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Friday, September 13, 2019

Breakout Session I, 10:15 am – 11:30 am

Educators (E)

  • Addressing the Cultural and Linguistic Needs of Students in an Era of All means All, Linda Cavazos
    Culturally and linguistically diverse learners with and without learning disabilities enrolled in public schools are tasked with learning content, a new culture, and a new language. Meeting their language and literacy needs requires systematic use of evidence-based practices and deep knowledge of culturally and linguistically responsive practices that address their instructional, social, and language needs. Instructional strategies to meet these needs will be presented.
  • Data-driven Decision Making (using assessment data to plan instruction & improve literacy (K-5), Melissa Beck
    This session will discuss how to use assessment data to plan instruction and improve literacy in Kindergarten through 5thgrades. We will focus on using Kindergarten Readiness, Universal Screener, and MAAP data in the classroom.
  • Data-driven Decision Making (using assessment data to plan instruction & improve literacy (6-12), Ashley Kazery
    As educators we are accustom to using data to guide our elementary literacy instruction. But what happens when students are still struggling in middle and high school? During this session, we will look into literacy data for secondary and how we can effective utilize the data to best support these students. We will practice using hands on strategies and leave with a better understanding and supports to implement in our schools.
  • Literacy 101: The 5 Components, Lydia Aderhold and Emily Flautt
    We will explore the five components of literacy for Kindergarten through 5thgrade students. During this time we will look at how the 90 minute literacy block changes throughout the grade levels to improve literacy outcomes.  We will also look at materials helpful to teachers and parents along with materials that have been released from the Mississippi Department of Education.

 

Parents/Guardians (P/G)

  • Making Adjustments at Home: Helping Your Child Meet the Standards, Ginger Koestler and Candice Taylor
    This session will engage families with the Early Learning Standards and how they can use specific strategies, based on their child’s individual learning needs, to help their child master the standards. Sample standards and strategies will be provided to show families simple ways to implement these activities into their daily routines.
  • Chronic Absenteeism, Toni Kersh
    Chronic absenteeism is defined as missing 18 days of the school year for any reason.  MDE launched a statewide attendance campaign in 2018 to reduce chronic absenteeism.  By working together and utilizing available we can help reduce student absences and increase academic outcomes for ALL Mississippi students.
  • Multi-Tiered System of Supports: A Parent’s Guide to the Implementation Process, Laurie Weathersby
    Parents and families will begin to understand the foundation of a Multi-Tiered System of Supports. This session will provide an overview of the six essential components of MTSS and information on how to best implement the process in schools. Participants will be able to ask questions throughout the presentation and will leave with a better understanding of MTSS and the intervention process.

 

Community Partners (CP)

  • Illiteracy:Education and Economic Impact, Cari Miller
    Learning to read by the end of third grade is the gateway to a successful life. When students are unable to read by the end of third grade, their risk of falling behind academically grows exponentially. In fact, research shows that nearly 9 out of 10 high school droputs were struggling readers in third grade. Students who are not reading proficiently by the end of third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school. Illiteracy is not only an education problem; it’s an economic and social problem too. Come learn about the impact illiteracy can have on our economy and how some states are working overtime to change the illiteracy trajectory to ensure all students learn to read, graduate and become contributing members of society.
  • Implementing the Literacy Based Promotion Act, Jill Hoda and Lori Stringer
    During this session, participants will gain an understanding of the importance and implementation of the Literacy Based Promotion Act.  Presenters will provide insight on how adopting K-3 reading policies, key legislation, and the LBPA implementation Timeline were crucial to the success of the LBPA.  Additional informaton will focus on the literacy coaching model and implementation of a statewide professional development program.
  • First 2000 Days, Angela Rutherford
    There are only 2,000 days between the time a baby is born and when he or she will begin kindergarten. During that time brain architecture is forming, creating either a strong or weak foundation for all future learning. Child development is a dynamic, interactive process that is not predetermined. It occurs in the context of relationships, experiences and environments. Harvard University neuroscientist Jack Shonkoff puts it this way, “brains are built not born.”

    For optimal development and a strong foundation, children need good health, strong families and high quality early learning and school experiences. With quality early child development experiences, children are school ready, graduate from high school and grow into productive citizens and valuable employees.

