Mississippi Literacy Summit – Sept. 13-14

Shared Commitment to Literacy: Improving Literacy Outcomes for ALL from Birth to the Workforce

September 13-14, 2019 at Jackson Convention Center

The MDE is hosting a two day literacy summit for parents/guardians, educators, community partners, and policy makers. The theme for the 2019 summit is “A Shared Commitment to Literacy: Improving Literacy Outcomes for ALL from Birth to the Workforce.”

Summit attendees will engage in relevant sessions that will support their collective efforts in improving student achievement and literacy success. Session strands and outcomes include:

  • Parents/Guardians-Explore practical strategies, supports, and resources that will assist children in meeting grade-level expectations and being ready for college and career.
  • POLICY MAKERS – Understand how policy and legislation promote statewide literacy efforts and impact employment and economic development.
  • COMMUNITY PARTNERS – Understand how community partner and stakeholder collaboration can impact child/student outcomes to increase economic and workforce development.
  • EDUCATORS – Identify, employ, and evaluate high-quality resources and best practices to ensure the success of all students. Some additional topics in the educator track will include: Seal of Biliteracy, Disability Supports, Literacy-Based Promotion Act, The Reading Universe, Differentiated Instruction, Social and Emotional Learning, Inclusion, and Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Practices.

Luis Versalles from Pacific Educational Group will serve as keynote speaker on Friday, presenting Courageous Conversations™ with a focus on “Achieving Cultural Equity”. Karen Mapp, Senior Lecturer on Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education, will speak on Saturday regarding powerful partnerships. Maggie Wade from WLBT will also share on Saturday how literacy impacts crime, poverty, health, and employment opportunities.

Registration is available through the Regional Educational Service Agency (RESA) at the following link http://nmec.msresaservices.com/categories-conferences/Literacy-Summit.

If you have any questions regarding registration, please contact the RESA. If you have any questions regarding the Literacy Summit, please contact Laurie Weathersby at lweathersby@mdek12.org in the Office of Elementary Education and Reading.