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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:


Alternative Education Regional Trainings

The MDE Office of Compulsory School Attendance Enforcement will offer training sessions for Alternative Education Programs. This in-depth training will focus on Alternative Education resources, methods for instructing at-risk youth and hands-on-development of Individualized Instruction Plans (IIP). Individualized Education Plans, (IEP), Behavior Plans and curriculum, etc. will all be demonstrated and practiced. The training will also cover current legislation and policies.
November 19, 2014   B.B. King Museum
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.            400 Second Street
Indianola, MS 38751
(662) 887-9539
Bring your own laptop to work on specific sample plans with participants.
Capacity is limited to 100 Administrators, Teachers, Counselors, and other personnel per location.  To register, click here  and you will be redirected to the GoSignMeUp website.  If you have any questions, please contact Damian D. Thomas at or 601-359-5743.


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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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.