  • Engaging early education providers to improve Kindergarten readiness, Shelly Brooks
    Shelly will share the work that has been done in Lee County, MS with the child care centers, school districts, and community members. The challenges of working with a large number of child care centers and multiple school districts and the successes that have occurred will be highlighted during this session. You will hear personal stories from child care center teachers/directors, principals, and teachers. Strategies to build relationships and the importance of being intentional about the goals will be the focus.

 

Policy Makers (PM)

  • How the Teacher Shortage is Impacting Literacy Outcomes, Phelton Cortez Moss
    This presentation will explore how the teacher shortage is impacting literacy in Mississippi. Participants will engage in a data deep dive of current shortage information and will begin developing insight as to how policies connected to the teacher shortage can improve literacy outcomes.
  • A Comprehensive Approach: Mississippi’s Response to the Literacy-Based Promotion Act, Kymyona Burk
    During this session, participants will engage in discussion surrounding the key actions taken by Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) leaders as they responded to the specifications of the Literacy-Based Promotion Act (LBPA) passed in 2013. Information on the MDE coaching model, the statewide professional development system, and other practices that support the implementation of a comprehensive 3rdgrade reading policy will also be shared.
  • State Level Dyslexia Legislation: Models for How States Are Meeting Screening, Intervention, and Training Requirements of Dyslexia Legislation
    This session will provide an opportunity for participants to learn about state models (Mississippi, Minnesota, Missouri, Oregon, and Washington) for meeting the screening, intervention, and teacher training requirements of state adopted dyslexia legislation. A panel consisting of state-level personnel leading the reform efforts in states with an established model of support will present an overview of their state’s legislation. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions after each topic.
  • Current MDE Efforts and Outcomes: A Portrait of Progress, Nathan Oakley
    Mississippi is experiencing historic educational outcomes as a result of the implementation of the Literacy-Based Promotion Act, the launch and expansion of early childhood programs, and a focus on more rigorous academic content across grade levels. Session participants will leave equipped with helpful resources and will be better prepared to share the positive news about what Mississippi’s students have accomplished.

 

Breakout Session II, 1:15 pm – 2:30pm

E

  • UDL and How it Benefits Literacy Instruction, Christy Hunt
    The goal of the Universal Design for Learning framework is to increase access to education for ALL learners by reducing any physical, cognitive, intellectual, and organizational barriers. As UDL provides multiple means of representation (the “what” of learning), multiple means of action and expression (the “how” of learning), and multiple means of engagement (the “why” of learning), students are supported to learn and engage the fundamental skills essential for literacy success.
  • Training on REL Southeast Literacy Tools, Kevin Smith and Laurie Lee
    This session will work to establish priority areas within each region and provide access to high quality, scientifically valid education research through applied research, developmental projects, studies, and technical assistance.
  • Introduction to the Reading Universe, Kelly Butler
    This session will introduce educators to a web-based tool that provides both a big picture of what comprises effective reading instruction, as well as the constituent skills every teacher should know how to teach explicitly. The format of the session is a scavenger hunt through the Reading Universe where participants earn prizes for locating key features of the website and revealing the science behind evidence-based reading instruction.
  • Lessons in Literacy for Lifelong Learning, Jodi McKenzie
    Presenters will facilitate a study of informative text annotation and analysis. Parents will practice the annotation symbols using an informative text provided by the presenters that will build into a planning activity for a writing task.
  • Using Multisensory Strategies to Strengthen Reading, Whitney Drewery
    How to use a variety of the senses to engage readers with disabilities.

