March 2, 2015                                                                                            Archives

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NEW NOTIFICATIONS

MDE Extends Deadline for Literacy Coach Applications
The Mississippi Department of Education has extended the application deadline for the recruitment of literacy coaches for the 2015-2016 school year. Application portfolios will be accepted until March 2, 2015.  Interested applicants may visit http://www.mde.k12.ms.us/OCI/literacy-based-promotion-act for more information. Questions and completed application packets may be emailed to literacy@mde.k12.ms.us.

Mississippi Museum of National Science Teacher Workshops
The Museum offers environmental education programs, "Project WILD," "Project WET" and "Growing UP WILD,” with CEU credits available. For details, contact Angel Rohnke or Megan Fedrick at 601-576-6000. These free workshops are sponsored by the Central Mississippi RC&D Council and MS DEQ:
Project WILD
March 9, 2015, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Click here for details and to register.
WOW! The Wonders of Wetlands
March 10, 2015, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Click here for details and to register.
Family Nature Detectives
March 11, 2015, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Click here for details and to register. 
Growing Up WILD/Maggie's Earth Adventures
March 12, 2015, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Click here for details and to register. 
Boater Education
March 13, 2015, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Click here for details and to register. 

 

Mississippi Educator Career Fair

The Mississippi Department of Education Office of Educator Quality will sponsor the 2015 Career Fair for Educators on Saturday, April 11, 2015, at the Jackson Convention Complex, 105 E. Pascagoula Street in JacksonThe goal of the fair is to provide school districts with a pool of licensed individuals to fill vacancies. There will be presentations and discussions on issues concerning teacher placement, teacher licensure, financial aid, PRAXIS CORE & II exams, scholarships, college/university recruitment, and membership intake for educational organizations. 
Other features include two professional learning opportunities: Dr. Harry Wong will be speak on classroom management for teachers, and the Center for Teaching Quality will lead a session on how to interview and select great teachers. Use the registration form to indicate if you wish to attend these informative sessions. Teachers and teacher candidates do not have to pre-register for the fair unless you would like to attend the Dr. Harry Wong session.  Space is limited to the first participants who register. Attendees will be notified of session admittance. 
School districts, colleges/universities, and educational organizations: Please make plans to send two representatives to host a booth. You will not miss this opportunity to visit with prospective employees or recruit new candidates to your college/university or organization.  To reserve your booth, complete and return the registration form by mail or fax (601-359-1728) no later than March 12, 2015
You may also register online here. If you need further assistance, please contact Albert Carter at acarter@mde.k12.ms.us in the Office of Educator Quality at 601-359-3631. There is no cost for school district booths, but you still must register.  There is a $150 non-refundable cost for college/university and educational organization booths. 

 

2015 Poetry Out Loud Mississippi Finals

Nine high school students from across Mississippi will come together on Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 1 p.m. to participate in the Mississippi Arts Commission’s Poetry Out Loud Mississippi contest. The contest is presented in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. The program encourages high school students to learn about great poetry using memorization and performance. The winner of the state contest will travel to Washington, D.C. on April 28-29, 2015 to participate in the national contest. The event is free and open to the public and will be held at Mississippi Public Broadcasting in Jackson.  The nine students selected to participate are:

  • Joy Cariño – Mississippi School for Math and Science
  • Whitney Porter – Independence High School
  • Carys Snyder – Starkville High School
  • Anna Daniels – Madison-Ridgeland Academy
  • Lawson Marchetti – The Jackson Preparatory School
  • Andre Vincent – Ridgeland High School
  • Lucas Collinsgru – St. Martin High School
  • Roney Jones – Mississippi School of the Arts
  • Kailey Watson – Biloxi High School

For more information, contact Charlotte Smelser at MAC at csmelser@arts.ms.gov.  

 

Recording of Literacy Based Promotion Act Session for Parents

In an effort to assist school districts with the implementation of the Literacy-Based Promotion Act, the Mississippi Department of Education is conducting regional informational meetings for parents of Kindergarten through 3rd grade students.  During these sessions, parents are provided an overview of the legislation, as well as strategies that can be used at home to help improve reading outcomes for children. In response to requests from principals, teachers, and district administrators, the MDE has developed a recording of the session that may be used as needed


Flyer for Parents About 3rd Grade Reading Summative Assessment

The MDE has created a flyer for parents that includes key information about the 3rd Grade Reading Summative Assessment. Schools are strongly encouraged to share this flyer with their PTO presidents, distribute it during parent nights, and place one in each 3rd grader’s backpack.

 

Mississippi School for the Blind Teacher Training

The Mississippi School for the Blind will a training for teachers (General Ed, Inclusion, Special Ed) who provide services to children with visual impairments or blindness. Topics include understanding low vision reports, materials and textbooks for the classroom, mathematics instruction, assistive technology, orientation & mobility, and expanded core curriculum.

The trainings will be held on Wednesday, April 8.  Check-in will begin at 8:15 a.m., and the training will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Lunch will be on your own.  If you are interested in attending one of the days of training, please contact Claudia Hollingsworth at 601-984-8207 or chollingsworth@mde.k12.ms.us to provide your name, the number attending, and basic information about your concerns for the student(s) you are serving or your training needs.  


Mississippi School Boards Association's Superintendent Search Service
MSBA is currently conducting Superintendent Searches for the Water Valley School District, Moss Point School District, West Bolivar Consolidated School District and Houston School District. We invite all suitable applicants to visit the Superintendent Search page on the MSBA website www.msbaonline.org for more information on the positions and to submit an application.
Deadlines for active searches are:
Water Valley School District: March 16, 2015
Moss Point School District:  March 27, 2015
West Bolivar Consolidated School District:  March 30, 2015
Houston School District:  April 3, 2015

 

Mississippi Council of Teachers of Mathematics Programs

The Mississippi Council of Teachers of Mathematics is excited to announce its 2015 Classroom Grants, Graduate Scholarship, and Teacher of the Year programs. Individuals who teach mathematics can apply for the programs at www.mctmonline.com.

 

Guidance on Highlighting, Notes, and Stray Marks in Paper-Based Test Booklets for Spring 2015 Administration

This document contains guidance to address questions regarding highlighting and stray marks in paper-based test booklets for the spring 2015 administration.

 

School Breakfast Funding from AASA, the School Superintendents Association 
AASA has funding from the Walmart Foundation to support alternative school breakfast serving methods, including breakfast in the classroom and grab’n’go. AASA will provide funding ($50,000-$250,000) for infrastructure, marketing, communications and other needs around school breakfast implementation. AASA will also provide in-depth technical assistance through mentors and inclusion in its school breakfast Community of Practice. We invite your district to submit a proposal. For more information and to download the application materials, go to http://tinyurl.com/p6nsqcu
AASA is looking for two different types of grantees:

  • Districts that want to bring alternative school breakfast to some or all of their schools for the first time.
  • Districts that already serve alternative school breakfast but are not seeing results.

Proposals are due March 13, 2015. For more information, contact Kelly Beckwith, AASA, at 703-875-0758 or kbeckwith@aasa.org.

 

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VACANCIES

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 http://teach.k12.ms.us 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 www.msps.ms.gov for a list of openings in all state agencies.