By Nathan Pitner, Principal, Brookwood Forest Elementary, and Cora Brasfield Causey, Ph.D., UAB School of Education

It is Wednesday and the carpool lines at Brookwood Forest Elementary School are watching some fifty college students walk a quarter mile up a hill in misting rain to join the school’s learning for the day. Space in the building is limited and the parking lot is too full for the additional traffic, yet all parties are excited about the sight. “In my day, I walked up a hill in the rain to school,” is indeed one of the most exaggerated clichés used to describe the hardships of traditional schooling, but the excitement and smiles reflect this literal description of the first signs of a wholly progressive partnership between UAB School of Education and Brookwood Forest Elementary that is improving learning for everyone involved.

Do you want to get course credit for being a camp counselor?

EDF 363 - Special Topics in Educational Foundations is specifically designed for undergraduates serving as camp counselors for the GEAR UP Alabama grant. This courses exposes undergraduates to the contemporary challenges of poverty and educational disparities in Alabama, most notably the Black Belt region. The service learning component of this course will afford students multiple opportunities to mentor and encourage GUA 10th graders participating during a UAB campus experience to develop academic goals and a plan to achieve those goals.

Dr. Lisa HerringThe UAB Center for Urban Education, in collaboration with the UAB School of Education and the Provost’s Office, is sponsoring a reception featuring Dr. Lisa Herring, Birmingham City Schools Superintendent.

Clinical Counselor Kiera Walker, a two-time UAB graduate, parlayed her degree in biology and lab experience into a new opportunity to help people in the moment.

Autumn Tooms Cyprès, Ed.D., an expert in politics in the professoriate and educational organizations, organizational reform, and leadership preparation, has been named the dean of the School of Education after a national search. She will join UAB July 1, succeeding Lynn Kirkland, Ed.D., professor and chair of the Department of Instruction and Curriculum, who has served as interim dean for this academic year.

On Saturday, February 24, the Zeta Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota, an honor society for students, counselors and counselor educators, held its annual initiation and awards ceremony. The ceremony recognized this year’s scholarship recipients, an inductee into the Counselor Education Hall of Fame, and new student initiates to the Zeta Chapter.