 

P/G

  • Data-driven decisions for Parents PreK through 5thgrade Students, Latoya Blackshear
    This session is designed to help participants gain a better understanding of Mississippi Academic Assessment Program (MAAP) Score Reports and MKAS/STAR Parent Reports for Pre-Kindergarten – 5thGrade students.
  • Parent and Family Supports for English learner Students, Sandy Elliott
    The presenters will provide parents with specific supports that can be used at home for children who are English learners. They will also share resources to support language development as well as resources to support academic growth.  Additional information will be provided on communicating with teachers and other school personnel.
  • MS Family Engagement Framework and Toolkit, Amanda Adams and Angela Towers
    The Mississippi Family Engagement Framework and Toolkit was developed by the Mississippi Department of Education’s Office of Early Childhood and various stakeholder groups. The Framework and Toolkit provides guidance, strategies, activities, and resources to implement the four family engagement goals. The MDE Family Engagement Transition Coaches will also discuss services that can be provided and upcoming family engagement events.
  • Graduation Ready: Preparing Students for Post-Secondary Success, Chandrea Walker
    This presentation will explain all current graduation options. This will include the academic, distinguished academic, and CTE endorsements. College and Career Planning resources (i.e. Individual Success Plan) will also be shared.

 

CP

  • Introduction to the MS Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, Angela Rutherford
    The MS Campaign for Grade-Level Reading is a collaborative effort by foundations, nonprofit partners, business leaders, government agencies, states and communities to ensure that more children in low-income families succeed in school and graduate prepared for college, a career, and active citizenship. The Campaign focuses on an important predictor of school success and high school graduation—grade-level reading by the end of third grade. Launching in 2016, the MS CGLR supports the Literacy-Based Promotion Act by mobilizing community entities to rally around the great work being accomplished within schools.
  • Tackling the Summer Slide: Creating a Game Plan, Tamara Hillmer
    The “summer slide” is a well-documented occurrence in which students, particularly students with limited educational and enrichment opportunities, lose ground academically over the summer. During this session, we will explore ways to “tackle” summer learning loss. By working with community members and educators, you will create a game plan to ensure the children in your community are successful.
  • Basics of Reading Instruction: A Primer for Parents and Community Members, Marion McBride
    Have you ever wondered why learning to read is such a complicated task?  This session breaks down the necessary skills of reading in a parent-friendly way and offers simple recommendations to help foster these skills at home.
  • What’s Behind Your School and District Letter Grades?, Patrice Guilfoyle
    Launched in 2018, the Mississippi Succeeds Report Card is an interactive online tool designed to help parents and communities more easily evaluate schools across the state. The online report card includes detailed data about schools and districts, including information about how well students performed on state tests, their level of knowledge of grade-level learning goals and their academic growth from one year to the next.

    The information about school and district performance is designed to tell parents and communities if their children are being prepared for college, direct entry into the workforce, the military and life. But now that the information is available, what questions should families and communities ask to impact change in their schools? This session will explain the report card features and will share actionable information to take back to attendees’ communities.

 

PM

  • Moving from Remedies to Solutions, Mike Carnathan
    Presenters will discuss new ways to use data to make strategic decisions about improving educational outcomes. The presentation will focus on an epidemiological approach to identifying challenges and barriers to student learning and will show how these tools can help users better understand the neighborhood context of the challenges our students are facing.
  • Stages of Reading Development and Support, Kristen Wells
    During this session, participants will gain a better understanding of the major characteristics of effective literacy instruction, across the stages of reading development, and how they are acquired.
  • Engaging with Communities Year-Round: Tools and Strategies for Communicating and Building Relationships for Literacy Change, Ralph Smith
    The MS Campaign seeks to help communities align, stack, and strengthen existing resources to create, extend, and widen initiatives related to school readiness, school attendance, and summer learning. The goal is to have community-driven and community-specific solutions to challenges or barriers that have been identified.
  • Comprehensive K-3 Reading Policy Proven to Work, Cari Miller
    Learning to read by the end of third grade is the gateway to a successful life. When students are unable to read by the end of third grade, their risk of falling behind academically grows exponentially. In fact, research shows that nearly nine out of ten high school dropouts were struggling readers in third grade. To address this issue and ensure all students become capable readers by the end of third grade, many states have passed comprehensive K-3 reading policies. Come learn about the fundamental principles of effective K-3 reading policy and the key components for effective implementation.

