“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.
As some, not all, of the country begin to claw back to some sense of normalcy in the wake of the worst of COVID-19, it bears remembering that racial inequality in our country is not new. It just “raised its head” more blatantly during this pandemic. Racial disparity is perpetuated through a caste system built on economic and political exclusion and designed to limit people’s ability to maneuver freely to advance their economic, social, educational, and political well-being. This is not easy for anyone to hear. But, to address educational equity and make long lasting change, we must first be honest. HERE!
More than 40 participants of Southern Echo’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) program participated in a tour of the Infinity Science Museum on June 25, 2021. The STEM program is a track in Southern Echo’s Youth Empowerment 4 Scholars (YES!), and its goal is to expose students from diverse backgrounds to STEM learning and technology. HERE!
In 2015, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) which reauthorized the 50-year-old Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). ESSA is designed to be a national education law that demonstrates a nation’s commitment to providing equal opportunities and quality educations to all students. In partnership with the Mississippi Department of Education, Southern Echo facilitates training sessions and provides informative modules and materials centered around understanding and implementing ESSA.
More than zip codes, more than demographics, school climate remains one of the best indicators of success within a school. The climate and culture of a school extends past classroom doors and permeates the community surrounding it. It is the climate that reinforces expectations, renders consequences, and maintains continuity. Southern Echo works with school administrators, teachers, parents, students, and local stakeholders to create productive, inclusive, and equitable school climates.
Working with parents, their children, and educational professionals, Southern Echo provides training, education, and resources to public school communities looking to create better academic outcomes for the students they serve. Whether through P16 Councils, PTSA groups, or other informal organizations, the convenings and trainings Southern Echo provides
In 1997, the Mississippi Legislature passed Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP) which provided a formula designed to ensure that every Mississippi child had free access to an “adequate education.” The application of the formula was supposed to negate disparities arising from children that live in high-income communities and those that live in low-wealth communities. Unfortunately, the MAEP has only been fully funded twice since its inception, and the Mississippi Supreme Court has recently decided that the legislature is not required to do so. Southern Echo works with its partners and allies to highlight issues of funding and educating stakeholders on their civic options.
In Educational Resources, you will find maps, reports, and data/scores from many schools and school districts throughout the state.