School Focus – Summer 2019 Announcement

The summer edition of School Focus is now available for download!

The fall semester is here, and a lot of exciting things are happening in classrooms across the state.

In this issue, we spotlight the programs, best practices and cultural buy-in taking Mississippi’s public schools to a new level of success and providing quality education for all students.

Our cover story features a point of pride for the Mississippi Department of Education: After years of behind-the-scenes work by administrators and four years of local instruction, the Golden Triangle Early College High School – Mississippi’s first early college high school – graduated its inaugural class in May. Forty-one students in that first cohort walked away with a high school diploma and enough college credits to receive either an associate degree or a technical certificate from East Mississippi Community College.

Speaking of new levels of success, the #NextLevelUp Challenge – a social media campaign focusing on the new literacy requirements for third graders – helped spread the word throughout the state about why reading is so fundamental to continued learning.

Early literacy skills are also an area of focus at our early learning collaboratives. These programs help provide increased readiness for rising kindergartners by developing social, emotional, physical and academic areas, building language capabilities, providing early detection for learning deficits and promoting a positive outlook toward education.

Additionally, we spotlight the Office of School Improvement’s Transformation Academy, which specifically targets principals and helps them develop action plans that allow them to become stronger administrators.

I hope you’ll take the successes contained in this issue and share them with others to help promote how educators, administrators and business leaders are coming together to improve the quality of public education in Mississippi.

Nathan Oakley
Chief Academic Officer
Mississippi Department of Education