Education: Every child should have the educational resources to become a successful adult.

Based on our belief that education is still the best road out of poverty, the Mike & Gillian Goodrich Foundation supports a strong education pipeline. Grants are made to support efforts in early childhood to help children be ready to learn when they enter the school system. Other grants support teachers, students and families to help more children achieve and succeed. These include grants to improve academic outcomes through teacher and principal coaching as well as support for meeting non-academic needs, like physical and mental health needs.

Woodlawn Innovation Network

Woodlawn Innovation Network

Woodlawn Innovation Network. In 2013, the Foundation formed a collaboration with the Woodlawn Foundation, A+ Education Partnership, University of Alabama Birmingham, Lawson State Community College and the Birmingham City School system to design a feeder pattern of schools that would culminate in an Early College Academy at Woodlawn High School. As year three of implementation draws to a close, one hundred Early College Academy students begin their journey towards a high school diploma with up to 60 college credits by graduation. Knowledgeworks of Cincinnati, Ohio, has provided extensive professional development for teachers and coaching for principals to increase student performance so that more students can reap the benefits of Early College.

For more information, visit: woodlawninnovationnetwork.com.

Teach for America – Alabama

Teach for America – Alabama

A grant of $300,000 over three years to continue to build a stronger teaching corps in Birmingham and the Black Belt. With a teaching corps of 41 and nearly 100 alumni continuing to teach in our schools, TFA brings incredible energy and dedication to their classrooms. TFA teachers support a broad array of out-of-school activities as well, including college access and support programs and special learning opportunities like the High Achievement Summer School which prepares high school students from Alabama’s Black Belt for college. TFA also serves as a pipeline to bring exceptional young people to our state, helping to ensure we have a strong talent pipeline for teaching positions in our neediest communities.

For more information, visit www.teachforamerica.org/Alabama..