B I R M I N G H A M   E D U C A T I O N   F O U N D A T I O N  //  MARCH 2014
D E A R   B I R M I N G H A M , 
Ed and Birmingham City Schools are off to a great start in 2014.  So far this year, every 11th- and 12th-grade student in BCS has taken a practice ACT, administration has partnered with our friends at CAMP to provide a new Saturday school program to help students boost their scores on the exam, and five Birmingham City basketball teams made it to the Alabama High School Athletic Association Regional Semi-finals.  At Ed, we are continuing our College 101 programs, talking to students at lunch about where they want to go to college, and expanding Bridging the Gap to three new Academies for Spring 2014.  
We've spent a lot of time during these first few months of 2014 going back to our roots, reviving the spirit of Yes We Can! Birmingham, and meeting new people.  As we move forward, we will continue to be listeners and learners, putting our ears to the ground to find out how we can continue to serve our schools and be an advocate for our students and the community.  And we can't wait to tell you all about it.  
In the meantime, welcome to our March newsletter.  Below, you'll find links to our larger newsletter articles on the Ed Blog.  Click the links to read the full story, complete with video interviews and photos.  We hope you will think of this as your newsletter, and read more about the topics that interest you.  
Until next time.  
S I N C E R E L Y ,

Because it really is all about the students and because they really do have a lot to say.  

Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes at UAB Hospital?  The students at Jackson-Olin and Carver Academies of Health Sciences have a pretty good idea.  Click the link below to read more about Ed's Bridging the Gap program from Carver student Walter Carr in the video interview for this month's Student Voice segment.   
Because we are nothing without the combined efforts of some really great citizens of Birmingham.
This month, we talk to Usama Abbasi, student at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, member of the University Honors Program, and Ed ACT Fellow.  Click the link below to hear more about Usama and his experience working with Ed to help improve ACT scores for Career Academy students in Birmingham City Schools in this month's Partnership Feature.  
Because we have so many talented and dedicated people in Birmingham City Schools. 

For our March issue, we sat down with Gail Quinn - a product of Birmingham City Schools and long-time educator.  To say Ms. Quinn is just an English teacher doesn't capture the full range of activities that she participates in at Huffman High.  But don't just take our word for it - read more about Ms. Quinn's many talents in our monthly Educator Spotlight.
U P C O M I N G   E V E N T S
We love being out around town and inside our schools.  Here is a list of some of the places where you can find us this month: 

March 6, 13, 20: College Prep Institute at Woodlawn and Wenonah
March 6: Bridging the Gap at Regions Central with Woodlawn AOBF
March 14: Career Academies Career Development Conference
March 17: Bridging the Gap with Carver AOE at Alabama Power Coal Plant
March 19: Bridging the Gap with Parker AOUE at Southern Museum of Flight
March 19: Bridging the Gap with JO/Carver at UAB Hospital
March, various dates: FAFSA Workshops with Alabama Possible
March, various dates: HBCU workshops with Stillman, ASU and Miles
A B O U T   E D
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