Articles written by: Annie Gilbertson

Annie Gilbertson

Annie Gilbertson has covered the Mississippi education beat for well over a year. Prior, Annie interned at Chicago Public Radio where she integrated user-generated content into the broadcast and produced stories with the non-traditional public radio listener in mind. She's also taught many radio making workshops. In Chicago, Annie led production of Northwestern University's Alumni Association podcasts and worked part-time at scene shop. She's excited to return to the South having "cut her reporting teeth" in Auburn, AL.

Will Common Core Teach Mississippi To Write?
Common Core Series / Mississippi / Special Coverage

Will Common Core Teach Mississippi To Write?

Students across the country can expect to be writing a lot more under Common Core State Standards, which may turn out to be a formidable challenge here in the South. In part three of the Southern Education Desk series on Common Core, reporter Annie Gilbertson reports new writing standards are an especially tall order for Mississippi.

What You Need To Know: Early Childhood Education
Pre-K Series / Resources / What You Need To Know

What You Need To Know: Early Childhood Education

Early childhood education is the teaching of children from birth up to age 8. Head Start, childcare, public and private preschools as well as traditional K-2 classrooms are all examples of early childhood education providers. Access and quality of early childhood education varies from institution to institution and from state to state.

Preschool immediately puts children ahead of their peers, but will their lead sustain? Photo by Adria Walker.
Audio / Early Education / Mississippi / Multimedia / Pre-K Series / Tennessee

Proving Preschool With Performance

At first glance, research on preschool may appear conflicting. A Vanderbilt University shows preschool students are 80-percent better prepared for school than their peers – especially in literacy and math. But a recent study of Head Start finds by third grade, their lead has all but disappeared completely. How should this data be interpreted?

Monday Reading List: Education News From Around The South
Passing Notes

Monday Reading List: Education News From Around The South

Courts place hold on Alabama school choice bill; Tenn. legislature looks to limit online school enrollment; and other education news from around the South.

Why Mississippi Preschool May Overlook Kids In Need
Audio / Mississippi / Multimedia

Why Mississippi Preschool May Overlook Kids In Need

Mississippi is the only state in the South that does not fund preschool. That may change this spring if the legislature passes one of two bills to subsidize select programs. But Mississippi is likely to remain an outlier among southern states – as the legislation won’t give limited preschool seats to needy children first.

Thursday Reading List: Education News From Around The South
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Thursday Reading List: Education News From Around The South

Louisiana Governor Jindal’s charter school expansion initiative falls flat; Tennessee’s Education Commissioner calls public schools wasteful bureaucracies; and more education news from around the South.

“Bring Back The White Kids”: A Fight To Integrate In Rural Mississippi (Video)
Audio / Mississippi / Poverty / Race / Segregation Shifts Series / Video

“Bring Back The White Kids”: A Fight To Integrate In Rural Mississippi (Video)

School segregation in Tate County, Mississippi, has spurred debate about the concept of separate but equal. Mainly, whether it’s possible.

Monday Reading List: Education News From Around The South
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Monday Reading List: Education News From Around The South

Sequestration’s effect on southern schools; Mississippi’s dismal college completion rate; and more of the day’s education headlines from around the South.