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Welcome to newest members of our 2018 PREPS Advisory Board! Bobbie Moore, Curriculum Coordinator, North Bolivar Consolidated School District, Kim Alford, Director of Instruction, Pearl River County, Kiley Hughes, Assistant Superintendent, George County, Corlis Curry, Director of Federal Programs, Tupelo Public School District, Adrian Hammitte, District Test Coordinator, Jefferson County Public School District, Kelly West, Assistant Superintendent, Greene County, Suzanne Kelly, CTE Director, Assistant Principal, Forrest County Agricultural High School, Gina Gallant Assistant Superintendent, Forrest County, Andrea Stevens, Assistant Superintendent, Amory School District, and Van Alexander, Ass


Attendance for our conference will earn you one of these three options: 1 CEU 1 OSL 10 SEMIs Administrators will have sessions starting on Sunday afternoon February 25, and teacher sessions will start on Monday morning, February 26.

Writing in Science and Math Classrooms

Writing in Science and Math Classrooms Presenter: Dr. Tricia Bridges Presented Tuesday, February 27 at 2:15-3:00 pm As students engage in STEM classes and expand their knowledge in science, mathematics, and technology, they soon learn that what they know is important, but what they can do with what they know is essential. A key tool for making sense of information is writing, yet teachers of subjects other than English/Language Arts often feel ill-equipped to infuse writing as a teaching and learning task even though Mississippi College and Career Standards include standards for literacy/writing in science, social studies, and technical subjects. This session will focus on participants build

Connecting the ELA Shifts to STEM

The Kirkland Group - Connecting the ELA Shifts to STEM Presenter: Chan Cleveland Presented Tuesday, February 27 at 1:30 - 2:15 pm The ELA MSCCR standards emphasize challenging shifts that require students to think differently, teachers have to change instructional strategies, and administrators have to reconsider the support needed in order to enable success. In this presentation, we will discuss how ELA teachers can connect the key shifts with STEM. Participants will learn what these shifts really mean; how the various reading informational text standards connect to support them; and practical applications for addressing STEM and shifts in the classroom. Chan Cleveland is executive vice p

The Bower Foundation - Let's Move to Learn!

1:30 – 2:15 p.m. Breakouts The Bower Foundation - Let’s MOVE to Learn! Presenters: Larry Calhoun and Dale Dieckman Better grades. Better health. That’s what Move to Learn is about. Studies have shown that physical activity increases children’s ability to learn. That’s why Move to Learn incorporates movement in the classroom. This program is designed to be fun for students, improve learning, increase time on task and assist teachers with classroom management. Coach Larry Calhoun is the division director of the Office of Healthy Schools for the Mississippi Department of Education. He has over 25 years of experience in education, teaching in several school districts in Mississippi. He shares hi

Bringing Data into the Conversation

Bringing Data into the Conversation Presenter: Nicholas Peterman, SchoolStatus Presented on Tuesday, February 27. 10:15 - 11:15 am In this session, we will discuss tactics for improving your data analytics and parent engagement for student success, including tools for disaggregating student data, day-to-day instructional decisions, and monitoring and tracking parent communication. Nick Peterman, vice president of SchoolStatus, is a former high school math teacher, former district technology director and all around good guy.

Planting the Seeds of Partnerships to Harvest Sustainability

Planting the Seeds of Partnerships to Harvest Sustainability Presenters: Donna Loden and Mary Ann Plasencia Presented on Tuesday, February 27 10:15-11:15 am Growing Healthy Waves, a district-themed Farm to School initiative, and national organization, FoodCorps, partnered to change the palates of children in the Tupelo Public School District so that students know what healthy food is, fall in love with it, and eat it every day. With trowels, plant starts, pots, pans, and enthusiasm, this Governor’s Award of Distinction honoree is empowering students to grow, count, measure, stir, and cook their own food. This session will give you tips on raking in partners, germinating ideas for program sus

Media View of State and Local Education Reforms

Session: Media View of State and Local Education Reforms 10:15 - 11:15 am. - Tuesday, February 27 Moderator, Jean Cook, APR, Mississippi Department of Education; MAPE board member Panelists: Jeff Amy, Kate Royals and Jackie Mader Journalists from Mississippi’s top news organizations will share their perspectives on the state of public education in Mississippi, which reform efforts have been the most effective and how school districts are adapting to higher expectations. Jeff Amy has covered education and other topics for The Associated Press in Mississippi since 2011. Before that, he worked for newspapers in Mobile and Anniston, Alabama. Jeff holds a bachelor’s degree from Princeton Universi

Mindset: Changing the Way Students Approach Learning

Tuesday, February 27 - 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. Breakouts Mindset: Changing the Way Students Approach Learning Presenters: Dr. Rebekah Mincey, Dr. Catherine Wasson The ability to persist in the face of difficulty is a trait students need in today's culture. There are different theories of intelligence that lend individuals to approach tasks differently. This session will focus on the role of an individual’s mindset in establishing a conducive learning environment, designing effective instruction, and creating behaviors in students that encourage them to approach learning, and specifically learning difficult tasks, in a different way. Teaching today’s students has become increasingly difficult.

