TA Profile

About Mississippi

A CEEDAR TA Partner since: 2016

Participating Teacher Preparation Programs:

  • Mississippi Department of Education
  • Delta State University
  • Tougaloo College
  • University of Mississippi
  • University of Southern Mississippi
  • William Carey University

Reform Efforts

1) Inclusive Teacher and Leader Preparation and Practice: Efforts are focused on aligning High-leverage Practices (HLPS), Evidence-based Practices (EBPs) with Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and culturally and linguistically responsive practices for use among all teachers and leaders within MS. To support their efforts, the MS team is developing common language related to inclusive practices to be used statewide, provides professional development on HLPs, and is reviewing state program guidelines to ensure alignment.

2) Policy: There are several current policy initiatives underway. These include drafting statewide guidelines for induction and mentoring, and a coordinating license; revising preparation program review for required teacher education courses in classroom and behavior management and introduction for special education. In addition, the team is drafting a special education director’s license and considering a plan for development of P-20 collaboratives.

3) Recruitment and Retention: To combat teacher shortages across MS, the team has developed and implemented two surveys on teacher attrition and vacancy. The team will use this data to determine targeted areas for addressing teacher shortages. A team including LEAs is selecting strategies specifically related to special education teacher shortages to pilot. In addition, current recruitment efforts have been targeted through online recruitment fairs and through partnerships with local school districts through Grow Your Own programs such as Teacher Academy.

Interested in learning more about reform efforts in Mississippi? Contact one of our CEEDAR agency representatives.

Institution RepresentedNameEmail
CEEDARMeg Kammanmkamman@coe.ufl.edu
CEEDARErica McCrayedm@coe.ufl.edu
CEEDARKelly Acostakacosta@ufl.edu
University of MississippiMark Deschainemedescha@olemiss.edu
Delta State UniversityCorlis Snowcsnow@deltastate.edu
William Carey UniversityMark Yeagermyeager@wmcarey.edu
University of Southern MississippiHolly FilceHollie.Filce@usm.edu
Tougaloo CollegePhelton “Cortez” Mosspcortez@tougaloo.edu