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Be a Champion and Read Your Way to the Egg Bowl Contest

The Mississippi Association of Educators (MAE) has kicked off its Second Annual Be A Champion and Read Your Way to the Egg Bowl Contest to encourage reading for K-8 public school students. More than 15,000 K-8 public school students read over 90,000 books during last year’s contest.  To become eligible to win tickets to the Egg Bowl and other prizes, students choose their team – Ole Miss or Mississippi State – read six reading-level appropriate books, and have their parents and teachers submit the appropriate information. Educators who decorate bulletin boards, doors, or classrooms to promote the contest and teachers of the students who participate will also be eligible to win prizes for their classrooms. To learn more about the participating rules for MAE’s Be A Champion and Read Your Way to the Egg Bowl Contest, go to or call 1-800-530-7998 or 601-354-4463.


Millsaps College Principals’ & Teachers’ Institute

September 24, 2014
(9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.)

Mark McLeod - “Classroom Management and Student Motivation for Academic Success”

This interactive, highly motivational workshop for K-12 classroom teachers, school administrators and other school staff will provide participants with evidence-based strategies to enhance learning, build self-esteem, and create optimal learning environments for diverse learners. Mark will provide teaching strategies and classroom management techniques that will motivate students to excel! 1, 2014
(9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.)

Chuck Benigno -“School Leadership….A Game of Inches: Principals – the Key to Greatness”

Dr. Chuck Benigno, motivational speaker and author of “Teaching: Excellence or Survival?” will conduct this high-energy presentation using educational research, music and video clips to celebrate the tremendous impact administrators have in creating  special places to work and learn.  Educators will be introduced to Leadership Styles, Team Building, Classroom Management, Differentiating Instruction, Strategies for State Testing, Test Score Analysis, New Accountability Model, Motivating Students and Staff and Creating a “Culture of Excellence.” 28-29, 2014
(9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.)
Steve Barkley – “Building Teachers’ Skills: Increasing Student Learning”
Today’s learning standards cannot be met by teachers working in isolation or franchises. Few teachers are equipped to work as team members requiring school leaders to develop effective teams. Topics will include: Leading with Questions; exploration of 11 questioning protocols used to plan critical conversations that produce action; using School Improvement Plans to gain student achievement; creating professional learning communities; moving teachers from sharing to teaming and taking shared responsibility for student achievement; and encouraging and coaching effective teams.

One-day sessions cost $225. Two-day sessions cost $400. Click here for registration form.
For more information, call Dr. Ledora Overby Harris, Director, at 601-974-1354 or 601-955-1673.


Register for the MASA Annual Fall Meeting and Leadership Conference
October 19-21, 2014
Click here for registration form.

The Annual Fall Meeting and Leadership Conference, Next Generation Leadership, promises to be exciting and provide many opportunities for attendees to network and learn together! Not to mention we will have time for a little fun! New this year we are Honoring Breast Cancer Awareness Month in partnership with Women’s Hospital. Wear pink on Monday, October 20, 2014, and hear from local humorist, actress and former teacher, Cynthia Stuart – a breast cancer survivor!

Other features:

  • Our first Party on the Patio following the last general session of the day. Network with peers and enjoy some time with friends!
  • Hear from Mississippi practitioners who piloted the PARCC assessments this year with time for Q & A!
  • Concurrent Sessions for Special Education, Teacher Effectiveness, Federal Programs, Common Core, School Law, Educator Quality and How to Plan for a 1:1 Initiative in your district, to name just a few!
  • Choose from one of three pre-conference sessions designed for Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents, Transportation Directors, and District and Building Level Leaders.
  • Awards and Recognition of our Partners after lunch on Tuesday, October 21, 2014, followed by the announcement of our 2015 Superintendent of the Year!

Don't miss hearing from these experts:

  • Dr. Carey Wright, State Superintendent of Education
  • Dr. Michael Moody, CEO of Insight Education
  • Rick Hess, author of Cage Busting Leadership will join us on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 for a special keynote.
  • Dr. Felicia Smith, CEO National Institute of School Leaders

Follow MASA on Twitter @masa4ms

Mississippi Environmental Education Alliance Conference October 3-4
Earn CEUs at the 2014 Mississippi Environmental Education Alliance Conference October 3-4 at Lake Tiak-O’Khata Resort in Louisville, MS! Our theme this year is “Experiential Discovery Across the Curriculum.” Participants in this conference will learn by doing. We will use Project Learning Tree’s GreenSchools! program to advance student knowledge and skills as well as to explore how to reduce school operational costs and enhance environmental value of school sites. We will use geography, history and other disciplines to develop educational geocaching sites for treasure hunters. Bob Brzuszek, MSU, will deliver the keynote presentation “Discovery Across the Curriculum with Urban/Community Forestry,” providing insight into the 2015 Envirothon Current Topic. Other presentations, a poster session, silent auction, networking, and much more round out the conference activities. For complete details and to register visit Scholarships available!


MAE-MDE Conference “Literacy in Mississippi: Excellence Where it Matters”
October 9-10 – Jackson Convention Center
Registration fee: $150
Registration deadline: September 29, 2014

This conference focuses on instructional strategies for teachers to use in achieving higher literacy rates for students; build a culture of reading across all curriculum areas; and engage parents and families.   Send a team of at least four teachers per school to explore proven literacy and ELA strategies presented by MDE Literacy Coaches and other local, state and national experts.  Each team will develop a plan of action to implement with their students, school and parents.
The conference is presented by the Mississippi Association of Educators and the Mississippi Department of Education.
Click here to register online.
For more information, contact Felicia Holmes, Conference Coordinator, at or 1-800-530-7998, Beverly Brahan, Associate Executive Director, at, or visit


Mathematics Specialist Conference – October 10

Do you work directly with other teachers to improve mathematics teaching and learning? If so, then this conference is for you! Instructional coaches, curriculum coordinators, lead mathematics teachers, administrators, and others who work directly with teachers need the opportunity to collaborate with other professionals serving these roles for their districts. The Center for Mathematics and Science Education began hosting this conference in 2011 in order to meet the needs of those individuals who are working to impact instructional changes among teachers in their schools. The Mathematics Specialist Conference is an annual conference presented by The Center for Mathematics and Science Education. The conference was developed to help Mathematics Specialists, Mathematics Coaches, Lead Mathematics Teachers, or other professionals working directly with teachers.For more information, call Charlotte Dailey at 662-915-1749 or 662-915-6621 or visit Registration is now open!

Date: Friday, October 10, 2014
Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: University of Mississippi, Jackson Avenue Center
Registration: $125 (includes lunch and 0.6 CEUs)



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