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Principals' Institute

Fall Workshops

September 10, 2014
(9:00 am-3:00pm)
Larry Bell - "Effectively Teaching Common Core While Closing the Gap(s)"
Participants will learn a  powerful activity every grade level should do to prepare students for Common Core; ten step "Lesson Plan" for teaching complex, in-depth lessons; 32 ways to review material students missed the first time; how to prepare students to successfully take a standardized test on the computer; and three ways to teach the concept of inferences to struggling learners.

September 24, 2014
(9:00 am-3:00pm)
Mark McLeod - "Classroom Management and Student Motivation for Academic Success"
This interactive, highly motivational workshop for K-12 classroom teachers, school administrators and other school staff will provide participants with evidence based strategies to enhance learning, build self-esteem, and create optimal learning environments for diverse learners. Mark will provide teaching strategies and classroom management techniques that will motivate students to excel!

October 1, 2014
(9:00 am-3:00pm)
Chuck Benigno -"School Leadership….A Game of Inches: Principals– the Key to Greatness"
Dr. Chuck Benigno, motivational speaker and author of "Teaching: Excellence or Survival?" will conduct this high-energy presentation using educational research, music and video clips to celebrate the tremendous impact administrators have in creating  special places to work and learn.  Educators will be introduced to Leadership Styles, Team Building, Classroom Management, Differentiating Instruction, Strategies for State Testing, Test Score Analysis, New Accountability Model, Motivating Students and Staff and Creating a “Culture of Excellence

October 28-29, 2014
(9:00 am-3:00pm)
Steve Barkley – "Building Teachers’ Skills: Increasing Student Learning"
Today’s learning standards cannot be met by teachers working in isolation or franchises.  Few teachers are equipped to work as team members requiring school leaders to develop effective teams.   Topics will include: Leading with Questions; exploration of 11 questioning protocols used to plan critical conversations that produce action; using School improvement Plans to gain student achievement; creating professional learning communities; moving teachers from sharing to teaming and taking shared responsibility for student achievement; and encouraging and coaching effective  teams.


Fall Workshop Registration (PDF)

Principals’ Summer Institute

23rd annual "Principals’ Summer Institute"
June 7-12, 2015
Designed specifically for school leaders. 
Click these links for the schedule and registration forms.
Our speakers can be reviewed here.

For more information regarding any of these programs, contact Dr. Ledora Overby Harris, Director at 601-974-1354 or 601-955-1673.

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.

"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

About the Institute

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.


2014 Principals' Summer Institute Participants