California Teachers Awarded $10,000 Prizes to Prepare Students for Success Beyond High School
Posted by AVID Center on 6/10/2019
National nonprofit AVID recognizes educators transforming their schools, closing achievement gaps
SACRAMENTO (June 10, 2019): National college and career readiness nonprofit AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) has announced $50,000 in new awards to educators working together to help students from disadvantaged backgrounds develop the knowledge, skills, and know-how to succeed beyond high school. Recipients of the annual AVID Teacher Advocacy Award will each receive $10,000, which will strengthen teachers’ work with students and foster college and career readiness initiatives at their schools by enabling them to coordinate college field trips, purchase classroom equipment and materials, promote professional development, and secure engaging classroom speakers.
In recent years, California has improved its graduation rate significantly, but gaps persist for students of color and those struggling with poverty. AVID schools across the state are closing achievement gaps, and the AVID Teacher Advocacy Awards will provide additional support for teaching teams who are collaborating to improve opportunities for students.
Every school participating in the AVID program creates a team of dedicated staff members who collaborate to lead campus efforts on equity, access, and college readiness for all students. This award honors teams that have gone above and beyond to create lasting change for students and their communities.
The 2019 Teacher Advocacy Award Winners:
Farb Middle School, San Diego Unified School District
Luther Elementary School, Live Oak Unified School District
Marshall Elementary School, Castro Valley Unified School District
Modesto High School, Modesto City School District
San Ysidro High School, Sweetwater Union High School District
“These educators go above and beyond to support their students and schools,” said AVID CEO Sandy Husk. “I am happy that we can honor them thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor. These teachers are doing the work that will make college dreams a reality for countless California children.”
This year’s winners will be recognized in front of more than 3,000 educators at the Sacramento Convention Center on July 9 at 4:00 p.m. as part of the 2019 AVID Summer Institute.
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AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a nonprofit organization that changes lives by helping schools shift to a more equitable, student-centered approach. To close the opportunity gap, AVID trains 80,000 educators annually so they can prepare all students for college, careers, and life. More than 6,000 schools rely on AVID to transform the lives of nearly 2 million students each year. To learn more, visit www.AVID.org.