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Groundbreaking/Wallbreaking Ceremony Planned for MCAA.

JANUARY 28, 2021 For Immediate Release:

 

Contact: Dr. Mike Wilson

Mike@mcaa-bao.org, info@mcaa-bao.org

 

Magic City Acceptance Academy groundbreaking and photo opportunity at 75 Bagby Dr. Homewood AL. on February 8, 2021 11:00a-12:00p.

 

THE MAGIC CITY ACCEPTANCE ACADEMY(MCAA) FACILITATES A COMMUNITY IN WHICH ALL LEARNERS ARE EMPOWERED TO EMBRACE EDUCATION, ACHIEVE INDIVIDUAL SUCCESS, AND TAKE OWNERSHIP OF THEIR FUTURE IN A SAFE, LGBTQ-AFFIRMING LEARNING ENVIRONMENT.

 

Birmingham, January 28th –The Magic City Acceptance Academy (MCAA) -a tuition-free public charter school, is pleased to announce the ceremonial “ground -breaking” on our building at 75 Bagby Drive in Homewood Alabama on Monday February 8, 2021 11:00a-12:00p. Being a building remodel rather than a ground up building, we are terming our ceremony a “wallbreaking” for construction to begin. This will be a press only event that strictly follows all Covid-19 protocols. Instead of a public event we will broadcast the event on social media and have photo opportunities with the School Principal Dr. Mike Wilson and other staff members, as we take gold sledgehammers to a designated wall in the facility. This event marks an epic moment in our development as a charter school in the area and coincides with the opening of our student lottery which will run from January 31st through March 10th .

 

This pinnacle of achievement is a collaborative effort between: Birmingham AIDS Outreach FARRIS Properties/Developer Scott Burnett/ CCR Architecture and Interiors Brasfield-Gorrie/ General Contractor MCAA has received financial support through the application process who believe in the mission and vision of the Magic City Acceptance Academy. New Schools for Alabama and the NewSchools Venture Fund have collectively awarded $1.8 million in grant funding. Likewise, the Mike & Gillian Goodrich Foundation has awarded $50,000 in funding to support the school. 2 MCAA will serve grades 6-12 with 250 – 350 students.

 

MCAA will be located in Homewood, AL but students from across the state are eligible to attend. MCAA will facilitate a community in which all learners are empowered to embrace education, achieve individual success, and take ownership of their future in a safe, LGBTQ-affirming environment. MCAA is not a space that will singularly serve the needs of the LGBTQ community but will instead elevate their needs in the same intersectional approach for all students who walk through the doors of the public charter school. In this time of social and restorative justice, equality, equity, and freedom for all, we have a responsibility to create a culture that is one of acceptance and respect, centering, uplifting, and honoring students of color and all marginalized communities.

 

About Magic City Acceptance Academy: Tuition-free Public Charter School serving grades 6 – 12. MCAA will not limit admission based on ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, income, sexual orientation, gender identification, English language proficiency, or academic ability. Complete wrap-around services available for every student, counseling, medical, mental health. After-school program to be coordinated with the Magic City Acceptance Center. Project-based learning, STEAM/STEM focus, Restorative Discipline plan based on Social Justice practices. Family Involvement Plan, Student Mentoring Program, Low student-to-teacher ratio, Utilization of Standards-based grading and all required state assessments, Innovative programing involving community partners , Dual enrollment options with partner universities.

 

MCAA Board of Directors: Dr. Karen Musgrove, 20 years employed at BAO, Adjunct Professor, UAB; Dr. Larry Contri (retired), former Birmingham City Schools Interim Superintendent; Dr. Tommy Bice, Mike & Gillian Goodrich Foundation; former Alabama Superintendent of Education; Dr. Tracee Synco, Assistant Dean for Student Recruitment, Engagement and Success, UAB. Parent; Ezra Shine (retired), Coordinator of Prevention, Recovery, & Alt. Programs – Birmingham City Schools; Jennifer Sumner. United Ability. Parent; Tandy Hayes, Regions; Luis Fernandez, Social Security. FIESTA, Board Chair.

