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Mississippi: Working in Education in Mississippi

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Technology Education

Mississippi E-Learning for Educators provides Mississippi educators with online professional development opportunities aimed at enhancing content knowledge and skills in order to improve student learning. Courses last seven weeks and emphasize theory-to-practice applications. Courses cover topics such as writing across the curriculum, classroom management, using technology, and developing web-enhanced lessons.

Mississippi Virtual Public School is a web-based service to provide Mississippi students with access to a wider array of courses, more scheduling flexibility, and the opportunity to develop their skills as independent learners. High school students have access to over 30 courses at no charge. The school does not issue credits or grant diplomas.

The Center for Digital Education (CDE) is a national research and advisory institute for K-12 and higher education technology. In 2008 CDE surveyed state education officials about the status of online learning, and ranked the states according to its findings. Mississippi ranked 33 for its online learning policies and practices.

The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians runs the largest and one of the most tech-savvy locally controlled unified Reservation school systems in the country. Its 1,700 to 1,800 students benefit from technology-rich classrooms.

Educational Management and Teacher's Aides

To encourage teachers to transition into educational management, the Mississippi School Administrator Sabbatical Program pays the salaries of qualified teachers for one year while they take university coursework leading to an administrator's license.

The Mississippi Principal Performance Standards and Appraisal System holds school principals responsible for five distinct standards: developing and leading a school that focuses stakeholders (students, staff, parents/guardians, and others) on the academic success of all students, developing and leading a school that focuses on its customers, working to develop human resources, managing the organization effectively, and managing resources prudently and for the benefit of instructional programs.

Mississippi is one of eleven states that have paraprofessional professional development programs. Mississippi is also one of the twelve states where requirements for paraprofessionals exceed federal requirements.

Curriculum and Instruction

Instructional coordinators provide administrators and instructors with guidance for developing curriculum and delivering instruction. In Mississippi the mean annual wage for this position, which may also be referred to as an instructional materials director, educational consultant or specialist, or curriculum specialist, was $56,260 in May 2008, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates. The nationwide mean was $59,780 at that time.

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