March 24, 2015                                                                                            Archives

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Special Education Advisory Panel

The Special Education Advisory Panel will meet on April 15, 2015, at 9:30 a.m., at the Jackson Marriott, 200 E. Amite Street in Jackson. The panel will hear public comments at 10:15 a.m. and 1 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.


Mississippi History Now

Mississippi History Now, an online publication of the Mississippi Historical Society, provides teaching materials for Mississippi history and social studies teachers on the state’s history. Its newest article is “The Truth About the Boll Weevil” by James C. Giesen, associate professor of history at Mississippi State University. Read the article here: To see the accompanying lesson plan for the article, visit:  

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MAAE Arts Education Awards
The 2015 Mississippi Alliance for Arts in Education (MAAE) Awards will be presented on July 14, 2015, at a celebration luncheon at the Whole Schools Institute at the MSU Riley Center in Meridian. All awardees must be in attendance.

1. Annual MAAE Arts Education Awards: Teachers, administrators, and the community can be nominated for these awards. Awards include arts-specific categories, arts integration, outstanding administrator, outstanding school, and others. Nominations are due May 22, 2015.

2. NEW! Derek Pouncey Memorial Scholarship & Award: One award will be given to an incoming freshman to a Mississippi university (approximately $750); and a second award will be given to a teacher/leader with an arts integration project idea (approximately $750). Nominations are due May 15, 2015.

View the nominations packets for details at 


3rd Annual Champions of Change

The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE), Offices of Federal Programs and Special Education will honor 57 schools for academic achievement or progress during a ceremony at the Central High School Building on March 25, 2015, starting at 1 p.m. MDE staff will recognize schools that have earned the title of High Progress, High Performing, Exemplary Inclusion and/or Distinguished under Federal Title I guidelines as "Champions of Change."


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 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 they 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 or 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. 


UM-CMSE Hosts Common Core Mathematics Elementary Mini-Institute 

The Mini-Institute will be held April 9-11, 2015, in Tupelo. It will include concurrent sessions for K-2 teachers and 3-5 teachers. Participants will engage in hands-on tasks aimed at developing a deeper understanding of the mathematics content as well as strategies for engaging students in the Standards for Mathematical Practice. Each day of the institute, participants will focus on a different content domain. Tasks and activities presented are aligned with the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.
K-2 Session Topics:

  • Counting & Cardinality and Numbers in Base Ten
  • Operations and Algebraic Thinking
  • Geometry and Measurement

3-5 Session Topics:

  • Numbers in Base Ten, Operations & Algebraic Thinking
  • Operations with Fractions
  • Geometry & Measurement

Registration is $295, which includes 2.0 CEUs. For more information and to register, visit For questions, contact Jessica Sowers at or 662-915-6621.


MDOT Announces Seventh Annual Safety Fair

The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) will host the Seventh Annual Safety Fair on April 11, 2015. The free event is open to the public and will be held from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Mississippi Trade Mart on the Fairgrounds in Jackson. Parents, teenagers, children and families will participate in many fun and educational activities to improve safety for motorists and pedestrians including child passenger safety, the dangers of distracted driving and occupant protection. Some attractions include the “Rover” safety rollover demonstration, impaired driving simulations (SIDNE) and the low-speed simulation of a head on collision, the “Convincer.” MDOT’s virtual distracted driving simulator will also return to the event.
For more information on MDOT’s Safety Education Program, visit or contact Christy Milbourne, safety education programs director, at 601-359-1454 or

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 for more information on the positions and to submit an application.
Deadlines for active searches are:
Moss Point School District:  March 27, 2015
West Bolivar Consolidated School District:  March 30, 2015
Houston School District:  April 3, 2015



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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.