2014 has the makings of a great year for Mississippi First. Already, we have passed a milestone this year–more than doubling our original MSF staff. For 5 years, Sanford and I worked tirelessly to advocate the best public policy solutions in order to make a positive impact on public education in Mississippi. We partnered with policy makers, politicians, and the public to identify and prioritize educational policy, research solutions, and advocate for our recommendations. Once any of our policy recommendations was adopted, we spent hours evaluating the implementation of our supported policy to make sure the solution was working as intended.

Today, we are 5 strong. In an effort to help our public get to know our faces, and us, we have launched a weekly series that identifies resources, articles, and research that each team member selects to keep you posted on each of their initiative areas. This is just another way for us to demonstrate our dedication to excellence in education in our great state.

New staff resources will be posted on our Facebook and Twitter account every Friday. To see past staff resources, click on the links listed below.




Rachel Canter
Executive Director

Josh McCawley

  • This resource from the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry provides helpful tips for parents on talking to their children about love, intimacy and sex.
  • See how your state stacks up on sexuality issues for teens by using this interactive map.

Angela Bass

  • The Parents’ Guide to Student Success (listed for each grade level in English and Spanish) was developed in response to the Common Core State Standards in English language arts and mathematics that more than 45 states have adopted.
  • Interested in knowing where the 2014 MDE approved preK collaborates are located? Just check out Angela’s PreK Collaborative Map!

Sanford Johnson

MacKenzie Stroh

  • This site identifies how arts integration and the Common Core State Standards naturally work together (Teachers, you can even download lessons).

Rachel Canter

  • A cool interactive website developed by Education Resource Strategies (ERS) that describes seven strategies to transform school districts!

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