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Thanks to everyone who made it a priority to attend the MASS/Alliance Winter Conference in January. We regret that the winter storm prevented some of our members from attending, especially in north Mississippi. But those who were able to safely drive to Jackson experienced an informative event and outstanding opportunities for professional and personal networking.
Having a strong turnout also made a positive impression on state leaders and legislators who made time in their schedules to attend. With many education-related bills on the legislative docket this session, we want them to know the issues that are top-of-mind for MASS and what they can do to strengthen public education in Mississippi.
We also appreciate our conference sponsors whose generosity made it possible to present a top-tier event for Mississippi’s education community.
For every conference, we do our best to present enlightening forums, speakers and sessions that help us carry out our mission more effectively. In January, our agenda covered topics ranging from school safety, crisis communications and cybersecurity to family engagement, arts education and financial planning.
There was even a session on using artificial intelligence in school districts, a topic we plan to expand on during our Summer Conference July 6-10 at Beau Rivage in Biloxi. Please make plans to attend—you won't be disappointed!
Phillip G BurchfieldExecutive Director
MS School Superintendents
MS Public Schools
Public School Students
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As a leading advocate for quality public education, the Mississippi Association of School Superintendents provides a comprehensive set of professional learning opportunities that equip educational administrators to inspire students to reach their fullest potential every day.
Ms. Shemekia L. RankinP. O. Box 785
Ms. Inita Owen214 Critz St. N.
Mr. Hilute HudsonP. O. Box 219
Dr. Robert PicouP. O. Box 557
Dr. Matt DillonP. O. Drawer 523
July 6 - 10, 2024
875 Beach Blvd.
Biloxi, MS 39530
Registration will open in March.
More information will be available in April.
A tentative agenda will be available in March.
Relevance of topic to targeted audience or theme of the convention is the primary consideration.
MASS has been a great service provider for many years. I have known them for a longtime and they have always been a valued partner when it comes to building greater accountability in public education.
As a newcomer to MASS, I am encouraged by the organization’s steps to equip its members. Resources such as the webinar series add great value and offer insights that help us do our job even better.
MASS started the mentorship program and new superintendent’s network during my first year as a superintendent. I must say this program jumpstarted my career in the positive direction and guided me through my entire first year.
As a member of MASS, I am not alone. The network of MASS members is a professional resource in itself that provides me with best practices and support in leading my district. As we enter these unprecedented times of educating children, MASS is providing me with timely information in weekly webinars with experts and professionals that assist me in building a plan for our schools. While leading in challenging times, we are not leading alone. MASS is with us through it all.
The MASS organization exemplifies what an educational organization should be: committing itself to growing school leaders professionally, creating a network among its members and leadership for support, and investing in the continual success of children in each district of the state. MASS has offered me multiple avenues of professional growth through its relevant conferences, but more importantly, it provides a network of colleagues to help me navigate the superintendency and to improve the education for children in my district.
Since 2008, I have had the opportunity to attend all Summer and Winter Mississippi Association of School Superintendents' conferences. In addition, I have attended many professional opportunities sponsored by MASS over this same period. Regardless of whether I attended as a principal, assistant superintendent, or superintendent, I always experienced tremendous professional growth from each session or meeting. I am grateful to MASS for each of these opportunities and proudly serve as a member of the board of directors for the premier educational organization in the state.
As a new superintendent a few years ago, I found the leadership of MASS to be invaluable as I learned to navigate on the road of the superintendency. Participating in the monthly sessions with my fellow colleagues provided me with a team that I can call anytime to face the challenges of leading a school district. Being a part of MASS also affords me life-long friendships beyond the superintendency. As we collectively work to meet the needs of students in Mississippi, I am honored to be a member of an organization that not only focuses on the professional growth of superintendents. It also focuses on the development of school and district personnel through webinars and its annual conferences.