Valeria Haley, 39, of Jackson is grateful she participated in Mississippi Public Broadcasting’s first Parent Academy workshop in April 2015. “That first class changed my entire life,” Haley said. “The classes were phenomenal. I can’t say it enough. All the questions I had on what to do next in life, they pretty much told me.”
Mississippi Public Broadcasting (MPB) will implement Ready To Learn transmedia content into the Jackson neighborhood that feeds into Lanier High School, which has high poverty, unemployment, and dropout rates. MPB has chosen Dawson Elementary and neighboring apartment complexes as partners to engage children, families, and teachers with in-school, after-school, and at home educational support. In addition to this focus, MPB plans to hold community awareness events in conjunction with the National Summer Learning Day and with the One Jackson, Many Readers summer reading program to raise awareness of and participation in their Ready To Learn activities, which should directly engage over 300 children, their families, and educators.
In 2005, Mississippi Public Broadcasting received a Ready to Learn grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and PBS. MPB joined public broadcasting markets in Baltimore, MD; Oakland, CA; San Antonio, TX; and Toledo, OH to be among the first five markets to received the $200,000 five-year grant. MPB has helped create community partnerships across the state that are connecting with low-income families to enhance literacy skills, as well as increase awareness, especially among parents and educators, of the Ready to Learn initiative and scientifically-based reading research that supports it. Click here to download MPB’s Ready to Learn Report , featuring activities from 2005-2010.
MPB is collaborating with organizations to call attention to the importance of summer learning opportunities and celebrate the impact of high-quality programs in curbing the harmful effects of summer learning loss.Learn More
Early STEM education is important in nurturing each child’s curiosity and supporting creative learning. The Play and Learn Science series is designed to nurture early STEM learning in children ages 3-5. This project is funded by a Ready To Learn grant provided by the Department of Education to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.Read More
It’s another Ready To Learn Success Story! Ossie Williams of Dawson Elementary works hard to give her students the best educational experience possible. Her passion for education and classroom expertise made her a great addition to the Odd Squad Camp staff. This project is funded by a Ready To Learn grant provided by the Department of Education to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.Read More
Educators recently attended MPB’s Playful Learning for Educators session. During the session participants learned how to appropriately integrate media and technology into their learning environments. This project is funded by a Ready To Learn grant provided by the Department of Education to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.Read More
MPB’s Early Childhood team in partnership with Springboard to Opportunities hosted the Family and Community Learning workshop featuring the Cat in the Hat. Northwood Village families engaged in fun hands on learning activities during each session. This project is funded by a Ready To Learn grant provided by the Department of Education to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.Read More
MPB’s Early Childhood team, in partnership with Springboard to Opportunities recently hosted a Parent Academy at Northwood Village Apartments. The session provided a hands-on learning environment for the entire family. Parents received tips on how to be their child’s educational advocate. This project is funded by a Ready To Learn grant provided by the Department of Education to the CorporationRead More