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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

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

high quality preschool programs

How Cleveland revamped its preschool programs in just five years

Enrollment in high-quality preschool is up after dramatic community-led effort

The secret to a successful Head Start program

Report identifies key practices that lead to academic success for Head Start grads

home based childcare

Early childhood programs are more segregated than K-12 schools

Home-based programs largely responsible for segregation, report finds

video for toddlers

Why your toddler can’t learn from a screen

Even if an adult is interactive on a screen, toddlers can’t learn from them

developmental preschool

Preschool for children with disabilities works, but federal funding for it is plummeting

Special education programs for preschoolers with disabilities are required by law. But as the number of students needing services has doubled, funding per child has decreased 40% in two decades

education budget

How would the Trump Administration’s education budget proposal impact Mississippi schools?

Millions would get cut from grants that support teachers and provide opportunities to students, report finds

Mississippi

Mississippi in the bottom tier of states in supporting babies and toddlers

New report finds Mississippi is failing to help young children thrive 

How does your city stack up when it comes to pre-K quality?

Report finds pre-K programs in many cities could be better and do more for young learners

history education

Most Mississippians can’t pass U.S. citizenship exam. Is American history education the problem?

Nearly 70 percent of Mississippians failed test of basic knowledge of American history

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