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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, The Atlantic and 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

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

In this file photo, a student at a Mississippi elementary school reads during class.

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Leader of top-rated Jackson school says success is linked to using the talents of all staff members

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As the state considers another takeover, does data show they’re effective?

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UPSTART program says early success is promising for kids in the Magnolia state

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Mississippi Learning: Five programs you should know about in Mississippi’s ESSA plan

State plans to ‘grow’ local teachers, improve teacher preparation

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

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