The Millsaps College Principals' Institute began because of the vision of a group of Mississippi principals who attended the Harvard Principals' Summer Institute. They wanted a similar experience available for principals closer to home. Dr. Jeanne Middleton-Hairston, professor in the Department of Education at Millsaps, explored funding possibilities and in November 1992 the Institute was awarded charter grants from BellSouth Foundation, Mississippi Power Education Foundation, and The Phil Hardin Foundation. The first Summer Institute was held in July 1993.
The Principals' Institute, housed in the Education Department at Millsaps College, is committed to the personal and professional growth of principals as educational leaders in order to improve the quality of education, increase support of school principals and benefit all children in our schools.
A riveting motivational speaker, Steve Barkley's unique, skill-based presentation will combine education theory with practical applications. In this session, Steve explores the relationship between instructional coaches and administrators, and how an effective coaching program can produce teacher change, student achievement and desired staff involvement.
For the past 30 years, Steve has served as a consultant to school districts, teacher organizations, state departments of education, and colleges and universities nationally and internationally, facilitating the changes necessary for them to reach students and successfully prepare them for the 21st century. A prolific published author (Questions for Life: Powerful Strategies to Guide Critical Thinking, Tapping Student Effort: Increasing Student Achievement, Quality Teaching in a Culture of Coaching, Second Edition, WOW! Adding Pizzazz to Teaching and Learning, Second Edition), his weekly blog, Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud, has evolved into a go-to resource for teachers and administrators all over the world.
Award-winning author and educational leader, Alan Blankstein served for 25 years as President of the HOPE Foundation, which he founded and whose honorary chair is Nobel Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu. A former “high-risk” youth, Alan began his career in education as a music teacher. He worked for Phi Delta Kappa, March of Dimes, and Solution Tree, which he founded in 1987 and directed for 12 years while launching Professional Learning Communities beginning in the late 1980s. He is the author of the best-selling book Failure Is Not an Option®: Six Principles That Guide Student Achievement in High-Performing Schools, which received the Book of the Year award from Learning Forward. Alan is Senior Editor, lead contributor, and/or author of 18 books, including Excellence Through Equity with Pedro Noguera, (In Press). He also authored some 20 articles in leading education print including Education Week, Educational Leadership, The Principal, and Executive Educator. Alan has provided keynote presentations and workshops for virtually every major U.S. Ed Org, and throughout the UK, Africa, and the Middle East. Alan has served on the Harvard International Principals Centers advisory board, and the Jewish Child Care Agency, where he once was a youth in residence.
Dr. John W. Hodge is president and co-founder of Urban Learning and Leadership Center (ULLC), an organization focused on student achievement and reduction of the achievement gap. He has served as a reading teacher, English teacher, AVID teacher, Assistant Principal and Associate Director of AVID Center Eastern Division. He served as Director of An Achievable Dream Academy, an inner city school that piloted many of the interventions used by Urban Learning and Leadership Center. An Achievable Dream Academy is a high performing, high poverty school that has received numerous national awards.
Dr. Hodge's career has been defined by assisting students and teachers overcome obstacles and achieve goals. He has served as an inspirational speaker across the United States and has been a guest lecturer at Christopher Newport University, Hampton University, North Carolina A&T State University and The George Washington University. Dr. Hodge is a trained facilitator for the (SREB) Leadership Initiative Modules “Leading Assessment and Instruction” and “Creating a High Performance Learning Culture”, and a trained assessor and facilitator in the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) “Developing the 21st Century Principal” program.
Based on Principal Kafele's best selling book, Closing the Attitude Gap: How to Fire Up Your Students to Strive for Success, Principal Kafele asserts that the various gaps in student achievement continue to rank amongst the most important discussions in education today. Equally important for educators is the continued lack of student motivation, undesirable student behaviors and apathy towards achievement across racial, ethnic and socioeconomic lines. In this high-energy, interactive workshop, Principal Kafele argues that one of the greatest difficulties to closing the various achievement gaps is the overwhelming assumption that achievement is in fact, the problem. He says that the achievement gap is a consequence of the failure to adequately address what he calls, the Attitude Gap (the gap between those students who have the will to strive for academic excellence and those who do not) that continues to persist in American classrooms.
"Every child needs someone to be crazy about them." These are the words of Salome Thomas-EL, award-winning teacher, principal, and nationally recognized educator. They shape his lifelong commitment to answering the question, "How do we ensure that every child achieves their greatest potential?" This question lies at the heart of the national dialogue on education policy, the day in and day out work of school personnel, and the hopes of every parent. Central to this challenge is how we succeed with children who are facing the most serious barriers to success: poverty, violence, neglect, and low expectations.
