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Multimedia editor

Jackie Mader

Jackie Mader is multimedia editor. She has covered preK-12 education and teacher preparation nationwide, with a focus on the rural south. Her work has appeared in the The Denver Post, the Sun Herald and The Clarion-Ledger, as well as on Time.com, The Atlantic and NBCNews.com. She was the winner of the 2013 Front Page Award for In-Depth Newspaper reporting from The Newswomen's Club of New York, as well as the 2014 Nellie Bly Cub Reporter Award from the New York Press Club. Her most notable award, however, came from The California Dried Plum Association when she was 13-years-old and won a recipe contest for her "Puffy Plum Cake," which she dreamt up during a particularly uneventful summer vacation. She received a bachelor’s degree from Loyola Marymount University and an M.S. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Prior to attending Columbia, she taught special education in Charlotte, N.C. and trained first-year teachers in the Mississippi Delta.

Recent Stories

Mississippi’s graduation rate gaps are among lowest in the country, report finds

New federal report highlights the ‘condition of education’ nationwide

Mississippi requires 180 days of instruction each year.

How do Mississippi’s requirements for instructional time compare to the rest of the country?

New report looks at rules on number of school days, hours required nationwide

During the 2015-16 school year, 113 days of school were missed due to suspensions for every 100 black students with disabilities enrolled in a Mississippi school.

Why are these Mississippi students missing so much school?

Discipline for students with disabilities is leading to too much time out of school, report says

Nurse Polita Williams weighs 8-month-old Jamir during a home visit.

This program is proven to help moms and babies—so why aren’t we investing in it more?

How home-visiting could improve outcomes for at-risk children

Head Start centers have ‘outsized role’ in rural Mississippi, report finds

Federally funded program accounts for up to one-third of Mississippi’s rural child care centers

How rural families came to rely on Head Start for basic child care and so much more

In some rural states, Head Start accounts for one in three child care centers

Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi. The state’s public universities now rely more on tuition than appropriations for funding.

Report: Universities relying more on tuition than state and local money

More than half of all states now rely more on tuition for revenue

Report: After-school supper program only reaching a fraction of Mississippi’s kids in need

Could increasing after-school programs curb hunger in the state?

A student in the Mississippi Delta raises his hand during class. More than 40 school districts in the state, including many in the Delta, lack qualified teachers.

How one Mississippi college is trying to tackle teacher shortages

Tuition discounts for assistant teachers, scholarships to learn how to teach math are among the programs offered

Student Jaylen Dennis sets up an experiment to test one of Newton’s Laws.

Can online learning level the AP playing field for rural kids?

Some schools are wading deeper into more immersive online education, but experts urge caution

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