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2017 Reading, Literacy & Learning Virtual Conference

T45 - Mississippi Momentum: Teacher Preparation for Early Literacy Instruction--Findings and Lessons From a Statewide Study

Nov 9, 2017 5:00pm ‐ Nov 9, 2017 6:00pm

Standard: $20.00


A representative from the Barksdale Reading Institute (BRI) and lead author will describe a Statewide Study of all fifteen teacher preparation programs in Mississippi to assess how well pre-service candidates are being prepared to teach reading. The study began with 4 essential questions which led to 9 key findings and 3 big ideas for improving teacher preparation for early literacy in Mississippi. The Study was conducted in collaboration with the Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL). Educator Preparation Program participation in the Study was voluntary and unanimous and included both public and private institutions. At the completion of the Study the Governor of Mississippi established a Task Force to develop action plans for addressing all of the Studys recommendations.

Learning Outcome:

  • ACCOMMODATIONS: Identify the critical elements in a disability document that will support the accommodation requests for students with learning disabilities.

Disclosure: Kelly Butler and Linda Farrell have no relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose.


  • Kelly Butler, Ed.M., Director of Policy & Partnerships, The Barksdale Reading Institute
  • Linda Farrell, M.Ed., MBA, Founding Partner, Readsters

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