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Project Overview

RISE, Regional Initiatives for Sustainable Education, is a diverse group of grassroots educators and stakeholders with a passionate belief in the educability of all children. The SE=SS pilot program, funded by the Walton Family Foundation, is the beginning of a large-scale effort to drastically impact education in the Mississippi Delta in a positive manner.


This pilot program focuses on increasing the number of certified teachers in the four (4) public school districts in Coahoma County; however, with its success, we will be expanding to neighboring counties next summer.

During the duration of the cohort, participants will receive FREE test preparation for any portions of the Praxis requirements and/or ACT. With a collaborative network of colleagues aiming for the same goal of certification, it is our vision to see twenty (20) certified candidates by the end of one year.

The SE=SS program also includes a community engagement effort to increase support of local schools and their recruitment efforts and technical support for local high school Educators Rising programs.

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