September 26, 2016                                                                                            Archives

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School Improvement Grant (SIG) Training and RFP

The MDE will be offering training for schools and districts that are interested in applying for the School Improvement Grant (SIG) Request for Proposal that was released on September 15. Please see important dates listed below.

September 26: Letter of Intent Due (Optional)
September 27: Written Questions SIG due to
September 30: Written Q & A posted to website
September 30: Regional Training for SIG
Woolfolk Building RM 145
501 N West St., Jackson MS 39201
8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

October 3: Regional Training for SIG
Manning Training Center
430 Highway One North, Greenville, MS 38701
8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

October 10: SIG training on Early Childhood and Pathways Models
Woolfolk Building RM 145
501 N West St., Jackson MS 39201
8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Registration for trainings can be completed using GoSignMeUp which may be accessed by clicking here.
Eligible schools can be found here.


CMSE hosts Earth, Space, & Beyond! workshop for science teachers

Scientific knowledge is ever-changing with new technologies and new discoveries. Join us at the University of Mississippi's Center for Mathematics and Science Education (CMSE) in Oxford on October 10, for "Earth, Space, and Beyond" to learn how to bring these new discoveries and technologies into your classroom to make science relevant to your students. We'll explore how obtaining new information leads to revisions in the scientific body of knowledge, how to engage students in interpreting data, and how modern technologies help us explore our Earth and universe. Participants will access data gathered from DeepSea Challenger, Hubble, Kepler and other various telescopes and satellites.

To register for this session, visit


eCYBERMISSION STEM completion for students in grades 6-9

eCYBERMISSION, a web based STEM completion for students in grades 6-9, is offering a free program to students nationwide as part of the Army Education Outreach Programs

The organization also offers a mini-grant to help teachers purchase supplies to support the program. Level 1 grants are for 50-599 students and level 2 grants are for schools or districts with 600 or more students participating. For more information, call Cheryl Long at 703-312-9370.


United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP)

In an effort to give students additional time to submit applications, the Office of the Teacher Center has extended the deadline for the 2016-2017 United States Senate Youth Program. The application materials are now due on or before October 5. 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. Students are required to submit application materials along with their choice of a testing location for the exam. Administration of the exam will be held on the morning of October 15, in Oxford, Jackson, and Gulfport. Please note that all documents must be received or postmarked no later than October 5, at 5 p.m. No faxed or late entries will be accepted. A confirmation email will be sent to all applicants. The application is available online at

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


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 September 28 coupon here.


MDE News

Federal 21st Century Grants to Be Awarded to Eligible Programs

MDE Seeks Sponsors for 2017 Summer Food Program

MDE: Points Will Determine School, District Letter Grades


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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.