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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

principal training programs

More schools are adding pre-K classrooms. But do principals know how to support them?

Report finds most principals lack knowledge of early ed

parenting apps

Parenting apps aren’t just about the kids anymore

New generation of parenting apps aim to support caregivers, build capacity

play-based kindergarten

How play is making a comeback in kindergarten

A Washington State district made an entire school just for kindergarteners where joy and play are the focus

young children with disabilities

Where do kids with disabilities go for child care?

The child care desert is especially pronounced for kids with disability, report finds

STEM in early childhood

Making every lesson a STEM lesson

Legos, toothpicks and toy cars are key to teaching science and math early

struggling readers

The game that can spot preschoolers at risk for reading deficits

New screening app can identify struggling readers as early as preschool

You probably don’t have your preschooler thinking about math enough

Report finds many parents underestimate their preschooler’s math ability

male early childhood teachers

What is it like to be a male teacher in early ed?

Only 3 percent of early ed teachers are male. Here’s how to change that.

talking to kids about race

Too few parents talk to their kids about race and identity, report finds

Ten percent of parents discuss race often with their children

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