• The Tuscaloosa County School System is fortunate to be supported through partnerships with many educational and community organizations. We appreciate these partnerships and continually look for ways to strenghten those in place while expanding to others.

    Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative (AMSTI)
    The Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative, commonly referred to as AMSTI, is the Alabama Department of Education's initiative to improve math and science teaching statewide. The mission of the Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative (AMSTI) is to improve math and science teaching in Alabama so all students develop the knowledge and skills necessary for success in postsecondary studies and in the workforce. To accomplish this AMSTI provides teachers with ongoing, grade and subject level professional development and the equipment and materials needed to teach math and science using hands-on, activity-based instruction. Additional information about AMSTI can be found at http://www.amsti.org.
    Alabama Reading Initiative (ARI)
    The Alabama Reading Initiative (ARI) is a statewide K-12 initiative managed by the Department of Education. The goal of the ARI is to significantly improve reading instruction and ultimately achieve 100% literacy among public school students. The Alabama Reading Initiative provides differentiated levels of support, including professional development, onsite support, and school coaches to over 1,000 schools. The initiative focuses intensely on three aspects of the teaching of reading: preventing reading difficulties, identifying struggling readers and intervening to help them become proficient readers, and expanding the reading power of all students. Judy Stone, ARI Coordinator jstone@alsde.edu Phone: (334) 353-1389  
    Parent Leadership Academy (University of Alabama)

    The Parent Leadership Academy: Building Community by Supporting our Children is an initiative of the Division of CommunityAffairs’ Center for Community-Based Partnerships, the faculty andadministrators from the College of Education and the College of HumanEnvironmental Sciences, and has the support of organizations throughout thecommunity. The curriculum of the Parent Leadership Academy embodies aholistic approach for maximizing the leadership potential of parents tocollaborate with educators and become active partners in the education of theirchild and other children in the community. It moves beyond typical activities to help build strongerfamily-school-community partnerships.

    Desired Outcomes

    1. Parents/guardians-increased knowledgeof school curricula and operations

    2. Parents/guardians-appreciation of the challenges facing other parentsand schools

    3. Increased parentalinvolvement in school

    4. Students-increased academicperformance and personal growth

    5. School andcommunity-increased knowledge of the benefits of parental involvement

    6. Community building in the local schools and in the communityat-large


Last Modified on July 20, 2014