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Math course sequences in grades 6–11 and math achievement in Mississippi
Description: Effective with the 2014/15 school year, Mississippi adopted new academic standards and courses aligned to these new standards. The new courses included both a subject-specific mathematics sequence (that is, algebra I, geometry, and algeb ...
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The Diversifying the Teacher Pipeline with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Partnership is focused on increasing knowledge, the implementation and dissemination of evidence-based practices to inform pre-service and in-service initiatives to enhance and diversify the educator pipeline and workforce. With partners from HBCUs, state?and local educational agencies, the partnership promotes collaboration and coordination among entities to engage in technical support and research activities that will inform initiatives being conducted at the institutional level at HBCUs, as well as at state and district levels. Learn more
The Mississippi Adolescent Literacy Partnership creates a collaborative environment where stakeholders and REL Southeast staff bridge contextual knowledge and expertise with use of research and evidence-based practices that support the improvement of adolescent literacy skills. The partnership is comprised of REL Southeast staff, school district level leaders from Canton Public School District, Columbus Municipal School District, George County School District, and Laurel School District in Mississippi, and representatives from the MDE Literacy Office, Bureau of Student Intervention, and the Bureau of Secondary Education. Learn more

This training and coaching project addresses the need of increasing the literacy skills of students in grades 6-12 in Canton Public School District, Columbus Municipal School District, and Laurel School District by boosting the amount of support they receive in literacy throughout the school day. The need for this project was identified by the Mississippi Adolescent Literacy Partnership members based on grade 4 and grade 8 student performance on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) and the performance of grade 4, grade 8, and students enrolled in English II (typically in grade 10), on the Mississippi English language arts assessment. The project will address this need by training content area teachers to incorporate evidence-based literacy practices into their courses, which may help students improve their ability to read and comprehend text, expand their vocabulary, and increase their skills in communicating orally and in writing. In addition, the project will provide training and coaching for administrators and coaches, wo they are able to confidently identify evidence-based literacy practices when implemented in the classroom. If administrators and coaches are able to identify these practices in the classroom, they may be able to provide guidance and support to teachers. Partnership members have expressed an interest in expanding this project to districts beyond the three initially identified in an effort to provide training to content area teachers statewide.

This training and coaching project addresses the need of increasing the literacy skills of students in grades 4-8 in Canton Public School District, Columbus Municipal School District, George County School District and Laurel School District by improving the quality of instruction students working below grade level receive during intervention. The need for this project was identified by the Mississippi Adolescent Literacy Partnership members based on grade 4 and grade 8 student performance on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) and the performance of grade 4 and grade 8 on the Mississippi English language arts assessment. To address this need, a professional learning series will be developed to improve interventionists’ knowledge and implementation of intensive reading intervention for students in Grades 4–8 who are performing below grade-level expectations. The content of the sessions will address working with multi-syllabic words and vocabulary and will be drawn from two IES practice guides, Assisting Students Struggling with Reading: Intervention in Grades 4-9 and Teaching Academic Content and Literacy to English Learners in Elementary and Middle School. Sessions will also be provided for administrators, so they are better able to support interventionists in implementing evidence-based practices.

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