For over 20 years, Principal EL has taken on this challenge with the absolute belief that every child can and will learn as long as adults in their world care enough to not give up. Starting as a teacher and chess coach at Vaux Middle School and through his years as principal at several traditional public and charter schools, Thomas-EL has transformed the attitudes and strategies of school staff, parents, and members of the community to help hundreds of troubled children not only graduate from high school but go on to earn higher degrees from major colleges and universities. He is currently the Head of School at Thomas Edison Charter School in Wilmington, Delaware. Principal EL received national acclaim as a teacher and chess coach at Vaux Middle School, where his students have gone on to win world recognition as Eight-Time National Chess Champions. He was a regular contributor on the first season of The Dr. Oz Show and is the author of the best-selling books, I Choose to Stay, about his Vaux Middle School experience, and The Immortality of Influence (foreword by Will Smith), which stresses the importance of leadership, mentoring, parenting, and service to others. The Walt Disney Company has optioned the movie rights to I Choose to Stay.
Thomas-EL speaks to groups across the country and frequently appears on C-SPAN, CNN, and NPR. Principal EL recently appeared on The Oprah Radio Network and was recognized by Reader's Digest as an "Inspiring American Icon."
All workshops are 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. and located in the Campbell Conference Center at Millsaps College.
Workshop A - September 20, 2018
Workshop B - October 10, 2018
Workshop C - November 15, 2018
Workshop D - December 6, 2018
Workshop E - January 10, 2019
Workshop F - February 7, 2019
In this first workshop in the series, "Putting the Pieces Together: Preventing Schools from Being Data-Rich But Information Poor", participants will be exposed to what it means to be a data-driven school or district. Real world experience along with research-based insight will be shared to give a deep understanding of the accountability process in Mississippi. Hands-on practice will also be utilized to allow participants the opportunity to analyze, prioritize and create an improvement plan from simulated data. School leaders will also review their current plans of improvement to determine whether the strategic planning process in place is a tool that will improve student achievement (actions that add value) or an end in itself. Administrators will be presented with strategies for consistent monitoring and evaluation of these plans and most importantly, leaders will become confident in the implementation of their strategic plans with the confidence that their professional practices truly will influence student achievement.
In this second workshop, entitled "Crucial Conversations with Teachers to Improve Instruction and Student Achievement", Donna will assist administrators with understanding the definition of a crucial conversation, identifying the skills needed to have a crucial conversation, and how to handle a conversation that turns crucial. Dr. Boone will assist administrators on how to have conversations with teachers based on teacher practices and skills that affect student achievement by improving instruction. Administrators will be given instruction on how to develop teacher improvement plans that can be applied in their school setting.
In this third workshop, Charlotte will conduct a presentation on "Developing a Culture of Excellence" - Participants will discover the critical elements for creating and sustaining a culture of excellence within the school. Learn about school culture and staff culture, two important aspects that are critical ingredients for building academic success. She will provide a hands-on experience for participants in which each will be able to evaluate a school environment and use effective strategies to make changes for improvement.
In this fourth workshop, Dr. Henderson will address the issue of the importance of "Ethical Decision-Making". Administrators have many ethical decisions they have to make so knowing and following the ethical code of conduct must become an important part of a school administrators' daily decision-making as they deal with employee issues. Dr. Henderson will give participants scenarios in which they will decide how to handle various real-life work situations. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions about situations. Dr. Henderson will be able to share a wealth of knowledge from her experiences as an administrator.
This fifth workshop will focus on "The 21st Century Leader" which is Thomas Murray's area of expertise. He will share strategies on how principals can lead their staff on the needs of students for success for the 21st century so they are future ready. He will share strategies for how principals can support teachers with the effective use of technology and empower them to create learning environments and experiences in which technology can be used to explore, design, and create a maximized return on instruction.
This sixth workshop entitled "Legal Issues in Schools" will assist administrators in making legally informed decisions regarding the day-to-day operations in schools. Participants will be able to develop skills to manage and handle parent conferences, teacher situations, parent-teacher situations, principal-teacher, and teacher-student situations effectively and within the legal boundaries required. A question and answer time will be provided to cover issues related to individual school districts. Participants will develop a plan to implement in their schools using this legal advice to address any individual school concerns.
At the completion of a workshop, participants will be able to:
Full attendance is required by MDE to obtain semi or osl credits. You will only be given credit for time in attendance of workshops. (This includes time spent out of workshop on phone.)
Donna Boone is the superintendent for the Forrest County Agricultural High School District and is also on the Advisory Board. She has held positions in education across K-16 in Mississippi, Florida, Georgia, and Louisiana. She has served as a teacher, building administrator, professor, consultant, director, superintendent, and project manager. Dr. Boone holds a BS from the University of Central Florida, a Master's degree from Mississippi College, and a PhD from the University of Southern Mississippi. She has been recognized as Teacher of the Year, Administrator of the Year, Distinguished Service Award for Central Office Staff, and a Georgia Educational Celebrity and has served on numerous local and state committees. She is a former participant of the Millsaps Principals' Institute in 1999 and serves on the Millsaps Principals' Institute Advisory Board. Dr. Boone is committed to helping each student realize his/her full potential by building the capacity of all of those around her.
