Lighting the Fire

E3 ➙ Enabling Educational Excellence

For over 25 years, our mission has been to support the Jefferson County School District in meeting a commitment to a strong tradition of teaching excellence and outstanding student achievement. We enable educational excellence by expanding business partnerships, enhancing community awareness, encouraging educational innovation, and elevating outstanding teaching and exemplary student achievement throughout public schools in Jefferson County, Alabama.



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Public education is in the spotlight across our nation and at home as our communities take
a look at the academic progress of students
as well as the effectiveness of programs and educators. For centuries, our region’s largest school district, Jefferson County Schools, has walked a determined path to fulfill and exceed expectations while finding innovative ways to improve schools and meet the diverse needs of all students.


Our Programs

Stellar Teaching Program

Our foundation supports candidates for National Board Certification with fee and mentor support and forms affinity groups for renewal candidates. Since 1999, 255 educators have become National Board Certified Teachers while teaching in a Jefferson County classroom. The current group of 147 active NBCTs in JEFCOED teaching and administrative positions continues to rank as the largest of any Alabama district.

Regions Leadership Academy

We believe the key to dynamic, successful schools is leadership. The Foundation/District partnership provides a five-tiered approach to build leaders at all levels of experience in our schools. Using many best practices from the business community, along with exposure to nearby districts exhibiting those practices successfully, emerging and veteran leaders address management skills, personal traits for leaders, instructional guidance and a plan to manage a culture of change and to utilize valuable community resources.

Lead Teacher Mentorships

To place a high quality teacher in every classroom has been the number one goal of JEFCOED’s new teacher mentorships since the Foundation-supported program began in 2006. Designed to support educators in years 1-3 of their practice, the program assigns a highly skilled mentor for each teacher and offers stipends to mentors for the shared professional development. Lower attrition rates, relationship-building, and sharing of teaching strategies are consistent outcomes of the program.

Career Pathway Initiatives

The challenge for our 13 JEFCOED high schools to produce graduates who are fully prepared for their next steps toward a meaningful, sustainable and successful career has never been greater than today. Whether that means “prepared” to attend a two or four-year college, technical or trade/skills training programs or entry level application to a job directly after high school, the JEFCOED Foundation supports and helps to expand opportunities for all post-grad students to succeed.


Our Partnerships

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