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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

Mississippi tops rankings as ‘highest priority state’ in rural education

High poverty, low instructional spending have led to poor outcomes, report finds

Children play with materials at Highway 90 Daycare in Pascagoula, Mississippi. Owner Sherrie Jones has relied on private help to make improvements to her center.

New rankings place Mississippi at the top in preschool quality

Mississippi one of only five states to meet all current quality standards

How does Mississippi really compare when it comes to graduation rates?

New report highlights strong points, challenges in getting all kids to graduation

What happens when you give a district the freedom to innovate?

Mississippi district adopts modified calendar, new exam system and multiple diploma options

Report finds ‘significant’ decreases in state’s achievement gap

Math and reading proficiency rates increase for all students over six-year period

Why do suspension rates vary so much in Mississippi—and how can districts change that?

Report finds in many districts, more than 20 percent of students were suspended in one school year

Chronic absences, poverty impacting outcomes for Mississippi’s children, report says

Report shows the state at the bottom of the nation in education and child well-being

Are Mississippi’s students prepared for college?

Data show more than half of incoming students at some post-secondary institutions require remediation

Is teacher preparation failing students with disabilities?

Educators say they’re unprepared to teach wide range of students

Mississippi legislators whittle down number of education bills

Flexible spending accounts, anti-bullying legislation still alive

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