Critical Thinking is the Hallmark of Common Core Standards
MIDDLETOWN, DEL. — Remembering the plot of a short story is no longer good enough in teacher Amy Lawson’s fifth-grade classroom.
Today’s students are being asked to think more critically. For example, what might a character say in an email to a friend?
“It’s hard. But you can handle this,” Lawson tells them. Welcome to a classroom using the Common Core State Standards, one of the most politicized and misunderstood changes in education.
Oxford Charger Band Sets Two New High School Records During Overall State Marching Championship
The Oxford Charger Band set two new high school records recently at the State Marching Championship held at Pearl High School: securing the eighth spot in the overall marching competition and a final competition score of 86.7 points out of a possible 100 points.
According to first year Band Director Morse, this year’s show is the hardest the students have ever performed and has the elements needed for them to compete against the best marching bands in the state.
“Now is definitely a time to celebrate our students because this is a huge accomplishment," added Morse. Morse credits Jared Brownlee and Marsha Morgan for helping make the transition so successful.
Engaging High School Students in the Mathematical Practices Workshop
The Center for Mathematics and Science Education at the University of Mississippi will offer a series of four (4) workshops on "Engaging High School Students in the Mathematical Practices." With the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics comes a new way of thinking about teaching and learning mathematics. Join us to learn ways to engage high school students in the Standards for Mathematical Practice (MP). Session 1 focuses on Problem Solving & Precision (MP. 1&6) -- January 24, 2014. Session 2 is all about Reasoning & Justifying (MP. 2&3) -- February 21, 2014. Session 3 details Tools & Modeling (MP. 4&5) -- March 28, 2014. Finally, Session 4 discusses Structure & Repeated Reasoning (MP. 7&8) -- April 25, 2014. Each day begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends approximately at 4:00 p.m. The cost of attendance is $95 each per workshop in the series. The price includes 0.6 CEUs. REGRETTABLY, the price does not include lunch.
For more information, call Charlotte Dailey at 662-915-6621 or visit our website at http://cmse.olemiss.edu/professional-development/hs-mathematics-workshop-series/. REGISTRATION IS OPEN NOW!
New MDE Resources Available Online
Looking for information to share with parents, community members, and business leaders? The MDE has compiled a number of resources for communication, available online. Look at the bottom left of the MDE website for the link to Mississippi College - and Career-Ready Standards to see FAQs, myths and facts, presentations, and other resources.
Misconceptions About the Common Core
Parents & Kids Magazine recently published an article regarding misconceptions about the Common Core. Visit http://www.parents-kids.com/index.php/current-issue-v15-2/features/34-rokstories-samples-v15-34/1647-common-core-misconceptions to read the article.
Visit the new Common Core website here.
American Honda Foundation is Funding Approx. 30 Grants
The American Honda Foundation is funding approximately 30 grants in an effort to support imaginative, creative, youthful, forward-thinking, scientific, humanistic and innovative projects. Funds are provided for youth education with a specific focus on the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects in addition to the environment. Nonprofit charitable organizations, public school districts, and private/public elementary and secondary schools are eligible to apply. Grant awards will range from $20,000 to $75,000 over a one-year period. Visit http://corporate.honda.com/america/philanthropy.aspx?id=philanthropy_overview for more information.
Local Reading is Fundamental Group Donates Books to Oxford School District Students
Ole Miss Kappa Kappa Gamma Chapter Gives Money to Local Organization
Oxford, Mississippi – A University of Mississippi sorority and its philanthropy is continuing to support children’s literacy within the Oxford School District. The local Reading is Fundamental philanthropy recently received a donation of $11,000 from the University’s chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, which will ensure the distribution of books three times a year to every first, third and fifth grader in Oxford schools.
Clarksdale Schools Awarded Multi-million Federal Grant
Clarksdale Municipal School District recently was awarded a Magnet Schools Assistance Program Grant by the U. S. Department of Education. The district joins only 27 other districts across the nation in receiving this competitive grant award.
The funding period is for up to three years with guaranteed funding of $1,995,391 million dollars for Year 1 and amounts totaling $1,572,156 million in Year 2 and $1,400,329 million in Year 3.
Office of Federal Programs Seeks Educator-in-Residence
The Mississippi Department of Education is accepting applications from Mississippi educators to join the Office of Federal Programs as an “Educator in Residence” for the second semester of this school year.
The Educator in Residence program was implemented by the State Board of Education as an innovative way of building capacity within both school districts and the Mississippi Department of Education. It is envisioned that this reciprocal relationship will allow educational professionals at the school, district, and state levels to work in a new professional setting for a specified period of time (generally 1-3 years) on focused projects, innovations, or initiatives.
Looking for a Fulfilling Career? MS Speech Language Hearing Association Showcases the Benefits of a Career in Hearing and Speech
Series of new videos testifies to the benefits and rewards of joining their team of talented professionals.
(Jackson, MS) If you like seeing positive results from your efforts, then a career in speech and hearing could be for you. The Mississippi Speech-Language-Hearing Association (MSHA) has created a series of new videos explaining the benefits and rewards of joining their team of talented professionals. Videos can be viewed at www.mshausa.org
MPE to Host Regional Trainings
MPE is preparing to host regional trainings around the state for a second year! These trainings will aim to increase the understanding of teachers for M-STAR, CCSS for Science, and Professional Learning Communities (PLCs). MPE is offering these trainings free-of-charge to members. Non-members may attend for a fee of $25 and must call our office to register. Participants will receive CEU credits if they meet attendance criteria. These training classes are each one day sessions. For more information or to register, please email firstname.lastname@example.org (include date, location/session, school and district information) or call our office at 800-523-0269. Registration is limited!
THE SECRETS OF PLANNING ARTS INTEGRATION
This one day professional learning opportunity is designed for teams of Pre-K to 8th grade classroom teachers, arts specialists, and administrators who will experience, observe and create arts integrated lessons using Common Core State Standards and Mississippi Visual and Performing Arts Frameworks.
Lovett Elementary Named a National Blue Ribbon School
Clinton’s sixth-grade school, Lovett Elementary, is a National Blue Ribbon School.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the award on Tuesday. Lovett is one of four Mississippi schools to earn Blue Ribbon distinction this year.