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Professional Development Plans

The Professional Development Plan Template was developed by the MDE to assist leadership in developing school-wide professional development plans aligned to data-driven, strategic goals. For additional support, a Sample Professional Development Plan is available for consideration.

Contact Dr. Lea Johnson for questions concerning how the Office of Professional Development can assist you in reaching your PD goals, as outlined in your school's plan.


Exemplar Units and Lesson Plans

Mississippi classroom teachers developed Exemplar Units and Lesson Plans for grades K-12 aligned to the Mississippi College and Career Ready Standards for English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics. These units provide great examples for teachers and administrators of what high-quality ELA and Mathematics lesson plans and units should look like. The W.K. Kellogg Foundation helped fund this project.


Family Support

The series of Family Guides for Student Success for grades Pre-K through 8 assist parents with grade-level  strategies and activities that support children’s mastery of the English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics standards.

Schools and districts are encouraged to share the Family Guides for Student Success with parents during parent nights or other parental engagement opportunities. These training resources are available to all school districts to help provide engaging experiences for parents that give them guidance to help their children succeed in school.


Access for All Guide

The Access For All (AFA) Guide was developed by the MDE in collaboration with educators across the state to help teachers address issues that impact learners with a wide variety of needs. Training for this guide is available by completing a Professional Development Request Form and submitting to


Additional Opportunities for CEUs

Looking for additional opportunities for professional development? Visit the Continuing Education Units page by Educator Licensure.