The Mississippi Department of Education is pleased to release the first of twenty-four exemplar units in English Language Arts and Mathematics.  These units are being made available to Mississippi teachers through a generous grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

The MDE has worked with practicing teachers throughout the state to develop exemplar lessons in ELA and Mathematics in grades Pre-K through high school.

The units are designed to assist teachers in understanding how to teach the most difficult English Language Arts and Mathematics standards in the Mississippi College and Career Ready Standards.  Additionally, each unit has been vetted by a nationally recognized vendor for curriculum development and instructional resource audits.  All units will be posted at the Mississippi Exemplar Unit website. District curriculum coordinators will receive an email alert when additional units are posted.

The Exemplar Unit website may also be accessed from the Mississippi Department of Education’s webpage at www.mdek12.org under MDE Quick Links.

District leaders are encouraged to introduce these valuable resources to their teachers using these Exemplar Math and Exemplar ELA worksheets if so desired.  Additionally, Math and ELA unit templates are available for teachers to use to design their own exemplar units.

Finally, to make the units truly exemplar, teachers and school leaders are encouraged to provide MDE with feedback on each lesson in each unit upon implementation of the unit.  We will use this feedback to help make all 24 units stronger.  Links to give feedback will be added to the website soon.

If you have questions regarding the site or the exemplar units, please contact Wendy Clemons (wclemons@mdek12.org) in the Office of Professional Development.