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A+ Board Member, JW Carpenter, Received 2016 Harvard Business School Fellowship
July 12, 2016
(Special from the Alabama Association of Nonprofits, July 12, 2016)

Harvard Business School Fellowship Awarded
Congratulations, J.W. Carpenter

We are proud to announce the recipient of the 2016 Harvard Business School Fellowship is J.W. Carpenter.

J.W. has served as Executive Director of the Birmingham Education Foundation (BEF) since September 2013. He serves on the boards of A+ Education Partnership, Operation Hope-Alabama, and Youth Entrepreneur Labs. 
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Knowledge Matters: Opportunity Ripe to Close Achievement Gap with ESSA
June 10, 2016
Since the passing of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), local schools and districts have the opportunity to dramatically shift the way reading tests are used, and to systematically develop skills, knowledge, and vocabulary throughout the elementary grades.
 
Knowledge Matters: Restoring the Wonder and Excitement to the Classroom,” is a national campaign focused on improving students’ reading comprehension and understanding of broad topics, rather than concentrating on the short-term goals of literacy and language “coding.”
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Investing in What Works for Alabama Students Will Impact the State’s Economy in a Big Way
June 8, 2016
Recently, three expert economists published an essay projecting the economic impact in the poorest states if more of those states’ citizen-students graduated from high school fully and confidently prepared for the higher-level work they will face in postsecondary education or in the workforce. “College and Career Ready” is a phrase used often by policy wonks, but it has powerful meaning for our state.
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