In 2013, Jackson State University and Jackson Public School District collaborated to form the first laboratory school in this area, Blackburn Laboratory Middle School. Efforts toward the goal of transforming Blackburn into a highly successful middle school for replication and studies of successful practices in the district, state, and nation are ongoing. As a high-performing community school, we see the lab school as the conduit to develop and merge effective instructional norms of practice and 21st Century Skills in both the College of Education and middle school classrooms.
The Cleopatra D. Thompson Curriculum Center which serves as JSU's bridge for relevant PK-12 curricula, technology, and best practices for instructional delivery will be used to support pre-service teacher education laboratory school participants. Additionally, JSU's Kids Kollege will provide summer enrichment opportunities for Blackburn students and service learning hours for pre-service teachers.