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  //  APRIL 2014
D E A R   B I R M I N G H A M , 
One thing is certain: the long winter sure didn't slow us down.  
This Spring, Ed amped up our efforts with the expansion of two programs: College 101 - which brought representatives from Alabama State, Stillman and Miles together for a string of HBCU presentations, and helped students across Birmingham City Schools complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) during workshops facilitated by Alabama Possible - and Bridging the Gap - which added Regions Financial, Alabama Power, UAB School of Education and many others to our list of active partners.   
On our website, you can now find Photo Albums from many Ed-sponsored events to get a better look at what we do, and what cool things our students in Birmingham City Schools have been up to.  
And that's just the short version.  In the April edition of our newsletter, you'll find summaries of the featured articles on our very own Ed Blog - click the links below to read the full story and learn more about what Ed has been up to.  We also invite you to take the time to comment on articles and share your favorites with your friends on social media.  And as always, if you have a suggestions, please send an email to let us know what you think, so we can deliver more of the good news that interests 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.  

This month, Bridging the Gap took students from the Parker Academy of Urban Educators to the Southern Museum of Flight to learn about opportunities for educators outside the classroom.  Click the link below to hear about the experience from the perspective of Deja Robinson in the video interview for April's Student Voice.   
Because we are nothing without the combined efforts of some really great citizens of Birmingham.
As part of the 2013-2014 expansion of our signature program College 101, next week, Ed will take 300 students to UAB to learn more about the majors they are interested in pursuing - a giant task made easier by the fantastic team at UAB Admissions.  Learn more about the folks that are helping us organize the whole thing in this month's Partnership Feature.  
Because we have so many talented and dedicated people in the Birmingham City Schools. 

For our April issue, we are highlighting Kristie Williams, Academy Coordinator at G.W. Carver Hight School.  The fact that Carver has two Academies does not stop Ms. Williams from developing first-rate learning experiences for her students, and fostering the real world connections and relationships she knows they need to succeed.  Learn more 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: 

April 16: College 101 at UAB
April 19: Mini-clinic at Jackson-Olin HS
April 23: Woodlawn AOBF at Regions Field
April 25: College 101 at Birmingham Southern College
May 1: Academy Induction Ceremony
May 14: Bridging the Gap with JO/Carver at UAB Hospital
April, various dates: FAFSA Workshops with Alabama Possible
April, various dates: HBCU workshops with Stillman, ASU and Miles
A B O U T   E D
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