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Don’t Miss These Community Listening Sessions on Education in Jackson

​Through the week of Dec. 11, the Jackson City Council, Jackson Council of the PTA, Jackson School Board, student representatives to the School Board, Hinds County Delegation and Better Together Commission will hold community listening sessions on public education in the City of Jackson. These sessions are designed to give all community stakeholders a chance to let their voices be heard on public education issues within the city and district. Every voice matters; don’t miss this opportunity to be part of the conversation!

Ward 1 – Monday, Dec. 11 – 5:30-7:30pm

Christ United Methodist Church

6000 Old Canton Road

Jackson, MS 39211

Ward 2 – Monday, Dec. 11 – 5:30-7:30pm

Anderson United Methodist Church

6205 Hanging Moss Road

Jackson, MS 39206

Ward 3 – Tuesday, Dec. 12 – 5:30-7:30pm

Cade Chapel Missionary Baptist Church

1000 West Ridgeway Street

Jackson, MS 39213

Ward 4 – Tuesday, Dec. 12 – 5:30-7:30pm

Siwell Middle School

1983 North Siwell Road

Jackson, MS 39209

Ward 5 – Wednesday, Dec. 13 – 5:30-7:30pm

Provine High School


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How Ask for More Jackson’s E3 Program Empowers Jackson Youth

Early Saturday morning, dozens of young Jacksonians came together to answer the burning question: what’s your color?

Guided by the Real Colors assessment used to designate personality types, the young people, grouped by their discovered color labels—confident oranges, emotionally intelligent blues, calm and collected greens (there were no golds)–discussed their personality types. What set them apart, what they had in common, how they could learn from each other and work together. This training is all part of Ask for More Jackson’s Engage, Enlighten and Employ, or “E3” program. The Real Colors assessment, among other exercises, helps the young participants better understand themselves.

“It helps me toward my goals in life,” said 18-year-old Kevazian Johnson about this particular exercise; Johnson is an orange, who feels this skill training will better prepare him for the collaborative nature of his future career goal of being a fashion designer. “It helps me understand other people’s values and goals.”

In its fourth year of operation, E3 has empowered dozens of Jackson teenagers and young adults in their pursuit of future success, whether or not they want to go to college. This year’s participants spent their summer in internships that helped them…
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Regarding the “Better Together” option for Jackson Public Schools

To all advocates of the Jackson Public School District,

Yesterday, Mayor Lumumba and Governor Bryant unveiled a “Better Together” plan, formed in concert with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, that attempts to reroute the possibility of potential state takeover of our district. Here is what we know about the details of this option, currently set in motion:

  • The entire JPS school board has resigned, though JPS still has local control of the district. Mayor Lumumba and the Jackson City Council will replenish the Board, starting as early as next week.
  • The City of Jackson, Bryant, and the Kellogg Foundation will create a commission of 15 members, with each party choosing 5 members. This commission will attempt to hire a contractor, funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, to perform a year-long analysis of JPS in order to assess what it needs to succeed.
  • JPS will still work with the Mississippi Department of Education on completing the corrective action plan, and Dr. Freddrick Murray will remain superintendent.
  • MDE has been notified by Governor Bryant of this plan.

Ask for More Jackson’s priority is the complete wellness of every scholar in the Jackson Public…
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Announcement of Our Name Change

Carolyn Jolivette

To all friends, family members, and advocates of the children of Jackson, Mississippi:

Previously, we’ve announced that we would be changing our name and separating from the the Parents for Public Schools national network. Our name and affiliation no longer fully captured the impact we work towards every day on behalf of our city’s children. It is with excitement that we announce our organization’s new name: Ask For More Jackson.

Ask For More is one of our oldest and most successful programs, empowering educators to support the wellbeing of each child through the student’s entire progression through school. Teachers and principals engage parents, students and community partners in the process, and that sense of shared responsibility radically improves how schools operate. All of our existing programs and relationships remain, and we look to the future to continue to meet the challenges that face the students, families, and educators in our public school district.

In addition to our name change, we have also given our logo a makeover. The logo icon depicts the dynamic movement of multi-colored shapes, each piece symbolizing the commitment of our diverse stakeholders to making innovative…
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Community Raises $9,000 for JPS Students Without Laptops

From the Clarion Ledger: “The nonprofit group Parents for Public Schools (of Jackson) issued a call to action on Wednesday asking people for donoations to help the 249 students who were unable to pay the $40 annual maintenance fee for the MacBook Airs. These laptops are being used to promote digital learning and integrate technology into classrooms. As of Friday morning, the group had raised around $9,000 of the $10,000 it sought to help these students get their laptops.

