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Madison County Minding Our Future Forum

Service providers from Madison County gathered in Huntsville at the Cooperative Extension Office on June 17 to participate in a “Minding Our Future: Investing in Healthy Infants and Toddlers” forum. Alabama Cooperative Extension Agent Shannon Kish convened the forum. David Mathews Center (DMC) Acting Executive Director Cristin Foster moderated the forum using the DMC’s Issue Guide, which prompts participants to consider three different approaches to investing in healthier infants and toddlers. First, participants discussed whether the solution to a brighter future for young children resides in better equipping parents with the skills and knowledge needed to raise children. Many pointed…


Teachers’ Institute Set for October 1 – 2

The David Mathews Center for Civic Life is excited to announce that registration is now open for our second Teachers’ Institute of 2015! Teachers’ Institute is an exciting, hands-on, interactive professional development experience designed to equip teachers with skills and tools to increase active civic learning in the classroom and beyond. The Mathews Center, A+ Education Partnership, Alabama Public Television‘s “IQ” Learning Network, and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute are sponsoring the two-day workshop. When: October 1-2, 2015, 9:00AM – 3:00PM Where: Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, 520 16th St. N., Birmingham, AL 35203 Recommended for Secondary: Social Studies, English, and Civics Teachers; Technology…


Wilcox County Minding Our Future Forum

On June 4th, Mathews Center staff traveled to Camden, Alabama in Wilcox County for a Minding Our Future: Investing in Health Infants and Toddlers forum convened by Sallie Hooker and Pam Stenz of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. The forum was held in the courtroom of Judge Jo Celeste Pettway and attended by members of the Wilcox County Children’s Policy Council. Sallie Hooker opened the forum with a brief welcome and informational spotlight on Cooperative Extension services. DMC Acting Executive Director Cristin Foster then moderated a deliberative conversation on investing in healthy infants and toddlers in Wilcox County and across the state….


Walker County Moderator Development Workshop

On Wednesday, June 3, four Jean O’Connor-Snyder undergraduate interns gathered at the Walker Area Community Foundation in Jasper to participate in a Moderator Development Workshop led by Mathews Center staff. The interns attend the University of Alabama, and are participants in New College’s Walker County Internship Program. JOIP State Coordinator Tina Thomas, On-Site Coordinator Mary Caroline May, and Walker County Health Action Partnership Coordinator Elyse Peters also participated in the workshop. DMC Acting Executive Director Cristin Foster began the session by moderating a “Minding Our Future: Investing in Healthy Infants and Toddlers” forum, which is the current focus of Alabama Issues…


Minding Our Future Forum – Lauderdale County

On Tuesday, May 12, Mathews Center staff moderated an Alabama Issues Forum on Minding Our Future: Investing in Healthy Infants and Toddlers in Florence, Alabama. Service providers, educators, and community members gathered at the Lauderdale County Extension Office to deliberate through three unique approaches to investing in healthy infants and toddlers. Melanie Allen, Family and Child Development Agent with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, opened the forum with a word of welcome and introduction. Forum participants then viewed a brief video on investing in healthy futures for infants and toddlers from Harvard University’s Center on the Developing Child, discussed themes from…


Bibb County Minding Our Future Forum

On April 2nd, Mathews Center staff joined the Bibb County Children’s Policy Council for a “Minding Our Future” forum at the Bibb County Courthouse in Centreville. Matt Hartzell and Sallie Hooker of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System convened the forum. Participants deliberated together using a framework centered on three unique approaches to investing in healthy futures for Alabama’s infants and toddlers: 1. Develop capable and caring parents, guardians, and caregivers, 2. Create healthy and thriving communities, and 3. Provide access to comprehensive high quality services for all children. Participants agreed that quality information and education are important to developing capable…