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2019 Literacy Summit

Shared Commitment to Literacy


2019 Mississippi Literacy Summit

September 13-14, 2019
Jackson Convention Center


Presentation Resources


The Mississippi Department of Education is hosting a two day literacy summit for parents/guardians, educators, community partners, and policy makers. The theme for the 2019 summit is “A Shared Commitment to Literacy: Improving Literacy Outcomes for ALL from Birth to the Workforce.”

Summit attendees will engage in relevant sessions that will support their collective efforts in improving student achievement and literacy success. Session strands and outcomes include:

  • PARENTS/GUARDIANS – Explore practical strategies, supports, and resources that will assist children in meeting grade-level expectations and being ready for college and career. 
  • EDUCATORS – Identify, employ, and evaluate high-quality resources and best practices to ensure the success of all students.
  • POLICY MAKERS – Understand how policy and statewide literacy efforts and impact employment and economic development. 
  • COMMUNITY PARTNERS – Understand how community partner and stakeholder collaboration can impact child/student outcomes to increase economic and workforce development.


EDUCATORS: CEUs, SEMIs, and Contact Hours will be awarded based on attendance
day. Participants can earn up to 1.2 CEUs, 5 , and 12 Contact Hours.


Summit sessions include topics below.

NOTE: Unfortunately, the conference cannot accommodate children. Thank you for understanding.



  • Establishing Family Routines and Activities to Help Your Child
  • Information About Special Services
  • Graduation Options
  • Data Driven Decisions
  • Career and Technical Education Information (CTE)
  • Family Engagement Framework and Toolkit
  • Multi-Tiered System of Supports
  • Literacy in the Home
  • English Learner Supports
  • Community-based Family Connections


  • Teacher Shortage and the Impact on Literacy Achievement
  • A Comprehensive Approach: MS Response to Literacy Based Promotion Act (LBPA)
  • Addressing Dyslexia through Legislation and Policy
  • Stages of Reading Development and Support
  • Engaging with Communities Year-Round: Tools and Strategies for Communicating and Building Relationships for Literacy Change
  • MS Momentum Partnership: Initiative Bringing the Science of Reading to Education Programs
  • Current Mississippi Department of Education Efforts and Outcomes
  • The Impact of Literacy Rates on the Economy



  • Impact of Literacy on State Economic Climate
  • Understanding LBPA
  • Introduction to MS Campaign Grade Level Reading
  • Engaging Early Education Providers to Improve K-Readiness
  • Summer Reading/Learning
  • Local Libraries as Partners
  • Five Components of Reading
  • MS Succeeds Report Card
  • Reducing Chronic Absenteeism
  • Preparing a School-Ready Child
  • Graduation Options
  • Using PBS to Improve Community Outcomes


  • Seal of Biliteracy
  • Understanding Disability Supports
  • UDL and How it Benefits Literacy Instruction
  • Literacy 101 (5 Components)
  • Understanding Diverse Backgrounds for All Students
  • Scaffolding Instruction for Middle and High Schools
  • Understanding LBPA (K-3)
  • The Reading Universe
  • Data-driven Decision Making
  • Stages of Reading Development and Support (Middle and High)
  • Literacy Throughout the Content Areas
  • Differentiated Instruction
  • Social Emotional the Effect Literacy
  • Growth Gap
  • Literacy and Inclusion
  • Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Practices


Luis Versalles

Luis Versalles from Pacific Educational Group will serve as the keynote speaker on Friday, presenting Courageous Conversations™ with a focus on “Achieving Cultural Equity”.


Karen Mapp

Karen Mapp, Ed.D., is a Senior Lecturer on Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) and the Faculty Director of the Education Policy and Management Master’s Program, will speak on Saturday regarding powerful partnerships.


Maggie Wade

Maggie Wade from WLBT will also share on Saturday how literacy impacts crime, poverty, health, and employment opportunities.