the Teacher of the Year

Welcome friends and educators across the state to a brand new school year!  The beginning of a year is always riddled with anticipation and curiosity for me. My mind races wondering what my students will be like, what their stories are, and most importantly, who will I become in their story? Educators write chapters in the life stories of every learner they encounter. We yield an immeasurable power. What we do on the first day of school, and everyday thereafter, makes an incredible difference in the lives of our students.

Entering my eleventh year of teaching, I feel unspeakable joy for what I get to do every day. I don't take this moment for granted, because I am keenly aware of all the mountaintops and valleys we face in this profession. I think about where I was when I started teaching, and how I let so many things diminish my joy as the years went by. I remember at the end of a particularly hard year, thinking I had made the wrong decision entering into this field. But it was the love of my teaching partners and co-workers that reminded me that what we do every day is so much greater than what we can see in the moment. Hardship can make you bitter, but oh my friends, how it can make you brave.

Often times, when we think of the impact of a teacher, we think of what they do for their students. However, did you ever stop to think what we do for one another? Fellow educators, it is you that inspire me. Seeing what you do in your classrooms, reading your lesson plans, hearing your triumphs and relating to your hardships- this is what taught me to teach in the first place. I am amazed and inspired by the brand new teachers entering this profession- their philosophies, and where they are with technology and data. If you want some of the best professional development available- sit next to a new teacher. Wherever you are in this journey, your innovation, expertise, and abilities are bringing something unique and important to the table. What we do every day for one another is amazing. Educators are one part teacher, one part researcher, one part advocate, and one part friend. Don’t let anything diminish you from your worthy calling. Hold tightly to joy, and remember that we rise by lifting others.

I look forward to representing Mississippi in the upcoming year and sharing in your educational journey. Thank you for what you do every day, not just in the lives of our youth, but in the lives of everyday teachers like me.

Anna Morris
Teacher of the Year


2015 Administrator of the Year Back to School Greeting

Greetings fellow educators across the state!  I hope you are as excited as I am to begin a new school year.   There is no greater calling in the world than that of an educator.  A new school year is a time of new beginnings:  a time for educators to reflect on the previous year and pursue endeavors that will aid students in realizing their potential.  What a challenge and a great responsibility. 

As you begin a new school year, my hope is that each of you remember the reason you entered the field of education.   On those days when you feel frustrated or question your effectiveness as a classroom teacher or administrator, remember that student who looks to you each day for love, support, guidance, knowledge, or just your presence.  Remember your love for students and your unquenchable desire to make a difference in their lives.  As you continue through the year, always build positive relationships with faculty, staff, and students.  Cultivate environments where all students can learn.  Build teacher leaders on campus and most importantly, create a collaborative culture where all educators can depend on one another daily.

My final charge to you as educators is to be life-long learners by researching current trends and teaching practices that will ultimately open doors of opportunity for students.  The world is ever changing and evolving, so we as educators must be prepared to change and evolve with the times as we embrace the endeavor to make our students “college and career ready.”

I hope you have an outstanding school year and believe in our students as I believe in you.

Educationally yours,

Dr. Patrick Gray
2015 Mississippi Administrator of the Year


MDE Temporarily Relocates Offices

The Mississippi Department of Education has relocated to temporary office space due to a fire behind the Jackson Marriott. Additional details can be found here. For questions about licensure applications, call 601-359-3483 or email For questions about Education Scholarship Account applications, call 601-359-3498 or email For other questions, call 601-359-3513.


MDE News

Books in the Barbershop Promotes Literacy in Jackson

MDE Stands Behind Research-based Process for Accountability Model

State Board of Education to Meet in Clinton

MDE Approvals for Special Needs Scholarships Pass Halfway Mark

Majority of Students in Early Learning Collaboratives Show Growth on Kindergarten Readiness Assessment


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