About Our Educator Pipeline Work
National research shows the most important in-school factor in a child’s education is the effectiveness of their classroom teacher. Current data show students in low-income schools are three times as likely to have an ineffective teacher as students in non-low-income schools.
In 2019, Mississippi First launched a research project to identify challenges and policy solutions related to strengthening our state’s educator pipeline. The research project gathered and reviewed quantitative and qualitative data about the current pipeline in Mississippi, both pre-service and in-service, and it reviewed relevant national research, practices, and programs. The final report of our key findings and policy recommendations was published in 2021.
Nothing in the Pipes: Educator Crisis in Mississippi
This report discusses how the rising cost of college attendance and the declining value of teacher salaries may be squeezing aspiring new teachers out of the pipeline.
Teacher Advisory Group
As a vital component of our research, we recruited a Teacher Advisory Group (TAG). TAG consists of 12 teachers from across the state with a variety of training and professional experiences. TAG provided feedback to our team about our research plan, the design of stakeholder surveys and focus group questions, teacher pipeline data, and drafts and revisions of the final report.
We will continue to study the educator pipeline in Mississippi and advocate for policy solutions that will increase equitable access to quality teachers.