MAPE/PREPS Partnership Conference

PREPS Associate Director Dr. Patti Permenter meets with Dr. Ben Burnett, dean of the William Carey University School of Education, about the MAPE/PREPS Partnership Conference


  • What: MAPE/PREPS Partnership Conference
  • When: March 4-6
  • Where: Lake Terrace Convention Center, Hattiesburg
  • Register to attend: Visit
  • Questions: Dr. Patti Permenter, (601) 318-6229


The MAPE/PREPS Partnership Conference is coming up March 4-6 at Lake Terrace Convention Center in Hattiesburg. The annual event celebrates achievements and collaborations in schools and draws educators from all over the state.

The conference is co-hosted by PREPS, the Program of Research and Evaluation for Public Schools, headquartered at William Carey University, and MAPE, the Mississippi Association of Partners in Education.

“This annual education conference is a great opportunity to come together and celebrate schools and their achievements, learn from local and national speakers, and network with educators and stakeholders from all corners of the state,” said PREPS Associate Director Dr. Patti Permenter.

The conference includes awards luncheons, national education speakers, a vendors exhibition, and break-out sessions focused on the concerns of administrators, teachers, and community partners.

For a conference schedule, download the registration brochure at Highlights of the three-day conference include:

Keynote speaker

Dr. Danny Steele will deliver a keynote speech on March 5 at 8:30 a.m. With three decades of experience in education, Steele is a national education speaker and assistant professor of instructional leadership at the University of Montevallo. Steele is the co-author of two books, “Essential Truths for Teachers” and “Essential Truths for Principals.” He also authors an online education blog called, “Steele Thoughts.”

Governor’s Awards Luncheon

The Governor’s Awards Luncheon will be March 5 at 11:30 a.m. Elementary, middle and high schools – and their community partners – will be recognized for working together to develop projects to improve learning outcomes for students.

Value-Added Awards Luncheon

The Value-Added Awards Luncheon will be March 6 at 11:45 a.m. These awards will recognize K-12 schools from 49 districts across the state that are performing significantly better than other schools with students from similar socioeconomic situations in areas like ACT scores, algebra, biology, English, math, and history.

“Mississippi public school teachers and administrators work extremely hard to prepare our students for their next steps. The PREPS value-added award ceremony is a way for us to recognize schools that we feel are beating the odds and encouraging their students in overcoming obstacles and adversity,” Permenter said.

The Value-Added Awards are sponsored this year by IMPACT Education Group. For a complete list of awards, visit