PREP honors several N. E. Miss. schools

The Program of Research and Evaluation for Public Schools (PREP) has selected several area schools to receive the Value Added Award. The award recognizes schools from across the state which are "adding value" to their instructional programs and performing better than other schools with comparable socioeconomic circumstances.

Schools being honored include: Lawhon Elementary School, Thomas Street Elementary School and Joyner Elementary School, all of Tupelo; East Corinth Elementary School of Corinth; Amory Elementary School of Amory; Biggersville Elementary School of Corinth; and Glendale Elementary School of Glen.

Sarah Isom Center hosts luncheon

The Sarah Isom Center for Women's Studies at the University of Mississippi will open its brown bag luncheon series for the spring semester on Jan. 22 with a panel discussion by several members of the Ole Miss Women's Council for Philanthropy.

"New Directions for Women's Leadership at Ole Miss" will be at noon in the first floor auditorium of the Croft Building, the Isom Center's new home. The panel discussion will focus on the leadership and mentorship aspects of the council scholarships which will be awarded to three men and three women beginning in the fall.

The brown bag luncheon series is free and open to the public. For more information, call Dr. Deborah Barker at (662) 915-7758.

Ole Miss offers free lectures in January

The University of Mississippi's Center for the Study of Southern Culture will have a brown bag luncheon program at noon Jan. 24 in the Barnard Observatory lecture hall.

"Promoting Geography in Mississippi's Schools: The Mississippi Geography Alliance" will be discussed by Dr. Taylor E. Mack, assistant professor of geosciences at Mississippi State University. Mack is also executive director of the Mississippi Geography Alliance, an organization which promotes and enhances K-12 geographic education.

On Jan. 31, journalist Curtis Wilkie of New Orleans, a Boston Globe Southern correspondent, will discuss "Covering the South from the Boston Globe."

The lectures are free and open to the public. For more information, call (662) 915-5993.

NASA consortium sets annual conference

Elementary school teachers from across the state gather at the University of Mississippi later this month for some out-of-this-world help in turning math and science into down-to-earth fun for their students.

The Mississippi NASA Space Grant Consortium's annual conference, set Jan. 26-27, features workshops and demonstrations designed to help teachers get pupils excited about studying science. The conference is aimed at fourth- and fifth-grade teachers.

The conference features sessions on physics, astronomy, mathematics, biology and environmental education. Lt. Gov. Amy Tuck delivers the conference's keynote address, and other presenters include Luther Brown, director of the Delta Center at Delta State University; David Rock, associate professor of curriculum and instruction at UM; Jim Hill and Craig Hodges of the Rainwater Observatory and Planetarium; Sandra Harpole, professor of physics at Mississippi State University; and Marjorie Holland, director of the UM Center for Water and Wetlands Resources.

Participating teachers receive 1.2 CEUs and a $100 stipend, plus room and board for the conference. Teachers interested in participating should contact Rusty Cooper at the E.F. Yerby Conference Center at (662) 915-5138.

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