Photo of Jackie Mader

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

Rachel Rodriguez teaches a small-group lesson in her classroom at Hill Country Montessori.

Will the real Montessori please stand up?

When schools slap the ‘Montessori’ name on their buildings, parents often don’t know what they’re getting

How Mississippi made some of the biggest leaps in national test scores

A focus on literacy and higher expectations led to academic gains

Child care available for only 23 percent of Mississippi’s infants and toddlers, report finds

There are more than four infants and toddlers in need of care for every one spot in a licensed center

Few preschool apps are developmentally appropriate, report finds

Apps marketed as educational don’t teach the way preschoolers need to learn

Classroom volunteer Aimee Menne helps teach one of the only computer science classes currently offered at San Francisco’s Mission High.

Mississippi lags in computer science grads, teachers— but it has a plan to fix that

In 2016, the state failed to graduate any teachers certified in computer science

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