2017 Principals' Institute



Millsaps College Principals' Institute, Learning and Leadership since 1993

25th Annual Principals’ Summer Institute - June 11-16, 2017


The 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.

The Institute appreciates continued support from the CREATE Foundation and gifts from John Morgan Douglass, Canizaro Cawthon Davis Architects, Paul McNeill, Training Resources Associates and gifts in memoriam of principal Valerie Vanessa Lovelady.


2016 Principals' Institute Participants


"The Millsaps Principals' Institute has made me a better principal."
- Willie McInnis, principal

"I am convinced that the Millsaps [Principals'] Summer Institute is not merely informative; it is transformative for all of us."
- Roland Barth, founder, Harvard Principals' Center


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.


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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
Presenter to be announced

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

Presenter to be announced.


Tuesday, June 13, 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.



Contact Us

For more information regarding any of these programs, contact Principals' Institute at 601.974.1354.