BEA believes that the four strongest pillars in our state’s public education system are the four most successful, proven and innovative learning programs implemented in Alabama in modern times – the Alabama Reading Initiative, the Alabama Math, Science and Technology Initiative, ACCESS Distance Learning and Advanced Placement.
The Alabama Reading Initiative and the Alabama Math, Science and Technology Initiative are intensive, world-class teaching programs whose undeniable success has attracted positive attention from across the country. The Bay State Reading Initiative in Massachusetts, for example, is based upon the fundamental principles of ARI and was created after a delegation of educators visited Alabama to study our program.
AMSTI is designed to prepare schoolchildren for the jobs of tomorrow by reforming and improving the way that math and science are taught in Alabama classrooms, and its results are equally impressive. A review by Fortune 500 CEOs named AMSTI as one of only 35 “programs that work” nationwide, and its success has been studied by groups as varied as the National Governors’ Association and the Smithsonian.
But even with this pedigree, ARI is only available in K – 3 classrooms statewide and AMSTI in just a fraction of those that qualify.
The ACCESS Distance Learning program broadcasts electives and core classes like upper-level science, math and foreign language classes into even the most rural and remote schools across the state, and our Advanced Placement initiative works to ensure that students can reach their fullest potential.
BEA seeks to secure full funding for these proven, nationally-recognized programs.