February 8, 2016                                                                                            Archives

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University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Lab Teacher Professional Development Workshop

Spill Science I - Gain valuable tools for teaching your students oil spill research in your classroom

March 12, 2016
Do you teach about the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in your classroom? Do you find it difficult to stay up to date with the current research? Wondering what local scientists are learning about the oil spill? Then, come to this one-day oil spill science workshop where there will be a presentation on some of the current research findings relating to the oil spill. Additionally, interact with a researcher from the CONCORDE project and work with other teachers to develop lessons for your classroom.

Participants will receive a stipend ($100), CEUs if appropriate and lunch. A continental breakfast will be served. Dormitory accommodations may be available at USM Gulf Coast Research Lab for out-of-town travelers. Please ask well in advance to check availability and make a reservation.

For more information click here: http://gcrl.usm.edu/mec/teacher.professional.development.php or contact Heather Dippold at heather.dippold@usm.edu


Spill Science II - Gain a comprehensive understanding of oil spill research and take home lessons for in your classroom
June 29 - July 1, 2016

Based at USM Gulf Coast Research Lab this three-day workshop will look at the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill research from multiple avenues (biology, geochemistry, etc.). Participants will have the opportunity to engage with current CONCORDE (Coastal River Dominated Ecosystems) research and scientists. Additionally, the workshop will include a field day to Deer Island. 

This opportunity is available to high school, community college and middle school teachers from the Gulf region interested in gaining valuable knowledge about the oil spill to share with their students. Participants will receive a stipend ($100/day), CEUs is appropriate, lunch daily and instructional materials for use in the classroom. A continental breakfast will be served each morning. Dormitory accommodations may be available at the Gulf Coast Research Lab for out-of-town travelers. Please ask well in advance to check availability and make a reservation.

For additional information about the CONCORDE project please visit the website, www.con-corde.org, or Facebook page,www.facebook.com/CONCORDE.Gulf

For more information about the workshop click here: http://gcrl.usm.edu/mec/teacher.professional.development.php or contact Heather Dippold at heather.dippold@usm.edu


25th Anniversary of the State Games of Mississippi Design Contest

State Games of Mississippi design contest is open to all artist statewide. The two division categories are Volunteer T-shirt Design: ages 5-12, and the Athlete T-shirt Design: ages 13-up. The winner in each category will be awarded $100 and a T-shirt bearing the winner's design.  

Deadline for entries: March 31. Winner announced: April 18, 2016. For more information on the State Games of Mississippi visit www.stategamesofMS.org.

For questions please contact Krilecia Gianakos, Marketing & Development Director at krilecia@stategamesofms.org or (601) 482-0205.


2016 School Innovation and Change Awards

Has your school evolved into a success story? Is your school innovative? What would you do with a $10,000 sustainability grant that celebrates the amazing work being done in your school? For more information click here.

Formerly known as the National School Change Awards, the School Innovation and Change Awards recognizes achieving schools that have made significant change from their past failures, while embracing new and innovative strategies in their practices.

For more information on how to apply, visit: https://npli.squarespace.com/sicaapplication/#2016. Application Deadline is April 1.


Literacy Empowerment Foundation-Free Books Program

The Literacy Empowerment Foundation (LEF), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is dedicated to assisting literacy programs by providing free or low cost children's books to educators. Resources include:


Accredited Schools Online

Accredited Schools Online is a comprehensive accreditation resource that provides prospective students and families with the tools needed to make well-informed decisions about their education.


Strong Readers=Strong Leaders Campaign
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The Strong Readers=Strong Leaders campaign promotes literacy throughout a child’s education by equipping families, students and educators with resources to develop reading skills at school and at home.

School districts, libraries and community organizations are free to use any Strong Readers = Strong Leaders materials to promote literacy. Visit strongreadersms.com/download-graphics/ to download posters, graphics and the Strong Readers = Strong Logo.

Schools are encouraged to add the Strong Readers = Strong Leaders web link, logo and public service announcement to their websites and to spread the word about Strong Readers = Strong Leaders via social media.


Click here to view the Strong Readers=Strong Leaders public service announcement featuring 2014 Miss Mississippi Jasmine Murray and Gov. Phil Bryant.


MDE News

Mississippi KIDS COUNT to Release New Report on Chronic Absenteeism, Student Achievement

MDE Seeks Sponsors for Summer Food Service Program

Mississippi Recognized Nationally for Closing the “Honesty Gap” Through Accurate Student Performance Data

MDE Schedules Regional Literacy Meetings for Parents of K-3 Students

SBE Approves Final Revisions to Mississippi’s English, Math Standards



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