ARM is an AmeriCorps program consisting of 270 full-time members who serve in 52 school sites across the State of Mississippi. ARM members are committed to improving the reading skills of students, encouraging public awareness and support of literacy, and helping to increase the number of certified teachers in Mississippi. The Mississippi Learning Institute coordinates the work of 53 ARM volunteers in three child-care centers, and in the MLA elementary and middle schools.
The Mississippi Learning Institute (MLI) has established its role as the preeminent mechanism for change, relating to issues of Young Males of Color. Through funding from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, MLI supports numerous Young Males of Color (YMoC) initiatives such as Call Me MISTER™, College Bound Scholars (CBS) and Helping Single Mothers with Sons or S.T.A.R.S. (“Sistas” Teaching and Raising Sons), and Dropout Prevention programs in local public schools
The College Bound Scholar (CBS) program is designed to provide selected JPS schools with a mentor mechanism that cultivates student growth. Our purpose is to equip communities in need of mentorship with the knowledge needed to stimulate change and intellectual growth in the young males of color from those communities. Our goal is to assist Young Males of Color (YMoC) with avoiding the pitfalls of adolescence and identity by:
Objective 1. Provide effective training and preparation to YMoC regarding the expected traits, attitudes and behaviors of positive and productive men.
Objective 2. Provide access to adult male role models to pattern behaviors and ideology.
Objective 3. Promote effective skill development, coping strategies and goal setting strategies.
Call Me MISTER® Program and Each One, Teach One
MLI partners with Clemson University (South Carolina) to charter the state’s first Call Me MISTER® Program. The mission of the MISTER (acronym for Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role Models) Initiative is to increase the pool of available teachers from a broader more diverse background particularly among the State's lowest performing elementary schools. It is designed to provide academic and financial support to males who are interested in pursuing careers in teaching in a public elementary school. JSU Call Me MISTER® Scholars are required to meet all of the requirements of a teacher education program, participate in periodic meetings, attend professional development activities, and be ambassadors for the MISTER® program. All of the JSU Call Me MISTER® Scholars who will graduate from the program will be gainfully employed in the public elementary schools of Mississippi. MISTER® Scholars will receive the most cutting-edge, pedagogy-intensive professional development through MLI’s Each One, Teach One (E1T1). E1T1 supports the successful matriculation of MISTER® Scholars as well as other undergraduate teacher education majors.
Project Goal: Empower single mothers to provide equitable outcomes for their sons through school readiness, early literacy, and positive self-concept activities. As a community based engagement project, S.T.A.R.S. will create a support system to address education support and advocacy, social and emotional wellness, and financial literacy.
Community Service, Service-Learning and Community Outreach
The ultimate goal of MLI’s service-learning and community service component is to foster long-term relationship between the community and Jackson State through humanitarian efforts. The program does this by providing service opportunities that cultivate the college experience of MISTER® Scholars; engage the PAT parents through outreach; and facilitate Jackson State senior education majors in service-learning activities.
National Institute for School Leadership (NISL) at MLI
The purpose of the NISL program is to enable every member to lead his or her school to much higher student performance. That obviously requires a transformation in how almost everything is done, as well as in the kind of determination and focus that come from a heightened sense of urgency. Drawing on the years of “turnaround” experience in the business sector, new turnaround strategies applied to the education sector, the NISL curriculum assist school leaders in removing or substantially reducing the obstacles blocking achievement where they can see quick, dramatic improvement with the right goals and, especially, under the right leadership.
The NISL program incorporates highly interactive techniques shown to be most effective in adult professional development, including face-to-face facilitation by NISL trained coaches, computer-assisted exercises and games, simulations, written cases, and video case studies. The NISL executive leadership program is an outstanding choice for use in the development of current and aspiring administrators for all students to achieve the same high standards across your district.