 

About Birmingham AIDS Outreach: The mission of BAO is to enhance the quality of life for people living with HIV/AIDS, at-risk, affected individuals, and the LGBTQ community through outreach, age-appropriate prevention education, and supportive services. In April 2014, BAO opened a LGBTQ youth center, the Magic City Acceptance Center (MCAC), a youth LGBTQ center offering all programs free of charge that include; Legal Clinic; art classes; talent shows; counseling; resource center; HIV/STD/STI testing and education; skill building classes; clothing swap nights; drop-in hours; movie nights; health and wellness workshops. MCAC has served over 1,200 LGBTQ youth. Contact Information: (205) 903-1187 Dr. Mike Wilson, Principal 205 32nd Street South, Birmingham, AL 35233

ALABAMA PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOL COMMISSION GRANTS CHARTER TO MCAA

For Immediate Release:

 

Contact:

Dr. Mike Wilson or Dr. Karen Musgrove

Mike@mcaa-bao.org, Karen@birminghamaidsoutreach.org

 

Magic City Acceptance Academy receives approval from Alabama Charter Commission

 

BIRMINGHAM, November 4, 2020 – The Alabama Public Charter School Commission voted tonight to grant a public school charter to The Magic City Acceptance Academy (MCAA). The Alabama Public Charter School Commission (Commission) is an independent state agency whose mission is to authorize high quality public charter schools, in accordance with the powers conferred on the Commission in the Alabama School Choice and Student Opportunity Act.

 

Dr. Mike Wilson, Founding Principal of MCAA said “I am grateful for all of the support that we have received in the process of formulating our plans and our application, with approval we are now ready to dig in to the work of making our vision and dream a reality”. Dr. Wilson was hired in November 2019 to facilitate the opening of the new charter school and has worked tirelessly with local, state, and national educators and administrators in order to see this milestone achieved. “I am so very excited to have this opportunity to create a new and amazing learning space for students and teachers.”

 

MCAA has received financial support through the application process who believe in the mission and vision of the Magic City Acceptance Academy. New Schools for Alabama and the NewSchools Venture Fund have collectively awarded $1.8 million in grant funding. Likewise, the Mike & Gillian Goodrich Foundation has awarded $50,000 in funding to support the school. 

 

MCAA will serve grades 6-12 with 250 – 350 students. MCAA will be located in Homewood, AL but students from across the state are eligible to attend. MCAA will facilitate a community in which all learners are empowered to embrace education, achieve individual success, and take ownership of their future in a safe, LGBTQ-affirming environment. MCAA is not a space that will singularly serve the needs of the LGBTQ community but will instead elevate their needs in the same intersectional approach for all students who walk through the doors of the public charter school.

 

In this time of social and restorative justice, equality, equity, and freedom for all, we have a responsibility to create a culture that is one of acceptance and respect, centering, uplifting, and honoring students of color and all marginalized communities.

 

About Magic City Acceptance Academy: The Magic City Acceptance Academy will be an extension of the Magic City Acceptance Center and will provide an affirming learning environment for LGBTQ students and their allies as well as students of color and other marginalized communities as a public charter school.

MCAA Board of Directors contain community leaders experienced in education and providing quality education to students and include: Dr. Karen Musgrove, 20 years employed at BAO, Adjunct Professor, UAB; Dr. Larry Contri (retired), former Birmingham City Schools Interim Superintendent; Dr. Tommy Bice, Mike & Gillian Goodrich Foundation. former Alabama Superintendent of Education; Dr. Tracee Synco, Assistant Dean for Student Recruitment, Engagement and Success, UAB. Parent; Ezra Shine (retired), Coordinator of Prevention, Recovery, & Alt. Programs – Birmingham City Schools; Jennifer Sumner. United Ability. Parent; Tandy Hayes, Regions; Luis Fernandez, Social Security. FIESTA, Board Chair.

