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English Learner Fall Institute Scheduled
The Office of Federal Programs (OFP) will host an English Learner (EL) Fall Institute.  This training will focus on providing participants with innovative, research-based, teaching and learning techniques available to educators across the state and nation. Teachers will be provided with intense training and support on vocabulary, small group instruction, language acquisition, writing, oral language, and literacy.
This will be a two-day event with Monday focusing on activities for elementary teachers, and Tuesday’s focal point will be secondary teachers. There is no charge to attend these workshops; however, individuals and/or districts will be responsible for all travel-related costs.  No stipends are paid to participants.  1.2 CEUs are available at the participant’s expense of $15.00.  Make checks payable to: NMEC.
Eligible attendees for this training include K-12 General Education Teachers who are employed by a school district or the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE).  Unless specifically noted otherwise, external contractors or vendors may not attend. There are only 100 available slots for each session.  Early registration is strongly encouraged.
Registration Details:
To assist with planning, please register by close of business Wednesday, September 10, 2014, using this link:

Training specifics are as follows:

Monday, September 15, 2014       
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. - “Elementary teachers”
Table 100
100 Ridge Way, Flowood, MS 39232

Tuesday, September 16, 2014        
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. - “Secondary teachers”
Table 100
100 Ridge Way, Flowood, MS 39232
If you have any questions regarding the EL Institute, please contact Tarro Funches in the Office of Federal Programs at or 601-359-3499. 

M-STAR Training for Evaluators Set
Dates for M-STAR Training for Evaluators have been scheduled.  These training sessions are designed for evaluators who have not previously completed M-STAR training.  There are limited spaces at each training.  Please see the locations, dates, and registration instructions below. 
M-STAR Training Dates
Oxford – August 28-29, 2014
Brandon – September 16-17, 2014
Purvis – September 23-24, 2014
Registration Instructions:
1.    Go to
2.    Login to GoSignMeUp or create a new account.
3.    Click on “Department of Education.”
4.    Click on “Mississippi Teacher Center.”
5.    Find “M-STAR Training for Evaluators” and select your preferred training dates/location.
6.    Click “Register.”
7.    Click “Enroll” in your shopping cart.
8.    Confirm the training dates/location and click “Submit.”
9.    A confirmation email will be sent to you.
If you have questions, please contact Tarance Hart at or 601-359-3631.

Learning Forward Now Offering Two-Day Training Opportunity

The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) is collaborating with Learning Forward Mississippi to offer a two-day training titled Putting the Learning Forward Standards into Practice.  The sessions will focus on the Standards for Professional Learning and provide participants with an understanding of what the standards look like in practice (transformed professional learning). Participants will review a template with an example of a professional learning plan and discuss how each standard should be addressed.  This training will assist districts with the professional development component required in the MS Public School Accountability Standards

Workshop presenters are Fred Brown, Director of Strategy and Development with the national Learning Forward organization, and Dale Hair, Senior Consultant for Learning Forward.  Lunch will be provided on both daysSEMI credits and CEUs will be available


The training is scheduled for September 10-11, 2014, at the Cabot Lodge Millsaps in Jackson. 

Please click here to register.  Contact Karen Burke at if there are any questions about registration.  Contact the Cabot Lodge at 601-948-8650 to reserve a room.  Contact Walt Drane at if there are any questions for the MDE.



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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.