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Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, Division of Adult Education and Literacy

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Contact and lead agency

Cindy Heimbach, Grenada Education Center

423 South Line Street
Grenada, MS 38901

Phone: 662-227-6101
Fax: 662-226-7462

Professional development system

The adult education program is administered by the Mississippi Community College Board. They are the sponsoring agency for this project.

The Mississippi Community College Board's Adult Basic Education program requires all teachers to attend a minimum of 20 hours of state approved professional development education per year. State Professional Development Trainers develop workshops for state training and local training based on the needs of instructors. Sandy Crist, the State Program Specialist, develops all professional development which is delivered at workshops, through videos, and at regional and state conferences. These are guided by evaluation reports from professional development events, feedback from the Mississippi Adult Basic Education (ABE) Self-Assessment Instrument for professional development (submitted yearly from ABE Directors), and Federal mandates.

STAR implementation

Mississippi ABE is concerned about applying knowledge of evidence-based reading instruction (EBRI) to classroom practice. The state goal is to see evidence-based reading instruction implemented into all of the 29 ABE programs. Nationally certified STAR trainers Vickie Barksdale, Amy Bennett, Priscilla Burns, and Cindy Heimbach plan and deliver three STAR Institutes, a STAR follow-up meeting, and provide technical assistance support to those implementing EBRI into their program and classes. The state seeks to increase teachers' knowledge and use of EBRI. They will continue to improve the capacity of adult education programs to support EBRI. The state trainers deliver training and technical assistance to increase teachers' knowledge and use of EBRI. The state seeks to improve adult reading by using explicit and systematic instruction in each of the four reading components by providing techniques and tools for conducting diagnostic reading assessment and providing strategies and resources for teaching the four reading components. Trainers provide technical assistance to ensure that EBRI is used to improve reading achievement in the adult basic education programs.

Programs wishing to participate complete a Program Profile Form and establish a team of administrators, teachers, and support staff who attend STAR training and implement STAR in their local program. Programs are chosen based on their openness to programmatic change, managed enrollment, team planning, and implementation of the evidence-based STAR model. STAR institutes are held each year.