Selecting a State Superintendent

Mississippi First has published a public memo to the State Board of Education to support the selection of a new state superintendent. This choice will not only be the most important decision the State Board makes this year; it will also be the most important decision they will make in the next several years. We…

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Selecting a State Superintendent

One voice stands alone; together, we become the answer to our prayers.

This is a personal reflection by Rachel Canter in response to the tragedy in Uvalde. It reflects her thoughts and feelings alone. It was originally published in an email. There are no sacred spaces left in America. This is the thought I keep coming back to after the Uvalde, Texas, massacre of children and their…

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One voice stands alone; together, we become the answer to our prayers.

MDE releases a new round of Early Learning Collaborative RFPs

On February 4, 2022, The Mississippi Department of Education released the RFP for Early Learning Collaborative Council Pre-Kindergarten Application Cohort IV Round III. Below, we have pulled out important details from the RPF including important dates and deadlines. Questions concerning the RFP should be sent to Dr. Jill Dent @ jdent@mdek12.org. Informational Webinar The MDE…

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MDE releases a new round of Early Learning Collaborative RFPs

Statement on American History in Public Schools

By Rachel Canter When I was a first year teacher, I asked my students a basic question about American history—“Why do we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday every year?”—as a way of introducing Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Without exception, the answer I got from every class was that Dr. Martin…

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Statement on American History in Public Schools

Mississippi’s Early Learning Collaboratives Go Above and Beyond

This fall, we surveyed all the Mississippi early learning collaboratives to get a clearer picture of the challenges and successes they experienced during the COVID crisis in the 2020-2021 school year. The information collected was published in our newest report titled, Resilience: Pandemic Impact on Early Learning Collaboratives (2020-2021). We gathered information in six key…

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Mississippi’s Early Learning Collaboratives Go Above and Beyond

Celebrate with us!

We are celebrating #GivingTuesday and the end of the year by raising $10,000 for Mississippi kids. Money raised supports our dedicated staff in achieving high-quality pre-K-12 public education in Mississippi. These dollars directly enable us to produce research, resources, and policy recommendations for children, families, teachers, and schools.  In the last decade, Mississippi has improved…

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Celebrate with us!