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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

Peter O'Halloran checks supplies at his job. O'Halloran works full-time at a nonprofit in Philadelphia.

The ‘forgotten’ part of special education that could lead to better outcomes for students

Many former special education students struggle to find good-paying jobs, and high schools are partly to blame

In this file photo, a student reads in a Mississippi elementary school.

How one Mississippi elementary school improved to an A rating

Focus on attendance, instructional time, led to improvement

Coahoma County will be home to the first rural charter school in the state. Rural charter schools are often seen as a threat to the scant resources available for rural public schools.

Are rural charter schools viable in Mississippi?

Coahoma County will be home to the first rural charter school in the state. Rural charter schools are often seen as a threat to the scant resources available…

Mark Nelson poses for a photo at Citrus College in Glendora, California.

Low academic expectations and poor support for special education students are ‘hurting their future’

Being challenged yet supported in class proves elusive for many students with disabilities

Adam Salomon at his high school graduation. Salomon’s mother, Karen, says he was not prepared for life after high school.

The vast majority of students with disabilities don’t get a college degree

How better soft skills might boost low college persistence and employment rates

The Capitol building in Jackson, Mississippi. Jackson Public Schools entered into an agreement with a private foundation, the City of Jackson, and the Governor’s office to improve its schools.

Large Mississippi district handed over to public-private partnership

Takeover of Jackson Public Schools offers a ‘new model’ for the country

Michael McLaughlin and his mother, Michelle, at Michael’s 2013 graduation. Michelle McLaughlin said Michael’s education did not prepare him for college or career.

Almost all students with disabilities are capable of graduating on time. Here’s why they’re not.

U.S. education system is failing students with special needs.

LeMya Vaughn completes an activity on her kindergarten readiness program, UPSTART.

Thousands of parents are enrolling their children in online preschool

But experts question if computer-based programs help or hinder learning for young children

New research finds it hasn’t gotten easier for poor kids to catch up

Parental involvement and pre-K programs haven’t made a dent in the early childhood achievement gap

Mississippi schools use online resources, technology to expand course offerings

Schools increase foreign language, AP, music exposure

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