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Dr. Hank Bounds to Receive MAPE 2014 Winter-Reed Partnership Award

MAPE will present the 2014 Winter-Reed Partnership Award to Dr. Hank Bounds, Commissioner of Higher Education, during a tribute dinner on September 30 at the Jackson Convention Complex. MAPE launched the award in 2007 to honor former Gov. William Winter and Tupelo businessman Jack Reed Sr. for their historic roles in helping advance public education. Visit to order tickets and to learn more about Dr. Bounds and how you can be a part of this special celebration for Mississippi's public education champions.


Mississippi Association of Partners in Education 2015 Governor’s Award

 Every year MAPE recognizes the state's top school-community partnership programs at the Governor's Awards luncheon. Across Mississippi, partnerships are helping improve student performance in many areas, including academics, graduation rates, health and fitness, community service and character development. MAPE wants to hear about your program! Governor's Award applications are available at The next awards luncheon will be held March 18, 2015 at Pearl River Resort during the PREPS-MAPE State Conference.

If your school/district is not a member of MAPE, please consider joining. Learn more about us (PREPS members are automatically MAPE members.)


UM-CMSE Hosts High School Common Core Mathematics Workshop Series

With the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics comes a new way of thinking about teaching and learning mathematics. Students will engage in learning mathematics through problem solving, modeling, and utilizing repeated reasoning. They will not only need to be able to justify their own reasoning, but also make sense of the arguments of others. Join us to learn ways to engage high school students in the Standards for Mathematical Practice. Each sessions will focus on specific mathematical practices and include tasks and activities aligned with the Common Core State Standards.

Workshops will be held October 3, October 24, November 14, December 5, December 6 and January 30. All events will be held at the Center for Mathematics and Science Education. Registration for each event is $95 which includes 0.6 CEUs. For more information and to register, visit


Annual MAMLE Conference

The Mississippi Association for Middle Level Educators (MAMLE) will hold its annual conference February 19-21, 2015 at the Vicksburg Convention Center. MAMLE is an affiliate of the American Association for Middle Level Educators (AMLE), is dedicated to improving the educational experiences of all students ages 10 to 15 by providing vision, knowledge, and resources to educators and leaders. Planning for the annual MAMLE Conference is underway and is seeking your input.

  • Do you know a middle school team who:
  • Advances the middle level philosophy in school and/or community
  • Builds team identity/cohesion
  • Creates interdisciplinary/integrated curriculum planning
  • Promotes student recognition, service projects and/or special team activities
  • Coordinates specific activities designed to meet the social, physical, intellectual and emotional needs of young adolescents;
  • Promotes parent involvement?

If so, please nominate them for the Teams that Make a Difference Award.

Do you know a middle school administrator who:

  • Contributes to the middle level program in his/her school and/or district,
  • Is an effective advocate for middle level education,
  • Implements innovative projects or programs;
  • Participates in professional organizations and/or associations?

If so, please nominate him/her for the MAMLE Middle School Administrator of the Year award.

Visit for nomination forms or to request to make a presentation.


Subject Area Alternative Assessment Program Training

The MDE Office of Student Assessment is offering training sessions for the Subject Area Alternative Assessment Program, formerly known as the SATP2AA.  The SAAA has been revised to better focus on the demonstration of mastery of the curriculum for students with an Individualized Education Plan who may need an assessment in Algebra I (SATP2 and SATP3), Biology I (SATP2), English II (SATP2 and SATP3), and U.S. History (SATP2) in order to meet the requirements for a standard High School diploma. Since the SAAA is a joint effort between the Special Education Teacher and the Content Area Teacher, the OSA is offering this training to both groups. 

Trainings are offered in six convenient locations throughout the state. 
Biloxi—M.S.U. Extension Service—October 6, 2014
Hattiesburg—Woodall Center—October 7, 2014
Jackson—Research & Development Center—October 9, 2014
Jackson—Research & Development Center—October 10, 2014  (Session 1 only)
Oxford—Insight Park—October 13, 2014              
Cleveland—D.S.U. Jacob Center Ewing Hall—October 15, 2014
Meridian—M.S.U. Extension Center—October 17, 2014

Select one of two sessions available at your location
Session 1:  9:00 a.m.—11:00 a.m.
Session 2:  1:00 p.m.—3:00 p.m.

Capacity is limited to 50 teachers per session per location.  Registration is now open.  To register, click here and you will be taken to the North Mississippi Education Consortium website.  If you have any questions, please contact Sharon Prestridge at or 601-359-3052


Special Education Advisory Panel

The Special Education Advisory Panel will meet on Wednesday, October 15, 2014, at 9:30 a.m. at the Jackson Marriott Hotel , 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.


Millsaps College Principals’ & Teachers’ Institute 1, 2014
(9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.)

Chuck Benigno -“School Leadership….A Game of Inches: Principals – the Key to Greatness”

Dr. Chuck Benigno, motivational speaker and author of “Teaching: Excellence or Survival?” will conduct this high-energy presentation using educational research, music and video clips to celebrate the tremendous impact administrators have in creating  special places to work and learn.  Educators will be introduced to Leadership Styles, Team Building, Classroom Management, Differentiating Instruction, Strategies for State Testing, Test Score Analysis, New Accountability Model, Motivating Students and Staff and Creating a “Culture of Excellence.” 28-29, 2014
(9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.)
Steve Barkley – “Building Teachers’ Skills: Increasing Student Learning”
Today’s learning standards cannot be met by teachers working in isolation or franchises. Few teachers are equipped to work as team members requiring school leaders to develop effective teams. Topics will include: Leading with Questions; exploration of 11 questioning protocols used to plan critical conversations that produce action; using School Improvement Plans to gain student achievement; creating professional learning communities; moving teachers from sharing to teaming and taking shared responsibility for student achievement; and encouraging and coaching effective teams.

One-day sessions cost $225. Two-day sessions cost $400. Click here for registration form.
For more information, call Dr. Ledora Overby Harris, Director, at 601-974-1354 or 601-955-1673.


Register for the MASA Annual Fall Meeting and Leadership Conference
October 19-21, 2014
Click here for registration form.

The Annual Fall Meeting and Leadership Conference, Next Generation Leadership, promises to be exciting and provide many opportunities for attendees to network and learn together! Not to mention we will have time for a little fun! New this year we are Honoring Breast Cancer Awareness Month in partnership with Women’s Hospital. Wear pink on Monday, October 20, 2014, and hear from local humorist, actress and former teacher, Cynthia Stuart – a breast cancer survivor!

Other features:

  • Our first Party on the Patio following the last general session of the day. Network with peers and enjoy some time with friends!
  • Hear from Mississippi practitioners who piloted the PARCC assessments this year with time for Q & A!
  • Concurrent Sessions for Special Education, Teacher Effectiveness, Federal Programs, Common Core, School Law, Educator Quality and How to Plan for a 1:1 Initiative in your district, to name just a few!
  • Choose from one of three pre-conference sessions designed for Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents, Transportation Directors, and District and Building Level Leaders.
  • Awards and Recognition of our Partners after lunch on Tuesday, October 21, 2014, followed by the announcement of our 2015 Superintendent of the Year!

Don't miss hearing from these experts:

  • Dr. Carey Wright, State Superintendent of Education
  • Dr. Michael Moody, CEO of Insight Education
  • Rick Hess, author of Cage Busting Leadership will join us on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 for a special keynote.
  • Dr. Felicia Smith, CEO National Institute of School Leaders

Follow MASA on Twitter @masa4ms



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