Ossie Williams, Kindergarten teacher at Dawson Elementary in Jackson, Mississippi, shares the importance of building a strong educational foundation in young children. Williams focuses on creating educational experiences with her students in her classroom. “MPB is a great educational tool for young children,” states Williams. Using MPB and PBS resources helps reinforce skills in students, and provide a broader aspect to learning using media and technology.
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
Staff engaged families in fun learning activities that promoted academic achievement during a recent ScratchJr workshop held at Northwood Village Apartments. Participants completed family coding projects using the PBS KIDS ScratchJr app. 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 staff hosted a special celebration in honor of Dr. Seuss’s 115th birthday at Dawson Elementary during a Read Across America event. PreK-2nd grade students and teachers were excited to participate in the fun festivities! This project is funded by a Ready To Learn grant provided by the Department of Education to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.Read More
There’s nothing odd about it, Northwood Village afterschool students were excited to celebrate the 100th Day of School during our latest afterschool program. Students were engage and enthusiastic during the highlighted learning activities. 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 never too early for students to learn about engineering and building structures that are stable. Throughout the afternoon students took part in hands on learning, including learning key vocabulary terms. This project is funded by a Ready To Learn grant provided by the Department of Education to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.Read More
Students gathered for another exciting afterschool program at Northwood Village with enthusiasm as we begin our afternoon lesson on weather. Activities for the afternoon highlighted weather seasons and patterns. This project is funded by a Ready To Learn grant provided by the Department of Education to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.Read More