62 schools across Mississippi will use Digital Learning Coach Program. 

The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) will deploy digital learning coaches to 62 schools across the state to help build the capacity of teachers and administrators to use educational technology to improve student outcomes.

The coaches are part of the Mississippi Connects initiative, which provides every public-school student in Mississippi with the technology to learn. The selected schools are in the 29 school districts that submitted applications to MDE for digital learning coaching support. Schools were selected based on the highest level of need and the expertise and the proximity of coaches.

MDE’s digital learning coaches will work with school leadership to select a cohort of four to six teachers to receive individualized coaching support throughout the 2021-22 school year. The teachers will receive weekly coaching conferences, classroom observations, collaborative lesson planning, modeling and co-teaching. Coaches also will provide schoolwide support including digital learning planning and professional development.

“Educational technology provides teachers with new opportunities to help students learn and collaborate in innovative ways,” said Dr. Carey Wright, state superintendent of education. “The digital learning coaching program is designed to help teachers effectively use technology to advance student learning.”

The Mississippi Connects initiative made Mississippi the only state in the nation with a digital learning program that includes computer devices for all students and teachers, software to deliver instruction, enhanced internet connectivity, professional development for digital teaching and learning, and increased access to telehealth/teletherapy.

Districts Selected for the 2021-22 Digital Learning Coach Program:

Columbus Municipal School District

Covington County School District

East Jasper School District

East Tallahatchie School District

Franklin County School District

Greenville Public School District

Hazlehurst City School District

Hollandale School District

Itawamba County

Jackson Public School District

Scott County School District

Laurel School District

Lawrence County School District

Leland School District

Marshall County

Natchez-Adams

Nettleton School District

North Bolivar Consolidated School District

North Tippah Schools

Noxubee County School District

Okolona Municipal School District

Pearl River County School District

Perry County

Pontotoc City School District

Pontotoc County School District

Wayne County School District

West Bolivar Consolidated School District

West Tallahatchie School District

Winona-Montgomery Consolidated School District

 

Full descriptions of coaching support can be found in Digital Learning Coach Program: Coaching Supports.

Press Release

8/9/2021