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  //  MAY 2014

D E A R   B I R M I N G H A M , 
 
As the school year slowly comes to a close, we want to take some time to remember why we do what we do.   For Ed and the countless community partners and Birmingham residents that engage with Birmingham City Schools, our highest priority is to do what is best for students.  
 
Ed's Student Voice - May 2014
This month, we hear from four Birmingham City students about their experiences at last month's College 101 bi-annual tour.  On April 16th, the University of Alabama Birmingham welcomed over 250 students to campus for a round of individually-selected academic tours. Student attendees had the opportunity to choose to attend a presentation for one of seven different departments, during which they talked to faculty and current students, toured classrooms, and watched demos with specialized equipment.  To learn more, click the video at right or go to our blog to read the full post.  You can also check out more photos from the event here.  
 
Additionally, below you can find two more regular features, this month highlighting Wenonah Curriculum Coach Dr. Christine Hall and local-non-profit Alabama Possible.  Click the links to read the full-text articles, check out our newly expanded events Photo Albums and read more about the stories you want to hear.  And remember, check us out on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to get up-to-the-minute updates about Ed activities and students achievements.  
 
Until next time.  
 
S I N C E R E L Y ,
E D


S T U D E N T S
Because it really is all about the students and because they really do have a lot to say.  

This year, Ed expanded its signature College 101 program to reach nearly 1000 students through several college prep initiatives.  In April, UAB welcomed nearly 300 BCS students to an academic-nased tour, during which individuals chose what major they wanted to hear more about.  Find out what our student attendees thought in May's Student Voice.   
P A R T N E R S
Because we are nothing without the combined efforts of some really great citizens of Birmingham.
 
At Ed, we rely on great community partners to help us deliver first-rate programs to Birmingham City students. This year, Alabama Possible brought the Blueprints College Access curriculum to tenth-grade students at the Academies at Woodlawn and Wenonah as part of Ed's College Prep Institute.  Find out more about Alabama Possible in our monthly Partnership Feature.  
E D U C A T O R S
Because we have so many talented and dedicated people in the Birmingham City Schools. 

Dr. Christine Hall is a longtime educator and Curriculum Coach at Wenonah High School, but we know her as a crucial partner and advocate for college access.  Dr. Hall's rapport with students helped make several College 101 programs a success and she also provided valuable feedback to Ed so we can continue to grow.  Learn more about Dr. Hall in this month's 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: 

May 7: Post-secondary education panel at Parker High School
May 8: Post-secondary education panel at Carver High School
May 14: Bridging the Gap with JO/Carver at UAB Hospital
May 23: Carver Academy of Engineering at Lyric Theater and Dunn Construction
May, various dates: FAFSA Workshops with Alabama Possible
May, various dates: Entrance Requirement Presentations for College 101
A B O U T   E D
The mission of the Birmingham Education Foundation is to bring the voice of the community to Birmingham City Schools' leadership and to work with that leadership to provide a range of support to allow the system to fulfill its mission and vision. We do this with a vision that the children of Birmingham will be fully prepared for success in the work and life. We believe unequivocally that current circumstances should not be a barrier to future success.


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