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Dr. Leslie Griffin, dean of the College of Education and Human Sciences.

Griffin continues role with MAPE

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Dr. Leslie Griffin, dean of the College of Education and Human Sciences at Delta State, will continue her volunteer service as second vice president on the board of the Mississippi Association of Partners in Education.

MAPE has served as a non-profit network of educators and community partners since 1984 and is one of just a few statewide partnership organizations of its kind in the U.S. The organization is committed solely to providing training and materials to help build local support for the success of all students.

Griffin is returning to fulfill her term in the second vice president role. Newly elected MAPE officers began their terms on June 1.

Veteran board member Phil Hardwick of The Hardwick Company, LLC, was elected president. Board member Maggie Stevenson of Mississippi Public Broadcasting was elected first vice president, and Vickie Powell of Mississippi Economic Council was re-elected secretary. Patrice Guilfoyle of the Mississippi Department of Education returns as treasurer. Past president is Suzanne Bean, education and leadership consultant.

This year, MAPE welcomed new board members Kameron Ball of C Spire, Sumesh Arora of Innovate Mississippi and Sherwin Johnson of Jackson Public Schools.

Former directors re-elected to the board are: Debbie Anglin of Pascagoula-Gautier School District, Jane Beach of Parents for Public Schools, Sandi Beason of Clinton School District, Michael Bentley of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, Nadine Gilbert of Jackson State University, Susan King of Mississippi Department of Transportation and Rebecca Starling, retired partnership coordinator for Jackson Public Schools.

Board members returning to fulfill remaining terms are Everett Chinn of Greenville Public Schools, Beth Fisher of Trustmark and Linda Southward of the Social Science Research Center at Mississippi State University.

On Aug. 23, MAPE will present the 2016 Winter-Reed Partnership Award to Oleta Fitzgerald, Southern Regional director of the Children’s Defense Fund, during a tribute luncheon at the Clyde Muse Center in Pearl. Sponsorship opportunities are available by contacting MAPE at 601-573-0896 or visiting www.mapie.org. Individual tickets for the awards banquet are $75 and may be purchased online at www.mapie.org or from MAPE, P.O. Box 2803, Madison, MS 39130.

MAPE was designated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in 1994.

Delta State recently kicked off its 12th Literacy Across the Curriculum Institute for Teachers of Grades 6-12 .

COEHS hosts 12th Literacy Across the Curriculum Institute

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Delta State University’s College of Education and Human Sciences kicked off its 12th Literacy Across the Curriculum Institute for Teachers of Grades 6-12 (LACI) on Wednesday. The institute is designed to enable teachers in middle and secondary schools to effectively incorporate the teaching of literacy skills in their respective content areas.

“LACI’s curriculum will be rigorous and broad in scope to enable both new and experienced teachers to attain highly qualified status according to the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001,” said Dr. Merideth Van Namen, LACI director. “Participants will gain skills regarding the Mississippi Curriculum Frameworks, test blueprints provided by the Mississippi Department of Education, College and Career Ready Standards, national standards, and data driven instruction and performance based assessments.”

LACI is provided through the support of the No Child Left Behind Act: Improving Teacher Quality State Grant.

Participants in this year’s institute represent various school districts from the Mississippi Delta who are eager to improve their classroom instruction and student performance. They will attend the 22-day institute, which includes one session in June and follow-up sessions.

“I am truly excited. I am so eager to learn how to improve my classroom,” said participant Brandy Davis. “I’m hoping this is also the push I need to continue learning by getting my master’s in education.”

Along with Van Namen, the LACI administrative team includes Dr. Janet Parker, instructor, and Pam Maxwell, instructor.

Contact Van Namen at mvannamen@deltastate.edu or 662-846-4412 for more information.

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Delta State online master’s in elementary education ranks nationally

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Best College Values recently ranked Delta State University in its national list of Top 10 Most Affordable Online Master’s Degrees in Elementary Education.

Delta State came in at No. 6 on the list. The curriculum at Delta State is designed to prepare quality teachers who can deliver effective instruction at all levels of elementary school.

This program balances academic content with practical learning experiences while engaging students in a rich online learning community. Core coursework includes psychology of learning, methods of research, classroom management and curriculum theory development.

