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Alabama GRIT Releases New Film: Real Learning for Real Life
August 25, 2016 | Comments
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Our partners at Alabama GRIT (Graduate Ready. Impact Tomorrow.), have produced and released a new, short documentary taking viewers inside Alabama classrooms to witness what teaching and learning look like today. 

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ESSA in Alabama: Progress Report
August 2, 2016 | Comments
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Since Congress replaced the No Child Left Behind Act in 2015 with the bi-partisan-supported Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), states now face the major task of writing plans to implement the new law. The new law reduces federal oversight that states often perceived as constraining.... [continue reading]
 
 
A+ Board Member, JW Carpenter, Received 2016 Harvard Business School Fellowship
July 12, 2016 | Comments
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(Special from the Alabama Association of Nonprofits, July 12, 2016)Harvard Business School Fellowship AwardedCongratulations, J.W. CarpenterWe 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.... [continue reading]
 
 
Knowledge Matters: Opportunity Ripe to Close Achievement Gap with ESSA
June 10, 2016 | Comments
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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 lit... [continue reading]
 
 
Investing in What Works for Alabama Students Will Impact the State’s Economy in a Big Way
June 8, 2016 | Comments
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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.... [continue reading]
 
 
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