Get STEMulated with MPB Resources

Tuesday, February 27 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. – Continental breakfast with MPB Get STEMulated with MPB Resources Presenter: Maggie Stevenson Mississippi Public Broadcasting provides valuable tools for teachers and administrators. From classroom materials to professional development programs, MPB aims to enhance the work of Mississippi educators. Learn about MPB's instructional resources and professional development opportunities for PreK-12 educators and other outreach initiatives aimed at students, parents, and community leaders. MPB Education provides programs, services and support to educators, students and parents in Mississippi that are vital to the educational mission set forth by the legisla

STEP: Personalized Physical Literacy for Physical Activity and Social-Emotional Learning

Presented: Monday, February 26 2:45-3:45 pm Presenters: Neal Stephens, Meagan Hartman Attendees will learn of the importance of addressing physical literacy in an educational setting and will also take away practical opportunities for utilizing personalized physical literacy in an elementary school setting. Research shows that being physically active later in life depends on confidence in an activity setting which comes from having learned fundamental movement, or physical literacy, as a child. Personalized physical literacy leverages personalized learning to address the core physical skills of balance, coordination, and eye-tracking, customized for each child. A Harvard graduate, Neal Steph

STEM: It's Real World

Presented - Monday, February 26 2:45 - 3:45 pm Presenter: Jeanette Bennett Weave STEM concepts into your curriculum using a real-world application of learning. This session explores and examines decision-making and problem-solving that can create a link between the classroom and the real world. As problems and solutions are addressed, focus will be given to using critical thinking skills and inquiry. Attendees will receive FREE lesson plans and resources that are sure to foster creativity and a passion for learning. Jeannette Bennett is a national award-winning economics teacher. As principal, seven of her teachers were also national award winners. She taught economic education at the colleg

Thinking Maps - The Power of Active Learning

Presentation - Monday, February 26 - 2:45 pm - 3:45 Presenter: Marjann Ball, Ed.D. Think critically and creatively with hands-on science experiments and technology projects. Powered by Thinking Maps, these activities are successful ways to rigorously engage students in classrooms on a daily basis. Dr. Marjann Ball from Central Creativity, a learning resource center in Laurel, will lead this interactive workshop. Dr. Marjann Ball has been an educator for 40 years, working with students from pre-K through 12th grade. For 25 years, she taught critical thinking at Jones County Junior College and helped implement Thinking Maps into JCJC’s nursing program. Currently, she is the Thinking Maps repre

Renaissance Learning Tools

Breakout Session on Monday, February 26 1:30-2:30 p.m. Renaissance Tools – Renaissance Learning, Inc. Presenter: Charlotte Wilson Join Charlotte Wilson for an informal presentation to discuss benchmarks for proficiency in Renaissance Tools. She will review the benchmarks for MTSS, MS MAP and ACT and how Star 360 will report in all these areas. This session will also introduce you to the Growth Platform being rolled out this school year and how it pulls from multiple data points to monitor student mastery and growth. Charlotte Wilson is a National Board-Certified Teacher with a master’s of science in elementary education and bachelor’s in elementary education from Mississippi University for

Differentiated Strategies for Gifted Learners

Differentiated Strategies for Gifted Learners Presenter: Christina Liverett, Ed.D. During this session, on Monday, February 26 at the MAPE/PREPS Conference participants will learn how to use STEM-based strategies to group and differentiate for the advanced learners in their classrooms. These strategies will not only challenge the advanced learners, but also raise the bar for all learners in the class, making the content more interesting and motivating for the learners. Handouts will be provided for participants. Christina has 19 years’ experience as an educator including ten years as a teacher of the intellectually gifted. She has attained a doctoral and specialist’s degree in higher educati

Church-School Partnerships

Real and Perceived Barriers to Church-School Partnerships in Rural Southeastern Mississippi Presenters: Dr. Elizabeth Bailey, Dr. S. Brad Bailey and Dr. Jalynn Roberts Join Dr. Elizabeth A. Bailey, a recent graduate of William Carey University’s School of Education, on Monday, February 26 as she shares work from her doctoral dissertation study on church-school partnerships in a county in rural Southeast Mississippi. The study provided a detailed description of what type of partnerships exist in rural Southeast Mississippi, real and perceived barriers to such partnerships, and how successful church-school partnerships might be initiated, sustained, and/or duplicated in South Mississippi. Thi

Blended Learning In Action

Blended Learning in Action Presenter: Will Deyamport, III, Ed.D. During this session, Monday, February 26, we will be going over best practices and design methods for implementing blended learning into your classroom. We will be using subject neutral resources for reflection and/or group discussion. Attendees will leave this session with an understanding of various blended learning models and how to develop a blended learning lesson plan. Dr. Will Deyamport III (@iamDrWill) is a K12 instructional technologist at Hattiesburg Public School District, a connected learning consultant, writer, and host of “The Dr. Will Show.”

Breakout EDU Challenge

4:00 to 5:00 p.m. Breakouts - Monday, February 26 - PREPS/MAPE Conference BreakoutEDU Presenter: Melissa Adkins Breakout EDU challenges are used in all content areas and help develop computational thinking skills such as critical thinking, logic, and collaboration.  Come experience a BreakoutEDU challenge! Help reveal clues and solve mysteries to “break in” before time runs out. Come learn how to get started using BreakoutEDU. Register for the conference today! Melissa Adkins is in her 11th year as instructional technologist for Lamar County School District. She is also a Google for Education Innovator, Google for Education Certified Trainer, Facilitator, Authorized BreakoutEDU Tra

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