The sessions in the symposium are aimed to improve under-performing schools. Teachers agree that they will also help individual students as well.
"These sessions really motivate you to go back and consider each of your students, no matter what their learning capabilities are, and try to implement all types of strategies to reach each of them so that they can reach a higher level." said Ansley Merriweather. She is a teacher at S.V. Marshall Elementary in Lexington, Mississippi.
Sessions ranged in topic from leadership development to parental involvement. Some teachers found the behavioral session to be key for improvements. It stressed the significance of keeping students in class.
"I think it will help us to collect some of the instructional time that is being lost with dealing with discipline. If we can keep those students in class and focused on instruction rather than being in ISS or out of school suspension situations." said Warren Banks, the principal of South Pike Senior High in Magnolia, Mississippi.
Many of the teachers in attendance said the strategies they learned are beneficial. They said if the strategies are implemented, schools can improve.
"Well I think that all of us will grow from the experiences that we've had here for the past couple of days and those that we will have tomorrow as we learn how to bring parents in to help their children raise achievement across the state."said Banks.
"If we go back and implement some of the things we are learning today, I think that everybody should benefit well and be very successful." exclaimed Merriweather.
Some of the teachers said they are looking forward to putting new ideas into place. They also stressed that improvements will come with time