For immediate release: August 16, 2016
Contact: Emile Creel
STARKVILE, Miss. — Mississippi’s new magazine on K-12
School Focus, premiered in early August.
Produced by the RCU in partnership with the Mississippi
Department of Education,
School Focus highlights
the accomplishments of Mississippi teachers and students and provides a glimpse
into classrooms and schools across the state. It is posted to the RCU's website and has been disseminated in print
and electronic forms to thousands of educators, officials, and other groups
across the state.
Kim Benton, chief academic officer at the MDE, said the
magazine highlights the hard work of teachers, students, and administrators and
provides an opportunity for Mississippians to see the progress and achievements
of school districts.
“I am pleased to share the great news from our schools
because that is where the real change happens for our boys and girls across the
state. I am optimistic about the future of public education in
Mississippi, and I believe these stories prove we are well on our
way to higher achievement,” Benton said.
This issue has a special section on the state educational
standards, covers an innovative computer science pilot, and gives an exclusive
look inside an elementary teacher’s desk.
combines feature stories with informative material for educators and
“Every district in this state has a success story—a student,
an educator, a program—and we hope this magazine can bring awareness to and
celebrate those stories while also challenging educators to try new things and
reach across district lines for ideas and support,” said Kristen Dechert, who
oversees communication, research, and evaluation at the RCU.
The magazine, which was written, designed, and printed at
the RCU, will be published twice a year with fall and spring issues. The RCU’s
communication team and the MDE hope it will inform educators and other
stakeholders of the exciting work happening in Mississippi’s K-12 classrooms.
complements our established magazine Connections,
which focuses on high school career and technical education,” Dechert said.
“Together, the two tell a powerful story of public education in Mississippi by
highlighting students on the path to college and career readiness and the
schools and educators who prepare them.”
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