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 work schedules has long been overly difficult for most American families, and as children have returned to in-person school, we are more aware than ever that something needs to change.

Teachers: Re-Envision the Day-to-Day Role of a Teacher

Every teacher knows that shouldering the weight of instructional or policy change often falls squarely on them, without any new resources, technical assistance, or time to manage the shift. It’s time to re-envision what the role of a teacher is.

Students: Virtual Course Choice

Finding great teachers for every higher-level or specialized course in every Mississippi district has proven difficult, especially for Mississippi’s small and rural districts. A new virtual course choice program could fill this void.

Adopting the three big ideas in this vision document would be a solid first step in developing the schools of tomorrow in ways that make education better for families, teachers, and students. Mississippi First looks forward to working with policymakers, educators, and families to make these ideas a reality.

This policy vision was published by Mississippi First in October 2021 with support from the Walton Family Foundation.

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