Alabama Learning Exchange (ALEX)

The Alabama Learning Exchange (ALEX: is the state educational Web portal directed by Technology Initiatives, Alabama State Department of Education. The ALEX project collaborates with the University of Alabama at Birmingham to ensure the program meets PK-21 Educator and student needs. ALEX provides a free, one-stop resource for every student, parent, school leader, and teacher in Alabama. ALEX convenes Alabama's finest teachers to develop reading, social sciences, math, and science resources and trains PK-21 teachers, library media specialists, teacher-preparation faculty, and after-school educational programs to use these resources as well as develop video/audio podcasts and lesson plans for hosting to ALEX. The web portal contains over 65,000 links to games, interactives, videos, lesson plans, learning strategies, and includes CCRS teaching/learning resources. ALEX training and resources are designed to engage students in learning that is relevant for learning and working in a global economy. Training modules include the “Expanding the Concept of Literacy” curriculum. Dr. Shannon Parks ( is the director of the ALEX program and Dr. Deborah Strevy, in the UAB School of Education Department of Curriculum and Instruction, is the Principle Investigator of this grant. Dr. Stephanie Baird ( continues to oversee the day-to-day development of the ALEX website portal here at UAB.

Collaboration for Excellence in Science And Math Education (CESAME)

CESAME provides scholarships to future math and science teachers who are pursuing initial teacher certification through the Alternative Master’s Program. This scholarship program is administered by UAB’s Center for Community Outreach Development (CORD). For more information, interested applicants should call 205-934-5171 or email

UAB Regional In-Service Center

The UAB Regional In-service Center (UABRIC) is one of 11 regional in-service centers established by the Alabama Legislature in 1984 to enhance the training opportunities for public school personnel in critical need areas.  The UAB Regional Inservice Center, operated through the UAB School of Education, provides free training, resources and services for teachers and administrators in eight school districts in Jefferson County (Bessemer, Birmingham, Fairfield, Jefferson County, Leeds, Midfield, Tarrant and Trussville School Systems).