2021 On-Demand PREPS Conference REGISTRATION OPEN



We are pleased to announce the registration for our PREPS Virtual Conference, Can You Hear Me Now? Zooming into 2021 is now open.


PREPS “ON DEMAND” VIRTUAL CONFERENCE DATES- MARCH 5 - MARCH 31 – Sessions will be available for participants to watch and learn in their own time between our kick off on March 5th through March 31st.


NO COST- This is a FREE event that will take place virtually and on-demand. CEUs for teachers $10 - You can earn up to 1.8 CEUs.


REGISTER NOW ---CONFERENCE REGISTRATION LINK- The registration link is: conference-preps.talentlms.com .




On-Demand Virtual Conference Catalog


Sessions for teachers, administrators, and both admin and teachers.

Teachers: Each session is designed for 1 hour of instruction which would be 0.1 CEU each. You must participate in at least 5 sessions for 0.5 CEUs. You may earn up to 1.8 CEUs by participating in all sessions that are geared for teachers. Read the descriptions for more information on each session.



Session Title: Change Leadership Strategies for Engaging Faculty & Staff

Presenter:Studer Education Group


Session Description: This session is for school administrators. Accelerating team capacity to learn and grow leadership is a critical role for every building and department leader and their teams. We envision “every child, every day” yet most teams struggle balancing daily ‘urgent’ issues with staying centered enough to execute on the important work. Leaders and teams get distracted, even exhausted by isolated initiatives. As a result, 70% of change efforts fail. Yet, we know success is possible.


Improvement becomes real when we expand the capacity to lead and tackle the real barriers together. Improvement at scale requires a commitment to hardwire new routines centered on service to our students, their families, and one another. Actions become informed by listening deeply, measuring what matters most, and problem-solving becomes shared. Leaders and team learn to hardwire critical routines to engage, work along-side their teams, and intentionally grow leadership capacity at every level.


Ultimately, building and department teams grow into an army of improvers focused on service and taking action to achieve what is valued. Join to learn how to grow team capacity, hardwire routines to problem-solve together, and align your school or department goals to key system priorities in-order to stay centered and filter out the initiative white noise.



Session Title: Closing the Learning Gap in Mississippi

Presenter: Stacy Blair, National Academic Advisor, Renaissance


Description: This session is for school leaders and teachers. This session will explore key findings from the Renaissance How Kids Are Preforming Report, including state-level trend data for Mississippi. You will gain insights into the impact of school closures and disruptions on both reading and math achievement. You will also learn how Renaissance can partner with you to assess and close learning gaps, as well as track and motivate growth for every learner.


Session Title: Connection Conversations: Increase Confidence & Remove Barriers

Presenter: Studer Education Group


Session Description:This session is for teachers. In this session, we will explore three types of connections to make with students and parents: Teacher-Student Connection Conversations, Teacher-Parent Connection Conversations, and Plus/Delta Check-ins. Use the Connection Conversations Session Strategies Guide, along with the session video to create your plan for connecting with students and parents.


Session Title: COVID Learning Loss; The Data and Solutions

Presenter: Pat Ross, Tanisha Washington, and Dr. J. P. Beaudoin

Bailey Education Group


Session Description:This session is for school leaders and teachers. Students across America have experienced unprecedented interruptions in their typical instructional cycle in the last year. The affects of these interruptions do not discriminate; high performers, average performers, and those students who have significant challenges will all feel the affects of missing a substantial amount of in-person instruction. In this round table session, we will discuss learning loss data which show a significant challenge for schools across America, as well as instructional and school leadership recommendations for how schools and districts can meet the ever-changing needs of all children.


Session Title: Creative Awards Winners Showcase


Session Description: This session is for school leaders and teachers. Browse through the showcase our 2020 Creative Award winners! The 2020 school year was unlike any other we have ever experienced. Look through this showcase of exemplary efforts by school districts to see how they were able to empower parents, connect their students to Wifi, provide social emotional learning support, provide open houses, and continue to build student relationships throughout this pandemic.


Session Title: Designing Standards-Based Mini Lessons: ELA

Facilitator: Lynsey Black, Kids First, LLC


Description: This session is designed for ELA teachers. Designing and implementing standards-based lessons is key to ensuring mastery of CCR exit standards. This session is designed to detail the necessary components and process for developing a standards-based mini lesson. Participants will reflect on current practices through reviewing quality examples of standards-based mini lessons.


Session Title: Designing Standards-Based Mini Lessons: Math

Facilitator: Stephanie Brewer, Kids First, LLC


Description: This session is designed for Math teachers. Designing and implementing standards-based lessons is key to ensuring mastery of CCR exit standards. This session is designed to detail the necessary components and process for developing a standards-based mini lesson. Participants will reflect on current practices through reviewing quality examples of standards-based mini lessons.


Session Title: Developing Social & Emotional Skills through Positive Relationships

Presenter: Venola Mason, Associate Partner, International Center for Leadership in Education

Session Description: This session is for teachers.

Research shows that teachers have the biggest impact on student achievement. Relationships are the foundation for the development of the cognitive, social, and emotional skills and competencies that students need to be successful within the classroom and beyond. This webinar is designed to help educators understand the critical nature of these relationships and the impact they have on student learning. Participants will leave the session with:

  • A deeper und