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Hoover High School computer science teacher Jill Westerlund helps a student with Java, which she calls an "unforgiving" language. Credit: Dan Carsen/WBHM.
Alabama / Priming the Pipeline for STEM in the South

Priming the Pipeline for STEM in the South: Student Incentives in Alabama

Given thousands of related job openings but only hundreds of computer science college graduates, Alabama is trying to ramp up its computer science education. That includes a new policy allowing those classes to count toward core math graduation requirements. WBHM’s Dan Carsen concludes our series with a visit to a Birmingham-area class that’s leading the way.

INTERVIEW: Ed Policy Expert On Her Deep-South State’s Low NAEP Rankings
Alabama / Audio

INTERVIEW: Ed Policy Expert On Her Deep-South State’s Low NAEP Rankings

Alabama recently got some unflattering news about its students’ proficiency, especially in eighth-grade math. The National Assessment of Educational Progress or NAEP is a standardized test sometimes called “the nation’s report card.” On the 2013 test, Alabama eighth-graders ranked fiftieth out of 52 jurisdictions in mathematics (military-base schools, and those in the District of Columbia, were counted as two additional groups). As with most education topics, though, it’s not quite that simple. Our Alabama reporter Dan Carsen sat down with Alabama School Connection executive director Trisha Powell Crain to go behind the results. She says we shouldn’t put too much emphasis on one data point, or be too surprised at Alabama’s low showing.

What You Need to Know: STEM Education
Resources / What You Need To Know

What You Need to Know: STEM Education

Deep concern is growing in the United States that our schools are not preparing a sufficient number of students, teachers, and practitioners in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Studies have shown that a large majority of secondary school students fail to reach proficiency in math and science, and many are taught by teachers lacking adequate subject matter knowledge.

“What Is Good Teaching?” Series: Calculus Teacher Benita Albert Leaves A 40-Year Legacy
Audio / Good Teaching Series / Tennessee

“What Is Good Teaching?” Series: Calculus Teacher Benita Albert Leaves A 40-Year Legacy

After 42 years in a classroom, earning awards all the way up to a Presidential Award for Mathematics Teaching, and leading hundreds of regional AP calculus trainings, Benita Albert officially called it quits this summer. As part of our Good Teaching Series, Christine Jessel explores the legacy she leaves behind.

National Organization Making Big Impact On Summer Learning Loss In Birmingham
Alabama / Summer Learning Series / Video

National Organization Making Big Impact On Summer Learning Loss In Birmingham

One summer enrichment program in Birmingham is making big strides in combating summer learning loss- and it’s part of a national, non-profit organization. Girls Incorporated of Central Alabama serves more than 9,000 Birmingham-area girls ages 6 to 18 with programs focusing on economic literacy, career preparedness and health and wellness.

Using Art To Nudge Girls Towards Science And Math
American Graduate / science / STEM / Tennessee

Using Art To Nudge Girls Towards Science And Math

A program in Nashville offers a formula for getting more girls interested in science and math: mix a big dose of art with STEM. Sponsors say Art2STEM is making a difference for the girls who particpate.

Teachers Boost STEM Savvy At Camp
science / STEM / Tennessee / Video

Teachers Boost STEM Savvy At Camp

Some middle school teachers got a dose of science on steroids for one week this summer in Nashville. What they learned at Adventure Science Center could help raise the bar for STEM education in Tennessee.