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MS Writing/Thinking institute, Magee High School Honored

Governor's Partnership Excellence Award
Representatives of Magee High School and the Mississippi Writing/Thinking Institute received a 2013 MAPE Board of Directors Governor's Award, along with representatives from First Baptist Church of Magee and area National Guard employees. Pictured, left to right, are Glenn McGee, Director of MWTI; Cheryl Foster, Associate Director of MWTI; Governor's Office Representative; Glenn Harris, Superintendent; Misty Hannah, Associate Superintendent; Dr. Tom Duncan, Associate Superintendent; Bo Huffman, Principal; Wanda Glisson, Counselor; Anna Smith, English teacher; Debbie Davis, Deputy Superintendent; Brad VanCleave, Pastor.

The Mississippi Writing/Thinking Institute (MWTI), a division of the Center for Educational Partnerships at Mississippi State University, and Magee High School in Simpson County School District were presented with the 2013 Governo's Award at the annual conference of the Mississippi Association of Partners in Education.

The Mississippi Association of Partners in Education annually honors one elementary school, one middle school and one high school in the state for establishing an effective community partnership. Magee High School partnered with First Baptist Church of Magee and the area National Guard to support efforts undertaken by the Mississippi Writing/Thinking Institute to improve instructional practices, yielding increased student achievement scores in reading and writing

The Governor's Award program recognizes creative, results-oriented partnerships that emphasize student achievement in reading, science and math, the arts, fitness and health, community involvement, and many other areas that are vital to academic enrichment.

During a three-year partnership, MWTI's reading and writing instruction experts trained Magee High School English and social studies teachers via workshops, demonstration lessons, and participation in a books study emphasizing strategies for obtaining positive results in educational growth.

“Magee High School believes that highly trained, highly skilled teachers are at the heart of student achievement,” said Bo Huffman, Principal. “During our partnership, MWTI has provided a comprehensive, multilayered professional development plan for improving reading and writing, and we are seeing stronger readers and writers each year.”

The award-winning partnership has yielded a desire by teachers and administrators for future collaborative efforts with other community agencies, according to Mississippi Writing Thinking Institute Associate Director, Cheryl Foster.

“Using the types of processes developed in this project, Magee High School can impact student learning in a positive way, helping students to reach toward their potential,” she said.

For more information, contact Cheryl Foster, cf26@colled.msstate.edu, or visit www.mwti.msstate.edu.


Mississippi Writing Thinking Institute, Yazoo County Schools Honored with Governor's Partnership Excellence Award 2012

Governor's Partnership Excellence Award
Representatives of Yazoo County High School and the Mississippi Writing/Thinking Institute received a 2012 MAPE Board of Directors Partnership Excellence Award. Pictured, left to right, Cheryl Foster, Associate Director, MWTI; Angela Hudson, Federal Programs Director, Yazoo County School District; Rebecca Fisher, Superintendent, Yazoo County School District; William Winter, former Mississippi governor and award presenter.

STARKVILLE, Miss.--The Mississippi Writing/Thinking Institute (MWTI), a division of the Center for Educational Partnerships at Mississippi State University, and Yazoo County High School were recognized recently for their collaborative work with students and teachers.

The Mississippi Association of Partners in Education honored a record 18 school-community partnership programs during the recent 2012 Governor's Awards luncheon, and the MWTI and Yazoo County High School received one of nine Partnership Excellence Awards.

The Governor's Award program recognizes creative, results-oriented partnerships that emphasize student achievement in reading, science and math, the arts, fitness and health, community involvement, and many other areas that are vital to academic enrichment.

During a three-year partnership, MWTI's reading and writing instruction experts trained Yazoo County High School English and language arts teachers, and instructed nearly 400 students annually. A parent literacy night and career fair were also held.

"Yazoo County School District believes that highly trained, highly skilled teachers are at the heart of student achievement," said Superintendent Rebecca Fisher. "During our partnership, MWTI has provided a comprehensive, multilayered professional development plan for improving reading and writing, and we are seeing stronger readers and writers each year."

The award-winning partnership has yielded a desire by teachers and administrators for future collaborative efforts with other community agencies, according to MWTI Associate Director Cheryl Foster.

"Using the types of processes developed in this project, Yazoo County High School can impact student learning in a positive way, helping students to reach toward their potential," said one official.

For more information, contact Dr. Glenn McGee, Director, at 662-325-7777 or gmcgee@colled.msstate.edu, or visit www.mwti.msstate.edu.


Mississippi Teacher Receives 2009 Pat Mitchell Award

Betty Collum
Betty Collum

MISSISSIPPI STATE, MS-- Betty Collum, Eupora elementary teacher, is the 2009 recipient of the Patricia B. Mitchell Memorial Service to the Profession Award. The award is given each year to one exceptional teacher-consultant of the Mississippi Writing/Thinking Institute (MWTI), the state network of seven university sites of the National Writing Project. Presented at the MWTI annual Visioning Retreat, the Pat Mitchell Award honors an educator who continuously gives his or her energy to the work of MWTI or local writing project site by designing and/or leading professional development, leading work groups or research teams, or initiating new ideas to enhance the service capacity of MWTI. The award honors the work of the late Pat Mitchell, a Forest High School teacher and an exemplary teacher-consultant who contributed much to MWTI and its work. The teacher-consultant chosen for this award must be an exceptional classroom teacher who shows leadership at the local school level, must have developed and shared outstanding instructional practices, and must be dedicated to the art and craft of writing.

Collum, a National Board Certified teacher, has also served on the National Technology Liaison Team for the National Writing Project since 2005. She became a teacher-consultant through Mississippi State University Writing/Thinking Project's Summer Institute in 2001.

"Writing opens so many doors for my students," says Betty Collum, fifth grade teacher at Eupora Elementary School. "Writing is part of everything we do and learn."


Betty Collum's Classroom Practice Featured in The Reading Teacher

Betty Collum, MSUWTP's technology liaison, is featured in the March 2008 edition of The Reading Teacher. "Collaborative Literacy: Blogs and Internet Projects" written by Erica Boling, Jill Castek, Lisa Zawilinski, Karen Barton, and Theresa Nierlich describes Betty Collum's use of blogs and Google docs to motivate and engage her fourth-grade readers.

Congratulations, Betty!