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School Improvement

The Mississippi Department of Education identifies schools for additional assistance and support, which includes professional development, leadership coaching, additional funding, and assistance to support the school’s transformation goals. We identify the schools that need the most assistance for their students to have the same opportunities for growth and success that exist for students in other schools. The Office of School Improvement (OSI) is responsible for supporting the systemic improvement and turnaround efforts of the lowest-performing schools.

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), a federal law, requires that each state identify two types of schools for support and improvement:

 

MISSISSIPPI SCHOOLS: GUIDANCE FOR THE 2020-21 SCHOOL YEAR

 

MS SUCCEEDS MEASURES OF INTERIM PROGRESS FOR READING/LANGUAGE ARTS AND MATH

Measures of Interim Progress

 

 

UPCOMING VIRTUAL MEETINGS

September 29, 2020

Topic:  Fiscal and Program Monitoring – School Improvement. This informative webinar outlines the monitoring process, schedule, and review of the Monitoring Tool that will be used to address implementation of school improvement activities. (Webinar) (PowerPoint)

OSI Program Monitoring Guidance Documentation 

  • FY20 OSI Program Monitoring Tool (PDF)

Time:  1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

 

October 06, 2020

Topic:  Maintaining an Effective P16 Community Engagement Councils in a Virtual World. This training is for schools and districts to explore strategies on implementing the P16 timeline by putting policy into action. Participants will garner knowledge on building internal capacity through the cultivation and establishment of community relationships through the collaboration between the Council, parents and students, along with district and/or school leadership. The establishment of P16 Councils is required by MS Code 37-18-5(4) and Mississippi Public School Accountability Standards (Process Standard 12). (Meeting Link) (PowerPoint)

The passcode for this meeting can be found in the e-mail announcement.

Time:  10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

 

October 19, 2020

Topic:  Mississippi Cross-State High School Collaborative Schools Network Virtual Meeting.  The MDE Office of School Improvement in partnership with the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University will host a virtual convening for CSI High Schools.  Attendees will engage as a network to share updates on their respective high school redesign strategies. (Meeting Link(PowerPoint)

The passcode for this meeting can be found in the e-mail announcement.

Time: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

 

October 19, 2020

Topic:  Evidence-Based Interventions: Part One. What’s the difference between “research-based” and “evidence-based?” How can you be sure the intervention you’re considering has a strong evidence basis and that it will work in your school or district? What should you be looking for when you read research? This session, the first of a two-part course, will help you:  define evidence-based interventions, distinguish between the four tiers of evidence as defined by ESSA and explain why those differences are important, and use the “Rigor, Relevance, Reward” framework to consider good-fit interventions for your school/district. Note:  CEUs and SEMIs are available for the training at no cost. In order to receive credit for CEUs and SEMIs, you must attend the sessions for Part I and Part II.  (Meeting Link(PowerPoint

The passcode for this meeting can be found in the e-mail announcement.

Time:  12:30 PM – 4:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

 

October 23, 2020

Topic:  Evidence-Based Interventions: Part Two. Where do you find evidence for interventions? How should you interpret evidence that is provided by companies and vendors? Once you’ve found a few interventions with good evidence-bases, how do you choose between them? In Part Two of the “Evidence-Based Interventions for ESSA” series, you will: explore multiple websites designed to disseminate research to educators, use the “Intervention Rating Toolkit” to choose between evidence-based interventions, and apply what you’ve learned to evaluate and select quality, cost-effective interventions for your district. Note:  CEUs and SEMIs are available for the training at no cost. In order to receive credit for CEUs and SEMIs, you must attend the sessions for Part I and Part II.  (Meeting Link(PowerPoint)

The passcode for this meeting can be found in the e-mail announcement.

Time:  9:00 AM – 12:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

 

October 27, 2020 

Topic:  Rapid School Improvement Practices:  A Framework for Turnaround - The Power and Impact of District Support. This virtual session provides participants with an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the rapid school improvement domains.  Participants will engage in deeper connections between the domains, indicators of effective practice, and determine ways district personnel can support school turnaround efforts. (Meeting Link(PowerPoint)

The passcode for this meeting can be found in the e-mail announcement.

Time:  9:00 AM – 11:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

 

October 29, 2020

Topic:  SIG Leadership Meeting. This virtual session provides principals, assistant principals and SIG Officers of SIG schools guidance on effectively implementing Year 4 of the SIG grant.  Participants will engage in a series of discussions regarding milestone implementation, funding allocations, and the usage of strategies and resources utilized to support instruction in virtual settings.  In addition, school leaders will end the session by engaging in the start of a book study that will assist in igniting passionate employee commitment aligned to their schools’ vision.  (Meeting Link) (PowerPoint)

The passcode for this meeting can be found in the e-mail announcement.

Time: 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

 

To register or join the Office of School Improvement virtual meeting, click the appropriate link provided. For additional information, contact Noleen Clark at nclark@mdek12.org.

All virtual meetings will be recorded and posted to the Office of School Improvement's webpage if your schedule does not permit participation on the scheduled date of the presentation. To access the virtual meetings click Click on the following link to access the previous virtual meetings. (Meetings Link)