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  • TPSD’s Innovation Department strives to find innovative programs and corresponding funding sources to meet the needs of all students in the district. The department was created in September 2018 with the hiring of the Innovation Program Facilitator, and the first priority of the department is to work to gather feedback from the students, parents, faculty/staff, and community members to identify the greatest needs of the district. The results of this feedback cycle will directly funnel into the District of Innovation application and the student-based budgeting process.
  • The Tupelo Public School District (TPSD) plans to become a Mississippi Department of Education designated District of Innovation in alignment with our mission to serve our community by engaging each student in an excellent education. The following is an overview of the current timeline:
    • September – December 2018 – TPSD greatest needs feedback and synthesis
    • January 2019 – TPSD greatest needs share out to the TPSD board and broader community
    • January – April 2019 – Deep dive into innovative program research and development aligned to the TPSD identified greatest needs
    • May – July 2019 – Alignment of the TPSD greatest needs and District of Innovation work to inform student-based budgeting process
    • August 31, 2019 – Deadline to submit letter of intent for District of Innovation application to MDE
    • November 1, 2019 – Deadline to submit District of Innovation application to the designated MDE office
    • February 2020 – Presentation window of District of Innovation application to Mississippi State Board of Education
    • March 2020 – Determination of the District of Innovation designation

Innovation Programs