Category Archives: Education

A Smart Directory for teachers

Smart Directory logoThe Cultural Alliance of Greater Birmingham has recently launched a new directory for educational programs in the greater Birmingham area. The Smart Directory includes listings of in-school presentations, off-site programs and field trips and links to other useful resources for our community’s teachers – and those just interested in seeing all that we have available to us in the area.

Image: courtesy of the organization’s website

Samford to take down Ramsay Hall

We just received word that Samford University has announced plans to take down Ramsay Hall, the all-male residence hall that suffered a roof collapse in March of 2008, having “…reached a resolution in the insurance process.”

 The announcement was made earlier this evening via an email sent by the university’s vice president for operations and planning, Dr. Sarah Latham, to students and faculty.

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Somebody said Girl Scout Cookies…

Many in metro Birmingham and across the country will breathe a collective sigh of relief on January 9 as Girl Scout cookies go on sale. Sure you’ve got until March 7, but you know you’ve been craving Thin Mints for a while now…

Our local Girl Scouts organization has also let us know that there’s yet another option this year for our collective sweet tooths – Dulce de Leche. We figure you’ll have questions, so visit the Girl Scouts of North Central Alabama site to get them answered (plus you’ll learn how this program benefits the young ladies involved). Go ahead and bookmark it too since you know you want to order on Friday…

Photo: Wikipedia

Birmingham City Schools get Inauguration Day off

We’ve just learned that the Christmas break calendar has been changed for Birmingham city students. We’ve also learned that students will have Tuesday, January 20, 2009, off for Inauguration Day in addition to the Monday, Jan. 19, 2009, for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Schools and offices will be closed for the 19th. Employees will be in on January 20, 2009, is now an in-house professional development day. 

Students will be out of school from December 19 through January 2, 2009 for the Christmas holiday break; they’ll be back in session on Monday, January 5, 2009.

The Rhodes lead to Birmingham

While the participants in this story are not tied to Birmingham directly, the results are definitely the type of thing that folks in the Magic City like to be associated with. Steve Kallas’ blog, Kallas Remarks, has a rundown of the details surrounding Florida State safety Myron Rolle‘s predicament – interview here in Birmingham on Saturday to be a Rhodes Scholar, play in Saturday’s game against Maryland, or both (one that speaks to what it means to be a student-athlete, with the emphasis on student, in the ESPN/Internet driven world of sports).

It also may shine a little light on the fact that despite all of the cheering that we do on Saturday mornings, it’s still supposed to be about great individuals like Rolle getting an education, isn’t it?

There’s scholarship money to be had!

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mental_floss has teamed up with Borders and Miriam Webster are offering you a chance to win one of five (5) $10,000 scholarships in their College Ain’t Cheap Tuition Giveaway. You’ll write an essay of no more than 750 words talking about why you should win one of the prizes (in the style of mental_floss of course), usable on tuition and/or books in Fall 2009. If you don’t win one of the first prizes, the consolation prize is pretty cool itself. You really don’t want to start practicing procrastinating (you may do a lot of that when you get to college, though I wouldn’t suggest that), so enter now (the contest ends on January 31)!

A Community Agreement is ready for Birmingham

We the People, in order to form a more perfect school system…” Those are the words that introduce readers to the Community Agreement developed through the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham‘s  Yes We Can! Birmingham campaign as the result of months of Community Conversations allowing input from residents across the city’s 99 neighborhoods about what they wanted to see for our school system’s children. Approximately 1,800 people participated in the conversations, focused on the following two questions: What kind of community do you envision for the future? and What kind of schools do we need to get us there? 

The agreement was unveiled at a gathering held at Vulcan Park this past Saturday morning. It is available as a PDF for you to review and download.