English as a Second Language

About: Promotes Best Practices for enhancing the language acquisition and academic achievement of English language learners.

(205) 996-2414
   Susan Spezzini

Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP)

About: The mission of GEAR UP Alabama is to significantly increase the number of low-income students in Alabama’s Black Belt who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education through activities and services aimed at raising students’ awareness of college and financial aid options, increasing participation in academically challenging courses, and supporting them through the college admissions process. GEAR UP Alabama serves 9,300 students in 21 school districts within Alabama’s Black Belt region through a seven-year $49 million U.S. Department of Education grant, awarded to the UAB School of Education. GEAR UP Alabama is facilitated by the UAB School of Education and supported by in-state and out-of-state project partners.

Midsouth Reading & Writing Conference

About:  Each summer, the Midsouth Reading/Writing Institute provides the southeastern United States with top-notch professional development. Keynote speakers are brought in from around the world who are experts in the field of literacy. Local presenters provide practical workshops to help teachers bridge theory and practice.

The Peace Corps and its Master's International Project

About:  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.

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  (205) 934-8357
  Susan Spezzini

Red Mountain Writing Project

About:  Promotes teacher leadership and empowerment through dialogue, confidence building, and application of best practice in the teaching of writing.

  (205) 934-7896
  Tonya Perry, Director

UAB Children's Creative Learning Center

About:  Serving children from all over the Birmingham area, the enrichment program seeks to encourage children to select their daily plan of study, work at their own pace, and enhance their academic development. Whether it is a science experiment with everyday food items or writing and publishing a newspaper, children discover how exciting learning can be.

  (205) 996-3540
  Jennifer Summerlin, Director

Urban Teacher Enhancement Program

About:  A teacher preparation program designed for those who do not already hold teaching certificates but are interested in teaching careers in Birmingham City Schools. UTEP is available at both undergraduate and graduate levels.

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