Teacher Education Services and Programs
The Institute for First-Year Teachers was established in 1993 at MUW to provide a support for beginning teachers. The Institute received an Award of Excellence in 1994 from the Mississippi Public Educaton Forum. The annual event is held jointly with the Mississippi Hall of Master Teachers ceremonies.
The Mississippi Governor's School, which was first held in 1981, is a summer residential program serving rising high school juniors and seniors from public, private, and parochial schools in all sections of Mississippi. MUW provides full scholarships to participants.
Since 1994, the Teacher Education Unit has received Eisenhower and No Child Left Behind Grantsfrom Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning. These grants have provided local teachers with enrichment in science, mathematics, and social studies.
The Sonia Kovalesvsky High School Mathematics Day, begun in 1998, provides a day of mathematics activities organized for high school girls and their teachers. The purpose is to encourage and inspire young women to continue their study of mathematics and prepare for possible careers in mathematics-related fields. Participating teachers benefit from inservice workshops.
Since 1992, the Teacher Education unit has provided, in conjunction with the Mississippi Forestry Commission, Project Learning Tree workshops each semester.
Teacher Education faculty members serve as active resources for the educational community through publication, presentations at state, national, and international meetings, and staff development consultation for area schools.