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State School Board District 1 Schools of Distinction

Berry Middle School

Diversity Student Leadership Councils

School of Distinction AwardHoover City Schools

Principal, Dr. Chris Robbins

Interim Superintendent, Dr. Tera Simmons

In 2019 Berry Middle School (BMS) created Student-Centered Diversity Councils to increase appreciation for school diversity and create leadership opportunities for students. Fifty-four students were selected to serve on three grade level student diversity leadership teams that met monthly with teachers and administrators. Council members participated in diversity and equity training, had conversations about race and equity, provided input into decisions and programs, and partnered with local minority leaders. The Diversity Council met with Mr. Charles Woods, the Education Coordinator for the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (BCRI), who led the group in conversations about race and equity. BMS also hosted two prominent minority leaders from the school system, Dr. Terry Lamar (Director of Equity and Educational Initiatives) and Dr. Kerry Pate (Human Resources Specialist), to discuss the topic of stereotypes. For Black History Month, the Diversity Council had the opportunity to plan, organize, and promote two school-wide assemblies. The first assembly featured Mr. Woods from BCRI, who shared the history of the Civil Rights Movement in Birmingham and demonstrated how students and adults peacefully created positive change. The second assembly featured authors Irene Latham and Charles Waters who discussed their book, Dictionary for a Better World, and the importance of diversity and inclusivity in making the world a better place.

State School Board District 2 Schools of Distinction

Berry Middle School

by Anita Reid | Jul 07, 2021

Diversity Student Leadership Councils

School of Distinction AwardHoover City Schools

Principal, Dr. Chris Robbins

Interim Superintendent, Dr. Tera Simmons

In 2019 Berry Middle School (BMS) created Student-Centered Diversity Councils to increase appreciation for school diversity and create leadership opportunities for students. Fifty-four students were selected to serve on three grade level student diversity leadership teams that met monthly with teachers and administrators. Council members participated in diversity and equity training, had conversations about race and equity, provided input into decisions and programs, and partnered with local minority leaders. The Diversity Council met with Mr. Charles Woods, the Education Coordinator for the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (BCRI), who led the group in conversations about race and equity. BMS also hosted two prominent minority leaders from the school system, Dr. Terry Lamar (Director of Equity and Educational Initiatives) and Dr. Kerry Pate (Human Resources Specialist), to discuss the topic of stereotypes. For Black History Month, the Diversity Council had the opportunity to plan, organize, and promote two school-wide assemblies. The first assembly featured Mr. Woods from BCRI, who shared the history of the Civil Rights Movement in Birmingham and demonstrated how students and adults peacefully created positive change. The second assembly featured authors Irene Latham and Charles Waters who discussed their book, Dictionary for a Better World, and the importance of diversity and inclusivity in making the world a better place.

State School Board District 3 Schools of Distinction

Berry Middle School

by Anita Reid | Jul 07, 2021

Diversity Student Leadership Councils

School of Distinction AwardHoover City Schools

Principal, Dr. Chris Robbins

Interim Superintendent, Dr. Tera Simmons

In 2019 Berry Middle School (BMS) created Student-Centered Diversity Councils to increase appreciation for school diversity and create leadership opportunities for students. Fifty-four students were selected to serve on three grade level student diversity leadership teams that met monthly with teachers and administrators. Council members participated in diversity and equity training, had conversations about race and equity, provided input into decisions and programs, and partnered with local minority leaders. The Diversity Council met with Mr. Charles Woods, the Education Coordinator for the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (BCRI), who led the group in conversations about race and equity. BMS also hosted two prominent minority leaders from the school system, Dr. Terry Lamar (Director of Equity and Educational Initiatives) and Dr. Kerry Pate (Human Resources Specialist), to discuss the topic of stereotypes. For Black History Month, the Diversity Council had the opportunity to plan, organize, and promote two school-wide assemblies. The first assembly featured Mr. Woods from BCRI, who shared the history of the Civil Rights Movement in Birmingham and demonstrated how students and adults peacefully created positive change. The second assembly featured authors Irene Latham and Charles Waters who discussed their book, Dictionary for a Better World, and the importance of diversity and inclusivity in making the world a better place.

State School Board District 4 Schools of Distinction

Berry Middle School

by Anita Reid | Jul 07, 2021

Diversity Student Leadership Councils

School of Distinction AwardHoover City Schools

Principal, Dr. Chris Robbins

Interim Superintendent, Dr. Tera Simmons

In 2019 Berry Middle School (BMS) created Student-Centered Diversity Councils to increase appreciation for school diversity and create leadership opportunities for students. Fifty-four students were selected to serve on three grade level student diversity leadership teams that met monthly with teachers and administrators. Council members participated in diversity and equity training, had conversations about race and equity, provided input into decisions and programs, and partnered with local minority leaders. The Diversity Council met with Mr. Charles Woods, the Education Coordinator for the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (BCRI), who led the group in conversations about race and equity. BMS also hosted two prominent minority leaders from the school system, Dr. Terry Lamar (Director of Equity and Educational Initiatives) and Dr. Kerry Pate (Human Resources Specialist), to discuss the topic of stereotypes. For Black History Month, the Diversity Council had the opportunity to plan, organize, and promote two school-wide assemblies. The first assembly featured Mr. Woods from BCRI, who shared the history of the Civil Rights Movement in Birmingham and demonstrated how students and adults peacefully created positive change. The second assembly featured authors Irene Latham and Charles Waters who discussed their book, Dictionary for a Better World, and the importance of diversity and inclusivity in making the world a better place.

