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How To Access Communications Services

The Communications Office supports MDE program offices with communication efforts. These instructions outline how staff can access our services:

Administrator News/EdUpdate Email Blast

The Administrator News section of the EdUpdate is for important notifications from MDE for teachers and school and district leaders and is emailed to schools and district personnel on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Announcements from external partners are accessible through a link to the EdUpdate in the email blast. 

How to: Send EdUpdate and Administrator News submissions to tburkett@mdek12.org. We will review the submission and consider appropriateness for before publication. Submit announcements in Word format with no flyers attached. 

Email/Emergency Alerts

MDE Communications notifies employees about internal events and important information via email and by text alert for emergencies. New employees are provided with instructions for signing up for the emergency text alert system. For questions, contact jcook@mdek12.org.

Graphic Design

MDE has limited resources to produce professionally designed materials. Priority is given to major projects such as the Superintendent’s Annual Report that advance the State Board of Education Strategic Plan.

How to: Department chiefs must approve all graphic design requests to ensure projects reflect MDE's priorities. If a request cannot be fulfilled in-house, offices may procure services from an outside design firm following Office of Procurement guidelines. All materials must adhere to MDE style guidelines. MDE's Communications Director must approve any materials produced by an outside firm.

Logos/branding

Preserving the integrity of MDE's brand is vital to maintaining a strong reputation and identity. MDE brand guidelines and best practices ensure the agency is represented consistently. No other logo may be used to represent the work of MDE. Download the official logo from our logos page. A complete style guide can be found under the resources menu. 

How to: For questions about logo use and to get approvals for any new designs using the MDE logo, email Patrice Guilfoyle, pguilfoyle@mdek12.org.

Legislative Requests

The Communications and Government Relations team is the point of contact for all interactions with elected officials. The office works with the Legislature on bills and provides data and other information upon request.

How to: Route all legislative requests and calls for information to Pete Smith, psmith@mdek12.org. MDE staff will be contacted when needed as subject matter experts.

Media Inquiries

Per agency policy, all calls or emails from members of the media requesting information or interviews must be directed to the Communications Office at 601-359-3515.

Mississippi Achieves Blog

The Mississippi Achieves blog is our news hub for news releases, events and videos. This is the venue for sharing up-to-date news and events with district personnel, employees and the general public.

How to: Submit items for consideration to Tabatha Burkett, tburkett@mdek12.org.  

Mississippi School Spotlight Videos

Mississippi School Spotlight videos highlight the outstanding work of Mississippi schools and how the MDE supports their work. View all Mississippi School Spotlight videos at www.YouTube.com/mdek12.

How to: If you have a story or topic you would like to be considered for a future spotlight video, contact us at 601-359-3515.


News Conferences

For very important announcements of statewide impact, MDE will hold news conferences with the state superintendent of education. News conferences are reserved for major announcements, such as a significant improvement in NAEP scores.

How to: Divisions/departments that deem a news conference is necessary should elevate that information to their respective chiefs who will bring that information to the Executive Leadership Team. The leadership team will determine the necessity of a news conference and then coordinate the event with the Communications and Government Relations team.


News Releases/Media Advisories

We issue news releases and media advisories about MDE initiatives, statewide achievements, State Board of Education actions, and other areas of interest. News releases are posted on the MDE home page.

How to: Send newsworthy items to the Communications Office. Approved releases are distributed via email and social media when appropriate.

 

Recognitions

We have many great achievements in public education in the state, and we need to celebrate those accomplishments. Recognition categories: 

  • State Board of Education recognitions, which occur during monthly Board meetings, are reserved for individuals, groups, or schools that have earned national, regional, or statewide awards, honors, and achievements.. 

  • At the discretion of the State Superintendent of Education, a congratulatory letter may be sent to those who have an achievement that deserves congratulations but may not qualify for Board recognition.  

How to: Upon return of the recommendation form, recognitions will be assigned to one of the two categories. The person submitting the nomination form will be notified as to which category of achievement the nominee will be recognized. Please do not invite your nominee until selection has been confirmed by the Communications Office. 



Social Media

We manage the agency’s social media sites: YouTube, Facebook, Mississippi Achieves blog and Twitter and TeachMS campaign channels. Contact the Communications Office to request social media post.


Website

The MDE website is the primary source of education information in Mississippi. It is essential that employees know how to access information on the website and that all offices regularly update information.

How to: Each office/department has a designated web content editor. Staff should ensure that the content posted has been checked for spelling, grammar, and formatting. If staff are unsure how to perform a task on the website, they should submit a ticket to
MDENET@mdek12.org .