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

August 9, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

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

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