Conferences & Workshops
Check out the upcoming events & workshops for teachers on sites below (click logos):
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 following sessions are being offered at the following sites:
• December 9 - Meridian Community College, Meridian (NOTE: Meridian Community College is not a sponsor of this program/activity.)
• December 11 - Hinds Community College's Rankin Campus, Pearl
• January 10 - East Mississippi Community College, Golden Triangle, Mayhew
• January 13 - Copiah-Lincoln Community College, Natchez Campus
• January 15 - William Carey University, Tradition Campus, Gulfport
CCSS for Science
• December 2 - DeSoto County Staff Development Room, Hernando
• December 4 - Holmes Community College, Attala Education Center, Kosciusko
• January 14 - Billy Thames Center, Wesson
• January 22 - Oak Grove Primary School, Hattiesburg
Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)
• November 19 - Corinth High School Commons
• December 3 - Greenville Higher Ed Center
• December 10 - Life Church, Laurel
Accreditation Office Develops Tutorials for Cumulative Folders, Permanent Records
The Office of Accreditation has developed two online tutorials: How to Complete the Mississippi Cumulative Folder and Permanent Record (Part A – Cumulative Folder) and How to Complete the Mississippi Cumulative Folder and Permanent Record (Part B – Permanent Record). These tutorials provide training to school districts in correctly completing student cumulative folders and permanent records. It is paramount that districts keep accurate and complete records on all students. The tutorials, along with the companion manual, are available through the Office of Accreditation webpage under the WHAT’S NEW section at http://www.mde.k12.ms.us/accreditation
Earn CEUs, OSLs, and SEMIs completely online.
Mississippi University for Women is offering affordable and convenient non-credit courses completely online to to earn CEUs, OSLs, and SEMIs. Each course lasts for six weeks and earns 2.0 CEUs, 1 OSL, or 15 SEMIs. The registration fee is $49.00 which includes the CEU, OSL, or SEMI certificate. Basic computer skills and high speed internet are required. For a complete listing of courses and to apply, visit the online Professional Learning Academy at www.muw.edu/outreach or email email@example.com.
HBO MasterClass Series
The National Young Arts Foundation has collaborated with Teachers College Columbia University to create a study guide based on the HBO MasterClass series. Pursuing Your Passions is a study guide can be used in various K-12 educational settings and it offers educators a chance to embrace arts education in the classroom. Interested educators can access all the lessons and multimedia elements on the project’s website and also request a free DVD copy of the study guide and the entire first season of the Emmy nominated HBO MasterClass.
Delta Math Science Partnership Initiative
Delta State University (DSU) presents Delta Math Science Partnership Initiative. DSU provides M3 (Math, Middle School, MS Common Core) Summer Math Institutes for middle grades mathematics educators in the Delta region. Participation in the program will allow middle school math teacher to enhance their math content and pedagogy knowledge, develop strategies to implement Common Core Math Standards, and provide teachers the opportunity to add a 901 Supplemental Endorsement in Mathematics. Participating teachers will receive stipends, graduate credit hours, and continued support throughout the school year. Applications will be available in January 2014. Contact Ann Huber, firstname.lastname@example.org, (662)341-0858, or visit http://www.deltastate.edu/college-of-education/delta-math-science-partnership-initiative/ for more information.
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."
Project MAT-PD, Mathematics Advancement in Teaching through Professional Development at Jackson State University is a novel alliance to promote mathematics education. It addresses the well-established need for teachers to be trained to teach mathematics in grades 5 - 8. The components of this effort consist of a 3 week summer institute in June and four Saturdays during the academic year. Participants will receive two 3 credit hour graduate courses for completing the Saturday sessions. Guest instructors and an e-learning architecture provide opportunity for participants to work with scientists, mathematicians, engineers, universities, agencies, and business representatives from across the U. S. For more information, contact Deborah Divinity at (601) 979-2969 or visit www.jsums.edu/projectmast.
Mississippi State University (MSU) is offering a "chance of a lifetime" for 4th-8th math teachers to increase their CCSS-M content knowledge, pedagogical skills, and student achievement through the IMPACT2 Program: (In-depth Mathematical Practices and Content Teacher Training). Year two of the IMPACT2 program begins with a two-week Summer Institute, June 16 to June 27, 2014, at MSU, followed by professional development opportunities and classroom visits during the fall and spring. Visit the IMPACT2 website at www.impact2.org to learn more and register beginning January 15, 2014 for the 2014 program. For more information, contact Project Coordinators Re-C Carter at (662)803-8200 or Sonya Smith at (662)803-0509.
The CHAMPS Project
The CHAMPS Project provides engaging, hands-on training through a summer institute and online and face-to-face follow-ups for one academic year. Participants gain a deeper understanding of the CCSS and the acquisition of powerful new strategies for engaging students in learning mathematics. CHAMPS focuses on grades 4th through 8th and provide numerous incentives to participants including stipends, instructional materials, and 10 CEUs. Teachers interested in applying can go to http://web3.muw.edu/outreach/professional-learning and click on CHAMPS for more information. The 2014-2015 application will be available February 2014. Contact Melinda Lowe at (662)241-6088 for details.
The Developing Excellence in Education through Professional (DEEP)
The Developing Excellence in Education through Professional (DEEP) Learning Communities project is professional development program offered through the Center for Mathematics Education (CMSE) at the University of Mississippi made possible through funds from the Mississippi Department of Education. The DEEP Learning Communities project aims to meet teacher where they are in their communities to develop cohorts of effective mathematics instructors. To meet this goal, the CMSE partners with local high-need school districts to work collaboratively to develop professional learning communities among the mathematics teachers within the school. School partnerships consist of at least three 4th-8th grade mathematics teacher participants and one administrator participant. Participants engage in professional development activities over two years including summer institutes, academic follow-up sessions, industrial follow-up sessions, monthly PLC meetings, and online collaboration. For more information, please visit our website at www.deeplc.com or contact Charlotte Dailey at (662) 915-1749.
Understanding Fiscal Responsibility (UFR)
Our nation’s leaders in Washington, D.C., are currently dealing with a host of fiscal issues such as the sequester, a looming government shutdown and our national debt. How do you teach students about these very important topics? Understanding Fiscal Responsibility (UFR) is a 24-lesson curriculum developed by Teachers College Columbia University for teaching about the federal budget, national debt and budget deficit. The goal of UFR is to have students understand the issues in all their complexities, be able to clarify their own thinking about these issues, and, ultimately, care enough to become involved in debating these and other public policy questions as citizens. You can create an account to access and download all the lessons and additional resources as well as request a print copy for your classroom.