Important Announcements from MDE: July 16, 2020

Please review this digest of important MDE notifications for district leaders, teachers and staff. Digests will now be sent on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Additional information about professional development opportunities and resources are posted in the EdUpdate. We will continue to send high-priority or time-sensitive messages in individual emails. Visit the new webpage, Mississippi Schools: Guidance for the 2020-21 School Year, for information and updates for the new school year.



MDE Restart & Recovery Summary Report Survey: Due July 31, 2020
As districts continue to prepare for the upcoming school year, we know that many of you are planning with the Considerations for Reopening Mississippi Schools document, released in June. Please note that your District Restart and Recovery Plans, as approved by the local school board, are to be posted on district websites no later than July 31, 2020.

CCSSO Considerations for Teaching and Learning: District Guidance and Introductory Video
State and local education leaders around the country are tackling the tremendous and urgent task of planning, launching, and sustaining a strong school year in the wake of COVID-19 related…

Dyslexia Screener Updates (2020 – 2021) Webinar: July 27
This webinar will be an overview of the recently added state-approved dyslexia screeners, as well as a review of the other screeners currently on the list. A description of each…

MTSS Webinar Series Recordings
The Office of Intervention Services has concluded the summer webinar series on multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS). The webinars have been recorded and can be accessed online…

STAR and PEF Resources for School Opening
Facebook pages have been created for the Student/Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) Program and Public Education Forum (PEF), both affiliate programs of MEC. The pages will be a resource to keep…


MDE Call Center
Open Monday through Friday, 8 5 p.m. Reach an MDE staff member at 601-359-3513. 

Educator Licensure Call Center
Open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Contact licensure staff at 601-359-3483 or Please visit and the Educator Licensure section of before calling or emailing questions. Visit Application Support to stay updated on licensure requests.