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MS principals learn new strategies to help students succeed

More than 200 principals from across Mississippi are attending an annual conference in Biloxi. (Photo source: WLOX ) More than 200 principals from across Mississippi are attending an annual conference in Biloxi. (Photo source: WLOX )
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

They are the leaders of our schools, and this week, it is their turn to learn. More than 200 principals from across Mississippi are attending an annual conference in Biloxi. They are learning about the latest technology and effective strategies to help your child make the grade.

In one session Wednesday, the principals learned how to incorporate Chromebooks in the classroom. The technology can be used to give tests, teach typing skills and can even allow a grandmother who's living in another state to read virtually to her grandchild.

"The students are coming to us with more technology these days, because they have it in their homes. They're growing up using it. We're calling them digital natives. We want to prepare them to function when they get out of high school," said Betty Lou Pigg, Madison County School District's Instructional Technology Director.

This week, elementary, middle school and high school principals from across the state are going back to class to learn about the latest tools and techniques that have worked in other classrooms.

In another session, leaders in the Laurel School District explained how new software helped them boost their third graders' reading scores.

"It moved my students up a whole grade level. I'm excited, happy. I think this is the best program we could have purchased, because it has helped our students," said Laurel reading teacher Sharon White.

From new education standards to legal issues like cyber bullying, the conference gave administrators a chance to brainstorm so they can become better school leaders and help their students succeed.

"It's always a conference that you're learning new things you can share at your local school and your school district. It's the latest and the greatest," said Pass Christian Middle School Principal Joe Nelson. "With English, language arts, mathematics and Common Core, college and career readiness, those are things that are on the rise in our buildings every day, and those are the things we have to accomplish as building leaders, as building principals, to have successful schools."

Former Mississippi Gov. William Winter was the keynote speaker at the luncheon. He talked about the important role principals play as leaders, motivators and teachers.

"There has to be that preparation, the professional planning for a career. Then there's understanding the role of the principal, the leadership role. Not just the academic role, but the leadership role in inspiring teachers and parents in coming together around a program that will ensure those children get the very best education they can get," said Winter.

The conference ends Friday.

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