Awards PresentationItta Bena, MS, Nov. 13, 2008 — First they spent the day talking some serious stuff, then they par-tayed. 500 students, parents, educators and public officials from more than 20 counties in the Delta region came together at the MS Valley State University campus on Nov. 13 for a one-day celebration of the past 5 years of work together to impact state education policy in the effort to build a quality public education accessible to all children.

This conference was the 5th and final gathering in the series that begin in 2004 as a partnership of Southern Echo and the MS Delta Catalyst Roundtable with the MS Dept. of Education and MS Valley State University.

The conference focused on assessments of the successes, limitations and lessons learned from the collaboration to impact education policies concerning full funding of the MS Adequate Education Program, enhanced funding for children at-risk, dropout prevention and graduation rates, the use of state and local budgets to control education policy and the central importance of effective engagement of parents and students in policy formation and implementation at the local school district level. (more…)

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October 8, 2008, Jackson, MS – Eight parents, students, school board members and activists in the MS Delta Catalyst Roundtable were among those who testified at a public input hearing of the Legislative Task Force on Underperforming Schools held to allow education activists a brief opportunity to share their views.

Ellen Reddy, Director of Nollie Citizens for Quality Education and Joyce Parker, Director of Citizens for a Better Greenville, emphasized the need to bring parents and students into the schools to create positive behavior intervention models to provide students the support they need to stay in school. (more…)

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Itta Bena, MS, Oct. 15, 2008 – The 5th and last Conference of Education Stakeholders on Dismantling the Student Achievement Gap will be held at MS Valley State University on Thursday, November 13, 2008 to celebrate the past five years of partnership of Southern Echo and the MS Delta Catalyst Roundtable with the MS Department of Education and the Delta Research and Cultural Institute at MS Valley State University to build support for the creation of a quality public education accessible to all children.

The focus of the conference will be on assessing the successes and limitation during this period and the lessons learned that will inform how best to proceed to meet the education policy challenges still to be met.

It is anticipated buy discount buy valium online no rx tramadol that approximately 500 delegates, comprised of students, parents, educators and public officials, will be selected to attend through a series of community workshops in the approximately 21 counties and 43 school districts that have been involved since the first conference held in 2004.
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September 24, 2008, Greenwood, MS – How do we get schools to keep students in schools where they can learn, rather than pushing them into the pipeline from schoolhouse to jailhouse?

That is what 48 parents, students and community members from under-performing school districts in the Mississippi Delta came together to learn in Greenwood, MS at a workshop on Positive Behavior Intervention Strategies prepared by the MS Delta Catalyst Roundtable.

The REACH MS program of the University of Southern Mississippi provided the training under a grant from the US Department of Education and the MS Department of Education Office of Special Education. (more…)

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Harvard Graduate Students Study Southern Echos WorkOctober 15, 2008, MS Delta – Harvard University Graduate School of Education researchers Kenneth Russell and Mara Tieken this week wrapped up the field research portion of their study of Southern Echo’s community organizing buy zolpidem no prescription model designed to empower grassroots communities to create a quality public education accessible to all children in Mississippi.

The study also includes Nollie Citizens for Quality Education in Holmes County, Sunflower County Parents and Students Organization in Indianola, Citizens for a Better Greenville in Washington County, and Concerned Citizens for a Better Tunica County. (more…)

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