Model District: Jefferson County


Broad-Scale School Improvement
Jefferson County Schools, Alabama

In Jefferson County Schools, district leaders are working with principals and teachers to implement strategies that will produce real results: more students prepared for college and career.

SREB is working with the district to put this full-scale reform into action. The model district story series highlights the progress Jefferson County is making on the road to better instructional practice and more student success.

The first step: recognizing that full-scale reform is necessary and setting a foundation for better teaching and learning. Switching Gears provides an overview of the Jefferson County work.


From Classroom to Career
Clay-Chalkville's Career Academies Introduce Students to Real-World Challenges, Opportunities

Administering injections. Drawing blood. Creating a marketing plan. These may sound like on-the-job assignments, but at Clay-Chalkville High School, located outside of Birmingham, Alabama, students build these skills during a typical day in the classroom. Through its innovative career-themed academies, Clay-Chalkville gives students a glimpse into cutting-edge careers as soon as they step foot in the door as high school freshmen.