Workshops- Special Education

Danny Dollar: Make Your Own Money (ONLINE!)

Description: The MCEE is excited to invite you and your students to participate in the newest Danny Dollar program specifically for students in grades 6-12 with intellectual or developmental disabilities!  Through the newest Danny Dollar book in the series, Make Your Own Money: How Kids Can Earn It, Save It, Spend It, and Dream Big, your students will learn important financial literacy skills to help them learn how to make and save their own money.

Danny Dollar has inspired countless children around the world to make, save, and spend money wisely, and to dream big. Now the “King of Cha-Ching” returns to take kids on a how-to journey toward financial literacy, with tips and guidance for making money and minding their own businesses. With Danny as their money-savvy guide, readers get answers to questions like “What is money?”, “How do I make money?”, and “Why should I become an entrepreneur?”  It teaches essential life skills for handling money (how to open a bank account, create a budget, invest, and donate).

We know teachers are busy so this workshop will be offered to you online, on-demand and at no cost to you! You will receive 0.5 CEUs at no cost to you, all lesson plans and activities, and a copy of Make Your Own Money: How Kids Can Earn It, Save It, Spend It, and Dream Big for each student! Students who successfully complete the programs will even be given a $25 gift card! All of this is made possible through the generous support of the Mississippi Council on Developmental Disabilities.

For: For use with 6-12 Special Education Students

When: Available for completion during the 2023-2024 school year!

Where: ONLINE!

Requirements: Must have a desktop, laptop or tablet with internet capability.

What’s in it for me? Free curriculum and 0.5 CEUs

Contact: 601-974-1325 or

Register at the link below to reserve copies of the books for you and your students and to access the Canvas course. 

This project was supported, in part by grant number 2301MSSCDD, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects with government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official ACL policy.

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Master Teacher of Career Readiness (ONLINE!)

Description: The Master Teacher of Career Readiness program provides special education teachers with the resources necessary to help their students succeed in career opportunities beyond high school. The content and classroom activities are aligned with the Mississippi Alternative Academic Achievement Standards for Career Readiness. While the Master Teacher of College and Career Readiness (MTCCR) program provides recommended assignment adaptations within the College and Career Readiness course for students with accommodations who are seeking a traditional diploma, the Master Teacher of Career Readiness (MTCR) program is designed for teachers of students with significant cognitive disabilities who are seeking an alternate diploma.

For: SPED teachers that are teaching 7-12 grade self-contained special education students with significant cognitive disabilities who are seeking an alternate diploma.

Where: The MTCR is an online course (estimated 40 hours). The 40 hours can be completed at your own pace.  For example, you can finish all assignments in one week (8 hours a day for 5 days) or space it out in intervals that work for you (i.e., approximately 3 hours a day for 3 weeks). 


  • Attendance and full participation in Orientation Session
  • Web-connected device (e.g., computer, tablet, smartphone)
  • Ability to download and upload documents
  • Microphone and camera

When: November 9, 2023-February 14, 2024

  • Synchronous- Orientation; virtual via Zoom- November 9, 2023 from 5:00pm-8:00pm**
  • Asynchronous- Assignments completed by- February 14, 2024

**Attendance and full participation in orientation is required. NO EXCEPTIONS.

What’s in it for me? 4 CEUs, access to student course, $250 stipend

Contact: 601-974-1325;

Registration Deadline: October 30, 2023

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Sponsored by:

MS Council on Developmental Disabilities

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Pathways to Entrepreneurship

Description: The Pathways to Entrepreneurship (P2E) program is designed to spark and cultivate entrepreneurial thinking among middle and high school teachers, with a pedagogical focus on Special Education and Alternative Education. P2E prepares educators to teach the basics of opportunity recognition and business development, to implement experiential entrepreneurship in their classrooms, and to become champions for entrepreneurship education within their districts. The P2E program is supported by the Mississippi Council on Developmental Disabilities and is offered as a collaborative initiative between the Center for Economic and Entrepreneurship Education (CEEE) at The University of Southern Mississippi and the Mississippi Council on Economic Education.

This online training equips educators to roll out school-based enterprises or to generate similar work-based learning experiences. The goal is to help our students apply an entrepreneurial mindset as they discover occupational interests, practice workforce skills, and transition to independence.

This is a 7 hour (approximately) ONLINE ON-DEMAND teacher training.

For: While the content is broadly applicable to all middle and high school teachers, the P2E training has been developed specifically to address the needs of Special Education and Alternative Education teachers. General academic or CTE educators are encouraged instead to complete the Project-Based Entrepreneurship (PBE) program due to the tailored resources of the P2E training.

When: NOW! The workshop is on-demand so you may complete it all at one time or save your progress and return to it later.

Where: ONLINE!

Fee: No registration fee, materials included

Requirements: Web-connected device (e.g., computer, tablet, smartphone)

What’s in it for me?: Free curriculum and 0.7 CEUs. (CEU’s will only be awarded for the first completion of the course).

Contact: 601-974-1325 or

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Stock Market Game

Description: The Mississippi Stock Market Game (SMG) is a simulation of a real market, designed to involve students in the world of finance and investing as a means of helping them learn about how a market economy works. Student teams of 3 to 5 students invest a hypothetical $100,000 in stocks and compete for the best portfolio performance. There are two separate 13-week programs each year; one in the Fall and one in the Spring.

The program is available to all public and private students throughout the state of Mississippi in grades 4 through 12. The program is adaptable for many different classes, including social studies, mathematics, economics, business, technology, gifted, MOD, Special Education, and club activities. Students learn to develop team strategies, make decisions, and become informed about investment and economic terms. They also learn to see the connection between world events and their investments.

In this ONLINE ON-DEMAND teacher training, learn how to implement the SMG in your classroom! (Takes about 5 hours to complete.)

For: 4-12 grade teachers (Required for all teachers that are NEW to SMG!)

When: NOW!

Where: ONLINE!

Fee: No registration fee

Requirements: Must have a desktop, laptop or tablet with internet capability.

What’s in it for me?: Free curriculum and 0.5 CEUs.

Contact: 601-974-1325 or

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