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Seventh-grade entrepreneurs pose outside of Birmingham iconic venue The Club at the beginning of an exciting day filled with shark tanks, budgets, and business ideas. 

14 JANUARY 2016

DEAR BIRMINGHAM,

For many, the beginning of a new year is a time for reflection, a time to look back on the past twelve months, and come up with a plan to better ourselves, our lives, our relationships, our work. And at Ed, we're no different. 

Last year was an eventful one. We added several talented new people to our staff and expanded our programs into middle school through GEAR UP Birmingham. We embarked on a new adventure with the launch of the Ed Network and stood in awe of our students as they demonstrated their talents in public speaking in front of Condoleezza Rice and the audience at ArcStories. We spent hours on the phone with our partners, coordinating schedules and ordering buses; we lost only a little bit of sleep thinking about what we could have done better; we smiled a lot. 

So, in 2016, our goal is to get you more involved in our efforts, because - let's be honest - we're better when you're here. On our own, demanding excellence in education for students in Birmingham City Schools is a daunting task: with you, it's an exciting one. Whatever your skill set, passion, or availability, we've got something for you to do. We promise. 

Send us a volunteer inquiry through this form or join our Network to get weekly updates about activity among our members. Make good on your own New Year's Resolutions to stay in touch by following us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter, and if you know about something that we should know about, give us a heads up by completing the short Share Your Good News form on our website. 

Meanwhile, check out the 2015 Highlights Reel below, featuring recent Huffman graduate Theodore Tyson's Student Voice, Hudson K-8 teacher Laura West in our Educator Spotlight, and the Birmingham Rotary Club in the Partnership Feature. These are the stories that demonstrate why we do what we do, and why we hope you'll join us.

Let's make this year better than the last. Together. 

See you soon.

SINCERELY,
ED

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EDUCATORS

Because we have so many talented people in and around Birmingham City Schools. 

The students in Laura West's seventh-grade English classes at Hudson K-8 received a letter from the President. The ambitious educator is always looking for new ways to inspire and motivate her students to be agents of change through connecting classroom activities to real-world issues, like human trafficking and police brutality. And it's working. Students wrote to President Obama and he wrote back.  Want to know the whole story? Check out this popular Educator Spotlight

STUDENTS

Because it really is all about the students and they really do have a lot to say.  

"Is this all because of my idea?" asks Huffman senior Theodore Tyson, watching his peers work alongside middle school students to design and construct a community art project out of donated and scrap materials. And it is all because of his idea. As a result of conversations during last year's Career Development Conference on Public Speaking Ed helped Tyson and his peers put together an amazing project - and the results brought us to tears. Learn more about the process and the outcome in Victoria's favorite Student Voice

PARTNERS

Because we are nothing without the combined effort of some really great citizens in Birmingham.

Our members look forward to the Career Development Conference each semester," says Rotary Club President Sanjay Singh. As signature partner for the program, the Birmingham Rotary Club contributes over 100 volunteers and close to 200 volunteer hours to the Conference, which helps give students experience on skills like interviewing and public speaking. Learn more about the Club's contribution in this all-star Partnership Feature

CALENDAR

Jan (on-going): In-school sessions for CDC: 7th-grade (entrepreneurship)
Jan 12th: 10th-grade BTG site-visit to Alabama Power's Technology Applications Center
Jan 13th: 10th-grade BTG site-visit to Alabama Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Jan 19: 10th-grade BTG site-visit to UAB Hospital
Jan 19 from 5-7p: Network Night at Tuggle Elementary School
Jan 20: 8th-grade BTG site-visit to Iberia Bank
Jan 20: 8th-grade BTG site-visit to Justice Department
Jan 21: 10th-grade BTG site-visit to Brasfield & Gorrie
Jan 22: 8th-grade BTG site-visit to Birmingham Business Alliance
Jan 22: 8th-grade BTG site-visit to BBVA Compass
Jan 22: 8th-grade BTG site-visit to AmFirst Federal Credit Union
Jan 26: 10th-grade BTG site-visit to BB&T
Jan 26 from 5-7p: Network Night at Ramsay High School
Jan 28 from 5-7p: Network Night at Carver High School

ABOUT ED

The Birmingham Education Foundation (ED) dedicates itself to ensuring all of the 25,000 students in the Birmingham City Schools are on the path to college and career readiness. We strive to be a connector between our students, families, and educators and the resources, opportunities, and partners we need to drive toward success. We aim to inspire Birmingham around what is possible for our students by telling the stories of our students, families, and educators. We believe this generation of leaders must commit to building the next generation of leaders.
 
Click here to learn how it all began.  
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