Mississippi Association of School Administrators

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News You Can Use

  • MASA Opposes Vouchers under Impact Aid
    See Letter to Senator Roger Wicker by Clicking Here 

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  • School Turnaround

    "Mississippi districts need leaders equipped with the tactics, focus and energy to break the cycle of failure and dramatically increase outcomes for students.  The Rensselaerville Institute is a proven partner who can help – guaranteed."  Check out their link & others under our resource tab!  


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  • Understanding Public Retirement in Mississippi

    Read the FACTS regarding Public Retirement in Mississippi.  Click HERE!


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    Read the letter from Dan Domenech, AASA Executive Director, as he explains the I LOVE PUBLIC EDUCATION toolkit.  Access the toolkit by clicking here!


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  • Breakfast in the Classroom:

    • Read Mississippi School Breakfast Report HERE!
    • Click here for PRESS RELEASE FROM FEBRUARY 2017
    • Click here to read About the School Breakfast Scorecard in full.
      To Learn About School Breakfast: Making it Work in Large School Districts, click here
      Click here to learn more at Breakfast in the Classroom website.
    • Click here for the NASSP and FRAC Administrators Tool Kit 
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  • Algebra Nation in partnership with the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE), is seeking an Assistant Director for Mississippi. For more info click here.

    On February 15, 2018, the State Board of Education (SBE) granted approval to begin the Administrative Procedures Act (APA) process for the revision of the Mississippi Early Learning Guidelines. The approved guidelines will be implemented in the 2018-19 school year.
    The draft guidelines can be found online at  www.mdek12.org/PN/APA
    Please note you may submit written comments to Jill Dent, Director of the Office of Early Childhood, via email at jdent@mdek12.org or regular mail to PO Box 771, Jackson, MS 39205, on or before 5:00 p.m., Monday, March 12, 2018.

    Mississippi Students Increase Advanced Placement Participation, Achievement  Click here  to read News Release

    Click here for the Integrated Kindergarten Centers for Literacy document.  Additional information and resources for educators may be found by clicking here.

    To view the Cursive Writing Recommendations 2017, Click here.

    Click here for News Release - MDE award $6 million grant from W.K. Kellogg Foundation 

    Click here for Early Warning System information, and for the Early Warning System Power Point presentation click here.

    Click Here to Review Mississippi's College & Career Readiness Report



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Legislative News

  • To read Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves thoughts regarding today's ruling on education funding click here.

    Click here to read State Auditor Stacey Pickering's letter regarding FY2019 MAEP preliminary estimate.

    MASA Opposes Cuts to Healthcare/Medicaid.  Click here to read letter to Cochran.

    Attorney General Issues Opinion on HB 1106.  Click here for opinion.

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    Dear Colleague, 

    Career moves are not unusual for a superintendent. Almost every week we learn about school system leaders taking similar positions in other school districts. My own career as a superintendent began at Deer Park Schools on Long Island and concluded at Fairfax County Public Schools in Northern Virginia with a few stops in between. 

    I know firsthand how challenging that is, particularly when it requires an out-of-state move. I bring this to your attention because AASA, in partnership with PDK International, is pleased to announce a new professional leadership program specifically designed to help superintendents who are transitioning from one position to another. 

    The inaugural AASA Superintendent Transition Cohort will feature a series of highly interactive sessions designed to help new and veteran superintendents engage in reflective practice as well as network with colleagues nationwide. 

    AASA has a long-standing relationship with PDK International and we're excited to partner with Josh Starr and his team on this initiative. It will highly benefit those who are transitioning into new settings within the school district and the community. Some of the benefits of participating in the cohort include:

    • Hands-on support for planning to operationalize vision and engage a wide spectrum of stakeholders to cultivate relationships, build partnerships, identifying priorities and implement transition strategies;
    • Guidance for building cabinet/senior leadership teams capable of tackling the complexities of change management through an equity lens;
    • Facilitated discussions to identify the roots of challenges uncovered during the transition process;
    • Tools and knowledge to cultivate a continuous improvement practice grounded in research and hopeful practices underway in various systems across the country; and
    • A forum for sharing successes and challenges along the transition journey.

