October 24, 2016                                                                                            Archives

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Save the Date METIS 2017 – June 21-23

The Mississippi Education and Technology Innovation Symposium (METIS) will be held June 21-23 at the Jackson Convention Complex. Click here for updates.


Mississippi Children's Museum Fall Updates

Book Polar Express field trips available Nov. 1- Dec. 22
Climb aboard The Polar Express, as museum staff host an interactive reading of the popular book by Chris Van Allsburg. Children will discover an enchanted train ride as they read with sound effects and participate in answering questions from the book. Students can explore the museum in their pajamas (optional) after they sip on hot cocoa and holiday snacks. For more information, contact fieldrips@mcm.ms or sheri@mcm.ms.

Get Heart Smart outreach programs available after school on the following dates/locations:
Oct. 24- Boys and Girls Club, Walker Unit
Oct. 25- Boys and Girls Club, Capitol Unit
Nov. 1- Boys and Girls Club, Sykes Unit

MCM will be at the JPS Career Exploration Fair on Nov. 16, hosted by Alignment Jackson. Students will learn about early elementary education, Jackson tourism, non-profit management and more.


MDE to Offer Free Science Professional Development

The Mississippi Department of Education’s Office of Professional Development is excited to announce a science addition to its Menu of Services beginning December 2016. These sessions will be offered to both middle and high school educators and will include Effective Strategies for Teaching Vocabulary in the Middle and High School Science Classrooms, Incorporating Effective Literacy Strategies in the Science Classroom, and Improving Writing Instruction for Science Teachers.
Technical assistance will also be offered in the form of modeling instructional strategies, conducting follow-up teacher observations with feedback, and assisting with the development of lessons based on the needs and goals of the schools and district.
If you would like to provide suggestions for additional science trainings, please click here to complete a brief survey.

Contact Kristina Livingston at klivingston@mdek12.org if you are interested in receiving these free professional development services in science or if you want more information about professional development opportunities in other content areas.


2017 Mississippi Education Partnership Conference

The 2017 Mississippi Education Partnership Conference will take place Feb. 28 - March 2 at the Hilton in Jackson. This conference will be an exciting innovative collaboration of the Mississippi Association for Middle Level Education (MAMLE), the Mississippi Association of Partners in Education (MAPE), and the Program of Research and Evaluation for Public Schools (PREPS). This unique conference will feature 43 workshops, 2 Plenary Sessions, Exhibit Hall and Reception, Sponsors Breakfasts, Awards Luncheon, and much more! CEUS and SEMIS will be available. Don’t miss out on this exciting joint effort to provide you exceptional professional development opportunities. Please email us to learn more about the conference at mspartnersined@gamil.com or visit our website www.mapie.org.


“Like” MDE on Facebook

The Mississippi Department of Education is now on Facebook. Please help us promote the MDE page by “liking” it and sharing it. Our goal is to build awareness about and support for all the great things that are happening in Mississippi’s public schools. Find us at www.facebook.com/MissDeptEd.


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 October 26 coupon here.

MDE News

Farm to Classroom: Third Graders Learn Math, Life Skills on School Farm

MDE Releases School, District Performance Labels for 2015-16 School Year

Mississippi Students Increase Advanced Placement Participation, Achievement


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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 http://agency.governmentjobs.com/mississippi/default.cfm 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 http://teach.k12.ms.us/. For more information, call the Teacher Center at 601-359-3631.