Tupelo event will offer curriculum, technology training for teachers, administrators

Registration is open today for Mississippi educators to hear the latest on teaching methods and technology in the classroom at the Mississippi Education Symposium, hosted by Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, on Oct. 29 in Tupelo.

“This is an opportunity to hear from cutting-edge experts in education,” Lt. Gov. Reeves said. “We have many teachers in the Mississippi schools that work hard and really want to see their students succeed. I hope this symposium assists them in embracing and feeling comfortable implementing these new technologies and innovative teaching methods to reach students and raise the level of academic achievement.”

The Symposium will feature former U.S. Secretary of Education, Dr. William Bennett. The event, co-sponsored by the Mississippi Department of Education, will begin at 9 a.m. at the BancorpSouth Conference Center, 375 East Main St., in Tupelo.

Dr. Bennett, one of America’s most important, influential and respected voices on cultural, political, and education issues, explains that the industry is in need of an educational symposiums such as this one hosted by Lt. Gov. Reeves. “Because of Mississippi’s vision, educators will be able to effectively implement state-of-the-art curriculum and technologies in their schools, and in return, their students will walk out into the world prepared to think critically, collaborate, and engage as global citizens,” Dr. Bennett said.

The symposium will provide educators with materials for implementing higher academic standards in the classroom, strategies for teaching English and math courses, and applying technology to teaching techniques. Beanstalk Innovation, a leader in k-12 education innovation chaired by Dr. Bennett, in partnership with Corwin play a key role in bringing together state of the art resources needed to provide this world-class opportunity for educators in Mississippi.

“This symposium is an excellent opportunity for Mississippi’s educators to hear from leaders in their field and to apply what they’ve learned in the classroom,” said Interim State Superintendent of Education, Dr. Lynn House. “I appreciate Lt. Gov. Reeves hosting this event, and his continued dedication to improving public education in the state of Mississippi.”

The event will include Dr. Andrea Honigsfeld, author and associate dean in education at Molloy College in New York; Harry Dickens, author and technology director for the Arkansas Public School Resource Center; and former Mississippi principal Dr. Billy Ray Jones, founder and executive director of Superior Learning and Leadership.

Beanstalk Innovation is comprised of a core team of educational experts who have been working together in the educational publishing and technology industry for over two decades and has been instrumental in supporting the evolution of educational technology from a classroom tool that supplements instruction, into a dynamic marketplace where new technologies are impacting the teaching and learning infrastructure. In addition, Corwin is the premier publisher of professional learning resources and educational institutes that equip PreK–12 educators with innovative tools to improve teaching and learning.

Attendees can earn credit toward continuing education requirements. The registration fee will include the cost of the conference, professional development materials and online curriculum resources. The first 600 full-time Mississippi public school educators will receive a registration fee discount. The conference is open to both public and private school educators. RSVP to

Lt. Gov Tate Reeves Press Release