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BRI Participates in MPB “Shape Up & Read” Event

The Barksdale Reading Institute will be sponsoring a special table at the Mississippi Public Broadcasting’s “Shape Up and Read” Event. We encourage you to register today:

BRI Partners with Move to Learn on Prekindergarten Literacy Videos

Our friends at Move To Learn have just released 4 new videos supporting preschool literacy! The Barksdale Reading Institute is a proud partner in this creative project (aligned with the Mississippi College & Career Readiness Standards). Marion McBride (Manager, Program Design) and Dr. Michael Cormack contributed to the creative vision and writing of the new...

BRI Launches Principal Impact Network

For Immediate Release: During this school year, an exclusive cohort of principals and leaders will come together for professional development, problem-solving and the opportunity to be awarded a $10,000 innovation grant for their school. Our sessions will be led by Dr. Michael Cormack, Maia Heyck-Merlin, author of The Together Leader, and other experienced leaders in...

Governor Bryant Endorses BRI-IHL Report, Calls for Literacy Taskforce

  Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed Executive Order 1380 embracing the recommendations of the Barksdale Reading Institute-IHL Statewide Report on Early Literacy and calling for a special task force to convene to tackle how to implement its recommendations. Download the report at You’ll find a copy of the Executive Order linked here.

BRI & Mississippi IHL Issue Statewide Report on Pre-Service Reading Instruction

BRI & Mississippi IHL Issue Statewide Report on Pre-Service Reading Instruction April 5, 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Barksdale Reading Institute (BRI), in partnership with the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning, has released a Statewide Report on teacher preparation for early literacy instruction in the state’s 15 public and private colleges and universities. The study...
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