) continues to oversee the day-to-day development of the ALEX website portal here at UAB.
Over the past ten years, the SOE has been partnering with local school systems for the implementation of National Professional Development grants from the U.S. Department of Education. Through these partnerships, the grants support the training of teachers to provide effective instruction for English learners (ELs). Current grant partnerships are as follows: Project SPEAK (Sheltered instruction for Promoting English learners’ Academic Knowledge) with Jefferson County, Etowah EDGE (English learners Developing, Growing, and Excelling) with Etowah County, and Southeast ECHO (English learners Charting new Horizons and Opportunities) with Enterprise City.
The School of Education has partnered with the Peace Corps to offer a Master’s International Program (MIP) for teaching English as a Second Language. MIP students complete 24 credit hours at UAB and then begin their service as Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs). They finish their master’s degree while serving overseas for two years as English teachers or as English teacher trainers.
The Red Mountain Writing Project (RMWP) is a local affiliate of the National Writing Project, whose motto is "teachers teaching teachers" and whose mission is to provide a forum for teachers of all grade levels and in all content areas to study and develop new and innovative strategies for literacy instruction. The National Writing Project provides grant money to over two-hundred sites across the United States, touching the lives of thousands of teachers and tens-of-thousands of students every year.