- Abigail Arnold of Columbia, an interventionist at Columbia Elementary School.
- Meghan Cates of Mooreville, an assistant principal at Mooreville Elementary School.
- Ginnie Curtis of Purvis, a literacy coach at Lamar County School District.
- Sharon Fulgham of Mathiston, a math and science teacher at Fifth Street Junior High School.
- Carol Jones of Hattiesburg, a principal at Lumberton Elementary School.
- Jennifer Mathis of Lucedale, a math teacher at George County High School.
- Audrey Reed of Brandon, an English language teacher at Northwest Elementary.
- Jennifer Sills of Clinton, a band director at Madison Middle School.
- Kenya Travis of Hattiesburg, an academic coach at Hattiesburg Public Schools.
- Amanda Tucker of Greenwood Springs, a special education teacher at Nettleton Primary School.
- Candace Webb of Moselle, a kindergarten teacher at Moselle Elementary.
- Lisa White of Columbia, a federal programs director at Columbia School District.
- Robert White of Columbia, a principal at Columbia Elementary School.
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- A valid teaching license or a completed waiver of licensure form,
- A GPA of 3.0 for the last 64 hours in the undergraduate program or 3.25 in a graduate program,
- Two reference forms from present or previous administrators who supervised applicant’s work,
- Documentation certifying a minimum of three years teaching experience,
- A scholarly narrative of 1-2 pages of the applicant’s personal philosophy of educational leadership.
The William Carey University School of Education has received a grant to provide training for teachers in several coastal school districts.
WCU received the $97,139 Improving Teacher Quality grant under Title II of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. This is the third year Carey has received a grant through the program, and the second consecutive year the grant has been based on WCU’s Tradition campus.
The purpose of Title II grants such as this is to assist educational institutions with the recruitment and training of high-quality educators and educational administrators. Title II grants are awarded in Mississippi by the board of trustees of the State Institutions of Higher Learning.
The WCU project is focused on assisting aspiring instructional leaders through a Teacher Leader Institute in partnership with Bay St. Louis-Waveland, Biloxi, Gulfport, Hancock County, Harrison County, Jackson County, Long Beach, Moss Point, Ocean Springs, Pascagoula, Pass Christian, and Stone County school districts. The institute’s primary goal is to increase student achievement through instructional leadership.
The 2017 institute will meet from June 1-28 and will provide opportunities for participants to analyze best practices and data specific to their core subjects and schools. This will help teachers improve their instructional practices to meet the rigorous levels required by new state standards. Participants also will prepare targeted and ongoing professional development for their schools, develop best practices trainings, and learn instructional motivation techniques.
Twenty-five teachers from the partnering districts will have the opportunity to attend the institute. Grant funds will be used to pay their tuition for the institute and a stipend.
“We are incredibly grateful to have the opportunity to participate in such a practice-altering program as this,” said Dr. Noal Cochran, director of education for the Tradition campus. “The fact this is the third consecutive year William Carey University has been awarded such a grant is a testimony to the work of the faculty, trainers, previous grant participants, assisting consultants and the support of Dr. Susan Lee at the State Institutions of Higher Learning.”
In order to be considered for the grant, an institution must partner with a local education agency (LEA), such as a school district, and submit a project adequately addressing the College and Career Readiness Standards by assisting teachers in adopting the new standards. Priority consideration was given to projects partnering with high-need LEAs in addressing the needs of teachers and in developing sustainable, intensive and high-quality professional development activities.