Two Mobile County Public Schools, Alma Bryant High School and Tanner Williams Elementary, have been named 2018 CLAS Schools of Distinction.
They are among 24 schools statewide to earn the honor, which is presented annually to exemplary schools with unique student-centered programs that have shown proven success through the previous school year.
Eight of these 24 schools, one in each state Board of Education district, will be chosen as CLAS Banner Schools, to serve as models for other schools across the state.
Alma Bryant was recognized, in part, for its partnership with Ingalls Shipbuilding to train the next generation of welders in its Talent Development Lab.
“They’ve come in and created welding programs and labs to help the workforce development as students leave school, and it’s made a major impact,” Bryant Principal Doug Estle said of Ingalls. “When partners come in like Ingalls and they put in the money, the time and the resources they did to help Alma Bryant with this, it’s tremendous.”
Tanner Williams was recognized for its use of technology in project-based learning lessons that emphasize problem-solving and critical-thinking skills and collaboration.
“Several years ago, we saw a need for change and it was scary, because change is scary, but we looked at it as an opportunity to do something really great for our students and for our teachers,” Tanner Williams Principal Nici Lowell said. “We needed a boost in student engagement and attendance and teacher growth, so those were the areas that we focused on.”