Literacy Innovation for Teachers in Education (LiftED) Conference In Jackson, MS on March 4

National Board hosts LiftED, bringing together 400 educators from across the state for professional learning on literacy

ARLINGTON, Va. — March 2, 2017 —The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, in partnership with Mississippi State University, is hosting the first ever Literacy Innovation for Teachers in Education  (LiftED) conference on March 4 in Jackson, Mississippi. The event will bring together 400 leaders from across the teaching and policy continuum in Mississippi and neighboring states. Through the National Board’s Transforming Literacy through Certification (TLC) project with funding from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation. This event will be available via live-streaming through the conference website.

"Strong Literacy skills are critical to the success of our schoolchildren. Our partnership with NBPTS to bring more Board Certified teachers into Mississippi’s K-3 classrooms has already shown positive results. The Transforming Literacy through Certification grant and the LiftED Conference are perfect examples of literacy innovations that are making a difference. I’m honored to receive the Innovator Award, but the real honor belongs to the teachers who do this important work every day,” said Governor Phil Bryant.

The LiftED Innovator Award will be presented to Governor Bryant and posthumously to Ron Thorpe, former President and CEO of the National Board, for their vision and partnership in creating the Transforming Literacy through Certification project, bringing resources to literacy teachers in Mississippi. Six educators will also receive the LiftED Educator Award for their leadership in education. The awardees were selected by their colleagues for embodying the National Board’s five core propositions and showing extraordinary efforts to elevate literacy outcomes in their specific regions of the state.

The LiftED Educator Awardees, include:

  • Trena Warren, NBCT – Claiborne County School District
  • Melanie Bray, NBCT – Cleveland School District
  • Shirley Crisp, NBCT – Jackson Public Schools
  • Kellie Gartman, NBCT – Starkville School District
  • Heather Joyner, NBCT – Marshall County School District
  • Sherrill Adamo, NBCT – Petal School District

Presenters from the Barksdale Reading Institute, Tallahatchie River Foundation, Hayes Cooper Center, Mississippi Department of Education, the six World Class Teaching Program sites, and various schools across the state will be delivering presentations focusing on literacy.

The TLC project is a three-year grant utilizing the expertise of Board-certified teachers in Mississippi to support their colleagues in transforming literacy teaching and learning. These efforts are focused on improving outcomes for students across the state and increasing literacy rates.

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