School districts have had to grapple with a host of new communications challenges this year. The best way to navigate the new school year is by learning best practices for communications from districts across the state. To support Mississippi school districts, we are excited to announce the publication of Learning from the Moment: District Communications…Read More →
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Learning from the Moment: District Communications During a Pandemic
School districts have had to grapple with a host of new communications challenges this year. The best way to navigate the new school year is by learning best practices for communications from districts across the state.Learning from the Moment
Establishing a One-to-One Technology Initiative
Mississippi schools have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Every student now has access to a device, and the state is working to expand broadband access. These circumstances make it the right time for districts to establish a one-to-one technology initiative. Mississippi First developed this guide as a roadmap to ensuring your district's technology program has a lasting legacy.One-to-One Implementation Guide
Nothing in the Pipes: Educator Crisis in Mississippi
For too many years, Mississippi teachers have not been compensated for their hard work and dedication to our children. This is reflected in uncompetitive salaries and a lack of financial aid to earn the credential it takes to be an educator. Teachers are now leaving the state to teach, leaving the field of education, or deciding not to enter in the first place.Read On
The Future of Schools
In an effort to support school districts, families, and students during the pandemic and post-pandemic, we have compiled resources to help districts plan for the future.Learn More
This analysis provides a follow-up to teacher preparation trends discussed in Mississippi First’s Nothing in the Pipes: Educator Crisis in Mississippi, which was published in December 2020 and represents our first major report on the ongoing teacher shortage in Mississippi. In Nothing in the Pipes: Educator Crisis in Mississippi, we make the case that the…Read More →
Today, Mississippi First is releasing two pre-K research briefs demonstrating the positive impact Early Learning Collaboratives have had on the Mississippi pre-K landscape since 2013. Since our founding, Mississippi First has known access to high-quality, no- and low-cost pre-K in Mississippi would be a game-changer for our youngest learners. In our first pre-K publication, 2012’s…Read More →