 

Breakout Session III – 2:45 pm – 4:00 pm

E

  • Scaffolding Instruction in Middle School and High School, Amanda Campbell
    What do we do for those struggling readers who are sitting in our middle and high school English classes? How do we ensure that they are able to read the grade-level material and participate in class?  In this session, we look at some strategies that can be put into place in order to help our struggling learners achieve and meet grade-level expectations. We will also look at scenarios and determine which strategy would work best to help the student succeed.
  • Understanding Diverse Backgrounds for All Students, LeighAnne Cheeseman
    Who are the students you teach?  Today’s classroom populations are varied and diverse.  This session aims to present information on the different backgrounds and experiences students bring to the classroom setting, as well as provide literacy strategies and supports to teach and enhance cultural sensitivity in the modern classroom.
  • Components of a Dyslexia Evaluation, Teresa Mosley
    This presentation will discuss the reasons for dyslexia assessments, types of assessment tools used in a dyslexia evaluation, reviewing and understanding the results of an evaluation, making appropriate recommendations, interventions, adn accommodations, and communicating with school staff and parents.
  • Understanding the Literacy-Based Promotion Act (K-3), Kelli Crain
    During this session, participants will explore the components of the Literacy Based Promotion Act and how it is designed to improve literacy outcomes for students in Kindergarten through 3rdgrade.
  • Literacy in the Inclusion Classroom, Gidget Hill-Mansell
    Information will be shared to provide more explicit, collaborative literacy instruction in inclusion classrooms.  Ideas and resources will be provided to enhance more effective planning, preparation, and co-teaching with general education and special education teachers.

 

P/G

  • Literacy in the home/Literacy-Based Promotion Act, Chasedy Bergold
    Literacy-ˇBased Promotion Act
    – Parents as Partners
    – MAAP – ELA Grade 3 Assessment
    – Good Cause Exemptions
    – 3rd Grade Reading Summative Alternative Assessment
    – Tips for Parents and Families
    – Parent Read-ˇat-ˇHome Plan
  • Creating Community Connections to Promote School Readiness!, Eileen Beasely
    This interactive session will provide an overview of the benefits and methods to connect community resources, agencies, early educators, K-12 school systems, businesses and industry to promote school readiness for both children and adults. The information presented will be research based yet simple strategies with tools to encourage the implementation of strategies.
  • What Parents Should Expect from Special Services, Sharon Coon
    This session will provide families with information regarding the rights provided to students with disabilities and their families. Topics will include an overview of the Child Find process, Individualized Education Plans (IEP) and Procedural Safeguards.

 

CP

  • Better Together: Building Effective Partnerships with Public Libraries to Support Literacy and Community Transformation, Meridith Wulff
    Public libraries are hubs of lifelong learning and collaboration, which makes them an incredible and free resource for schools, students, families and communities! Join us to discover effective and inspired ways that local libraries can support schools and communities through summer and after-school programs, early childhood initiatives, family and caregiver support groups, adult literacy programs and career services, and more, all while working to address issues of access and equity. You will leave with practical steps and best practices for building successful partnerships with libraries in your own community.
  • Talk to Read: A Statewide Campaign to Build Language for School Readiness, Greer Proctor-Dickson
    Launch our state-wide oral language campaign teaching parents the critical role that interactive talk pays in developing language, literacy, and school readiness skills in young children.
  • Reducing Chronic Absenteeism, Allison Crain
    Explain chronic absenteeism and its effects on our students in Mississippi.  Will discuss ways to combat chronic absenteeism in participant’s communities.
  • Graduation Ready: Preparing Students for Post-Secondary Success, Chandrea Walker
    This presentation will explain all current gradution options. This will include the academic, distinguished academic, and CTE endorsements. College and Career Planning resources (i.e. Individual Success Plan) will also be shared.

 

