COLUMBUS, Miss. -- Dr. Brenda Dickey, assistant professor of education and assessment coordinator for the department of education, has been appointed by Gov. Phil Bryant to serve as a member of the Governor’s Task Force on Teacher preparation for Early Literacy. As a member of the Task Force, Dr. Dickey is requested to make recommendations based on her expertise and knowledge.

The Task Force is created to recommend practical mechanisms and timeframes for all personnel involved in preparing teaching, coaching or supervising K-3 instruction to have a working knowledge of the educational and cognitive science that supports best practice in early literacy instruction.

Gov. Bryant recently issued the executive order creating the Governor’s Task Force on Teacher Preparation for Early Literacy. The Literacy Based Promotion Act requires a greater emphasis on teaching children to read. The Governor has created this Task Force to address recommendations from the 2014-15 Study of Mississippi Teacher Preparation for Early Literacy Instruction and develop an action plan.

The Governor’s Task Force on Teacher Preparation for Early Literacy is composed of representatives from Mississippi’s Institutes of Higher Learning, Mississippi Department of Education, kindergarten through third grade educators and administrators in Mississippi, 2016 Mississippi university and college graduates, the Barksdale Reading Institute and a staff member of the Governor’s Office.

Sept. 2, 2016