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Back to School: SOE Hosts First Instagram Contest

by UM School of Education on August 15, 2016

Back to School (1)It’s almost syllabus week and we want to celebrate with our first-ever Instagram contest! The School of Education is giving away Amazon gift cards to three lucky winners with the best “back to school” photos. Take a selfie or gather with your best friends during the first week of class (Aug. 22-26).

Here’s how to enter:

  1. Take a photo: Capture your back to school picture at the SOE
  2. Upload it: Share the photo to your Instagram
  3. Follow and Tag: Follow and tag @OleMissEdSchool
  4. Vote: Comment to vote for your favorite finalist on the SOE Instagram

The contest will begin Monday, August 22, and end on Friday. The next week, four finalists will be chosen by faculty and staff and featured on the SOE Instagram for voting starting on Monday, August 29. The top three photos with the most votes win Amazon gift cards.

  • 1st place = $100 Amazon gift card
  • 2nd place = $50 Amazon gift card
  • 3rd place = $25 Amazon gift card

Be sure to check the SOE Facebook and Instagram for contest updates!




5 Ways the SOE is Growing

by UM School of Education on August 2, 2016

5waysblogIf you can’t wait for fall, you’re not alone! Faculty and students are returning to the Ole Miss campus and there is much to be excited about at the UM School of Education (SOE). More than ever, we are seeing measurable growth across our school in terms of our programs, fund-raising, enrollment and more. Here are a handful of ways the SOE is growing.

  • The Ed.D. Boom: For the first time, there will be more than 100 Ed.D. students enrolled at UM this fall. In the last two years, the SOE has launched three “Hybrid” Ed.D. programs that combine online and face-to-face learning for education professionals. Programs in higher education, K-12 educational leadership and secondary mathematics education can be completed in three years.
  • METP Expands: With the largest cohort to date (30 students from 9 states), the Mississippi Excellence in Teaching Program now has an average incoming ACT score of 29.7. The most valuable teacher education scholarship in the nation, METP offers four years of tuition, room and board, study abroad and much more! For the first time, METP will now accept elementary education majors!
  • Annual Giving Growth: In the past 12 months, the SOE has seen the most philanthropic support in its 113-year history. With pledged commitments ranging from $25 to $250,000, the SOE is now home to new endowments such as the Bob Depro Education Excellence Scholarship Endowment for Social Studies Majors, which will help social studies teachers pay tuition for graduate school!
  • Online M.Ed. for Pre-K Educators: The SOE is proud to induct its first cohort of educators into UM’s new online M.Ed. in early childhood education. The degree is offered 100 percent online and is the only master’s degree of its kind offered in Mississippi. Graduates will qualify to receive license endorsements from the Mississippi Department of Education.
  • Savvy Stats for Freshmen: Incoming freshmen are sharper than ever at UM and the SOE is no exception! The average incoming ACT score for education majors has risen a full point in the past year to 25.5. Today, the SOE is home to nearly 1,000 UM undergraduates.

By A. M. Abernathy

CELI Hosts Training for IHL Faculty

by UM School of Education on June 30, 2016

CELI LETRSDuring the week of June 27, the Center for Excellence in Literacy Instruction (CELI) and Barkdale Reading Institute (BRI) partnered to provide a Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling (LETRS) professional development opportunity for IHL reading faculty from 12 different colleges or universities across the state.

Faculty who complete the training and pass an assessment, will be able to use the LETRS modules in pre-service teacher training at their respective colleges and universities. Institutions represented include: Alcorn State University, Belhaven University, Blue Mountain College, Delta State University, Jackson State University, Mississippi College, Mississippi University for Women, Mississippi Valley State University, Tougaloo College, University of Mississippi, University of Southern Mississippi and William Carey University.

The IHL faculty participating in this LETRS opportunity are at a tremendous advantage for meeting any requirements developed by Governor’s Task Force on Teacher Preparation for Early Literacy in the future.  Mississippi’s focus on early literacy demands that pre-service teachers are prepared to meet the needs of p-12 students on day one of their professional careers.

The LETRS modules are also offered to in-service teachers across the state by the Mississippi Department of Education.


5 Things You Need to Know About SOE Graduation

by UM School of Education on May 5, 2016

gradblog16Graduation is just days away! Here are five things you need to know for successful graduation planning: 

  1. When & Where?

The morning convocation will convene in the historic Grove at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 14, 2016. SOE students should arrive to Convocation by 8:30 a.m. and line up in front of the Cochran National Products Center (pharmacy school). The SOE’s ceremony will take place on the Grove Main Stage at 11 a.m. Candidates for degree must arrive no later than 10:15 a.m.

For information related to your name card/reader card or academic regalia refer to the SOE Graduation webpage.

  1. What if it rains?

In the event of inclement weather, a decision to move the ceremony will be made no later than Saturday, May 14 at 8 a.m. If moved, the morning Convocation will be held at 9:30 a.m. at The Pavilion and there will NOT be a processional. You can find the schedule and rain locations for individual or specific ceremonies here. The School of Education ceremony would be held at 2:30 p.m. in the Tad Smith Coliseum if there is inclement weather.

  1. Where can my family park?

All parking is open, but arrive early—campus will fill up quick! For safety reasons, parking is not permitted along roadways, sidewalks or grassy areas. For up-to-date parking information refer to the interactive map, commencement parking PDF, or visit the designated parking website.

  1. Where do I pick up my cap and gown?

Students should pick up their caps and gowns from the Union Ballroom, Wednesday, May 11, through Friday, May 13, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday, May 14, 7-9 a.m. If you are graduating with Latin honors: summa cum laude, magna cum laude or cum laude, your academic college/school will have your honor cords. Please pick them up from your academic college/school. If unsure where to pick up items from your academic college/school, contact the Dean’s Office. Regional campus students must pick up their cap and gowns at their home campuses.

  1. When will I receive my diploma?

Diplomas will be mailed in June or July for May graduates, and in September for August graduates. Diplomas will not be mailed if you have a Bursar, Financial Aid or Library hold.


Congratulations graduates!

“The University is respected, but Ole Miss is loved.

The University gives a diploma and regretfully terminates tenure,

but one never graduates from Ole Miss.” – Frank E. Everett, Jr.








UM Counselor Education Students Host Hygiene Drive for Lovepacks

by UM School of Education on May 2, 2016


Ole Miss basketball player Stefan Moody (middle) showed up during the SOE's Hygiene Drive for Lovepacks on April 30.

Ole Miss basketball player Stefan Moody (middle) showed up during the SOE’s Hygiene Drive for Lovepacks on April 30.

Nearly a dozen SOE graduate students in counselor education volunteered their time on Saturday, April 30, as part of a Hygiene Drive at a local CVS Pharmacy to benefit Oxford Lovepacks, a nonprofit that supports children in the Lafayette and Oxford schools by providing children with food—and other essential items—in a safe and confidential way.

The group collected essential hygiene items including more than 300 toothbrushes, 300 tubes of toothpaste and more than 100 bars of soap. The goods were sent to Lovepacks, which will deliver the items to local school counselors to give to children in need.

“Lovepacks is a fantastic organization and does a great job in our community,” said Amanda Winburn, assistant professor of counselor education and the coordinator of the event. “We wanted to do a hygiene drive for Lovepacks because, though we may not think about it, some children may not always have easy access to these items.” [Read More…]