PM

  • MS Momentum Partnership: Bringing the Science of Reading to Education Preparation Programs, Kelly Butler
    This session will provide an overview of a recent study on educator preparation specific to early literacy instruction in Mississippi and a state-wide initiative that resulted from that study. Representatives from the MS Momentum Partnership will be present to talk about their perspectives on changing teacher practice based on a better understanding of the science of reading.
  • State Level Dyslexia Legislation: Models for How States Are Meeting Screening, Intervention, and Training Requirements of Dyslexia Legislation
    This session will provide an opportunity for participants to learn about state models (Mississippi, Minnesota, Missouri, Oregon, and Washington) for meeting the screening, intervention, and teacher training requirements of state adopted dyslexia legislation. A panel consisting of state-level personnel leading the reform efforts in states with an established model of support will present an overview of their state’s legislation. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions after each topic.
  • Illiteracy:Education and Economic Impact, Cari Miller
    Learning to read by the end of third grade is the gateway to a successful life. When students are unable to read by the end of third grade, their risk of falling behind academically grows exponentially. In fact, research shows that nearly 9 out of 10 high school droputs were struggling readers in third grade. Students who are not reading proficiently by the end of third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school. Illiteracy is not only an education problem; it’s an economic and social problem too. Come learn about the impact illiteracy can have on our economy and how some states are working overtime to change the illiteracy trajectory to ensure all students learn to read, graduate and become contributing members of society.
  • Moving from Remedies to Solutions, Mike Carnathan
    Presenters will discuss new ways to use data to make strategic decisions about improving educational outcomes. The presentation will focus on an epidemiological approach to identifying challenges and barriers to student learning and will show how these tools can help users better understand the neighborhood context of the challenges our students are facing.

 

 

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Breakout Session I, 10:15 am – 11:30 am

E

  • Understanding Disability Supports, Amy Bullock
    IDEA requires school districts provide eligible students with disabilities a free appropriate public education. Join us as we preview the responsibilities and obligations of the law to support students in our schools, districts, and state.
  • Stages of Reading Development and Support (Elementary Schools), Cartessia Angrum
    The presentation consists of a snapshot of each stage of reading development from birth to 3rdgrade. It includes a look at specific reading behaviors identified at each stage.  Participants will understand that learning to read is a developmental process and learn strategies to support students throughout each stage.
  • Seal of Biliteracy, Sandy Elliott, Edgar Serano, and Hector Barberna
    This presentation will provide participants information on the Mississippi Seal of Biliteracy.  It will cover an explanation of what the seal is, the road to implementation at the state level as well as a walk through the different areas covered in the guidelines provided to support district level implementation.
  • “Catch Up Growth,” Closing the Gap, Courtney Sheriff
    This session analyzes what “Catch Up Growth” is and the Closing the Gap Formula necessary to ensure that growth.

 

P/G

  • Data-driven decisions for Parents PreK through 5thgrade Students, Latoya Blackshear
    This session is designed to help participants gain a better understanding of Mississippi Academic Assessment Program (MAAP) Score Reports and MKAS/STAR Parent Reports for Pre-Kindergarten – 5thGrade students.
  • MS Family Engagement Framework and Toolkit, Amanda Adams and Angela Towers
    The Mississippi Family Engagement Framework and Toolkit was developed by the Mississippi Department of Education’s Office of Early Childhood and various stakeholder groups. The Framework and Toolkit provides guidance, strategies, activities, and resources to implement the four family engagement goals. The MDE Family Engagement Transition Coaches will also discuss services that can be provided and upcoming family engagement events.
  • Making Adjustments at Home: Helping Your Child Meet the Standards, Ginger Koestler and Candice Taylor
    This session will engage families with the Early Learning Standards and how they can use specific strategies, based on their child’s individual learning needs, to help their child master the standards. Sample standards and strategies will be provided to show families simple ways to implement these activities into their daily routines.

 

CP

  • Preparing a School-Ready Child, Sheryl Turner
    It is vital that students are prepared for kindergarten to become successful in literacy and life. What is the evidence-based instructional practices in early literacy that will most effectively prepare students for kindergarten? Where can a early childhood teacher, coach, or leader find those evidence-based practices? This presentation will draw upon the latest research to answer these questions and help the participants become aware of the resources available to them. During the session, participants will discuss challenges to school readiness and ways to overcome those challenges. A suite of infographics on school readiness will be provided, including Preparing a School Ready Child, The Ready School, The Ready Family, the Ready Community, and the Ready Child. Each infographic contains key points and a number of related resources.
  • Talk to Read: A Statewide Campaign to build Language for School Reading, Greer Proctor-Dickson
    Launch our state-wide oral language campaign teaching parents the critical role that interactive talk pays in developing language, literacy, and school readiness skills in young children.
  • Stari, Patrice Razor
    STARI is a literature-focused, Tier II intervention for students in grades 6-9 who are reading 2-4 years below grade level.  Through use of highly engaging texts, STARI addresses fluency, decoding, reading stamina and comprehension.
  • Implementing the Literacy Based Promotion Act, Jill Hoda and Lori Stringer
    During this session, participants will gain an understanding of the importance and implementation of the Literacy Based Promotion Act.  Presenters will provide insight on how adopting K-3 reading policies, key legislation, and the LBPA implementation Timeline were crucial to the success of the LBPA.  Additional informaton will focus on the literacy coaching model and implementation of a statewide professional development program.

