October 13, 2014                                                                                             Archives

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Mississippi High School Heroes

The Mississippi Department of Education, Office of Compulsory School Attendance Enforcement is pleased to announce the release of the Mississippi High School Heroes. The documentaries focus on the tribulations and triumphs of six students as they strive to stay in school and graduate.  The documentaries explore challenges the students have overcome with the support of their family, friends, faith based organizations, schools and inner strength. To view the documentaries, please go to the link below:  


Alternative Education Regional Trainings
The MDE Office of Compulsory School Attendance Enforcement will offer training sessions for Alternative Education Programs. This in-depth training will focus on Alternative Education resources, methods for instructing at-risk youth and hands-on-development of Individualized Instruction Plans (IIP). Individualized Education Plans, (IEP), Behavior Plans and curriculum, etc. will all be demonstrated and practiced. The training will also cover current legislation and policies.
*All sessions are 9:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m.
Trainings are offered in five locations throughout the state: 
October 20, 2014       Olive Branch High School Performing Arts Center                                                                    
9366 E Sandidge Road
Olive Branch, MS 38654
(662) 893-3344

November 7, 2014     Woodall Technology Center
901 Sullivan Drive
Hattiesburg, MS, 39401
(601) 554-4646

November 10, 2014   Northwest Rankin High School Performing Arts Center
5805 Highway 25
Flowood, MS 39232
(601) 992-2242

November 13, 2014   Natchez-Adams School District Multi-Purpose Room 
10 Homochitto Street
Natchez, MS 391211
(601) 445-4329

November 19, 2014   B.B. King Museum
400 Second Street
Indianola, MS 38751
(662) 887-9539
Bring your own laptop to work on specific sample plans with participants.
Capacity is limited to 100 Administrators, Teachers, Counselors, and other personnel per location.  Registration is now open.  To register, click here  and you will be redirected to the GoSignMeUp website.  If you have any questions, please contact Damian D. Thomas at dthomas@mde.k12.ms.us or 601-359-5743.


William Carey University Now Offering Online Specialist in Education

The William Carey University School of Education is now offering the online Specialist in Education with an Instructional Leadership concentration and a hybrid Specialist in Education degree in Elementary/Secondary Education. For more information, contact Dr. Liesa Weaver (Instructional Leadership) at 601-318-6626 or lweaver@wmcarey.edu, or Dr. Sue Whitcomb (Elementary/Secondary Education) at 601-318-6557 or swhitcomb@wmcarey.edu.

Letters About Literature

The Letters About Literature (LAL) national reading and writing contest is underway! In the contest, students write a personal letter to the author, living or dead, of their favorite books. Books can be nonfiction, fiction, or even a short story, poem, or speech. LAL awards prizes on the state and national levels. State winners receive a cash awards ranging from $50 to $100. National awards range from $200 to $1,000.

Entry deadlines:
Letters for Level III (grades 9-12) are due by December 15, 2014
Letters for Levels I (grades 4-8) and II (grades 7-8) are due by January 15, 2015

Entries must be accompanied by an entry coupon. Official rules and an entry coupon are available at the Letters About Literature website.

For more information, visit contact Mississippi Center for the Book Coordinator Tracy Carr at tcarr@mlc.lib.ms.us.

MCA Poetry and Poster Contest
Theme: "Re-Imagining Life’s Possibilities: Celebrating First Jobs Through Encore Careers." Entries must be postmarked by October 15, 2014. For more information, visit https://mica.memberclicks.net/assets/docs/poetryposter%20contest.pdf


Mississippi Association of Partners in Education 2015 Governor’s Award

 Every year MAPE recognizes the state's top school-community partnership programs at the Governor's Awards luncheon. Across Mississippi, partnerships are helping improve student performance in many areas, including academics, graduation rates, health and fitness, community service and character development. MAPE wants to hear about your program! Governor's Award applications are available at www.mapie.org. The next awards luncheon will be held March 18, 2015 at Pearl River Resort during the PREPS-MAPE State Conference. If your school/district is not a member of MAPE, please consider joining. Learn more about us atwww.mapie.org. (PREPS members are automatically MAPE members.)


UM-CMSE Hosts High School Common Core Mathematics Workshop Series

With the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics comes a new way of thinking about teaching and learning mathematics. Students will engage in learning mathematics through problem solving, modeling, and utilizing repeated reasoning. They will not only need to be able to justify their own reasoning, but also make sense of the arguments of others. Join us to learn ways to engage high school students in the Standards for Mathematical Practice. Each sessions will focus on specific mathematical practices and include tasks and activities aligned with the Common Core State Standards.

Workshops will be held October 24, November 14, December 5, December 6 and January 30. All events will be held at the Center for Mathematics and Science Education. Registration for each event is $95 which includes 0.6 CEUs. For more information and to register, visit http://umcmse.com/pd/hs-ccmws/.


Annual MAMLE Conference

The Mississippi Association for Middle Level Educators (MAMLE) will hold its annual conference February 19-21, 2015 at the Vicksburg Convention Center. MAMLE is an affiliate of the American Association for Middle Level Educators (AMLE), is dedicated to improving the educational experiences of all students ages 10 to 15 by providing vision, knowledge, and resources to educators and leaders. Nominations are being accepted for the Teams that Make a Difference Award and the Middle School Administrator of the Year Award. Visit http://mamle.org for nomination forms or to request to make a presentation.


Special Education Advisory Panel

The Special Education Advisory Panel will meet on Wednesday, October 15, 2014, at 9:30 a.m. at the Jackson Marriott, 200 E. Amite Street, Jackson, MS 39201. 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.


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! 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 http://www.insighteducationgroup.com
  • Rick Hess, author of Cage Busting Leadership will join us on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 for a special keynote. http://www.frederickhess.org
  • Dr. Felicia Smith, CEO National Institute of School Leaders

Follow MASA on Twitter @masa4ms



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