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Eyeing the Exit: Teacher Turnover and What We Can Do About It

January 11, 2023

In March 2022, the Mississippi State Legislature passed the largest single-year pay raise for public school teachers in our state's history, raising teacher pay by an average of $5,151. Just months later, districts reported the highest levels of teacher attrition in years: one in five Mississippi teachers opted to not return to their classroom for the 2022-2023 school year, including one-third of all teachers in districts with an "F" accountability rating. These levels of attrition constitute a sharp uptick from previous years and beg the question: why are Mississippi teachers continuing to leave the classroom in droves?Mississippi First has been studying this question for the last few years. In the months leading up to the historic 2022 teacher pay raise, we surveyed 6,496 teachers—one in five teachers statewide—about their pathway into the profession, financial well-being, career plans, and policy preferences. In this report, we present the results from the survey to provide a nuanced answer about which teachers are leaving the classroom and why. We also examine the connection between attrition risk and standard of living to make the case that financial insecurity is rampant among educators and a major driver of early exits from the classroom. Finally, we offer a series of recommendations for policymakers to address teacher turnover and strengthen every facet of Mississippi's educator pipeline

Centering Racial Justice to strengthen the Public Health Ecosystem

December 15, 2022

The public health field experienced a collective "moment" in 2020, declaring racism a public health crisis in cities, counties, and states across the country. However, since then, too many have slipped back to "business as usual." The new report Centering Racial Justice to Strengthen the Public Health Ecosystem: Lessons from COVID-19 from Prevention Institute and Big Cities Health Coalition calls on us all to reignite our collective commitment to bold transformational change rooted in equity and racial justice.

Building More Equitable SNAP-Ed Collaborations Among Land-grant Universities and State & Community Partners - Part 2

November 29, 2022

This second session of the three-part webinar series explores approaches and models to build equitable partnerships supporting the delivery of cultural/community responsive nutrition interventions and equity. Highlighted are a 1890 university utilizing a diversity database in their campaign efforts to increase healthy food access by accurately depicting the communities they serve; and a 1862 university with a multicultural SNAP-Ed program that has unique challenges and leverages relationship building in direct education program development/implementation.

W.K. Kellogg Foundation Grants October 2022

November 21, 2022

The list of W.K. Kellogg Foundation grants approved in October 2022

Local Food Incentive Programs for K-12 and ECE Settings: Stakeholder Needs and Values

November 7, 2022

This resource provides a summary of findings from a national survey exploring the interests and educational needs related to K–12 and ECE-based local food incentive programs.

Louisiana Children Health Uninsured Rates Census 2019

October 17, 2022

This report provides trend data on uninsured health rates among children in Louisiana and compares it to the nation. It highlights how the nation is losing ground in this area and makes initial recommendations on how this trend might be reversed.

The Student-Affirming Education Needed for Our Children and Our Nation’s Future

October 17, 2022

This inaugural report from the Voices for Honest Education Fellowship outlines expert research and data on why accurate and student-affirming education practices need implementation across the nation. The report, The Student-Affirming Education Needed for Our Children and Our Nation's Future, released by the award winning educators of the National Network of State Teachers of the Year's Voices for Honest Education, comes as attacks on honest education threaten the future of K-12 education.

W.K. Kellogg Foundation Grants September 2022

October 6, 2022

The list of W.K. Kellogg Foundation grants approved in September 2022.

Building More Equitable SNAP-Ed Collaborations Among Land-grant Universities and State & Community Partners - Part 1

October 6, 2022

The first session of this 3-part webinar series considers the impact funding disparities within the land-grant university system and among statewide implementing agencies, cultural awareness and integration, community food access, and so on have on partnership development and offers ideas and models for more equitable SNAP-Ed partnerships. Specifically, the first session explores how SNAP-Ed funding is determined at the federal level, the latest SNAP-Ed community needs assessment tool seeking to increase equity, tribal colleges and universities' role in SNAP-Ed and policy recommendations, and perspectives on how funding decisions impact statewide collaboration and considerations for increasing equitable collaboration within states.

Nutrition Education and Food Access Evaluation Report (2022)

September 13, 2022

The project evaluated examined the use of agricultural education in the ECE setting in Clayton County, GA. The project measured teachers' self-efficacy and level of readiness to employ Farm to ECE (FTECE) practices, and explored parents' and community members' perceptions about fruit and vegetable access and promotion. 

Farmer Equity a National Survey of Opportunities and Challenges

September 9, 2022

This is a report style briefing on goals, objectives, outcomes, and conclusion of the Farm Equity National Scan Assessment project. In the knowledge product, we included a few quotes from producers, photos, and stories to highlight farmers that were interviewed.

Funding Narrative Change, An Assessment and Framework

September 7, 2022

Narrative change has become a popular focus with growing urgency to change public narratives around issues like racial justice, health equity, abortion rights, and rights for trans people. But because this area of work is relatively new for funders, the work is often siloed, leading to a lack of meaningful results. This report's authors propose a framework for funders and practitioners to shift narratives via mass culture, mass media, and mass movements.

Racial Equity and Healing

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