 

PM

  • First 2000 Days, Angela Rutherford
    There are only 2,000 days between the time a baby is born and when he or she will begin kindergarten. During that time brain architecture is forming, creating either a strong or weak foundation for all future learning. Child development is a dynamic, interactive process that is not predetermined. It occurs in the context of relationships, experiences and environments. Harvard University neuroscientist Jack Shonkoff puts it this way, “brains are built not born.”

    For optimal development and a strong foundation, children need good health, strong families and high quality early learning and school experiences. With quality early child development experiences, children are school ready, graduate from high school and grow into productive citizens and valuable employees.

  • Literacy as a Right-Equity, Phelton Cortez Moss
    In this session, we will explore literacy through an equity lens and how access to  strong literacy instruction descreases the opporunity gap. What is more, we will consider how to apply an equity framework to literacy session making across multiple context. Participans  will walk away with a deep understanding of how literacy deision making and policy has the opportunity to tremendously impact student achievement.
  • Engaging with Communities Year-Round: Tools and Strategies for Communicating and Building Relationships for Literacy Change, Ralph Smith
    The MS Campaign seeks to help communities align, stack, and strengthen existing resources to create, extend, and widen initiatives related to school readiness, school attendance, and summer learning. The goal is to have community-driven and community-specific solutions to challenges or barriers that have been identified.

 

Breakout Session II, 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm

E

  • Communication (Put a Ring on it), Amanda Adams and Mona Adou
    The partnership between school, home, and community is a relationship that will be last for years and is vital for student success. Join us as we explore how to effectively engage external stakeholders, create positive school climates, and breakdown the barriers of culture, language, disabilities, and poverty to improve our students’ education and outcomes.
  • Differentiated Instruction in Today’s Classroom: Promoting Equity in Education, Ashanti Barnes
    Differentiated instruction involves providing all students within their diverse community of learners a range of different avenues for understanding new information.  By implementing strategies and resources in which every student’s differences can be accounted, teachers can create a climate that is conducive for effective teaching and learning. In this session, participants will learn ways to differentiate instruction through content, process, product and learning environment based on students’ readiness levels, interests and learning profiles to ensure equally appropriate ways to learn.
  • Social Emotional Learning in the Classroom, Jen Trammel and Ginger Koestler
    Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. (Casel, 2019). This session will provide educators will the knowledge of the social and emotional learning compentencies, how it effects the areas of literacy and academic achievement, and how to embed social and emotional supports into classrooms.
  • Read to Learn: Integrating Literacy in ALL Content Areas (K-5), Patrice Razor and Coretta Doss
    This presentation will provide K-5 educators with engaging, effective literacy activities and strategies that can help students to think critically about different topics in the content areas such as math, science and social studies.  Participants will learn about how literacy is embedded in content areas and how to use this to help students to comprehend different content area topics.  The strategies and activities will give participants new ways to engage students to not only think about, but write, read and talk about the content that they teach.
  • Read to Learn: Integrating Literacy in ALL Content Areas (6-12), Jayda Brantley
    This presentation will provide 6-12 educators with engaging, effective literacy activities and strategies that can help students to think critically about different topics in the content areas such as math, science and social studies.  Participants will learn about how literacy is embedded in content areas and how to use this to help students to comprehend different content area topics. The strategies and activities will give participants new ways to engage students to not only think about, but write, read and talk about the content that they teach.