About Birmingham AIDS Outreach: The mission of BAO is to enhance the quality of life for people living with HIV/AIDS, at-risk, affected individuals, and the LGBTQ community through outreach, age-appropriate prevention education, and supportive services. In April 2014, BAO opened a LGBTQ youth center, the Magic City Acceptance Center (MCAC), a youth LGBTQ center offering all programs free of charge that include; Legal Clinic; art classes; talent shows; counseling; resource center; HIV/STD/STI testing and education; skill building classes; clothing swap nights; drop-in hours; movie nights; health and wellness workshops. MCAC has served over 1,200 LGBTQ youth.

Contact Information: (205) 903-1187

Dr. Mike Wilson, Principal, Magic City Acceptance Academy

205 32nd Street South, Birmingham, AL 35233

Mike@mcaa-bao.org

NEW SCHOOL ALABAMA ANNOUNCES MCAA AS GRANT RECEIPIENT

July 31, 2020

For Immediate Release:

Contact:
Dr. Mike Wilson or Karen Musgrove, PhD
Mike@mcaa-bao.org, Karen@birminghamaidsoutreach.org

New Schools for Alabama selects $1,500,000 Charter School Grant Recipients

BIRMINGHAM, July 31, 2020 – New Schools for Alabama has selected four new charter schools as recipients of its 2020 Alabama Charter School Program (CSP) Grant Competition. Each school will receive a three-year grant of $1,500,000 to support the launch of a new, high-quality charter school in Alabama.
Executive Director, Tyler Barnett, said, “We had a really competitive applicant pool this year, and I’m thrilled that we can support these four groups in their efforts to build great new schools for kids. What is most exciting about these groups is that, while each may take a unique approach to educating kids in their communities, there is a common thread of exceptional leadership among them.”

This year, New Schools for Alabama received six applications. The recipients are Accel Day & Evening Academy Middle School, LIFE Academy, Breakthrough Charter School, and Magic City Acceptance Academy. Each is slated to open in the fall of 2021. Accel Day & Evening Academy Middle School, Mobile 6-8; LIFE Academy Montgomery K-8; Breakthrough Charter School, Marion K-12; Magic City Acceptance Academy, Birmingham 6-12

“We are very grateful for the support from New Schools Alabama and their leadership. The confidence they have in our vision to create a school in which all students and especially our LGBTQ students can coexist in a safe space is encouraging as we continue on the path of creating the Magic City Acceptance Academy” said Dr. Mike Wilson, Founding Principal of MCAA.

The CSP Grant Competition application process involves two phases, each designed to ensure a thorough, impartial review. The first phase is the Desk Audit Phase, wherein applicants submit a written application along with supporting documentation. The written application is then evaluated against a research-based rubric. Each applicant is subsequently invited to the Interview Phase, which allows applicants to present their application to the CSP Selection Committee and respond to questions. The CSP Selection Committee is composed of four individuals, each having substantial relevant experience.

Non-recipients remain eligible to apply in each cycle until the school opens and are encouraged to do so. New Schools for Alabama plans to release applications for the next cycle in the spring of 2021.
Funding for the Alabama CSP Grant Competition is made possible by a $25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to New Schools for Alabama to support the growth of fifteen (15) new, high- quality charter schools over the next five (5) years with an emphasis on those serving 60% or greater economically disadvantaged populations. Since 2019, New Schools for Alabama has now made $9,000,000 in grants to support the growth of excellent charter schools in Alabama.
About New Schools for Alabama New Schools for Alabama is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, public charity organization created to serve kids in Alabama. The organization supports the growth of excellent public charter schools in Alabama to ensure that every child has access to a quality public education. For more information go to www.newschoolsforalabama.org
About Magic City Acceptance Academy: Birmingham AIDS Outreach (BAO) is proud to announce that we will start the application process to create a charter school. The Magic City Acceptance Academy will be an extension of the Magic City Acceptance Center and will provide an affirming learning environment for LGBTQ students.
About Birmingham AIDS Outreach: The mission of BAO is to enhance the quality of life for people living with HIV/AIDS, at-risk, affected individuals, and the LGBTQ community through outreach, age-appropriate prevention education, and supportive services. In April 2014, BAO opened a LGBTQ youth center, the Magic City Acceptance Center (MCAC), a youth LGBTQ center offering all programs free of charge that include; Legal Clinic; art classes; talent shows; counseling; resource center; HIV/STD/STI testing and education; skill building classes; clothing swap nights; drop-in hours; movie nights; health and wellness workshops. MCAC has served over 1.000 LGBTQ youth.
Contact Information: (205) 322-4197
Karen Musgrove, CEO, Birmingham AIDS Outreach, Magic City Wellness Center, Magic City Acceptance Center, Magic City Acceptance Academy
Dr. Mike Wilson, Principal, Magic City Acceptance Academy
205 32nd Street South, Birmingham, AL 35233

