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
MPB education staff joined Dawson Elementary School (Jackson, MS) staff and students for a Vocabulary Parade Celebration! From A to Z, it was a day used to celebrate vocabulary words and literacy fun as each student and staff member displayed a word of their choice. This project is funded by a Ready To Learn grant provided by the Department of Education to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.Read More
Early Childhood educators from Jackson, MS and the surrounding areas recently gathered at MPB for the PBS KIDS Edcamp. This event provides educators who work in schools, childcare, Head Start, or homes with an opportunity to share and learn from each other. 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 Medgar Evers Boulevard Library recently hosted the PBS KIDS Playful Learning for Educators workshop. The workshop engaged early childhood educators in activities to support early inquiry skills in young learners. This project is funded by a Ready To Learn grant provided by the Department of Education to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.Read 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