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Parents for Public Schools of Jackson Provides Internship Opportunities to JPS Students


Published by JPS News- September 5, 2014. Several Jackson Public Schools (JPS) students participated in the Parents for Public Schools of Jackson (PPSJ) Summer Internship Initiative: Engage, Educate, Employ program held during the summer of 2014. Funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, this internship program partnered with the Career Development Center in JPS to recruit students in career preparation programs. Thirty JPS students–23 boys and seven girls representing Callaway, Forest Hill, Jim Hill, Lanier, Murrah and Provine high schools–were exposed to a combination of academic and employability preparation services and placed in paid internships that were aligned to the students’ interests.

The program also provided informative and engaging experiences that helped develop participants’ skills in the areas of collaboration, communications, problem-solving and leadership. Under the guidance of the internship site mentors, students learned and observed problem-solving and leadership skills in action while they explored their career options at the internship sites. The PPSJ internship program guided the students in the development of personal opportunity plans to chart a path for future success.

“The Kellogg Foundation believes that there are the often inequitable outcomes for young children and for males…
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Parents for Public Schools of Jackson Provides Internship Opportunities to JPS Students

Parents for Public Schools of Jackson Provides Internship Opportunities to JPS Students Published by JPS News- September 5, 2014


Several Jackson Public Schools (JPS) students participated in the Parents for Public Schools of Jackson (PPSJ) Summer Internship Initiative: Engage, Educate, Employ program held during the summer of 2014. Funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, this internship program partnered with the Career Development Center in JPS to recruit students in career preparation programs. Thirty JPS students–23 boys and seven girls representing Callaway, Forest Hill, Jim Hill, Lanier, Murrah and Provine high schools–were exposed to a combination of academic and employability preparation services and placed in paid internships that were aligned to the students’ interests.

The program also provided informative and engaging experiences that helped develop participants’ skills in the areas of collaboration, communications, problem-solving and leadership. Under the guidance of the internship site mentors, students learned and observed problem-solving and leadership skills in action while they explored their career options at the internship sites. The PPSJ internship program guided the students in the development of personal opportunity plans to chart a path for future success.


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Four JPS Teachers Honored as Outstanding Educators

On Monday, August 25th and Tuesday, August 26th, 2014, four outstanding Jackson Public School educators were surprised during staff gatherings for being selected for the 2014 Outstanding Educators Award. Each year, Parents for Public Schools of Jackson and the Outstanding Educator Awards Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson honors outstanding educators from Jackson Public Schools. All four outstanding educators received monetary awards on Wednesday, September 3rd, at 11:45 a.m. at the Parents for Public Schools of Jackson’s “Lunch Bunch” at JSU’s Mississippi e-Center. The teachers can use the funds for professional or personal purposes. A generous, anonymous donor has made this award possible. Jane Alexander, president and CEO of the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson said, “We are delighted to recognize our outstanding educators by supporting this award. Our teachers are our strength in public schools, and we should certainly be proud of the fine work they do. It’s important to celebrate the many great things teachers are accomplishing in our community.”
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JPS Teacher of the Year

JPS Superintendent Dr. Cedrick Gray announced the District’s top teacher Thursday, January 23, 2014, at Jim Hill High School. Biology teacher Susan Bender was named the 2014 Jackson Public Schools Teacher of the Year.


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Parents Inspiring Parents to Encourage the Culture of Reading

Parents for Public Schools of Jackson joined forces with other partners of the Jackson Public School District, One Jackson, Many Readers collaboration to host two amazing Summer Reading Program Parent Orientations on May 31st and June 14th in the MetroCenter Mall. Over 200 elementary, middle and high school parents attended sessions to learn various techniques to support our JPS scholars with reading/ writing strategies and resources throughout the summer.

The overall goal of these Parent Orientations was to provide parents with information and strategies to encourage a culture of reading with their children throughout the summer and beyond. Each orientation began with an overview of the One Jackson, Many Readers program, followed by grade levels breakout sessions. The elementary session focused on providing parents with strategies to ensure their children comprehend what they are reading. Parents created their own material to demonstrate the “seven best habits of children while reading.” The middle school session’s focus was to provide parents with interactive strategies to engage middle school students in reading. The high school session provided information and resources to parents regarding essential literacy skills students need to be prepared for and successful in…
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