Here’s a quick look at what’s been going on, what to keep an eye out for, and what’s coming up:
TEACHER OF THE YEAR TOUR 2018 | Alongside MAE member and Teacher of the Year Whitney Drewrey, President Helmick hit the road last week on an incredible statewide tour. Their journey took them all across Mississippi and provided them an opportunity to engage with the students, educators, and administrators within our state’s schools. If you missed their travelogue in real time, head over to Facebook and catch up on their amazing trip!
MISSISSIPPI EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION AWARDS | The 2nd Annual Mississippi Excellence in Education Awards will take place on March 1, 2019, at the Jackson Convention Center. If you’d like to nominate someone for an award, visit this link and hop to it!
EDUCATION TOWN HALL | On Thursday, MAE is hosting an education town hall with our slate of endorsed candidates for the November 6 midterm election. Senate candidates Secretary Mike Espy and Representative David Baria will be in attendance, along with Fourth Congressional District candidate Representative Jeramey Anderson. You’ll have an opportunity to hear from these candidates on education policy, and what they plan to do in Washington and here in Mississippi to support our public schools and public school educators. The town hall will take place at Hattiesburg’s Jackie Dole Sherrill Community Center on November 1 at 5:00pm. RSVP here.
NEA FOUNDATION GLOBAL LEARNING FELLOWSHIP | Want to bring the world to your students? Expand your professional practice? Learn and travel with a cohort of other educators? Apply for the NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellowship. Apply by Feb. 4, 2019!
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT | This month our Teacher Leadership Institute kicked off in Pearl! TLI Fellows and Coaches have officially begun the year-long journey of growth, awareness, and skill development in their personal and professional leadership missions.
The very same weekend we offered another Praxis workshop in Vicksburg. Thank you to everyone involved in the planning and execution of these wonderful events. Stay tuned for more professional development opportunities!
RED FOR ED | Next Wednesday, November 7, is November’s Red for Ed day! This month’s theme is respecting the profession and knowing your rights. We’ve loved seeing your #RedForEd photos, so keep them coming! Be sure to post photos of yourself wearing red in the comments of our Facebook page, and encourage your fellow teachers to join you in raising awareness for the challenges facing public schools and public school educators. Your November challenge: get three of your colleagues to join you!
VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE | Finally, don’t forget to mark your calendars: Next Tuesday, November 6, is Election Day! Polls are open from 7am – 7pm. If you’re in line prior to 7pm, and are still waiting once the clock strikes 7, DO NOT LEAVE. You are still eligible to cast your ballot.
If you encounter any issues related to voting at your polling place, please call 1.888.601.VOTE. The right to vote is a precious one, and one that we should all take very seriously. See you at the polls!