Tommye Henderson currently works for the Mississippi School Boards Association as the Superintendent Search Consultant and as a trainer and a facilitator. She retired from Mississippi College in 2017 after teaching in the Educational Leadership Department for nine years. She also served as the Coordinator for the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership with a Concentration in Curriculum and Instruction. She taught classes at the master’s, specialist, and doctoral levels.
In her former life in the public schools, she was superintendent of the Clinton Public School District for nine years. The district was a top achieving district during her tenure. During her 37 ½ years in education, she worked in eight different school districts. She taught every grade one through 12 (except grade 8) and served as an assistant superintendent, principal, and assistant principal. She has also been a Personnel Director, Grant Writer, Public Relations Director, and Staff Development Coordinator.
Dr. Henderson holds a B.S. degree in Elementary Education from the University of Southern Mississippi, a M.Ed. in Elementary Education, and an Ed.S. and Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Mississippi State University.
She is a former president of the Mississippi Association of School Administrators and was selected as the MS Superintendent of the Year in 2008. She has been the college and university representative on the AdvancEd Advisory Board since 2009. She recently received the 2018 Excellence in Education Award from AdvancEd which recognizes one individual in each state who has demonstrated unparalleled leadership in promoting and advancing excellence in leadership.
She is a member of Clinton First United Methodist Church where she serves as Chair of the Safe Sanctuary Task Force.
She is married to Tom Henderson. They reside in Clinton and have two adult daughters, Corley and Hollye.
James "Jim" Keith has been practicing law since 1982. He joined Adams and Reese in 1996 and practices in the areas of employment, education and administrative law. A focused aspect of his practice involves the representation of educational entities, including school districts, community colleges and universities. He has contributed to the expansion of the Education practice across the firm. Mr.Keith presents in Mississippi and nationwide on issues involving the education of students with disabilities and other education topics. He has authored several special education articles and has contributed to national publications involving the education of students with disabilities. He advises universities and colleges on issues involving student rights. In 2006, Mr. Keith was awarded the Mississippi Association of School Administrators 2006 "Friend of Education" Award in appreciation of his dedicated support of public education.
In 2008, he received the Mississippi School Boards Association "Friend of Education" recognition for his work representing school districts throughout the State of Mississippi in State and Federal courts. This included employee matters, student issues, board/administration interaction and education of students with disabilities.
Mr. Keith is a Mississippi Bar Foundation Fellow. He holds a degree in electrical engineering from Mississippi State University in 1971, and a law degree from the University of Mississippi in 1982.
Dr. Tim Martin is the Assistant Superintendent of the Clinton Public School District in Clinton, MS. He previously served as a principal and assistant principal at the middle school level in Clinton, Jackson Public and Grenada School Districts. His teaching experience was at the middle school level teaching social studies. His school district has consistently remained at the highest academic level in the state for many years partially due to his leadership. He is a former participant of the Millsaps Principals' Institute of 1997.
Tom serves as the Director of Innovation for Future Ready SchoolsⓇ, a Project of the Alliance for Excellent Education, located in Washington, D.C. He has testified before the United States Congress and works alongside that body and the US Senate, the White House, the US Department of Education and state departments of education, corporations, and school districts throughout the country to implement student-centered, personalized learning while helping to lead Future Ready SchoolsⓇ and Digital Learning Day.
Murray serves as a regular conference keynote, was named the “2018 National/Global EdTech Leader of the Year,” the “2017 Education Thought Leader of the Year,” one of “20 to Watch” by NSBA, and the “Education Policy Person of the Year” by the Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2015. His latest book, Learning Transformed: 8 Keys to Designing Tomorrow’s Schools, Today, is an ASCD best seller and was published in 2017.
Currently, Ms. Seals serves as Associate Superintendent of the Madison County School District, where she has been for 27 years. Previously, she has taught high school and middle school science as well as the roles of assistant principal and principal at the middle and elementary levels. She has a vast array of knowledge in the K-12 learning environment which she willingly shares with other educators across the state. She is proud to be a graduate of Millsaps College and has served on the Millsaps Principals' Institute Advisory Board for many years. In addition to these responsibilities, she is a wife and mother to two precious children.
Please complete the registration form. Send registration and PO or check to Millsaps PSI Director Cindy Martin before August 1, 2018. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; fax: 601.974.1397; call: 601.974.1354.
Dr. Lynnette McNeil, Chair
Principal (Retired), Oakdale Elementary School
Principal, Baxterville School
Dr. Donna Boone
Superintendent, Forrest County Agricultural High School District
Dr. Greg Carlyle
Principal, Heritage Academy
Federal Programs, Clinton Public School District
Dr. Tracey Gregory
Assistant Principal, Terry High School
Principal, Jackson Public Schools
Dr. Sara Harper
Principal, McWillie Elementary School
Principal (Retired), Clinton Public School District
Principal, Leflore County High School
Associate State Superintendent, MS Department of Education
Principal, Germantown Middle School
Assistant Superintendent, Madison County School
Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Aberdeen School District
Dr. Catherine Wasson
Professor, Belhaven College
For more information regarding any of these programs and sponsorships, contact Cindy Martin, Director of the Principals' Institute, at 601.974.1354.