July 13, 2015                                                                                            Archives

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Mississippi College- and Career-Ready Standards Feedback Forum

The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) periodically reviews academic standards that guide classroom instruction. This provides an opportunity for everyone to review the benchmarks set for student learning and make adjustments as needed. In keeping with that periodic review process, the MDE is now seeking specific input on the English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics standards through the Mississippi College- and Career-Ready Standards (MCCRS) Feedback Forum. The forum will be open through September 15, 2015.
The forum has two primary goals:

  1. Increase awareness and understanding of the Mississippi College- and Career-Ready Standards in Mathematics and English Language Arts (ELA)
  2. Solicit actionable feedback on the standards as part of the Mississippi Department of Education’s regular review process of academic standards that have been implemented

To participate, visit http://mississippi.statestandards.com


MDE Seeking Applications for Science Standards Revision

The Mississippi Department of Education is accepting applications from science educators interested in the standards revision process for the 2010 Mississippi Science Framework. The revision will take place over the next 12-18 months, and will entail several face-to-face meetings and some independent work. The MDE will reimburse participants for travel costs related to this work, in accordance with state policy. Department staff will review applications and notify selected committee members in early August, with an initial meeting tentatively scheduled for early September.

Click here for the cover sheet that outlines the needed information for individuals wishing to be considered for this revision team.  Questions and completed application packets should be directed to science@mde.k12.ms.us. Packets are due on or before July 30, 2015.

Regional Literacy Trainings

The Mississippi Department of Education, through the Office of Elementary Education and Reading, is offering regional literacy trainings for school district and school-based personnel who support literacy instruction in upper elementary and secondary classrooms. This training will include the following: discipline-specific research-based literacy strategies, Response to Intervention (RtI), literacy walk-throughs and coaching, and professional learning communities.
There are no limitations on the number of participants per district and districts are not assigned to a Regional Educational Service Agency (RESA). Registration will be on a first-come-first-served basis at www.nmec.net under Workshops – MDE Sponsored – Elementary Education and Reading.
Note: Participants must register for BOTH Part 1 and Part 2.
Please contact the RESA if there are questions about registration, or contact Dr. Kymyona Burk at kymyona.burk@mde.k12.ms.us if there are questions for the MDE.
This event is being funded with state and/or federal funds and is being provided for employees of school districts, employees of the MDE and Department contractors.  Mississippi Constitution Article 4, Section 66 prohibits governing authorities from making donations.  According to the Mississippi Attorney General, once the federal funds are turned over to the state, the rules for the expenditure of state funds apply.  Based on the Mississippi law, this event is not being provided for third party vendors or external providers.

See dates, times, and locations below.

Registration begins at 8:00 a.m.
All sessions begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m.

August 17-18, 2015 and January 11, 2016
Oxford Conference Center
Oxford, MS

August 20-21, 2015 and January 14, 2016
JSU R&D Center
Jackson State University (Ridgewood Rd.)
Jackson, MS

August 24-25, 2015 and January 20, 2016
DSU Jacob Center
Delta State University
Cleveland, MS

August 31-September 1, 2015 and January 5, 2016
USM Cochran Center
University of Southern Mississippi
Hattiesburg, MS


Special Education Conference

Rankin County School District’s Special Education Department and Parents Together with Mississippi Parent Training and Information Center (MSPTI) will host a joint conference entitled The Power of ME! Unlocking the Power Within on July 14 and 15, 2015, at Brandon High School from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.This conference is open to anyone in the state who is interested in learning more about special education, and will be held on. both days. The conference will offer exciting sessions that will give insight into different aspects of the world of special education from the perspectives of parents, educators, and advocates. To register please go to http://tinyurl.com/powerofme2015.


Strong readers logoStrong Readers=Strong Leaders Campaign

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.


Literacy Communications Toolkit

The Literacy Communications Toolkit may be used by district leadership and K-3 principals for training staff and communicating with parents about the Literacy-Based Promotion Act. All resources can be modified and personalized to meet individual needs. The toolkit can be found at www.mde.k12.ms.us/ms-college-career-standards/literacy-toolkit.

Additional resources for educators, including the Mississippi Literacy-Based Promotion
Act Implementation Guide, can be found at www.mde.k12.ms.us/literacy.

MDE News

State Board of Education Moves to One-Day Monthly Meetings

State Board of Education Approves Public Comment Period for Policy on the Use of Seclusion and Restraint in Schools


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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.