 

Birmingham AIDS Outreach announces the hiring of their new 

Director of the Magic City Acceptance Academy

 

Birmingham, AL: Birmingham AIDS Outreach has announced the name of the new principal of the Magic City Acceptance Academy, a new high school education concept focused on providing an affirming environment for LGBTQ students and their allies. Dr. Michael Wilson will join MCAA on December 1, 2019 to direct the project. The Magic City Acceptance Academy was announced as a new project in late April 2019 and is slated to be the first school of its kind in the South and one of very few with a similar concept in the country in order to provide a quality high school education in a safe and affirming space for students. 

 

Michael Wilson has been with the Birmingham City Schools since 1991. He earned his Bachelors Degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.  Dr. Wilson completed his Masters and Ed.S. in special education from The University of Alabama, Birmingham, as well as an Ed.S. in Educational Administration from the University of Montevallo. In 2003 he was awarded a Ph.D. in Instructional Leadership from the University of Alabama. 

Wilson has served as a special education teacher, assistant principal and has had the opportunity to lead two elementary schools within the Birmingham City School System. First as principal at Whatley Elementary and now principal at Glen Iris Elementary which has been under his leadership for the past nine years.  During his first year as principal at Whatley Elementary, his school was one of 6 schools across the state to move from Alert II status to Academic Clear. Whatley was converted successfully from a K-5 to a K-8 school in 2003.  He also oversaw the first Kaboom playground construction in the district at Whatley Elementary. Dr. Wilson left Whatley in 2006 with 100% of their accountability goals reached.

Dr. Wilson works tirelessly to ensure that the curriculum implemented is one that is rigorous and relevant in order to meet the diverse needs of the eight hundred fifty students he serves. He has empowered teachers to utilize an integrated approach to learning thereby improving the achievement of all students.  This is accomplished by having the literacy standards as the driving force across all curriculum areas. Another avenue he has instituted in order to ensure continuous learning for teachers and students is a partnership with UAB Curriculum and Instruction Department. This partnership provides strategic professional development for teachers during and after school. Under his supervision Glen Iris has been awarded two prestigious academic achievement awards: Bronze winner of National Center for Urban Transformation and CLAS Banner School.

Currently, as principal of Glen Iris Elementary school Dr. Wilson has experienced many accomplishments. Forming a partnership with a The Birmingham Regional Empowerment and Development Center, non-profit organization, they were awarded a 21st Century grant. Under his leadership, another successful Kaboom playground was constructed at Glen Iris.  Prior to this endeavor, Dr. Wilson’s dream of an outdoor classroom came into fruition, which includes several plant habitats, vegetable washing station, pond with a variety of living creatures, and a seasonal farmer’s market which supports our local community. The outdoor classroom was created through a partnership with Jones Valley Teaching Farm through which the Good School Food Program was created.  This partnership has since been replicated at 6 schools within our district.  

 

Dr. Wilson believes that many of our students and family issues, especially those in our urban and rural areas, are not heard.  As an administrator he has learned the system so that he can speak out and fight for his students’ rights. He understands exactly how funding processes work and is always actively seeking equitable changes in laws and procedures.  He has learned to work within the legislative and administrative processes in order to make a difference.

