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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

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

Experts call for an end to online preschool programs

Especially popular in rural areas, preschool programs may expose kids to ‘new risks,’ experts warn

Five elements of a good preschool

How parents and educators can gauge preschool quality

Why this military shipbuilder is investing in local schools

New labs prepare students for local shipbuilding careers

This Mississippi district says these four strategies are helping their struggling readers

Heightened focus on literacy instruction, teacher training is having an impact

Half of all Mississippi college graduates have loan debt

New report finds the average debt amount has increased for Mississippi grads

Students play dress-up and draw on a whiteboard in a Christopher House preschool class.

Making the preschool magic last as children get older

How one school’s efforts to support parents and families has led to success

At more than 25 percent, Mississippi’s food hardship rate highest in nation

More than a quarter of families with kids experience food shortages

A California preschool teacher reads to students. The state has the largest population of children 4 and under in the nation.

How three California communities are trying to improve preschool for vulnerable students

Preschool programs strive to involve parents, train teachers to improve preschool outcomes

How one summer program is trying to get more Mississippi teens to college

From ACT prep to tuition funding, Camp College helps teens get ready for higher ed

Mississippi improves in child well-being rankings, but still has room to improve

Decrease in child poverty, parental unemployment bumps Mississippi up slightly in national rankings

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