Mississippi Ed Talk

Mississippi Ed Talk


Mississippi Ed Talk, an audio podcast produced by the Research and Curriculum Unit at Mississippi State University, takes a deep dive into the innovative practices underway in Mississippi’s public schools and districts.

Each month, we talk to K-12 administrators, teachers, and key stakeholders to gain insight into promising practices and understand how they came about. Whether you are an educator, a parent, or an individual interested in education, this podcast will keep you informed about some of the most unique education stories in Mississippi and connect you to valuable education resources.


  • School Improvement Success
    In November’s episode, we speak with a principal who implemented holistic improvements to elevate her school’s state accountability rating. For more information about Mississippi’s school accountability grading system, visit mdek12.org/OCGR/mact.
  • Education Policy Fellowship Program
    This month, we sit down with state and national leaders of the Education Policy Fellowship Program. Fellows of this nine-month program concentrate on three major topics: public policy, leadership, and professional networking. Fellows remain in their full-time positions and use their environment as the context for examining important leadership and policy issues in Mississippi.
  • Summer Training
    Each summer, hundreds of career and technical education instructors and administrators come together in person and online to receive additional training. These educators represent a wide swath of teachers, ranging from veterans needing continuing education units to first-time teachers entering the classroom. In this episode, we interview Research and Curriculum Unit training leaders to learn about the process for preparing these courses and trainings, and the benefits these programs bring to participants.
  • Science Saturdays
    How do you interest students in science topics at a young age? One group in Hattiesburg is accomplishing this by pairing elementary and middle school students with high schoolers through a Science Saturdays for Young Einsteins program. In this episode, we talk with James Brownlow, Hattiesburg’s polymer science instructor, and several of his students to learn about the program, which began in the fall of 2017. We also hear from the RCU’s own Kenny Langley for an overview of polymer science. Finally, in our Research Minute, Jailaih Gowdy shares how schools are implementing character education and the research behind this growing trend.
  • Madison's Model Career Academies
    Career academies continue to grow across the Magnolia State, and one district has achieved national recognition for its academies. The first district to achieve this status in Mississippi, Madison now has model academies in engineering and health sciences. In this episode, we interview district and school leaders to learn about the process for achieving model status and the benefits this designation brings to students.


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