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Weekly Updates from A+ Education Partnership


This week, we are celebrating the successful completion of A+ College Ready's E3 Summer Training! This summer, A+CR had the privilege of training 1,800 Alabama teachers- equipping them with the skills to excel in both AP and non-AP courses. Announcing their largest training group to date, more than 50 administrators took part by attending training on Instructional Rounds. 

This Week at A+
> A+ Student VOICES Team: Do you know an Alabama high school student interested in becoming a civically-engaged leader? Nominate them for the A+ Student VOICES Team! Students will have opportunities to meet with state officials, conduct research in their schools, and more. Applications are due September 9. Visit to learn more. 


> The Alabama Best Practices Center: The ABPC has rescheduled the upcoming Facilitators Institute. It will now be held on November 6th and 7th in Tuscaloosa. This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in becoming a more effective professional learning facilitator. Participants will be immersed in adult learning theory, best practices in facilitation, and trouble-shooting based on audience needs. There will also be the opportunity for attendees to practice their facilitation skills using designs created by the session leaders. Please email our Operations Manager, Dakota Punzel, at [email protected] with any questions or to register.



Many Alabama Schools See Cuts in State Funding for Teacher Roles
(written by Trisha Powell Crain,, July 25)

Alabama Students Showcase National History Day Projects in Washington
(written by Kalyn Dunkins,, July 26)

Two Alabama High Schools Celebrate AP Test Achievement: ‘So Proud’
(written by Trisha Powell Crain,, July 18)

School Retirements Slow, But Some Districts Still See High Numbers
(written by Trisha Powell Crain,, July 17)

How One High School’s Manufacturing Class Is Being Recreated Across Alabama
(written by Hadley Hitson, Montgomery Advertiser, July 20)



Teacher College’s Social Media Campaign Aims to Draw HS Students to Profession
(written by Daniel Perez, The 74, July 21)

How 2 States Are Increasing Teacher Capacity to Improve Early Literacy
(written by Kara Arundel, Education Dive, July 26)

How Black Students Are Helping Each Other Cope With Mental Health Challenges 
(written by Patrick Wall, Chalkbeat, July 27)

How High School Students Are Making STEM Education Accessible for Younger Kids
(written by Lauraine Langreo, Education Week, July 25)



For the Sake of Our Children’s Learning, Let’s Embrace the Spirit of Rebellion

(written by Kelly Carvajal-Hageman, Education Dive, July 26) 

Don’t Shut Advanced Programs That Keep Students Out — Use Data to Invite More In

(written by Jennifer Glynn, The 74, July 25) 


Better Practices | Brighter Students: The New Classroom Instruction That Works
(From Alabama Best Practices Center, July 2023)


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