Join us on March 11 from 8:45 am-1:00 pm at The Harbert Center in Birmingham

as state and national experts, policymakers, and educators will explore the reading and math challenges facing the state, efforts to change the trajectory – including the Alabama Literacy Act – and the role Alabama’s business, civic, and political leaders can play in changing the narrative.

Alabama students rank last in math and 47th in reading. Such was not always the case. Through the first years of this century, Alabama students showed growth in both subjects, culminating with Alabama 4th grade reading scores matching the national average in 2011. However, in the decade since, we have seen a steady downward drift.

What happened? How can we chart a course toward a better future? How is the Alabama Literacy Act refocusing efforts to teach reading? What can we do about math? These questions shape PARCA’s 2022 Annual Forum.

Individual Tickets – $75
Table Reservations (8 seats) – $700

2022 PARCA Annual Forum Agenda

Confirmed Speakers

Governor Kay Ivey

Dr. Eric Mackey
Alabama State Superintendent of Education

Steve Leinwand
American Institutes for Research

Dr. Laura Woolf
Voyager Sopris/Lexia Learning

Cassandra Wheeler
Voyager Sopris/Lexia Learning

Dr. Carey Wright
Mississippi State Superintendent of Education

Additional Speakers

Bonnie Short
Alabama Reading Initiative, ALSDE
Sandy Ledwell

Alabama Math and Science Technology Initiative, ALSDE
Taajah Witherspoon
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Javonda Stonewall
Bluff Park Elementary School
Ann Dominick
Mathematics Education Consultant