Professional Development Opportunity for Secondary Content Area Teachers – Elevate Literacy (6th-12th)


The MDE, Office of Elementary Education and Reading is offering Rethink Literacy: Elevating Literacy Practices in Secondary Classrooms (6-12), a professional development opportunity for sixth through twelfth grade teachers in any subject area, school and district literacy coaches, special education teachers, interventionists, and school administrators. During this interactive training, participants will learn and practice new strategies for increasing student reading and writing success, regardless of the content area.

 Note: Participants will be able to access training materials on the MDE Literacy webpage ( one week prior to the training. Participants need to bring a computer with these materials or print a copy of the materials in advance.

There are no limitations on the number of participants per district and districts are not assigned to a Regional Educational Service Agency (RESA). Registration will be on a first-come-first-served basis at

Please contact the RESA if there are questions about registration, or contact LeighAnne Cheeseman ( in the Office of Elementary Education and Reading if there are questions for the MDE.

This event is being funded with state and/or federal funds and is being provided for employees of school districts, employees of the Mississippi Department of Education and Department contractors.  Mississippi Constitution Article 4, Section 66 prohibits governing authorities from making donations.  According to the Mississippi Attorney General, once the federal funds are turned over to the state, the rules for the expenditure of state funds apply.  Based on the Mississippi law, this event is not being provided for third party vendors or external providers.

Please see dates, times, and locations below. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. All sessions begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 4:00 p.m.

October 9, 2018

Oxford Conference Center
102 Ed Perry Blvd
Oxford, MS 38655

October 10, 2018

Mississippi e-Center
1230 Raymond Road
Jackson, MS 39204

October 16, 2018

Trent Lott National Center
6197 US Hwy 49
Hattiesburg, MS 39406

LeighAnne Cheeseman, Assistant State Literacy/English Learner Coordinator (K-3)

Office of Elementary Education and Reading