State and federal legislation creates an environment of possibility for making the kinds of deep changes in our schools that are required. Mississippi First believes the time for action is now and that our organization is poised to make an impact on the direction of school turnaround in Mississippi for the next decade.

Choose Excellence

Choose Excellence is a campaign dedicated to supporting the Common Core State Standards in Mississippi. Learn more about Choose Excellence at CommonCoreMS, a new Mississippi First website which provides resources and information about the Common Core State Standards.

1003g School Improvement Grant

From 2010-2012, Mississippi First was proud to collaborate with the  Office of School Recovery, the office within the Mississippi Department of Education tasked with oversight of the 1003g School Improvement Grant (SIG), a federal grant program for schools with an unprecedented level of funding and accountability.

After the re-design of the 1003g funding stream in 2010, Mississippi First assisted MDE in developing the state’s application for SIG dollars as well as designing Mississippi’s application and rubric for local school districts wishing to compete for these dollars. In 2011, Mississippi First helped OSR dramatically improve the grant process for local school districts, including improving the application, rubric, training, and grant review. In 2012, Mississippi First supported OSR in implementation of the policy aspects of this important work.

Teacher and Leader Quality Policy

Inevitably, conversations about school turnaround return to the need for a great teacher in every classroom and a great leader for every school and every district. As a result, we are following all aspects of human capital policy in Mississippi and relevant national research.