Birmingham 2025: The future of education

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Even with the shakeup at the top of Birmingham City Schools leadership, teaching and learning must still go on in the classroom. That includes an ongoing partnership with UAB at Parker High School.

A UAB professor and grad students work in one of Parker’s academies on writing skills. The program is in its third year. Teachers cover writing skills to help prepare students for things like the ACT, applications and essays.

Dr. Tonya Perry, UAB Associate Professor said, “writing is one of those gatekeeping skills. it is one of those skills that can either propel you or keep you from where you want to go.”

Orlando Reid, a Parker Senior said, “Just like the whole school period. It’s fun. i like the positive people, good teachers, help us out, it motivates us.

The program seems to be working. The coordinator says there’s been a notable increase in the students’ ACT scores.

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