    Participants will also receive a one-year membership to Phi Delta Kappa, which includes access to a range of services, supports and resources such as the Kappan magazine, research briefs, videos, readings and networking opportunities. 

    I know I would've benefitted from a program like this when I was a superintendent. I encourage you to share this information with those you think it would help. Our initial cohort begins in July. Please note the priority deadline to register is May 15, 2018. You may find more information on our website, or register here

    For more information, please contact Bernadine Futrell, AASA director, leadership services, at 703.875.0717 or bfutrell@aasa.org.


    Dan Domenech 
    Executive Director 
    AASA, The School Superintendents Association

    Mississippi is fortunate to have strong successful women leading in a variety of roles in our schools.  Let's make sure we celebrate a winner from Mississippi next year in Los Angeles!  Nominate or apply!   See details below from AASA.

    Mark Your Calendar:
    October 28-30, 2018 Fall Leadership Conference & Announcement of the 2019 Mississippi Superintendent of the Year

    Dear Colleague,
    According to AASA's The Study of the American Superintendent: 2015 Mid-Decade Update, there has only been a modest increase in the number of women holding top leadership positions in our nation's school districts over the last decade. For years, we at AASA have been working to support and advance women in leadership roles and continue to celebrate their achievements with the AASA Women in School Leadership Awards.  
    The awards continue a longstanding tradition of AASA honoring exceptional female superintendents, district-level administrators and principals whose talent, creativity and vision are exemplary.
    Through AASA's Women in School Leadership Awards, we honor outstanding female educators each year at our National Conference on Education. The program is designed to recognize the exceptional leadership of active, front-line female leaders who are making a difference in the lives of students every day.
    Any female superintendent, central office staff, school principal, classroom teacher or school-based specialist in a leadership role may be nominated. To nominate an exceptional leader or to apply for the AASA Women in School Leadership Awards, please visit http://womensleadership.aasa.org/.
    Please note that the application deadline is October 12, 2018.
    I invite you to take a look at a short video highlighting Blondean Davis, the 2018 Superintendent Award honoree. Superintendent Davis leads the Matteson School District 162/Southland College Prep Charter High School in Richton Park, Ill., and was recently honored at AASA's National Conference on Education in Nashville, Tenn., last February.
    For more information about AASA's Women in School Leadership Awards, contact Jennifer Rooney, AASA assistant director, at jrooney@aasa.org.
    Thank you. 


    Dan Domenech 
    Executive Director 
    AASA, The School Superintendents Association


    Read AASA Releases Superintendent Salary Study by clicking here.


    Click here for AASA I LOVE PUBLIC EDUCATION Toolkit!


    From AASA:

    We are pleased to share this video of our work together… thank you all for your leadership, participation, and commitment to serving each and every child.

    Special thanks to Jimmy Minichello for creating this video. Click here to watch now!


    Read about School Voucher Tax Shelters by clicking here.

    Click here to read about Public Funds for Public Schools Act.

    AASA Unveils Online Resource Center on Equity click here to read the news release.

    Register here for the National Conference on Education (NCE) in Nashville, TN.

    To learn more about how AASA works with school districts on breakfast implementation and the academic, social and behavioral outcomes for students, click here.

    Click here for AASA Summary and Analysis of Trump's 2018 Proposed Budget.

    School Districts and the Affordable Care Act Toolkit is here!  Click here for more info!

    Click here USDE Fact Sheet: Restraint and Seclusion of Students with Disabilities

    Superintendent's Annual Report for 15-16 is now available by clicking here!

    Click here to read AASA's 2016 Superintendent Salary and Benefits Study Non-Member.

    The AASA Executive Summary of Cutting Medicaid: A Prescription to Hurt the Neediest Children is here!

    Click here to read the Transition Memo for the incoming administration.

    Read USED assessment fact sheet here.

    Are You a Politically Savvy Superintendent?

    Need an easy reference on our state accountability system? Click Here to Read

    Click to Read AASA's Legislative Agenda 

    Click Here to Read AASA's Statement on FLSA & Overtime

    Click Here to Find ESSA Resources

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