May 18, 2015                                                                                            Archives

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NEW NOTIFICATIONS

MDE Seeks Comments on Website Redesign

To better serve the public, the Mississippi Department of Education has developed a brief survey to determine the resources and information of importance to educators, parents and the public on the MDE website. Information from the survey will be used to improve the function of the website and to add information that highlights the successes of Mississippi schools and districts. You can find the survey here.

 

Special Education Advisory Panel Meeting Notice

The Special Education Advisory Panel will meet on May 20, 2015, at 9:30 a.m. at the Jackson Marriott, 200 E. Amite Street, Jackson. 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: atell@mde.k12.ms.us; 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.

 

MDE Recruiting Educators to Support Low-Performing Schools

One of the Mississippi State Board of Education’s goals is to ensure all schools have effective teachers and leaders. In an effort to attain that goal by ensuring that the MDE provides the best support for low-performing schools and districts, the MDE is recruiting educators to serve as implementation specialists to support at-risk, focus, priority, and SIG schools for the 2015-2016 school year, with a projected deployment date of August 2015. The preferred start date, however, is July 1. Individuals who hold a valid Mississippi Educator’s License and meet minimum requirements as specified in the job description may apply for a position. Implementation Specialists will work full-time (235 days annually) as an Educator in Residence (EIR). Retirees may apply as contractual employees in accordance with PERS regulations (approximately 105 days annually). Out-of-state retirees may be considered for full-time, contractual employment.  These positions may entail extensive in-state travel, including some overnight travel. Travel costs will be reimbursed in accordance with MDE travel policy.
Visit www.mde.k12.ms.us/osi for details on the application process and for a list of frequently asked questions. You may also access application information at www.mde.k12.ms.us/osr.   The information is listed on the right side of the both webpages. Please direct all questions to specialist@mde.k12.ms.us. Recruitment will end at 5:00 p.m., Friday, May 22, 2015.

 

MCEE Conference at Mississippi Braves Stadium – June 15-16

The Mississippi Council on Economic Education (MCEE) is offering the professional development conference, “Focus on the Economy: Outside the Box,” where K-12 educators will focus on the economics of sports and the creative economy and enjoy watching the Mississippi Braves from the skybox at the Mississippi Braves Stadium in Pearl. Conference dates are June 15-16, 2015, and the registration deadline is June 5. Educators have an option of attending one or both days. MCEE is offering a stipend and CEUs for attendance. Register at: http://mscee.org/workshop-signup/#Q4. If you have any questions, please send an email to MSCEE@millsaps.edu.

 

25th Regional Leadership Conference for Administrators on Minority Issues Scheduled

The 25th Regional Leadership Conference for Administrators on Minority Issues will be held June 2-5, 2015, at the Imperial Palace located in Biloxi. The theme is “Equity and Excellence for All”.  The conference is for administrators, teachers, counselors, faith-based organizations, and other groups interested in raising the bar for education. Conference details and a registration form can be found at http://www.southernminoritycouncil.k12.ms.us.

 

SREB Math Ready and Literacy Ready Summer Trainings

Community colleges, IHL and K-12 have collaborated to address the number of students needing remediation at the postsecondary level. MDE is currently working with postsecondary institutions to define how students can meet math and literacy benchmarks when ACT scores are not acceptable for entering gateway courses at the postsecondary level. SREB Math Ready training is one method that is currently under consideration. 
Beginning school year 2015-16, a school may offer these classes if the following conditions are met:  

  1. School teaches the approved Math Ready/Literacy Ready SREB curriculum as designed to be taught.
  2. Teacher has earned the required MDE licensure endorsement. NOTE: In order to earn the endorsement, teachers must attend a 4-day training provided by MDE and SREB. MDE and SREB will cover the cost of the training, training materials, and lunch each day. Teachers will receive appropriate paperwork at the end of training to apply for the endorsement.

Training Dates and Locations: (Individuals will receive detailed information concerning training at the close of the registration period.)
June 1 – 5, 2015   (8 a.m. – 4 p.m.)   Madison – Madison Central High School, 1417 Highland Colony Pkwy, Madison, MS 39110
June 8 – 12, 2015  (8 a.m. – 4 p.m.) Hattiesburg - Burger Middle School, 174 WSF Tatum Drive, Hattiesburg, MS 39401
June 8 – 12, 2015  (8 a.m. – 4 p.m.) Southaven – Landers Center, 4560 Venture Dr, Southaven, MS 38671
Registration: To register for any session, you will need an account in MyPLC, our registration system. If you have an account please go to the link below and select your course. Login example: bsmith1234 (first initial, last name, last four digits of social security number). The web address for MyPLC is https://myplc.rcu.msstate.edu.   Before you create your account, please have your Educator License number.  The session is timed, and you cannot page back once you begin the session.    Please note, registration will close on May 22, 2015 at 5 p.m.

To create an account, type the web address above in your Internet address box and navigate to the "Request a Guest ID" link. Your “ID” should be your first initial and your last name and the last four digits of your social security number. Complete the entire form. It will then be sent to MDE’s secure server. Upon activation of your account, you will receive an email with login instructions. You may then browse for the available sessions and register for your desired courses.
Should you need additional instructions, please contact the RCU Helpdesk at helpdesk@rcu.msstate.edu. Updates and additional information will be sent to participants upon registration of the training. Please direct questions to Jean Massey, jmassey@mde.k12.ms.us or Dr. Marla Davis at mdavis@mde.k12.ms.us.

 

The Mississippi School of the Arts (MSA)
The Mississippi School of the Arts in Brookhaven will host a summer camp from May 31-June 5, 2015, for students entering grades 8-10 that will offer intensive arts training in creative writing, dance, theatre, vocal music and visual arts with classes taught by the extraordinary MSA faculty. Students will have the opportunity to study two art forms of choice for the week, culminating with a showcase for families. The camp accepts residential and commuting students. For more information, contact John Mauney at 601-823-1300 or admissions@mde.k12.ms.us. To register, click here.

 

The Mississippi College STEM Institute

The Mississippi College STEM Institute invites you to become part of the journey toward the creation and preparation of a "think ready" future workforce, nationally and internationally. Click here to learn how you can be a part of the upcoming opportunities this summer 2015, beginning with STEM education classes and programming, designed specifically for K-12 teachers. Substantial scholarship funding is offered!

MDE News

School- and District-Level 3rd Grade Reading Test Results Available for Public Viewing Passing Score Approved for 3rd Grade Reading Test State Board Approves Statewide Assessment Contract with Questar Assessment Inc. MDE Begins Work on Establishing Process for Special Needs Voucher Program Number of Literacy Coaches Surpasses State Goal High School Seniors Provided Additional Option for Graduation
FAQs about Proposed Revisions to Graduation Requirements

 

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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.