REACH MS The State Personnel Development Grant

New REACH MS Opportunity!

We are excited to announce that we will be recruiting districts for our next MTSS Cohort during the 2024 – 2026 school years. If your district is interested in receiving free evidence-based training and ongoing coaching on the frameworks of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), Social Emotional Learning (SEL), and Universal Design for Learning (UDL), then this is the perfect opportunity for you. Our cohort program is designed to empower your schools and help you create a positive and inclusive learning environment for all students. Don’t miss the chance to be a part of this transformative experience! CLICK HERE FOR ALL THE DETAILS! Applications will be due on June 10, 2024, and selected schools will be notified on July 8, 2024. Don’t forget to join our REACH MS LISTSERV today to ensure your school receives the latest updates and is the first to when we share new and exciting information and training opportunities!
Join us and together let’s make a difference in the lives of our students!


Congratulations to this year’s selected schools!



View our **NEW** REACH MS Professional Learning Catalog for all our upcoming training opportunities!

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Realizing Excellence for All Children in Mississippi (REACH MS) is Mississippi’s State Personnel Development Grant which focuses primarily on supporting school-wide and district-wide implementation of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), Universal Design for Learning (UDL), and Social Emotional Learning (SEL). Originally awarded to the Mississippi Department of Education in 2005, the grant is operated by the University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Education.

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The purpose of REACH MS is to:

    • Provide high quality professional learning opportunities meeting the needs of educators, related service providers, families, and children of our state.
    • Increase the engagement of stakeholders within and beyond the Mississippi Department of Education to support a more unified, sustainable structure of professional learning processes, products, and opportunities for both pre-service and in-service educators.
    • Engage and support local education agencies, institutes of higher learning, families, and other stakeholders to increase Mississippi’s capacity to meet state goals relevant to PBIS, UDL, and SEL through program improvement.


Areas of Focus:

    • Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS)
    • Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
    • Social Emotional Learning (SEL)



    • Tier I, II, & III in K12 Schools
    • Early Childhood Settings
    • Student-specific for students with Low Incidence Disabilities
    • Facility-wide in Juvenile Detention Centers, Therapeutic Group Homes, and  Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facilities


Goal 1: Increase the percentage of K12 students with disabilities who are showing growth in ELA and Math on statewide assessments required for Mississippi students.

    • Integrated Whole-school/Whole-child approach
    • Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
    • Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports (PBIS)
    • Social Emotional Learning (SEL)


Goal 2: Increase the effectiveness of educators and school leaders in the areas of lesson design, student understanding, culture and learning environments, and professional responsibilities by implementing evidence-based academic and behavioral practices at the student and classroom levels as aligned to the Mississippi Professional Growth System

    • Alignment to Mississippi’s Professional Growth System
    • Targeted training and action planning based on individual needs assessment


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REACH MS Staff 2024