Learn more about BCV’s rankings at http://www.bestcollegevalues.com/rankings/online/affordable/masters-in-elementary-education-2016/

BCV is an online resource for prospective undergraduate and graduate students seeking an education worth its cost. The organization strives to provide the most comprehensive and rigorously researched set of online resources on the intersections of college affordability, educational quality, and educational outcomes so that individuals pursuing higher education can make informed decisions about what and where to study.

 “We at Best College Values are committed to connecting prospective students with high quality educational opportunities at affordable costs, and are confident that students will find this at Delta State,” said Hannah Gatner, editor of BCV. 

Learn more about Delta State’s elementary education master’s opportunities at http://www.deltastate.edu/college-of-education/teacher-education-leadership-and-research/master-of-education-in-elementary-education.

A record number of participants took part in the 35th annual F. E. Woodall Spring Conference for the Helping Professions.

Counselor Education and Psychology hosts 35th annual spring conference

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The Division of Counselor Education and Psychology at Delta State recently held the 35th annual F. E. Woodall Spring Conference for the Helping Professions. The event, held April 14-15, hosted a record 400 participants. The conference offered a workshop, keynote address, and 35 breakout sessions covering topics such as neuroscience, cultural competency and crisis interventions.

For the sixth year in a row, the president of the American Counseling Association keynoted the affair.

Counselors, social workers, psychologists and other helping professionals from across the state and region drove in for the conference.

“Our reputation at Delta State University for providing quality education extends as well to our continuing education opportunities,” said Cat Vincent, conference coordinator. “The conference committee spends many hours in outreach and in selecting the best proposals for our participants.”

“We look forward to hosting the Woodall Conference every year,” said Sally Zengaro, chair of the Division of Counselor Education and Psychology. “It serves as a vital source of continuing education for faculty and area mental health professionals.”

For the first time, the counselor education faculty also hosted an additional daylong workshop. Dr. Thelma Duffey, founder of the Association for Creativity in Counseling, presented a six-hour workshop on “Creativity in Therapeutic Practice.” Participants received free continuing education thanks to the division’s grant funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Area counselors who served the university last September after the shooting on campus were invited to attend as honored guests. Internship and practicum site supervisors were also invited to attend as guests in acknowledgement of their willingness and dedication in working with DSU counseling students.

The conference boasted record student involvement from volunteering to presenting. Three counseling internship students had the opportunity to present with their Internship Site Supervisors.

“As a presenter, not only did I get to study and present information relative to my internship but also information pertaining to handling crisis in mental health,” said Quinton Smith, counseling student and past president of Chi Sigma Iota. “The feedback was positive and heartwarming.”

Thirty counseling practicum and internship students presented in three different sessions as small groups or individuals in flash talks, a TED talk style of presentation. The students covered the essential elements of their material and provided attendees with applicable, practical information. The topics of the talks were “Homelessness: Identifying & Helping Lost Students,” “Self-Care for Helping Professionals” and “Distress Tolerance/Intolerance: Implications across Counseling Venues.”

Learn more about the The Division of Counselor Education and Psychology at http://www.deltastate.edu/college-of-education/counselor-education-and-psychology.

Photo (left to right): Dr. Temika Simmons (Psi Chi advisor), Dr. Leslie Griffin (Dean of the College of Education and Human Sciences), Jammie Marquez (Psi Chi president 2015-16), Dr. Duane Shuttlesworth (psychology faculty), Caroline Bickley (inductee), Alexis Williams (inductee), Dr. Jon Westfall (Psi Chi advisor), Heather Hudgins (inductee), Todd J. Hendrix (inductee), Mary Ashton Fowler (inductee), and Arianna Hodges (Psi Chi secretary).

Psi Chi inducts new members

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The Division of Counselor Education and Psychology recently introduced the spring 2016 inductees for Psi Chi, an international honor society in psychology.

The inductees include: Caroline Bickley, Katherine Cabrera, Mary Ashton Fowler, Todd J. Hendrix, Heather Hudgins, Alexis Williams and Karley Windham.

Psi Chi is an earned, lifelong, honorable membership. This honor is reserved for psychology majors and/or minors completing at least nine semester hours in psychology with a minimum GPA of 3.0.