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MDE Schedules Regional Literacy Meetings for Parents of K-3 Students

by Xi Guo | Jan 23, 2017

Carey M. Wright, Ed.D., State Superintendent of Education

Office of Communications & Legislative Support
Patrice Guilfoyle, APR, Director of Communications *601-359-3706 *FAX:  601-359-3033
Jean Cook, Communications Specialist *601-359-3519


For Immediate Release: January 23, 2017

MDE Schedules Regional Literacy Meetings for Parents of K-3 Students

JACKSON, Miss – In an effort to assist school districts with the implementation of the Literacy-Based Promotion Act, the Mississippi Department of Education is conducting regional meetings for parents of Kindergarten through 3rd grade students. Parents will receive an overview of the legislation and assessment, as well as strategies that can be used at home to help improve reading outcomes for children. 

The Literacy-Based Promotion Act focuses on prevention and intervention to help children develop the reading skills required for 4th grade.  The legislation requires that 3rd grade students who do not meet reading standards by the end of the school year will not be promoted to 4th grade, unless they meet standards for exemption.

The Literacy-Based Promotion Act has made reading instruction a major focus of Kindergarten through 3rd grade. Throughout the school year, teachers have been providing intensive reading instruction to students reading below grade level. Parent involvement is also critical to students’ success. 

“Parents are their child’s first teacher, and reading with children is a proven way to promote early literacy,” said Dr. Kymyona Burk, state literacy director. “By reading with children for 20 minutes per day and making a few simple strategies a part of their daily routine, parents can make a positive impact on their child’s success in school.”

Parent meeting dates and locations:

All meetings will be held from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. No registration is required.






Thursday, February 16, 2017




Oxford Conference Center

102 Ed Perry Blvd Oxford, MS 38655


Tuesday, February 21, 2017



Jackson (North)

McWillie Elementary School 

4851 McWillie Circle                Jackson, MS 39206


Tuesday, February 21, 2017


Jackson (South)


Bates Elementary School

3180 McDowell Road Ext. Jackson, MS 39204


Tuesday, February 21, 2017



MSU Kahlmus Auditorium

1000 Hwy 19 N

Meridian, MS 39307


Thursday, February 23, 2017








Harrison County School District Center for Excellence

          11072 Hwy 49                  

Gulfport, MS 39503


Monday, February 27, 2017



Delta State University

Jacob Center (Ewing Hall)

         Highway 8 West                Cleveland, MS 38733


Tuesday, February 28, 2017



Woodall Center 

906 Sullivan Drive

Hattiesburg, MS 39401


Schools and parents are encouraged to download and share the meeting announcement:

Please direct questions to Dr. Kymyona Burk, state literacy director, at or 601-359-2586.





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