Selecting a State Superintendent

By Rachel Canter I Executive Director 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…

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Selecting a State Superintendent

The Future of Schools: Policy Vision

Today, we are excited to release our policy vision, “The Future of Schools: Supporting Families, Teachers, and Students.” This publication details three ways that Mississippi First believes we can change with the times in order to better serve all of our students.  Families: Align and Extend the School Day and School Year Juggling school and…

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The Future of Schools: Policy Vision

Communications Tools: Navigating Crisis

We would love to imagine a world in which school districts never have to engage in crisis communications, but this past month, schools began re-opening for a new school year right as the Delta variant is surging in Mississippi. In some ways, we know just as little about how this school year will unfold as…

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Communications Tools: Navigating Crisis

Mississippi First releases a new guide for schools!

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. Today, Mississippi First released our One-to-One Implementation Guide: Establishing Your District’s One-to-One Technology Initiative. The guide supports…

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Mississippi First releases a new guide for schools!

Re-Opening Plans 20-21

School will be different this fall for every Mississippi child. To help districts and parents stay informed, we created a new page on our website. Re-Opening Plan Tracker We have compiled a Google Sheet that provides school plans, social media accounts, and website information for every school district in Mississippi. Know re-opening plans vary widely…

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Re-Opening Plans 20-21

Mississippi First Releases Mississippi Voices: Public Perception of Pre-K-12 Education in Mississippi

Today, Mississippi First released Mississippi Voices: Public Perception of Pre-K-12 Education in Mississippi, a report revealing public perceptions of the issues that Mississippi First supports as well as perceptions of the broader public education context in Mississippi. The report is based on the responses of 504 adults in Mississippi. The 27-item scientific survey covered public…

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Mississippi First Releases Mississippi Voices: Public Perception of Pre-K-12 Education in Mississippi