The University of Alabama at BirminghamSchool of Education recently greeted several bright-eyed 15- and 16-year-olds to expose them to a broad range of K-12 and higher-education careers.

Fifteen sophomores from Parker High School, many of whom hope to become urban educators, met the School of Education dean and faculty, attended classes, chatted with education majors, and got a hefty helping of advice.

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Dr. Michael Froning, former Dean of the School of Education (1999-2010), Executive Director of the Birmingham Education Foundation, and visionary for the UAB Center for Urban Education, died unexpectedly on May 1. An urban education pioneer in his own right, he dedicated 50 years of service to public education. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mrs. Lyn Froning, a former UTEP Faculty Liaison, and their family.
Urban Eduation PioneersOn May 3, the CUE convened a panel featuring Urban Education Pioneers, concurrently with its annual graduation celebration and the 50th commemoration of the Birmingham Civil Rights Movement (BCRM). The panel's purpose was to illuminate both present and future audiences' knowledge and understanding of the significant contributions local higher- and K-12 urban educators have made to advance the field prior to, during, and after the BCRM. A video-recording of this panel is scheduled to be archived at UAB Mervyn H. Sterne Library later this summer.

Principal Michael Wilson and his Glen Iris Elementary faculty, staff, and students are finalists for the 2013 National Excellence in Urban Education Award. The National Center for Urban School Transformation (NCUST) recognizes high-performing urban schools that generate strong test results, high attendance rates, and excellent student behavior.  Glen Iris is one of only 17 schools in the nation receiving this outstanding recognition.

To become eligible for the NCUST Award, schools must have high numbers of low-income students who test above the state average for each student demographic group.  In addition, each qualified school must have high attendance rates, no selective admission policies, low suspension and expulsion rates, high graduation rates, and evidence of excellence in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.