Professional Development
For Teachers, Principals and Counselors


College- and Career-Readiness Standards Networking Conference

Conference to share effective instructional strategies of the Literacy and Mathematics Design Collaborative frameworks. 

Mississippi attendees at the July 2017 conference: 49 >

High Schools That Work Staff Development Conference

Annual conference for thousands of school leaders, teachers and counselors from middle grades, high schools and technology centers across the country.

Mississippi attendees at the July 2017 conference: 52 >

Learning-Centered Leadership Program

Works with district, state and university partners to prepare aspiring principals and school leadership teams to lead school reform to ensure that students are ready for college and careers. This program offers training, guidance and technical assistance.

Nine educators from the Mississippi Department of Education and two school districts in the state attended the LCLP’s Coaching for School Improvement workshop in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. >

Literacy and Math Professional Development

SREB is partnering with states on a large-scale effort to help districts and schools adopt, spread and sustain effective literacy and math teaching strategies to meet their state’s college- and career-readiness standards.

The Literacy Design Collaborative framework empowers language arts, science and social studies teachers to build meaningful assignments aligned to their state’s college- and career-readiness standards. Teachers take ownership of their professional growth, and students take ownership of their learning.  

The Mathematics Design Collaborative teaching framework uses formative assessment lessons — part assessment, part instruction — to help teachers know whether their students understand material they have been taught. Teachers learn to adapt assignments and engage students so they understand the hows and whys of math.

During the 2017-18 school year, this SREB professional development reached Mississippi educators in 90 schools.

Mississippi​ teachers, principals and trainers who participated in training and coaching: 987


In July 2017Rankin County School District won the Outstanding LDC-MDC District Award. Nick Thomas of Rankin County’s Brandon Middle School was honored with the Outstanding LDC Teacher Award.

In July 2016, Sheri Blankenship of Rankin County School District won the Outstanding LDC Local Trainer Award. Mendenhall Junior High School in the Simpson County School District was honored with the Outstanding LDC-MDC School Award.

“Since I began LDC training, my planning has become more focused, aligned and clear. This liberates me to be the facilitator in my classroom.”  — Sheri Blankenship, instructional coach with Rankin County School District in Brandon >

Teaching to Lead

Helps states redesign programs that prepare business professionals to become career and technical education teachers through an alternative certification route. New CTE teachers gain knowledge and skills to manage a classroom of diverse students; plan challenging, work-related assignments; motivate students to complete assignments; and assess student progress.

“It is imperative for these new teachers to receive some type of training to prepare them for the rigors of the classroom. The ‘teacher bootcamp’ training helps them understand classroom management and instructional strategies that are essential.” – Mississippi school administrator

Mississippi adopted the curriculum. The Research and Curriculum Unit at Mississippi State University leads the professional development with support from the Mississippi Office of Career and Technical Education and Workforce Development.

All new CTE teachers who do not have a Mississippi teaching degree or teaching license are required to participate in the Teaching to Lead professional development within a three-year period, and are strongly encouraged to participate the first year if hiring dates allow.

“The ability to network with other CTE instructors who are experiencing similar issues has provided our new instructors with a new perspective and a renewed sense of purpose.” — Mississippi administrator

Number of new Mississippi CTE teachers participating:

  • 74 in the 2014-15 school year
  • 108 in the 2015-16 school year
  • 86 in the 2016-17 school year
  • 95 in the 2017-18 school year