We are looking for teachers to join our Teacher Advisory Group.

Mississippi First is launching a two-year research project to identify challenges and policy solutions related to strengthening our state’s teacher pipeline. The final report of our key findings and policy recommendations will be published in 2021.

To support this research, we are creating a Teacher Advisory Group (TAG) to ensure our report accurately addresses the perspectives of Mississippi teachers. Applications are due by April 26, 2019 by 5 PM CST.

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Why should teachers apply?

TAG members will have the opportunity to affect important research that has the power to change how policymakers think about increasing the number of effective teachers in districts that need them most. The advisory group will provide feedback to our staff about

  • our research plan,
  • the design of stakeholder surveys and focus group questions,
  • collected teacher pipeline data, and
  • drafts and revisions of the final report.

Who are we looking for?

The Teacher Advisory Group (TAG) will consist of 10-12 teachers from across the state, with a focus on teachers with three-to-five years of teaching experience. To ensure that the advisory group reflects the diversity of Mississippi’s public education system, particularly in terms of race, socio-economic status, or teacher preparation experience, we will select teachers who represent diverse experiences and perspectives.

The TAG will meet no more than two-to-three times each year as Mississippi First reaches key milestones in our pipeline research plan. Travel reimbursement will be provided for in-person meetings. All meetings will be scheduled in advance to accommodate each member’s schedule.

The Application Timeline


  • All interested teachers must complete the Teacher Advisory Group Application by Friday, April 26, 2019.
  • Mississippi First staff will schedule follow-up interviews by Friday, May 3, 2019.
  • Selected TAG members will be sent an invitation to join the group no later than Friday, May 10, 2019.
  • The first in-person meeting will be scheduled for early Fall 2019.