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August 5, 2009

One of the promises of the Yes We Can! Birmingham grassroots campaign in 2008 was to form a separate nonprofit organization to support Birmingham City Schools and to keep citizens engaged in this important work. The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham fulfilled this promise by creating the Birmingham Education Foundation (BEF), which recently saw school officials take a first step toward answering one of the top concerns expressed in the Community Agreement created as part of YWC!B.

Interim Superintendent Barbara Allen announced this week the implementation of a Leadership Academy for Birmingham principals and assistant principals. This sounds like a great response to the concerns expressed by parents, educators and community leaders during YWC!B Community Conversations across Birmingham neighborhoods in 2008.

BEF board members, led by Fred McCallum, President of ATT Alabama, made expansion of professional development for principals and teachers one of the goals of BEF. Other goals include:
– Expansion of Advanced Placement classes and participation in three high schools by targeting 6th-8th grades in 12 middle schools with pre-AP curriculum
– Enhancement and expansion of current Career Tech programs in high schools in partnership with area businesses and community colleges
– Increased parental involvement throughout the system by coordinating existing programs and adding additional sites and services

Find out more about the on-going role of BEF and Yes We Can! Birmingham by contacting Karen Rolen of the Community Foundation at 327-3811.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. August 6, 2009 2:08 am

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