He has been effective working on behalf of children and is a continual learner who views increasing his personal knowledge as the key to his personal and professional success.  Dr. Wilson does this through serving on several advisory committees such as Partners in Education, Family Involvement, Hands on Birmingham, and Community Education South. 

Dr. Wilson has been recently named Alabama’s National Distinguished Principal and will represent Alabama at the National Award Ceremony in Washington D.C. in October.

 

About Magic City Acceptance Academy: Birmingham AIDS Outreach (BAO) is proud to announce that we will start the application process to create a charter school. The Magic City Acceptance Academy will be an extension of the Magic City Acceptance Center and will provide an affirming learning environment for LGBTQ students.

 

About Birmingham AIDS Outreach: The mission of BAO is to enhance the quality of life for people living with HIV/AIDS, at-risk, affected individuals, and the LGBTQ community through outreach, age-appropriate prevention education, and supportive services. In April 2014, BAO opened a LGBTQ youth center, the Magic City Acceptance Center (MCAC), a youth LGBTQ center offering all programs free of charge that include; Legal Clinic; art classes; talent shows; counseling; resource center; HIV/STD/STI testing and education; skill building classes; clothing swap nights; drop-in hours; movie nights; health and wellness workshops. MCAC has served over 1.000 LGBTQ youth.

 

Contact Information: (205) 322-4197

Karen Musgrove, Executive Director, Birmingham AIDS Outreach, Magic City Wellness Center, Magic City Acceptance Center, Magic City Acceptance Academy

205 32nd Street South, Birmingham, AL 35233

Karen@birminghamaidsoutreach.org

Director of MCAA named

BAO to create Magic City Acceptance Academy

For Immediate Release

For information contact:

Karen Musgrove MEd, LPC

Executive Director

Birmingham AIDS Outreach / Magic City Wellness Center / Magic City Acceptance Center

205 32nd Street South  Birmingham, AL  35233

205.322.4197 Karen@birminghamaidsoutreach.org

 

Birmingham AIDS Outreach (BAO) is proud to announce that we will start the application process to create a charter school. The Magic City Acceptance Academy will be an extension of the Magic City Acceptance Center and will provide an affirming learning environment for LGBTQ students.

 

The mission of BAO is to enhance the quality of life for people living with HIV/AIDS, at-risk, affected individuals, and the LGBTQ community through outreach, age-appropriate prevention education, and supportive services. In April 2014, BAO opened a LGBTQ youth center, the Magic City Acceptance Center (MCAC), a youth LGBTQ center offering all programs free of charge that include; Legal Clinic; art classes; talent shows; counseling; resource center; HIV/STD/STI testing and education; skill building classes; clothing swap nights; drop-in hours; movie nights; health and wellness workshops. MCAC has served over 800 LGBTQ youth.

 

We are also collaborating with New Schools for Alabama to develop a strong application and to secure the resources and support we need for a successful launch. As the state’s charter school association, New Schools for Alabama supports the growth of excellent charter schools in Alabama to ensure that every child has access to a quality public education. “We’re thrilled to support BAO and the Magic Center Acceptance Center in their application for a charter school. All kids deserve a school environment that is welcoming and affirming, and far too often that is just not the experience kids in the LGBTQ community have in a traditional school. This application has all of the elements to not only deliver a nurturing school environment but also an excellent academic experience,” said Tyler Barnett, Executive Director of New Schools for Alabama.

 

“The BAO Board of Directors are in complete support of the Magic City Acceptance Academy. We know that LGBTQ students are not thriving in schools in Alabama and we want to change that conversation. The Magic City Acceptance Academy will be a wonderful addition to our LGBTQ programs.”

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Karen Musgrove MEd, LPC

Executive Director

Birmingham AIDS Outreach / Magic City Wellness Center / Magic City Acceptance Center

205 32nd Street South

Birmingham, AL  35233

205.322.4197

Karen@birminghamaidsoutreach.org

 

Tyler Barnett | Executive Director

New Schools for Alabama

www.newschoolsforalabama.org

120 19th St N #200, Birmingham, AL 35203

Main: 205.208.9756

Conference: 205.900.7038

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