2017 Principals' Institute - 25th Anniversary

Millsaps College Principals' Institute, Learning and Leadership since 1993

Empowered to Lead and to Learn

June 11-16, 2017 - 25th Anniversary


Principals InstituteThe Millsaps College Principals' Institute began because of the vision of a group of Mississippi principals who attended the Harvard Principals' Summer Institute. They wanted a similar experience available for principals closer to home. Dr. Jeanne Middleton-Hairston, professor in the Department of Education at Millsaps, explored funding possibilities and in November 1992 the Institute was awarded charter grants from BellSouth Foundation, Mississippi Power Education Foundation, and The Phil Hardin Foundation. The first Summer Institute was held in July 1993.

2016 Principals' Institute Participants


Our Mission

The Principals' Institute, housed in the Education Department at Millsaps College, is committed to the personal and professional growth of principals as educational leaders in order to improve the quality of education, increase support of school principals and benefit all children in our schools.



Advisory Board

Dr. Lynnette McNeil, Chair
Principal, Oakdale Elementary School

Dr. Donna Boone
Superintendent, Quitman School District

Jean Massey
Associate State Superintendent, MS Department of Education

Dr. Catherine Wasson
Professor, Belhaven College

Dr. Sara Harper
Principal, McWillie Elementary School

Tracey Taylor Gregory
Principal, Webster Elementary School

Bobby Hathorn
Principal (Retired), Clinton Public School District

Teresa Duke
Federal Programs, Clinton Public School District

Temeka Shannon
Principal, Verona Elementary School

Charlotte Seals
Assistant Superintendent, Madison County School

Dr. Greg Carlyle
Principal, Heritage Academy

Chris Perritt
Principal, Germantown Middle School

Torrey Hampton
Principal, Woolfolk Middle School


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2017 Schedule

Sunday, June 11
Registration and Orientation – Millsaps College Campus

Monday, June 12
Collaboration & Teambuilding – Eagle Ridge and Millsaps College Campus

Tuesday, June 13
Dr. Steve Barkley

Wednesday, June 14
Principal EL

Thursday, June 15
Principal Baruti Kafele

Friday, June 16
Home Group Presentations and Closing



2017 Speakers

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Dr. Stephen BarkleyDr. Stephen Barkley

A riveting motivational speaker, Steve Barkley’s unique, skill-based presentation will combine education theory with practical applications. In this session, Steve explores the relationship between instructional coaches and administrators, and how an effective coaching program can produce teacher change, student achievement and desired staff involvement.

For the past 30 years, Steve has served as a consultant to school districts, teacher organizations, state departments of education, and colleges and universities nationally and internationally, facilitating the changes necessary for them to reach students and successfully prepare them for the 21st century. A prolific published author (Questions for Life: Powerful Strategies to Guide Critical Thinking, Tapping Student Effort: Increasing Student Achievement, Quality Teaching in a Culture of Coaching, Second Edition, WOW! Adding Pizzazz to Teaching and Learning, Second Edition), his weekly blog, Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud, has evolved into a go-to resource for teachers and administrators all over the world.


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Principal Salome Thomas-ELPrincipal Salome Thomas-EL

“Every child needs someone to be crazy about them.” These are the words of Salome Thomas-EL, award-winning teacher, principal, and nationally recognized educator. They shape his lifelong commitment to answering the question, “How do we ensure that every child achieves their greatest potential?” This question lies at the heart of the national dialogue on education policy, the day in and day out work of school personnel, and the hopes of every parent. Central to this challenge is how we succeed with children who are facing the most serious barriers to success: poverty, violence, neglect, and low expectations.

For over 20 years, Principal EL has taken on this challenge with the absolute belief that every child can and will learn as long as adults in their world care enough to not give up. Starting as a teacher and chess coach at Vaux Middle School and through his years as principal at several traditional public and charter schools, Thomas-EL has transformed the attitudes and strategies of school staff, parents, and members of the community to help hundreds of troubled children not only graduate from high school but go on to earn higher degrees from major colleges and universities. He is currently the Head of School at Thomas Edison Charter School in Wilmington, Delaware. Principal EL received national acclaim as a teacher and chess coach at Vaux Middle School, where his students have gone on to win world recognition as Eight-Time National Chess Champions. He was a regular contributor on the first season of The Dr. Oz Show and is the author of the best-selling books, I Choose to Stay, about his Vaux Middle School experience, and The Immortality of Influence (foreword by Will Smith), which stresses the importance of leadership, mentoring, parenting, and service to others. The Walt Disney Company has optioned the movie rights to I Choose to Stay.

Thomas-EL speaks to groups across the country and frequently appears on C-SPAN, CNN, and NPR. Principal EL recently appeared on The Oprah Radio Network and was recognized by Reader’s Digest as an “Inspiring American Icon.”


Thursday, June 15, 2017

Principal Baruti KafelePrincipal Baruti Kafele

Based on Principal Kafele’s best selling book, Closing the Attitude Gap: How to Fire Up Your Students to Strive for Success, Principal Kafele asserts that the various gaps in student achievement continue to rank amongst the most important discussions in education today. Equally important for educators is the continued lack of student motivation, undesirable student behaviors and apathy towards achievement across racial, ethnic and socioeconomic lines. In this high-energy, interactive workshop, Principal Kafele argues that one of the greatest difficulties to closing the various achievement gaps is the overwhelming assumption that achievement is in fact, the problem. He says that the achievement gap is a consequence of the failure to adequately address what he calls, the Attitude Gap (the gap between those students who have the will to strive for academic excellence and those who do not) that continues to persist in American classrooms.




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Contact Us

For more information regarding any of these programs and sponsorships, contact Cindy Martin, Director of the Principals' Institute, at 601.974.1354.