State School Board District 5 Schools of Distinction

Berry Middle School

by Anita Reid | Jul 07, 2021

Diversity Student Leadership Councils

School of Distinction AwardHoover City Schools

Principal, Dr. Chris Robbins

Interim Superintendent, Dr. Tera Simmons

In 2019 Berry Middle School (BMS) created Student-Centered Diversity Councils to increase appreciation for school diversity and create leadership opportunities for students. Fifty-four students were selected to serve on three grade level student diversity leadership teams that met monthly with teachers and administrators. Council members participated in diversity and equity training, had conversations about race and equity, provided input into decisions and programs, and partnered with local minority leaders. The Diversity Council met with Mr. Charles Woods, the Education Coordinator for the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (BCRI), who led the group in conversations about race and equity. BMS also hosted two prominent minority leaders from the school system, Dr. Terry Lamar (Director of Equity and Educational Initiatives) and Dr. Kerry Pate (Human Resources Specialist), to discuss the topic of stereotypes. For Black History Month, the Diversity Council had the opportunity to plan, organize, and promote two school-wide assemblies. The first assembly featured Mr. Woods from BCRI, who shared the history of the Civil Rights Movement in Birmingham and demonstrated how students and adults peacefully created positive change. The second assembly featured authors Irene Latham and Charles Waters who discussed their book, Dictionary for a Better World, and the importance of diversity and inclusivity in making the world a better place.

State School Board District 6 Schools of Distinction

Berry Middle School

by Anita Reid | Jul 07, 2021

Diversity Student Leadership Councils

School of Distinction AwardHoover City Schools

Principal, Dr. Chris Robbins

Interim Superintendent, Dr. Tera Simmons

In 2019 Berry Middle School (BMS) created Student-Centered Diversity Councils to increase appreciation for school diversity and create leadership opportunities for students. Fifty-four students were selected to serve on three grade level student diversity leadership teams that met monthly with teachers and administrators. Council members participated in diversity and equity training, had conversations about race and equity, provided input into decisions and programs, and partnered with local minority leaders. The Diversity Council met with Mr. Charles Woods, the Education Coordinator for the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (BCRI), who led the group in conversations about race and equity. BMS also hosted two prominent minority leaders from the school system, Dr. Terry Lamar (Director of Equity and Educational Initiatives) and Dr. Kerry Pate (Human Resources Specialist), to discuss the topic of stereotypes. For Black History Month, the Diversity Council had the opportunity to plan, organize, and promote two school-wide assemblies. The first assembly featured Mr. Woods from BCRI, who shared the history of the Civil Rights Movement in Birmingham and demonstrated how students and adults peacefully created positive change. The second assembly featured authors Irene Latham and Charles Waters who discussed their book, Dictionary for a Better World, and the importance of diversity and inclusivity in making the world a better place.

State School Board District 7 Schools of Distinction

Berry Middle School

by Anita Reid | Jul 07, 2021

Diversity Student Leadership Councils

School of Distinction AwardHoover City Schools

Principal, Dr. Chris Robbins

Interim Superintendent, Dr. Tera Simmons

In 2019 Berry Middle School (BMS) created Student-Centered Diversity Councils to increase appreciation for school diversity and create leadership opportunities for students. Fifty-four students were selected to serve on three grade level student diversity leadership teams that met monthly with teachers and administrators. Council members participated in diversity and equity training, had conversations about race and equity, provided input into decisions and programs, and partnered with local minority leaders. The Diversity Council met with Mr. Charles Woods, the Education Coordinator for the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (BCRI), who led the group in conversations about race and equity. BMS also hosted two prominent minority leaders from the school system, Dr. Terry Lamar (Director of Equity and Educational Initiatives) and Dr. Kerry Pate (Human Resources Specialist), to discuss the topic of stereotypes. For Black History Month, the Diversity Council had the opportunity to plan, organize, and promote two school-wide assemblies. The first assembly featured Mr. Woods from BCRI, who shared the history of the Civil Rights Movement in Birmingham and demonstrated how students and adults peacefully created positive change. The second assembly featured authors Irene Latham and Charles Waters who discussed their book, Dictionary for a Better World, and the importance of diversity and inclusivity in making the world a better place.

State School Board District 8 Schools of Distinction

Berry Middle School

by Anita Reid | Jul 07, 2021

Diversity Student Leadership Councils

School of Distinction AwardHoover City Schools

Principal, Dr. Chris Robbins

Interim Superintendent, Dr. Tera Simmons

In 2019 Berry Middle School (BMS) created Student-Centered Diversity Councils to increase appreciation for school diversity and create leadership opportunities for students. Fifty-four students were selected to serve on three grade level student diversity leadership teams that met monthly with teachers and administrators. Council members participated in diversity and equity training, had conversations about race and equity, provided input into decisions and programs, and partnered with local minority leaders. The Diversity Council met with Mr. Charles Woods, the Education Coordinator for the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (BCRI), who led the group in conversations about race and equity. BMS also hosted two prominent minority leaders from the school system, Dr. Terry Lamar (Director of Equity and Educational Initiatives) and Dr. Kerry Pate (Human Resources Specialist), to discuss the topic of stereotypes. For Black History Month, the Diversity Council had the opportunity to plan, organize, and promote two school-wide assemblies. The first assembly featured Mr. Woods from BCRI, who shared the history of the Civil Rights Movement in Birmingham and demonstrated how students and adults peacefully created positive change. The second assembly featured authors Irene Latham and Charles Waters who discussed their book, Dictionary for a Better World, and the importance of diversity and inclusivity in making the world a better place.

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