Mississippi Education Partnership Conference begins in Hattiesburg

Mississippi Education Partnership Conference begins in Hattiesburg

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Teachers and administrators from all over the state have gathered in the Hub City for the annual Mississippi Education Partnership Conference.

The Mississippi Association of Partners and Education has teamed up with the Program of Research and Evaluation for Public Schools once again to put on the annual Mississippi Education Partnership Conference.

“We do this in hopes of strengthening education because there is so much going on in education right now with the teacher shortage, funding in education and there are just so many problems,” said executive director of PREPS, Ben Burnett. "So we need to use all our available resources to really partner together.”

The two-day conference is put on to celebrate achievements and collaborations in schools across the state. Educators from most schools in the state are participating in this event. The two-day event consists of national-level education speakers, a job fair and breakout sessions that focus on the concerns of administrators, teachers, interns and community partners.

"We just want to bring together educators with businesses and just all come together and work toward building partnerships to strengthen our communities and education,” said Elizabeth Withers-Minchew, executive director of MAPE.

Administrators said attending the conference is a great way for educators to work together to better their schools.

“It’s so important that as educators, we’re in a social realm,” said Dr. Zach Boste, Central Elementary principal. “It’s important for us to network and meet new people. I have friends all the time that I’ve met at past conferences that I’ll call and say, ‘Hey, what’s going on at your school that I can help benefit my school?’ So, the network aspect of it is the socialness of getting this network together is really important.”

The conference will continue Tuesday at 8 a.m. There will be a Governor’s Award Luncheon at noon where several schools will be getting various awards.

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