TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - The Mississippi Education Symposium in Tupelo gave education professionals ideas on the best ways to implement the new Common Core State Standards.
It's a more rigorous way of learning that will be implemented next school year.
Speaker B.R. Jones with Corwin Services said, "It's an opportunity for our students to be able to meet the expectations that others are expected to meet around the world. I think it's vitally important around the country."
That's sometimes easier said than done according to some local educators here.
They continue to work with teachers, students and parents.
Baldwyn Superintendent Ronnie Hill said, "The biggest thing I get is we never did it like this when I was in school. We didn't! It's a complete change."
Experts here also discussed the ever-evolving use of technology in classrooms.
It's something organizers say the state must continue to keep up to date on.
State Senator Nancy Collins of Tupelo said, "It's just trying to get kids interested in being the best they can be in today's society. It's a society where there are so many attractions for them."
Participants also heard from incoming Mississippi Superintendent of Education Dr. Carey Wright.
One of her goals is to not only help struggling students succeed but to make sure the high achievers also rise to new challenges.
Wright said, "You will hear a lot from me about raising the bar and closing the gap because it's about both. It's not just about one or the other."
Dr. Wright also told the education crowd she looks forward to hearing their thoughts on what's working in the state and what's not.