 

P/G

  • Literacy in the home/Literacy-Based Promotion Act, Chasedy Bergold
    Literacy-ˇBased Promotion Act
    – Parents as Partners
    – MAAP – ELA Grade 3 Assessment
    – Good Cause Exemptions
    – 3rd Grade Reading Summative Alternative Assessment
    – Tips for Parents and Families
    – Parent Read-at-Home Plan
  • Multi-Tiered System of Supports: A Parent’s Guide to the Implementation Process, Laurie Weathersby
    Parents and families will begin to understand the foundation of a Multi-Tiered System of Supports. This session will provide an overview of the six essential components of MTSS and information on how to best implement the process in schools. Participants will be able to ask questions throughout the presentation and will leave with a better understanding of MTSS and the intervention process.
  • What Parents Should Expect from Special Services, Sharon Coon
    This session will provide families with information regarding the rights provided to students with disabilities and their families. Topics will include an overview of the Child Find process, Individualized Education Plans (IEP) and Procedural Safeguards.

 

CP

  • Preparing a School-Ready Child, Sheryl Turner
    It is vital that students are prepared for kindergarten to become successful in literacy and life. What is the evidence-based instructional practices in early literacy that will most effectively prepare students for kindergarten? Where can a early childhood teacher, coach, or leader find those evidence-based practices? This presentation will draw upon the latest research to answer these questions and help the participants become aware of the resources available to them. During the session, participants will discuss challenges to school readiness and ways to overcome those challenges. A suite of infographics on school readiness will be provided, including Preparing a School Ready Child, The Ready School, The Ready Family, the Ready Community, and the Ready Child. Each infographic contains key points and a number of related resources.
  • What’s Behind Your School and District Letter Grades?, Patrice Guilfoyle
    Launched in 2018, the Mississippi Succeeds Report Card is an interactive online tool designed to help parents and communities more easily evaluate schools across the state. The online report card includes detailed data about schools and districts, including information about how well students performed on state tests, their level of knowledge of grade-level learning goals and their academic growth from one year to the next.The information about school and district performance is designed to tell parents and communities if their children are being prepared for college, direct entry into the workforce, the military and life. But now that the information is available, what questions should families and communities ask to impact change in their schools? This session will explain the report card features and will share actionable information to take back to attendees’ communities.
  • PBS Kids 24/7-What to do with Positive Viewing?, Sheila Robinson
    The presenter of this sessions will demonstrate positive and active viewing of PBS KIDS programming. Participants will engage in hands on activities, conversations, and related books read aloud centered around the each show highlighted in the session.
  • Current MDE Efforts and Outcomes: A Portrait of Progress, Nathan Oakley
    Mississippi is experiencing historic educational outcomes as a result of the implementation of the Literacy-Based Promotion Act, the launch and expansion of early childhood programs, and a focus on more rigorous academic content across grade levels. Session participants will leave equipped with helpful resources and will be better prepared to share the positive news about what Mississippi’s students have accomplished.

 

PM

  • A Comprehensive Approach: Mississippi’s Response to the Literacy-Based Promotion Act, Kymyona Burk
    During this session, participants will engage in discussion surrounding the key actions taken by Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) leaders as they responded to the specifications of the Literacy-Based Promotion Act (LBPA) passed in 2013. Information on the MDE coaching model, the statewide professional development system, and other practices that support the implementation of a comprehensive 3rdgrade reading policy will also be shared.
  • MS Momentum Partnership: Bringing the Science of Reading to Education Preparation Programs, Kelly Butler
    This session will provide an overview of a recent study on educator preparation specific to early literacy instruction in Mississippi and a state-wide initiative that resulted from that study. Representatives from the MS Momentum Partnership will be present to talk about their perspectives on changing teacher practice based on a better understanding of the science of reading.
  • How the Teacher Shortage is Impacting Literacy Outcomes, Phelton Cortez Moss
    This presentation will explore how the teacher shortage is impacting literacy in Mississippi. Participants will engage in a data deep dive of current shortage information and will begin developing insight as to how policies connected to the teacher shortage can improve literacy outcomes.
  • Stages of Reading Development and Support, Kristen Wells
    During this session, participants will gain a better understanding of the major characteristics of effective literacy instruction, across the stages of reading development, and how they are acquired.