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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

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

MaderEarlyEdSTEM: Researchers say various types of play teach children important concepts relating to science, technology, engineering and math.

Eight ways to introduce kids to STEM at an early age

New report finds that even preschoolers are capable of understanding basic science and math concepts

Students sit in an Advanced Placement physics class in a high school in Holmes County, Mississippi.

Mississippi students increase participation rates, improve scores on AP exams

More students than ever before took college-level exams last year, but percentage passing still trails other states

Poll finds southern voters want more education spending

Education one of the top concerns for voters

A new report says the state of Mississippi does not do enough to regulate for-profit colleges.

New report gives Mississippi an F in regulatory oversight of for-profit colleges

Experts say lack of oversight can lead to poor outcomes for students

The Mississippi State Capitol.

What have legislators proposed for education in Mississippi this year?

Universal preschool, raising assistant teacher salaries, up for discussion

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